Middletown officials accuse Kiryas Joel of blackmailPosted: Updated:
Middletown officials allege the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel tried to blackmail them by filing a bogus lawsuit that was dropped last week.
The lawsuit criticized Middletown's use of a reservoir, claiming the village was denied access during a water crisis.
Kiryas Joel claimed in another lawsuit to have enough water to support its expansion plans for more than a decade.
News 12's calls to Kiryas Joel officials were not returned.