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Albany, NY - Report: Following KJ Veto, Cuomo Receives Payments From Wealthy KJ Developer

Published on: July 18, 2015 10:54 PM
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FILE - FILE - Board members of Kiryas Joel and Town Of Monroe at the annexation hearing June 10, 2015.FILE - FILE - Board members of Kiryas Joel and Town Of Monroe at the annexation hearing June 10, 2015.

Albany, NY - Governor Cuomo’s ties to a wealthy Kiryas Joel developer has both legislators and good government groups questioning Cuomo’s decision to veto the controversial Kiryas Joel bill requiring local approval for any annexation attempts.

Capital New York reports (http://bit.ly/1I9tl3Z). The proposed legislation was in response to Kiryas Joel’s desire to annex 507 acres, which detractors say would have increased the size of the village by 70 percent.

Citing Article IX of the New York State Constitution, Cuomo said he vetoed the bill on July 8 because it was “unconstitutional” and would have given “counties control over local annexation petitions that would not impact a county’s boundaries.”

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Assemblyman James Skoufis, who sponsored the bill, called the Governor’s veto on constitutional grounds “flat-out wrong” since the bill would have given approval powers to the county’s planning department, not its legislature.

Since the beginning of 2015, Cuomo has received $250,000 from a series of limited liability corporations with ties to the developer identified as Joel Hirsch. On July 13 and 14, Cuomo’s campaign account took in nine checks from questionably-named LLCs.

The address provided for eight of those checks was 266 Broadway, Ste. B04, in Brooklyn. However, according to the corporate registration with the Department of State, Hirsch’s business addresses are listed at 11 Hayes Court, Unit 201 in the town of Monroe, where Kiryas Joel is located. The ninth check had a different address listed on Cuomo’s disclosure forms, but is actually registered at the same Hayes Court address, This address has been listed in several places as the address of Mayer Hirsch

Hirsch is also linked to the Kiryas Joel Meat Market, is an officer with the Kiryas Joel Municipal Local Development Corporation, and is chairman of the Vaad HaKiryah, which originally purchased the land.

“The perception certainly is that these big moneyed interests will get what they need if they give enough money,” said Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters of New York.

Hirsch did not respond to calls requesting comment.


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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:11 PM Anonymous Says:

This is called in the USA legal campaign contribution not payments

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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:16 PM ALTERG Says:

They didn't do anything illegal, that's the way it go's in politic by every bill or law people doing that, as I said last week the rabba z"l in heaven will NOT let his shtetel fall. This anti-semite people will have a bitter soif.

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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:23 PM MrSmith Says:

The Zoleys won't stop till they will bury everybody

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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:24 PM yosher Says:

Just because a quarter million dollars is donated everyone jumps to the conclusion of a payoff. Can't you all see that Satmar Chassidim participate in politics and this is merely an expression of civic participation?

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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:25 PM yosher Says:

just kidding

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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:43 PM hashomer Says:

As Saturday's Middletown Record headline said, Quid Pro Cuomo. Instead of a bribe beforehand, a nice payoff afterwards. But since 'everyone does it' according to ethicist Alterg, it's OK.

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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Hermann Göring said jews should not be involved in politics,so how dare the Jewish people give campaign contributions ??

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 Jul 18, 2015 at 11:53 PM Anonymous Says:

So what's next ???

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 Jul 19, 2015 at 12:09 AM anonymous613 Says:

Reply to #2  
ALTERG Says:

They didn't do anything illegal, that's the way it go's in politic by every bill or law people doing that, as I said last week the rabba z"l in heaven will NOT let his shtetel fall. This anti-semite people will have a bitter soif.

The Rebbe Z"L was against the formation of the village to prevent the rampant chillul Hashem

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 Jul 19, 2015 at 01:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
anonymous613 Says:

The Rebbe Z"L was against the formation of the village to prevent the rampant chillul Hashem

The Rebbe Z"L was NOT against the formation of the village BLA BLA BLA

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 Jul 19, 2015 at 01:31 AM hashomer Says:

The issue is about the questionable payoffs to Cuomo, not about the Rebbe. Or is Cuomo the new Rebbe?

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 Jul 19, 2015 at 02:04 AM CommonSense Says:

Ugh. We're our own worst enemies.
We need to take a step back and look at the perception our actions cause. Because perception IS reality.

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 Jul 19, 2015 at 07:58 AM CommonSense Says:

Ugh. We're our own worst enemies.
We need to take a step back and look at the perception our actions cause. Because perception IS reality.

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 Jul 20, 2015 at 06:46 PM ActualJew Says:

A pox on both their liberal corrupt houses-Satmar and Cuomo. Yuck. Hope this brings them both down. So corrupt!

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