Monticello, NY - Chasidim On Line: Sullivan County’s Section 8 Controversy Not Dying Down
MOnticello, NY - The controversy surrounding Sullivan County’s Section 8 waiting list has spilled over into its fourth day, resulting in a special meeting held today with the Authority’s Board of Commissioners to hear complaints from local residents. Approximately 20 people attended the meeting, according to a report by the Times Herald-Record (http://bit.ly/1JYaMzB).
As previously posted here on VIN News (http://bit.ly/1N3rWKv), some 650 people, many of them Chassidim from Kings County, camped out beginning 9:30 p.m. Sunday night to increase their chances of getting on the Section 8 list first thing Monday morning. The noisy crowd was apparently rude and misbehaved, according to local residents who live on Evergreen Road where the Housing Authority is located.
“If that was a slew of black people, police would have got them out of there,” said resident Alexis Hill. “Any time we have a barbecue and it hits 10 p.m., the cops are escorting people out of here,” added Elaine William, former county NAACP president and current secretary. “The crowd should have been made to get out of here.”
Village Manager David Sager concurred with William’s sentiments, saying the situation would have been managed “slightly differently” if the group was not composed of Chassidim.
Anne Johansen, the Monticello Housing Authority Executive Director, has continued to defend her agency, saying how the police dealt with the matter was “out of her control.” Monticello police have not responded to a request for comment.
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