Last fall, one of the towns with camps that draws thousands of kids to the Catskills each summer imposed its first restrictions on them, confining new camps to two areas and setting rules about their capacity, fencing and even cabin occupancy. Wawarsing now faces a federal discrimination lawsuit charging that those requirements would place illegal burdens on the town’s predominantly Orthodox Jewish camps, Record Online reports.
The eight Orthodox camps and one school that sued say the new rules would prevent them from expanding or making improvements without triggering a set of impossible constraints.
Several camp representatives and attorneys had warned of litigation and urged leaders of the Ulster County town to table the proposed restrictions at two public hearings in October. “We feel that this is harassment,” Rabbi David Rosenberg, director of an almost 70-year-old camp which now serves 2,600 boys, told the board members then. “We’re trying to work with the town. We don’t want to hurt the town.”
Rosenberg’s Camp Rav Tov and the other eight plaintiffs that joined in the federal lawsuit in Albany say they serve a total of about 4,300 children.... Read More: Recordonline.com