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Orange County, NY - To Avoid Potential Lawsuits In KJ Annexation Controversy, Monroe Hires Washington-Based Law Firm

Published on: August 30, 2015 03:00 PM
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A Hasidic woman walks with her children on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. Kiryas Joel is a tightly packed Hasidic enclave surrounded by suburbia in the Hudson Valley. A petition to expand the village by annexing 500 acres of leafy lots nearby has heightened tensions with some suburban neighbors. There are fears it would lead to unwanted increases in people, homes and traffic. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)A Hasidic woman walks with her children on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. Kiryas Joel is a tightly packed Hasidic enclave surrounded by suburbia in the Hudson Valley. A petition to expand the village by annexing 500 acres of leafy lots nearby has heightened tensions with some suburban neighbors. There are fears it would lead to unwanted increases in people, homes and traffic. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Orange County, NY - With potential lawsuits looming from both parties involved in their controversial land annexation issue involving Kiryas Joel, the Monroe Town Board has brought in a high-powered Washington, D.C.-based legal firm to consult with before voting on the matter.

RECORDONLINE.com (http://bit.ly/1KmjZTr) reports that following a closed door meeting Thursday night with Goshen Attorney Michael Donnelly, Monroe town Supervisor Harley Dole announced that the board has hired the firm Lewis Baach and that a 7:15 p.m. meeting on Monday has been scheduled to meet with a lawyer from the firm.

The Monroe board—-which must vote on two petitions pertaining to the matter by September 8—-is walking a legal tightrope on the matter as reps for both those opposing annexation and Kiryas Joel have already threatened lawsuits depending which way the board votes.

With litigation and potential constitutional issues hanging in the balance, Monroe Councilman Richard Colon said the board wants the “absolute best legal advice on these matters before any vote.”


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 Aug 30, 2015 at 03:30 PM Insider Says:

In the long run, Satmar will prevail. If the chassidim were black, this would be a no-brainer. If Al Sharpton wore long curly payos and a long jacket, they'd be shivering in their pants.

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 Aug 30, 2015 at 04:32 PM MrSmith Says:

Just like I'm Bloominburg, in any other upstate slum like Bloominburg they would welcome a development like Chestnut Ridge and the locals would offer thousands in tax beaks and other benefits someone shout come and develop something in that town. Main Street has nothing there, the entire town is run down and this development is on a deserted road. It is pure antisemitism.

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 Aug 30, 2015 at 05:23 PM yosher Says:

I don't get it. Who wouldn't want a few thousand Satmar Chassidim as neighbors. They don't bother anyone.

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 Aug 30, 2015 at 06:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Satmar are very different and like it or not, people are afraid of very different.

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 Aug 30, 2015 at 09:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
yosher Says:

I don't get it. Who wouldn't want a few thousand Satmar Chassidim as neighbors. They don't bother anyone.

Just wait til they place modesty signs all over the county.

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 Aug 30, 2015 at 10:53 PM Anonymous Says:

This shows the arrogance f some of the Satmar. Never would the Reb MMS, Z'TL, have authorized this kind ot action against the will of the local community. Sadly, the same cannot be said about the children of Reb Yolish.who invaded Organge County decades ago and continue their assualt against the locals

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 Aug 31, 2015 at 04:37 PM Anonymous Says:

A few Satmar recently moved to my block. They refuse to use garbage cans, keep their garbage in boxes and will not put garbage out on the designated days like the rest of us must do. Why does the entire neighborhood have to follow rules and Satmar doesn't??

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