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Monsey, NY - Rabbi Drops Tax Lawsuit

Published on: May 27, 2006 11:48 PM
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Monsey, NY - A rabbi will drop a lawsuit he brought against the town of Ramapo when it removed a religious tax exemption from a house he owned.  The lawsuit, which had resulted in a trial begun in state Supreme Court in White Plains, will be dropped by Rabbi Herman Oberlander, whom Ramapo depicted as a landlord profiting from the property. “My client made a decision,” said Oberlander’s lawyer, Joel Scheinert of Nanuet.  He would not say what prompted the decision to end the dispute, which began in 2004 after the Town Assessor’s Office eliminated a 100 percent religious-use tax exemption that had been in effect since 1995. And Ramapo had rejected Scheinert’s request to negotiate a settlement. “We were not willing to entertain settlement discussions, because we didn’t feel the exemption was warranted,” Town Attorney Michael Klein said. Klein said all taxes must be paid going back to 2004.  The house, at 4 Roman Blvd., is assessed at $73,800, which would entail taxes totaling about $11,000 without the exemption. Ramapo assesses at 13.6 percent of market value, making the actual worth of the house about $542,000. A nonjury trial before state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Dickerson had its first session in March. A second session had been scheduled May 17. That session was postponed, though, after Scheinert said Oberlander had been ill. Ramapo had already sent documents to the court showing that Oberlander, while claiming residence at the Monsey house, was also claiming to be a resident of a Miami, Fla., condominium. Miami-Dade County records show that Oberlander and his wife, Bella, claimed a homestead exemption worth $25,000, which reduced the taxable value of the condominium to $48,736 from $73,736. During the one trial session in White Plains, Ramapo Deputy Town Attorney Michael Specht questioned Oberlander about the Miami residence, which Oberlander said he occupied some months of the year. Specht also asked Oberlander about a Brooklyn apartment, which Oberlander said was an office where he had once lived. The rabbi testified that he shared the Monsey house with two granddaughters and their husbands, whom he described as associate rabbis. Oberlander told the court that he had about 100 grandchildren, so he couldn’t recall the names of the granddaughters living in the house.  

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 Jun 01, 2006 at 01:14 AM Stiffs attorneys as well Says:

I wouldn't be surprised if he stiffs his lawyer as well. :)

In fact a simple eLaw search on Herman Oberlander shows that his attorney sued him for non payment (I guess).


So good luck for his current attorney in getting his money.



 May 31, 2006 at 10:48 PM Burich Says:

>> they spent over $5,000,000 in Nursing Home Litigation <<

I think this guy needs to be checked into a nursing home immediately.


 May 31, 2006 at 06:29 PM Anonymous Says:

At least his lawyer made money, these Oberlanders have been parties to so much litigation in New York Courts that estimate in 1995 they spent over $5,000,000 in Nursing Home Litigation


 May 30, 2006 at 03:11 PM Anonymous Says:

To Duvid,

I heard that he claimed that he is the Rabbi of the Pupa shul in vilamsburg.


 May 30, 2006 at 01:08 PM Duvid Says:

It's interesting how we was just able to say that he is a rabbi without any proof of such. I mean he has no shul. So how was he able to pull this off in the first place?


 May 29, 2006 at 11:51 AM hooper Says:

>> Specht also asked Oberlander about a Brooklyn apartment, which Oberlander said was an office where he had once lived. <<

What?? He doesn't live there now? What a liar!!


 May 28, 2006 at 11:05 PM Anonymous Says:

מען רעדט דא פון א איד וואס איז ווערט הונדערטער מיליאנען בלי גוזמא, און ער גייט אין קאורט
וועגן די טעקסעס


 May 28, 2006 at 10:24 PM Shia Says:

A rachmunas, er vet nisht huben shabbos tzi machen. :(


 May 28, 2006 at 02:51 AM Anonymous Says:

This guy a/k/a Mechel Oberlander is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. What's his urge to steal a few bucks and create such Chilil Hashem?


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