FBI Raids Controversial Orthodox Developer’s Properties in Upstate N.Y.

Unwelcome: Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm owns properties in the upstate New York village of Bloomingburg.

Agents Swarm Bloomingburg, Site of Development Fight


FBI agents have descended on properties owned by Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm in the upstate New York village of Bloomingburg, according to eyewitness accounts and a report in the Time Herald-Record, a local newspaper.

Between 50 and 60 FBI agents have swarmed the town, with 20 FBI vehicles parked outside the Bloomingbug headquarters of Lamm’s development firm, according to Teek Persaud, a local business owner and an opponent of Lamm’s development project.

A spokesperson for the FBI in New York confirmed that the FBI had conducted “multiple searches” in Bloomingburg as part of an ongoing investigation. The spokesperson would not comment on the nature of the investigation.

A spokesman for Black Creek, Lamm’s firm, acknowledged the FBI investigation. “The FBI is reviewing allegations — and they are only allegations,” said Joel Cohen, attorney for Black Creek. “We feel confident that when the dust settles they will find no wrongdoing.”

Lamm is building a controversial 396-unit development in the village of Bloomingburg that has faced significant local opposition. He has also bought up a large portion of the buildings on and around the village’s small main street. Members of the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic group plan to move to the Lamm’s development once construction is complete.

Lamm has recently faced charges of voter fraud in the run-up to local village elections in Bloomingburg, as over 100 new voters have registered to vote in the village — many of them from addresses owned by Lamm. Just 24 people voted in the last Bloomingburg village election.

The Time Herald-Record reported that FBI agents arrived in Bloomingburg on March 13 and have visited at least three Lamm-owned properties, including a house at 137 Main Street. Opponents of the development project say that the house has been listed as a home address by 20 newly registered voters, according to the Herald Record.

  1. #1 by bigcree1 on 03/13/2014 - 9:34

    Where ever these ultra orthodox jews ‘settle’ or a more accurate term; slither in and occupy, trouble soon follows. They are not known for practicing ethical means of business or having any kind of integrity. Ruthless, cold and calculating. A most serpent like behavior. It makes them predictably out of step with natural laws of the cosmos. They are not capable of living in harmony with others, anywhere, ever.

  2. #2 by kittie kittie on 03/14/2014 - 9:34

    Local blog Serving the Towns of Wawarsing, Crawford, Mamakating, Rochester and Shawangunk, and everything in between

    “Observers believe that Mr. Lamm is pursuing a SLAPP strategy (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) because the cost for the Rural Heritage Party of continuing their legal struggle will be several thousand dollars, and none of the Rural Heritage Candidates are known to have deep pockets.”

    Southern New York State Local News

    The comments. Oh, the comments. I see future TUT readers! LOL
    I’m sure all written news media will soon be using the Facebook Commenting System like my state newspapers have since it stops this sort of……ehm……participation by local citizenry That’s all I’ll say about that until the topic comes around!

    Next topic: How to convert fiat money into tangible assets.

  3. #3 by ariadnatheo on 03/14/2014 - 9:34

    Oy, the anti-semitism rears its Goyisch head again with this pogrom, no less, against a good Jew just trying to better his lot in life. Haven’t they suffered enough?

  4. #4 by Isaac on 03/14/2014 - 9:34

    Bigcree. I agree with you, these beings are like snakes, as you said very clever; they are ruthless, cold, calculating and not being capable of living in harmony with others.

  5. #5 by SSCI espionage for Israel? on 03/14/2014 - 9:34

    I’m more concerned about the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence scandal, with Feinstein and Rockefeller’s staff, apparently caught harvesting CIA documents , not intended for public or even SSCI staff. Apparently the Obama WH authorized Justice to look into CIA claims that SSCI hacked into CIA servers.

    This story doesnt make sense. Those SSC computers were set up to be secure in the direction towards CIA, but not the other way around. Someone in CIA put files there that CIA staff and dir Brennan didnt want there, specifically Panetta’ discussion of Torture.

    What we do know aout CIA torture is that it included participation form the government of Israel.

    Was a Mole inside CIA putting files there to discredit CIA/Brennan\Obama, now that the Palestine talks are failing, and the Iran talks perservere? Or did the CIA/FBI catch Feinstein funnelling docs to Israel?

    an investigative reporter or the FBI could cross check names and communications between Senate staff and the usual Aipac front suspects to find the Mole, my speculation is that is actually what Justice is doing right now, and why Feinstein broke with the Obama WH to turn this into a human rights issue, rather than a case of Israeli espionage.

  6. #6 by nooralhaqiqa on 03/14/2014 - 9:34

    Crooked. Wow. Who’da thunk it from one of the holy ones!

    Happy Purim folks. Don’t forget to eat your ear cookies.

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