On the Lamm – Voter Fraud and Recent Arrests

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Interesting, interesting! They didn’t think the FBI would catch them!

This is a summary of previously published information, it is a bit lengthy, but this narrative is worth your time.

Shalom Lamm and his partner Ken Nakdimen who is from Monsey, NY, developers of the controversial high density development project called “The Villages at Chestnut Ridge”, chose the Village of Bloomingburg in Sullivan County, NY not just for it’s bucolic setting – but because they realized the “small town” village government could easily be taken over by newcomers voting in an organized bloc.

The plan was to control the local government and in doing so, create Village zoning and ordinances that would turn Bloomingburg into a new and massive Hasidic community.

In early 2014, in advance of the March Village election, well over 100 “new” Hasidic people registered to vote in Sullivan County, claiming addresses in Bloomingburg connected to properties owned by Lamm.

Informed local residents brought formal challenges to these registrations before the Sullivan County Board of Elections, claiming that these “new” voters were not legal residents for voting purposes at all, but in fact, had been brought in and assigned bogus addresses by the developers to blatantly rig the election in their favor and to take over the Village. (In fact in the December 2016 indictment the accused used deceptive tactics like placing toothpaste and other props in vacant apartments.)

Based on their reading of the challenges and a subsequent investigation which included demands for proof of residency and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s onsite review of the buildings involved, the Sullivan County Board of Elections agreed with the challenges and issued three Notices of Determinations. (Read the Board of Elections’ determinations based on challenges made by residents James Cracolici, John Kahrs, and Anita Hoppe. They make for a very interesting read!)

On March 13, two days after these challenges were submitted, the FBI rolled into Bloomingburg for a massive raid. The Feds raided Shalom Lamm’s buildings (where people claimed to live) – including his offices.

FBI raids Developers Shalom Lamm’s properties in Bloomingburg

UPDATED: FBI Raids Bloomingburg Properties Owned By Developer Shalom Lamm In Ongoing Public Corruption Investigation

According to court testimony from a Sullivan County election commissioner — she heard at the polls during the March 2014 Village election, some new Hasidic voters in Bloomingburg state they didn’t know what street they lived on or what county they were in.

Two more elections followed the March 2014 election and they were both clouded by ongoing challenges to registrations claiming voter fraud. (These two elections determined 1. that the Village would not be dissolved into the Town of Mamakating and 2, put pro-Lamm elected officials into office).

Finally, and to the great relief and satisfaction of the citizens of Mamakating, Bloomingburg and Sullivan County, on December 15, 2016, federal agents arrested Shalom Lamm; his business partner, Kenneth Nakdimen, and a young Satmar man named Volvy “Zev” Smilowitz.

Prosecutors with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York indicted the men on charges of conspiring to corrupt the electoral process. (See below for the press release issued by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.)

Three Real Estate Developers Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Conspiracy To Corrupt The Electoral Process In Bloomingburg, New York

It also should be noted, that after having reported on the “cultural clash” between the residents of Bloomingburg and the Hasidic newcomers, with little or no interest in the allegations of ongoing corruption and voter fraud, the New York Times pulled out of Bloomingburg and never even reported on the 2014 FBI raid. Never mind that the raid and ongoing saga was reported nationally by many other news outlets. The Times simply refused to cover the story. Now why is that?

It seems Shalom Lamm didn’t think his plan could fail – or maybe as suggested by the three citizen challengers, he wouldn’t have assigned multiple individuals and families to the same addresses and not even bother to assign them apartment or room numbers! Or he wouldn’t have asked people to claim an address in a building he didn’t even own yet! Or he would not have had his own children who were living and working in Israel at the time, register to vote in Bloomingburg.

And as Preet Bharara says: “stay tuned” for possibly more details on the voter fraud from 2014 and more indictments in Bloomingburg, a tiny, tiny village in New York State!

The jump from 396 to 5,000 houses planned for the Bloomingburg Hasidic community: What Lamm’s private emails and documents revealed about his secret development plans despite what he was saying publicly

In secret documents released as part of a lawsuit brought by Shalom Lamm, the developers were exposed in stunning fashion as, among other things, having two sets of plans — one set for the Planning Board to win approval and the other, the real plans, referred to by Nakdimen as the “Yiddishe” plans – for what they intended to actually build.

Additionally, in the emails, those in Mamakating and Bloomingburg opposed to the development, are referred to as the “goyishe enemy.”

See link below for an article and also the attached jpgs of the emails. These are A MUST READ!

5,000 homes planned for Bloomingburg Hasidic community

What’s next? Do the people of Bloomingburg and Mamakating get their Village back? What does the developer’s arrest mean for the future of Hasidic Bloomingburg?

