On October 1, 2018, Relman Colfax filed this federal lawsuit on behalf of UMH Properties, a developer seeking to build a community of affordable manufactured homes in the Village of Coxsackie, New York. The lawsuit alleges that the Village has obstructed UMH from building the community, Mountainview Estates, in response to discriminatory community opposition. Most recently, the Village resorted to rewriting the Village zoning code in January 2018 to prevent UMH from building any manufactured home community on the property it had purchased for the purpose.
Filed in the Albany Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the case alleges that the Village engaged in race and familial status discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act, and that its obstruction of Mountainview Estates and alteration of the zoning code violated state law.
UMH Properties, Inc. v. Village of Coxsackie, No. 1:18-CV-1182 (N.D.N.Y.)