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