Editorial: Lots to do and re-do in Bloomingburg mess

What Does Developer’s Arrest Mean for the Future of Hasidic Bloomingburg?

Editorial: Bloomingburg secrecy needs state attention

Stay tuned!


“Shalom Lamm Lied, Bloomburg Died”



Will the Manamaking Victory be Short Lived?

Sullivan Farm’s [Shalom Lamm & Co.] attorneys, not present for the Planning Board vote that rescinded the Chestnut Ridge permits, promised swift legal action against the town were the permits to be rescinded. At stake was not the permits for the homes already built but for the unfinished expansion projects.

Apparently, the fact that Lamm and his partners lied on documents, had plans for creation of the occupied territories of Manamaking, is of little concern. We believe that Lamm & Co.’s lies should be first and foremost in the validity of any lawsuit and certain in the defense of one by the town. A court victory would be tantamount to a windfall, setting a precedent for future developers.  From a public policy standpoint, this would validate the use of lies and misleading statements, something any court should be obliged to consider.

Should we as a community, a county, a state, or as a country really allow for this result?

We hope that the town will stand its ground, that townspeople will continue to come together and that this victory will not be short-lived. Lamm & Co lied. They should not be rewarded for raping a community of land through lies and deceit.

Mamakating Planning Board rescinds Chestnut Ridge permits


MAMAKATING — To thunderous applause from town residents, the Mamakating Planning Board on Wednesday night voted unanimously to rescind permits for the Chestnut Ridge townhouse development in Bloomingburg.

At its third attempt at a due process hearing on the matter since June 16, the board retreated immediately into executive session to consult with Town Attorney Ben Gailey, emerging an hour and 15 minutes later to greet a crowd on edge.

“Give us the news,” one man shouted.

At stake was not just the approvals granted for the contentious 396-unit Hasidic development six years ago by the now-dissolved Bloomingburg Planning Board; at stake was the very future of this tiny, eastern Sullivan County village.

The due process hearing had been called to consider rescission of site plan approval after documents were published that showed the developers of Chestnut Ridge had bigger plans for the project than the 396 units approved in 2009.

The previously secret developers’ documents described a long-term plan for a Hasidic Jewish community of up to 5,000 homes, and the ability of the new residents to outnumber Bloomingburg’s population of 400 and take over the local government.

Summarizing the board’s 20-page resolution to rescind the permits, Gailey said:

“Based on the new evidence received by the Planning Board in the documents that were disclosed by the federal court, based on the material change in facts that the board is now aware of, and based on the materially false statements and misrepresentations made by the developer during the project review process, that warrants and requires the rescission of development approvals.”

Gailey further said those misrepresentations would have extreme adverse effects on the “fiscal impacts, water supply and traffic that are significantly at variance with the project review.”

The rescission does not affect the 51 lots and dwellings already built, but applies to the remainder of the unfinished project, Gailey said.

No further building permits or certificates of occupancy are to be issued until the developer complies with state fire code and submits an amended plan. That compliance must be satisfied with the Department of State.

The developer may submit a new application if those requirements are met, Gailey said.

No representatives of the developer, Sullivan Farms, nor its attorneys, John Henry and Terresa Bakner, attended Wednesday’s due process hearing. Bakner had previously promised a swift and punishing lawsuit against the town if the approvals were rescinded.

While the crowd was overwhelmingly ecstatic over the board’s vote, some, like Bloomingburg resident Lesleigh Weinstein, remained cautiously optimistic.

To read the complete article click, here.

Shalom Lamm, Kenneth Nakdimen, Michael Fragin and RICO Appeal


Mamakating fights for RICO appeal

NEW YORK — The Town of Mamakating and Village of Bloomingburg have not given up their battle to prove that developers of the 396-unit Chestnut Ridge development conspired with former village officials to illegally misrepresent plans for the housing complex.
In a federal racketeering lawsuit filed in April 2015, the two governments alleged that developers Shalom Lamm, Kenneth Nakdimen and Duane Roe, former Bloomingburg Mayor Mark Berentsen and others worked together to improperly annex land, expedite permit approvals, monopolize wastewater treatment capacity and use voter fraud to control the local government, all so Chestnut Ridge could become the future home of a large number of Hasidic families.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest dismissed the lawsuit in September 2015, citing an expired statute of limitations, insufficient proof of a corrupt enterprise and unrecognizable damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The town appealed in December, and appeal arguments were presented Friday.




Materially False Statements = anti-Semitism??? What?


