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Albany, NY - Timetable For Larkin Anti-Annexation Bills In Senate Still Up In The Air

Published on: June 15, 2015 04:11 PM
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An unidentified man looks up the annexation map at the entrance before the hearing as a law enforcement official guards the Hall. on June 10, 2015An unidentified man looks up the annexation map at the entrance before the hearing as a law enforcement official guards the Hall. on June 10, 2015

Albany, NY - A pair of bills that would place an additional layer of restrictions on the proposed Kiryas Joel annexation are not likely to be voted on today by the New York State Senate, as had been previously anticipated.

The bill, introduced by Senator Bill Larkin, was expected to be voted on today according to a Thursday night Facebook post by Emily Convers, founder of United Monroe which opposes the expansion, as previously reported on VIN News.

Larkin’s press secretary Bryan Maher, would not confirm that the bills were not on today’s agenda, only that there was just a small chance that they could be voted on before the day’s end.  The current legislative session ends on Wednesday.
“Right now we are letting everyone know that the Senator met today with John Flanagan, president of the Senate,” Maher told VIN News. “We don’t have a time frame yet but the Senator wants everyone to know that this is a top priority and we are working to make sure that this bill would be voted on before the end of this legislative session.”

The two Larkin bills are identical to a pair of bills passed last week by the New York State Assembly.  If both bills are passed before the end of the legislative session on June 17th, then they could be signed into law by Governor Cuomo and potentially impede the controversial Kiryas Joel expansion plan.


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