Henry Ritell, of Briarcliff Manor, wins court battle to display creche on village property

A court ruled that a Briarcliff Manor man can have a nativity scene displayed on village property.

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BRIARCLIFF MANOR - A Briarcliff Manor man says his Christmas wish has come true this year after a court ruled that he can have a nativity scene displayed on village property.

Henry Ritell says he's been in a dispute with the village for six years to have a creche included in its "official" holiday display. Initially, both sides agreed only holiday symbols, a Christmas tree and a dreidel, would be displayed on public property.

A few weeks ago, Ritell went back to court after hearing the village allowed a menorah to be displayed in another public park. Ritell accused the village of discriminating against Christians.

Ritell was allowed to display his creche today.

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