Based on those documents, it appears that “materially false” statements were made to get Chestnut Ridge’s approval, the board said, and the project may cause significantly adverse impacts to the water supply, wastewater treatment, traffic, government services and schools.

The new Bloomingburg village board is seeking candidates for a reconstituted village planning board, but until it is formed, the town has jurisdiction.

The developers had not received notice of the hearing by Wednesday evening, but spokesman Michael Fragin said the town appears to “have once again chosen the path of confrontation and litigation in a discriminatory effort to target Bloomingburg’s Hasidic community.”

Shalom Lamm’s Lies May Be Coming Back to Haunt Him


*** BREAKING NEWS *** Approvals for Bloomingburg development may be rescinded


May 26, 2016

The Mamakating planning board, which at least for now still has jurisdiction over Bloomingburg planning decisions, unanimously adopted a resolution on May 24 calling for developer Shalom Lamm to explain why the approvals granted for his controversial development Villages at Chestnut Ridge should not be rescinded. The resolution explains that the planning board will consider rescinding the approvals.

The approvals were granted based on the information contained in environmental documents, which are required by the state for such developments. The resolution says the information provided to the planning board as part of the environmental review process seems to be false. That assertion is based on documents unsealed by a federal court in April in which Lamm reveals that the intent of the development was ultimately to house thousands of Hasidic families, which would put the population well beyond what was foreseen in the environmental documents.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) dates to June 2009 and according to the resolution said “that the anticipated number of occupants of the 396-dwelling unit project will not exceed 810 and that the number of school-age children will not exceed 110.” But the documents unsealed by the court last month, according to the resolution, “appear to demonstrate the developer’s plan to develop the lands contiguous to and in the area of the Chestnut Ridge project for the construction of 5,000 dwelling units over a 10-15 year development period, lands already acquired or optioned by the developer.”

The resolution says it appears that the size of the community that was laid out in the unsealed documents, would have environmental impacts, which had not been taken into account, on water, sewer, traffic, government services, schools and other areas. The planning board scheduled a “due process hearing for the applicant/developer to be held on June 16, 2016, at 7:00 PM, at the Town Hall.”

It’s not entirely clear how this will play out. The last election in was in March and was held in the wake of Sullivan County making a deal with a number of challenged Hasidic voters who were registered in Bloominburg, which made it difficult if not impossible for any voters to be challenged again. In that vote, the Village of Bloomingburg Board changed from having a majority of members who were seen to be opposed to Lamm’s development to one with a majority that is seen to be in favor of Lamm’s development. The new village board is seeking candidates for a new Bloomingburg planning board, which would undo the current arrangement with the Town of Mamakating planning board, but that has not yet taken place.

The court that ordered the documents unsealed did so as part of the lawsuit brought by Lamm against the Town of Mamakating and the Village of Bloominburg because Lamm was denied a permit to build a girl’s school. But another case (which was thrown out, but that decision is being appealed) is a RICO lawsuit against Lamm brought by the town and the village. Observers had expected that, because a majority of new board is understood to be in favor of Lamm’s development, the village would have withdrawn from the RICO lawsuit, but to this point that has not happened.

To read the remainder of the article and the Resolution click here.




By Chris McKenna
Times Herald-Record

Posted May. 7, 2016 at 3:15 PM
Updated May 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM


WOODBURY — Kiryas Joel has resumed construction of its pipeline to the Catskill Aqueduct, a project now entering its fourth year and less than halfway to completion.

Workers are burying giant water transmission mains under Route 32 to finish the first half of the planned pipeline, which will extend from Kiryas Joel to a new well beside Route 32 in the Mountainville section of Cornwall. The village plans to connect that well to its pipe as an interim supply and a future backup for aqueduct water, although two lawsuits are pending that challenge the state permit for the well.

Kiryas Joel is also preparing to build a chlorination plant and a pump station at separate locations in Woodbury, both on properties that Kiryas Joel owns. The Woodbury Planning Board, which is reviewing plans for the treatment plant on Seven Springs Road and pump station on Ridge Road, fielded audience questions about both projects last month and held formal public hearings on them Wednesday night.

Village officials had hoped to complete the first project phase and begin drawing water from Mountainville this year. But that work, which includes a second pump station on the Mountainville property, is now expected to take until June 2017 to finish, according to a contract the Times Herald-Record obtained under the state Freedom of Information Law.

Project costs continue to rise. Documents provided on Thursday by the state Environmental Facilities Corp., which has lent Kiryas Joel the funding for the project, suggest expenses have jumped by another $5.5 million, putting the total expected cost at around $56.5 million. The estimate had ballooned to $51 million as of last August from $29 million less than three years earlier.

