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Springfield, MA - Court Dismisses Religious Rights Claims

Published on: June 1, 2008 05:00 PM
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Longhill Gardens Condominiums condemned, 32 tenants where being displaced due to the unlivable conditions there and three of the five buildings’ danger of collapse.Springfield, MA - A federal court judge said that he will dismiss claims filed by the former manager of the Longhill Gardens Condominiums that accused the city of malicious prosecution and of violating his religious rights.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor ruled that motions to dismiss all counts, shall be granted. The suit was filed by former property manager Shalom Segelman, of Waterbury, Conn.

Longhill Gardens was shut down by court order following a prolonged court battle between the city and Segelman. The city had attempted to force Segelman to pay for repairs and operational expenses at the Longhill Street condominium complex, before it was shut down by the court, based on code violations and lack of funds for expenses.

In his suit, Segelman argued that the city violated his civil rights by taking a hard-line approach at certain junctures in the dispute. In addition, Segelman, “an observant Jew,” sought damages against the city, alleging the city went forward with a court hearing on a Jewish holiday and that the city insisted that he be jailed for contempt of court at a facility where kosher food was not served.


Ponsor also stated he would dismiss claims by Segelman against two other defendants, CitiBank, the mortgage holder, and Concerned Citizens for Springfield Inc., a community action group.

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 Jun 01, 2008 at 10:24 PM anonymous Says:

" alleging the city went forward with a court hearing on a Jewish holiday and that the city insisted that he be jailed for contempt of court at a facility where kosher food was not served."

why would something be alleged or not - it was either on a jewish holiday or not - take out a calendar.
the food was either kosher or it was not

he should call a better lawyer.....


 Jun 01, 2008 at 11:22 PM ShatzMatz Says:

This nutjob made a big chillul hashem. He misbehaved in court so badly that in the end the jusges got tired of his silly excuses, even if some of his claims had a grain of truth. if you follow the big picture you would cringe at the bad name this meshugene gave all yidden trying to establish a community in waterbury.


 Jun 01, 2008 at 11:54 PM anonymous Says:

ShatzMatz...you are so wrong. Springfield is one of th emost corrupt cities in the US. Conflict of interest is not in their vocab. Get your facts straight. Truth is Waterbury departments are pretty shaky too when it comes to ethics.


 Jun 02, 2008 at 01:48 PM Water Berry Says:

to ShatzMatz:
The only chilul Hashem perpertated is by your Loshon Hora.
Sholom Segelman is a tremendous Bal Tzedakah and a true Yiras Shomayim. A court hearing was scheduled on Shevous, Springfield MA is a city of known corruption. Perhaps take a min. and read about your horrible comments...if Waterbury is a community that behaves like you perhaps it is an Iy Hanidachas...shame on you!


 Jun 02, 2008 at 02:42 PM annoynous Says:

I hear yah Shatmatz I know the brothers but you do not have to go so far in your comments


 Jun 02, 2008 at 04:46 PM annoynous Says:

Sholom is a good guy a Lev Tov and has done alot for the Waterbury Kehila. It is not fair to comment on him lkie ShatzMatz did.


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