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Sullivan County, NY - Chasidic Plaintiffs Win Yiddish Ballots, Federal Monitor And Compensation In Bloomingburg Lawsuit Settlement

Published on: February 1, 2016 03:44 PM
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Rt 17 West shows the exit sign to Bloomingburg NY. on Nov. 24, 2014 (Shimon Gifter/VINnews.com)Rt 17 West shows the exit sign to Bloomingburg NY. on Nov. 24, 2014 (Shimon Gifter/VINnews.com)

Sullivan County, NY - The good news keeps on coming for Bloomingburg’s Jewish community, with Chasidic plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit agreeing to a settlement with Sullivan County that would provide greater protection against religious discrimination and the appointment of a federal monitor to ensure that residents’ constitutional right to vote not be denied or unfairly challenged as it has in the past.

As previously reported on VIN News, over two dozen Chasidic residents of Bloomingburg sued the Sullivan County Board of Elections and two of its commissioners, Ann Prusinski and the late Rodney Gaebel in federal court, saying that the pair violated New York State election laws when they attempted to prevent many of the village’s Chasidic voters from casting their ballots. 

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Prusinski was also found to have collaborated closely with the Rural Community Coalition, which tried to prevent Chasidic Jews from settling in Bloomingburg, and to have encouraged members of the RCC to challenge Chasidic resident Aaron Rabiner’s petition in his successful bid for the position of village trustee last March.

A settlement reached today by all parties involved calls for federal supervision of the Sullivan County Board of Elections, with a monitor appointed within the next three weeks to supervise the voter registration process in Bloomingburg over a five year period and to mediate any future voter registration challenges that may arise.

The settlement also prohibits Sullivan County from engaging in or promoting any form of religious discrimination or depriving any legally registered voters of their right to vote. Sullivan County   will be required to provide Yiddish language election materials at all Bloomingburg polling places as of April, 2016, including Yiddish signs informing voters of their right to vote in accordance with state law and outlining procedures to follow should their right to vote be challenged.

In addition, Sullivan County agreed to a $25,000 payment to the plaintiffs as compensation for having had to bring the lawsuit as well as $550,000 in legal fees.

“We are very pleased with the settlements,” Michael Fragin of Bloomingburg’s Jewish Community Council told VIN News. “It is unfortunate that voters had to resort to court in order to be eligible to vote and this will settle any issues going forward.  We believe that justice has been served.”


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 Feb 01, 2016 at 03:55 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

what a hillul Has-em that people who's parents were born in America need Yiddish ballots.

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 05:18 PM sane Says:

This is not the way a Jew is supposed to behave in Golus. The only winner is the lawyer with the ridiculous legal fee.

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 06:05 PM posaikacharon Says:

Reply to #1  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

what a hillul Has-em that people who's parents were born in America need Yiddish ballots.

do you even have a notion of what "hillul hasem" means? you probably know even less about your own i.q. than the definition of chillul hashem. what does knowing English have to do with sanctifying thy holy name?! one of the more ridiculous comments recently posted.

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 06:17 PM ber Says:

Reply to #1  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

what a hillul Has-em that people who's parents were born in America need Yiddish ballots.

and what is de hillel hashem'? You tink everyting a goy don't like about a yid is hillel hashem?

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 06:34 PM Yidish ballots for rights Says:

Reply to #1  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

what a hillul Has-em that people who's parents were born in America need Yiddish ballots.

I see it as a sign that Jewish rights are not to be trampled. I see it as a reminder to those that trample, stating, no more, by law.

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 08:31 PM Insider Says:

Reply to #1  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

what a hillul Has-em that people who's parents were born in America need Yiddish ballots.

Spanish is ok with you? How about Chinese or Russian, as in NYC ?

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 09:09 PM Anonymous Says:

I own a job placement company and many Brooklyn yeshivah graduates insist we give them the grammar tests in Yiddish because they are not taught English! I explain over and over that it's necessary to speak and read English, but they become incensed. I understand why they want ballots in Yiddish, because hardly any can read English. What a shanda for our youth!

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 10:10 PM Yossel Says:

Jews who are fourth or fifth generation Anericans still don't speak or read proper English? How absolutely disgusting. They should be ashamed. To embrace being illiterate? This isn't Yiddishkeit. Cults do this

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 Feb 01, 2016 at 10:51 PM Moishe_Mechel Says:

Reply to #3  
posaikacharon Says:

do you even have a notion of what "hillul hasem" means? you probably know even less about your own i.q. than the definition of chillul hashem. what does knowing English have to do with sanctifying thy holy name?! one of the more ridiculous comments recently posted.

hilul ahheen hilul ahher, bottom line is that the bloominburgs don't need additional reminders to feed their paranoia that the Jews r taking over. BTW everyone knows how to read what they wanna read

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 Feb 02, 2016 at 10:31 AM BinsuJiro Says:

The key statement in the article is "legally registered voters."

Having monitored the voting at the Bloomingburg poling place several times, I clearly witnessed a significant number of Chasidic voters arriving from other communities, being instructed on who or what to vote for and being told what to put on their documents about where they live in the Village.

The license plates were from other locations, and there were current parking permits on cars from other communities.

Michael Fragin of Bloomingburg’s Jewish Community Council is a known operative for the Chasidic activists who routinely seek to thrive on the labor and tax revenue generated by those outside of the Chasidic Community.

The court settlement is more an indication of the financial and political power of the Chasidic Block Vote to corrupt everything in New York State from the Office of Governor Cuomo to the judicial chambers of every courthouse.

The Chasidic of New York State thrive on threats, intimidation, bribery false claims of anti-semitism generated by their own actions against their targeted communities and arrogance.

They are a theocratic organized crime family.

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 Feb 02, 2016 at 12:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Yossel Says:

Jews who are fourth or fifth generation Anericans still don't speak or read proper English? How absolutely disgusting. They should be ashamed. To embrace being illiterate? This isn't Yiddishkeit. Cults do this

I do wonder how many of them vote Republican, supporting the hatred of immigrants (especially those who don't speak English) and poor people who need government assistance. Irony is, no doubt, lost on many.

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 Feb 02, 2016 at 06:54 PM reply to big talker with fake name Says:

Reply to #11  
BinsuJiro Says:

The key statement in the article is "legally registered voters."

Having monitored the voting at the Bloomingburg poling place several times, I clearly witnessed a significant number of Chasidic voters arriving from other communities, being instructed on who or what to vote for and being told what to put on their documents about where they live in the Village.

The license plates were from other locations, and there were current parking permits on cars from other communities.

Michael Fragin of Bloomingburg’s Jewish Community Council is a known operative for the Chasidic activists who routinely seek to thrive on the labor and tax revenue generated by those outside of the Chasidic Community.

The court settlement is more an indication of the financial and political power of the Chasidic Block Vote to corrupt everything in New York State from the Office of Governor Cuomo to the judicial chambers of every courthouse.

The Chasidic of New York State thrive on threats, intimidation, bribery false claims of anti-semitism generated by their own actions against their targeted communities and arrogance.

They are a theocratic organized crime family.

It is obvious to me that poster insuJiro is making posts that clearly imply illegal activity.
Hint! If you really believe your accusations prove them in court. I mean a court of law, not an online website.
If your accusations are not valid you will be open to ridicule and possible legal ramifications.
The court settlement is more an indication that false accusations and blocking LEGAL voters will not be tolerated in the USA including Bloominberg.
You do not have to like everybody. You do have to follow the law.

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