A first-of-its-kind legal confrontation took place in Rockland this week, when a group of “frum” [Orthodox/Hasidic Jewish] residents in Monsey brought a lawsuit against a “frum developer” with the approval of “daas Torah” [rabbinical authorities], seeking “a stop work order, an injunction against further building and other relief,” Jewish web magazine Matzav.com reported on Wednesday.
Named in the lawsuit is Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, Ramapo Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia and the owner/developer of the property, Viola Gardens, LLC.
The complainants allege that the defendants are intentionally violating zoning and building laws in the area of Viola Road, across from Ramapo High School. Specifically, they claim the project exceeds legal density by two to three times the approved number of units. The frum plaintiff group is comprised of three neighbors of the project.
The case is being heard in New York Supreme Court, Putnam County division. A complaint also has been filed with the Office of the New York State Attorney General.