NY Village Spent $450,000 of Taxpayer Funds Trying to Keep Out Jews
Airmont, NY - Village officials spent $450,863 fending off a congregation’s plans to build a school with housing and in a failed attempt to beat a civil rights lawsuit brought by federal prosecutors for the second time in the village’s 20-year history.
After 10 years of legal battles and fees, Airmont officials agreed last week to a federal order forcing them to amend the community’s zoning code to allow student housing.
If Airmont does not change its zoning code by Oct. 15, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the office will resurrect the lawsuit accusing the village of discrimination.
Airmont Mayor Dennis Kay and former Trustee Joseph Meyers, now a Rockland County legislator, argued the money was well spent to defend the village’s zoning code.
But they’re not “Anti-Semites”