Orange County, NY - Anti-Annexation Bill To Reach Senate Floor; Police Investigate Yiddish Twitter Threat Made Against Larkin
Last updated on: June 12, 2015 06:06 AM
Orange County, NY - Just days after announcing that the Assembly passed an annexation oversight bill that could spell trouble for the proposed Kiryas Joel expansion, an Orange County senator has announced that the identical bill will be put up for a vote before the end of the current legislative session.
Senator Bill Larkin shared news of the impending vote on Facebook this afternoon, saying that the two bills have passed the Senate’s Rules Committee and will be placed on the third reading calendar.
According to political blog State of Politics, a Larkin tweet about an update on the annexation bills was greeted with a threatening response, written in Yiddish. State Police are currently investigating the threat against the senator.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who spoke out forcefully at the public hearing last night in Kiryas Joel saying that the issue in the village is about Jews, not annexation, condemned the threat.
“There is a lot of tension on both sides but threats are inexcusable,” Hikind told VIN News.
Hikind also noted that the anonymity of a Twitter threat should raise questions about the identity of the sender and that until the facts are known it is inappropriate to jump to any conclusions about who made the threat.
“Did it come from someone within Kiryas Joel or was it the perfect setup?” queried Hikind. “There is no way to know but one thing is certain: no one should ever threaten anyone on either side.”
Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudah Israel of America, who also attended last night’s hearing in Kiryas Joel, said that behavior of this nature goes way beyond the pale, particularly for observant Jews.
“If anybody issued a threat against a legislator or against anybody, it is inexcusable and counterproductive to any goal,” said Rabbi Zwiebel.
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