6 village laws continue to cause divide among Airmont residents

Many people in the Jewish community are trying to overturn or amend the laws to make it easier for them to practice their religion.

News 12 Staff

Oct 5, 2021, 2:31 AM

Updated 1,024 days ago

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A virtual public meeting was held Monday about six village laws that are still causing a huge divide between Jewish and secular Airmont residents.
Many people in the Jewish community are trying to overturn or amend the laws to make it easier for them to practice their religion.
For instance, they want to park overnight on the street during religious services, but some secular residents, like Danielle Meehan, say that's an issue of public safety.
"If people are parked in the road, you are slowing down first responders," says Meehan.
Another change involves extending the noise curfew.
The new proposed hours would ban loud power tools, like lawnmowers, before 10 a.m. on weekends.
Meehan worries these changes cater too much to one religious community.
"We live in a democracy. One group, regardless of what their interests are, does not have the right to put their choice of how other people should live," says Meehan.
Besides the laws themselves, many are frustrated they can't voice their concerns in person.
"Why are you afraid of facing residents? We are the people paying your taxes, and you owe answers to people," says Meehan.
Other laws that are being debated involve converting garages into living spaces for large families and another that involves cutting down multiple trees on people's property.
The laws seem to relate to Jewish services, and that's what's causing so much division in the community.
News 12 called Mayor Nathan Bubel for comment on this chaos - and he said "now is not a good time" before hanging up.
NOTE: Three laws were voted on Monday night as of 10 p.m.
The noise curfew was changed to 9 a.m. instead of the originally proposed 10 a.m.
People are now allowed to park on the street overnight.
People are allowed to convert their garages into living spaces for their families.


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