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New York - Sullivan County Billionaire To Cuomo: Sign KJ Bills

Published on: July 8, 2015 02:31 PM
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FILE - Cablevision pioneer Alan Gerry speaks at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, August 14, 2009. ReutersFILE - Cablevision pioneer Alan Gerry speaks at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, August 14, 2009. Reuters

Sullivan County, NY - A prominent Forbes 400 billionaire and Hudson Valley resident has sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, urging him to sign legislation that could potentially impede the Kiryas Joel annexation process.

Alan Gerry, founder of Cablevision Industries, sent a letter to Cuomo on July 1st, describing the unique balance of the Hudson Valley, a rural area that still offers easy access to New York City, but voiced concern that the proposed expansion would impact the area negatively.

A copy of Gerry’s letter was posted on Facebook by United Monroe, which opposed the annexation.

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Gerry mentions that Kiryas Joel has filed two expansion plans for proposed growth.

“Should either of these succeed, zoning changes to permit high-density, multi-family housing will immediately follow, facilitating population growth in the village from its current population of 24,000 to 100,000 or more.”

Gerry, who lives in Liberty, 50 miles northwest of Kiryas Joel, also described the environmental review that green lighted the annexation as “seriously flawed; a document intended to reach a self-serving conclusion.”  Cablevision, now a national company, continues to be headquartered in the Hudson Valley and Gerry notes that he has made significant financial contributions to the area, with donations to SUNY colleges in both Orange and Sullivan counties, Catskills Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center.

As previously reported on VIN News, the governor has until midnight tonight to decide whether he will veto or sign the two bills that would restrict, and possibly derail, the Kiryas Joel annexation.

Gerry, who is Jewish, is ranked in Forbes 400 with a networth of $1.4 Billion Dollars.

His office did not return calls for a comment.


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 Jul 08, 2015 at 02:47 PM LONGBEACH13 Says:

Good for Mr. Gerry. Yes he is Jewish too and is a big supporter of Liberty's only shul.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 02:49 PM MrSmith Says:

Hey Gerry did you do a study what Casinos will do to Sullivan County?

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 03:00 PM lavrenty Says:

Makes sense a billionaire wrote him, since Cuomo like Willy Sutton is looking for where the money is, now we have hope that Cuomo might sign it, before he is indicted by Bharra.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 03:02 PM Realistic Says:

So he lives in a different county, 50 miles away.

How could he be negatively affected by this? and why does his opinion count more than mines? he is not elected or what.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 03:20 PM Seriously Says:

I didn't understand exactly why he cares, until I read the last paragraph, that he's Jewish, makes now sense.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 03:32 PM Alterb Says:

המה כרעו ונפלו ואנחנו קמנו ונתעודד

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 04:06 PM Wise18 Says:

Mama always said "we are our own worse enemies" ! Guess I will be changing carriers next year !

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 04:07 PM hashomer Says:

Money talks, kreplach walks in Cuomo the bully's NY. Just like Bonacic got $80k from pal gambling donors, then went against other casino developers. Heaven help you if you don't have big bucks here.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 04:15 PM shvigger Says:

Reply to #5  
Seriously Says:

I didn't understand exactly why he cares, until I read the last paragraph, that he's Jewish, makes now sense.

He's Jewish. Leave it up to our "farkrachaneh" brethren to do anything possible to hinder us in any way possible.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 04:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
MrSmith Says:

Hey Gerry did you do a study what Casinos will do to Sullivan County?

yes what will they do my friend? Its not like it will become the casino place to go to. So it will bring in a buit more business very differnet than brining in 100,000 new chasdim who will drain the school board, Hud and othe rviatl resources. Oh and I am charedi too. I just understand their point very clearly.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 04:56 PM gules Says:

bchlal lumo tisrui mir zenen in gules hachomim hishari bmaszichem vdal

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 05:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Only a self hating jew could write something like this.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 05:51 PM Mazal1 Says:

Another lamuud vivnik to the rescue. hashim has many shooloochimm

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 06:07 PM DOVE1 Says:

i will cancel cablevision immediately

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 07:13 PM PowerUp Says:

Great comments above, all is true, how is the more papulated KJ going to effect him? Aren't the casino's going to effect him as much? Shame on him.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 07:13 PM Insider Says:

Satmar must boycott cablevision !!!!!!!!!

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 07:49 PM REALIST Says:

Reply to #14  
DOVE1 Says:

i will cancel cablevision immediately

He started it, but sold it years ago! You'd be spiting yourself.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 07:59 PM Anonymous Says:

I live in Bethel, does Mr. Gerry care about the quality of life and environmental issues he brought to my town with all the traffic his concert venue disguised as a charity for tax reasons has brought? Here's a deal, I won't complain about Bethel Woods if he doesn't complain about KJ.

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 Jul 08, 2015 at 09:24 PM gezinterheit Says:

He also has an agenda with KJ because we don't use cable TV

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