The $1 million chlorination plant to be built in Woodbury is strictly for the Mountainville well water and is different than the plant the village must later build to filter New York City’s aqueduct water. Don Nichol, Kiryas Joel’s attorney, said last week that village officials had not decided yet whether to build the filtration plant near the aqueduct tap in New Windsor or closer to Kiryas Joel. The village’s consultants have estimated that facility will cost roughly $6 million.

Kiryas Joel is financing the first phase with a $27.9 million loan from the state Environmental Facilities Corp. and has requested $23.7 million more for the second phase, which includes more than six additional miles of pipeline and the filtration plant. It also has applied to the EFC for a $6.5 million loan to connect wells from the Country Crossing development in Woodbury to Kiryas Joel’s water system as another source.

A consultant’s report commissioned last year by Orange County indicated that Kiryas Joel’s average daily water use will outstrip the village’s current water supply by 2020 if its population continued to grow at the same rapid rate.

The Mountainville well is near the midpoint of the 13.5-mile pipeline the village plans to build to tap New York City’s aqueduct in New Windsor. The DEC gave Kiryas Joel permission in October to pump 612,000 gallons per day from that well. Groups of municipalities and nonprofits each sued to overturn the decision, arguing the DEC and Kiryas Joel didn’t study closely enough the potential impact that volume of water would have on other wells and the Woodbury and Moodna creeks. Both lawsuits are pending in state Supreme Court in Albany.

The area of Route 32 on which the pipeline construction is occurring has been narrowed to a single lane, with temporary traffic signals on either end. A state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said last week that the lane closure began in April and is expected to continue into the summer.



Additional sources:


    • Kiryas Joel pipeline project may be linked to land annexation

      Construction fees would help fund $45M water plan

Opponents of Kiryas Joel’s planned connection to the Catskill Aqueduct have long feared that tapping New York City’s vast water supply would fuel continued growth in the densely populated village and enable it to widen its borders.

Kiryas Joel moving ahead with water pipeline





Protests Against Kiryas Joel Water Grab Continue

Kiryas Joel pipeline protest 4-15-2013Kiryas Joel has the necessary construction permits for the pipeline itself, but lacks the necessary permits and approvals to remove water from the aquifer. Nevertheless, Kiryas Joel is building the pipeline, apparently convinced it will eventually get those permissions, either through the normal approval process or by horse-trading for them with politicians who rely on Satmar’s bloc vote. Observers also expect Kiryas Joel and Satmar officials will continue to brand opponents of their pipeline antisemites.





Protest – Call to Action, May 16th

Contributors May 9, 2016

Residents are calling on themselves, their neighbors, law enforcement, politicians and the media to find a way to use those documents to bring criminal charges of fraud against those involved in approving and constructing the high-density housing project Chestnut Ridge.

From the Herald Times:

MAMAKATING — Residents of the Village of Bloomingburg and the surrounding Town of Mamakating are calling for action — from everyone.

Two weeks after developer documents describing a secret long-term plan for Bloomingburg were published, residents are calling on themselves, their neighbors, law enforcement, politicians and the media to find a way to use those documents to bring criminal charges of fraud against those involved in approving and constructing the high-density housing project Chestnut Ridge.
About 70 people gathered at Mamakating town hall Thursday night for a Rural Community Coalition meeting, where they discussed the recently published documents and what further actions can be taken to get justice for what they believe were crimes committed against their community.
RCC President Holly Roche said the documents, which described a long-term plan to build 5,000 homes for Hasidic families in Bloomingburg and take control of the village government, don’t help the RCC build a new civil case against developers Shalom Lamm and Kenneth Nakdimen and the former government officials who approved Chestnut Ridge.

But she said she hopes the documents will be a tipping point for a criminal investigation.
The FBI raided Lamm’s Bloomingburg offices in 2014 and has interviewed local residents as recently as last month. Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell has also stated he is looking into the allegations of fraud and corruption in the village, but no charges have been brought and several civil lawsuits against the developers have been dismissed.
At Thursday’s meeting, residents signed letters addressed to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and state Senators John Bonacic and Bill Larkin asking the representatives to make public requests of the state comptroller’s office to open an investigation into the Bloomingburg situation.
A protest was scheduled for Monday, May 16, from noon-4 p.m. at the Sullivan County Courthouse. Residents want to call out law enforcement for their lack of action, and again ask their local politicians to help bring attention to the issues.

“There really should be a public shaming,” Roche said.
Roche reminded the community to be vigilant, and pay close attention to any land deals or business partnerships that could pave the way for fraud. The community is in a better position now to stop any fraud before it occurs, Roche said.

“We are here, and we’re watching,” Roche said.