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Dozens of people took to the streets Sunday night for a protest in the village of Bloomingburg. Our Jessica Chen has the story behind the protests.
BLOOMINGBURG, N.Y. -- A chilly night didn't stop dozens of Bloomingburg residents from stepping outside to voice their concerns.
Judith Hosking, the organizer of Sunday night's candlelight vigil, said their message is simple: stop corruption in the village of Bloomingburg.
"The corruption, the greed, the lies that started the entire ball rolling," said Hosking.
Residents who lined Main Street say they're angry about the 369 high density housing development currently being built in their neighborhood. It was approved by local officials who didn't listen to their concerns.
"This development is going to change the whole nature of this area and it doesn't seem like anyone in power really wants to hear the citizens concerns," said Bloomingburg resident Nate Berg.
The project by developer Shalom Lamm is expected to bring thousands of people to the area. However, residents believe the village isn't built to support that influx of people. They also feel the plan was originally given the okay through a misleading portrayal of the project.
"A lot of people in the community are just turning a blind eye and don’t care, but people here, we care," said Jim Danzeisen, Bloomingburg resident.
In the past, several village board meetings have also been abruptly canceled, causing residents to protest.
"People have to see actual people doing stuff to become aware," said Bloomingburg resident Arthur Schmidleia.
Now, through this candlelight vigil, organizers are hoping local officials will see they want their voice heard.
"We love this town and we’re trying desperately to hold what’s dear to us," said Hosking.
Time Warner Cable News reached out to the Village of Bloomingburg mayor for a comment, but did not hear back.