Court rules for Orthodox day school


A court ruling will allow an Orthodox day school in suburban New York to construct a new building.

A federal court panel ruled Wednesday that the village of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, N.Y., exhibited “an arbitrary blindness to the facts” in 2002 when it denied the Westchester Day School the right to construct a new 20-room building, The New York Times reported.

In reaching its decision, the three-judge panel applied the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a federal law embraced by religious organizations that broadly protects groups who claim the free exercise of their faith is “substantially burdened” by land-use regulations.

The Orthodox Union applauded the decision and said the land use law was functioning as its sponsors intended.

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