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Bloomingburg planning board votes against two proposals

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It was another well attended meeting in Bloomingburg on Thursday night, as residents come out to voice concerns over a proposed Hasidic girls school. Eva McKend has more.

BLOOMINGBURG, N.Y. -- Planning board member Andy Finnema said "no" to two proposals presented by Chestnut Ridge developers.

It was at a planning board meeting moved to the firehouse to make room for the hundreds of people who have showed up repeatedly in protest for the past several months.

"Pine Bush Central School District is big enough to handle that, let them go to Pine Bush School District, whoever buys a unit there," said Finnema.

He was joined by two other members of the planning board who voted against the proposed Hasidic girls school and a temporary clubhouse trailer.

The only member in favor of the proposals was head of the board Russ Wood.

He declined to comment.

"He is not supported by the residents at all. He's not voting for his residents," said Lynne Kenny of the Concerned Citizens of Pine Bush.

Shalom Lamm's 396 high density development continues to move forward despite the outcry of many village residents and those from the surrounding municipalities.

"Some people on the board at least listen to their constituents and are not just rubber stamping everything," said Teek Persuad, a Rural Community Coalition board member.

Lamm's partner came to Thursday's meeting with a security detail and State Police lined the firehouse.

Finnema says Lamm went through the proper channels and should be allowed to move forward with the construction of the development on Winterton Road.

"It's all been through a legal process so if that's all been taken care of legally and all of the permits are in place, it's still going on. It's zoned for it," said Finnema.

Concerned members of the public said this was only one leg of the fight and they will continue to push forward.

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