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Kiryas Joel, NY - 163 Acre Annexation Plan Passed By Town Of Monroe, 507 Voted Down

Published on: September 8, 2015 08:52 PM
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Kirays Joel, NY - The proposed Kiryas Joel annexation has cleared yet another legal hurdle as the Town of Monroe board passed a 164 acre annexation plan by a vote of four to one at a meeting held tonight while simultaneously shooting down a larger plan that would have allowed a larger 507 acre expansion.

A large contingent of United Monroe supporters rallied at a local McDonalds prior to the meeting and walked en masse to the meeting, held at the Bais Rochel Paradise Hall in Kiryas Joel, almost two miles away. 

Tension was palpable in the large room, with audience members holding signs and the Monroe town board separated from spectators by metal police-style barricades during the hour long meeting which was peppered with both jeers and applause.

The vote was presented as a “vote in common,” with board members voting on a plan that would reject the larger 507 acre annexation plan while simultaneously approving the 164 acre plan, according to Paul Larrabee of Corning Place Communications, which represents the village of Kiryas Joel. 

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Larrabbee said he could not explain why the two proposals were presented as a single vote that would only allow for approval of the smaller plan while rejecting the larger one.

The 164 acre proposal will move on to the next stage of the annexation process with residents of the area to be annexed casting their votes on the plan after a mandatory 30 day waiting period has passed.

Neither Emily Convers, head of United Monroe, nor Ari Felberman, government relations coordinator for Kiryas Joel was available for comment.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus released a statement tonight condemning the vote.

“The decision does not surprise me but it was definitely wrong,” said Neuhaus. “There is a significant lack of leadership in the Town of Monroe. This annexation is not in the overall interest of the public.”

Neuhaus faulted the state for not naming Orange County as the lead agency in the annexation process and for introducing legislation that might have halted the annexation in the eleventh hour, when it was too late to be of use.

Neuhaus called on L. Stephen Brescia, chairman of the Orange County Legislature to convene a special meeting as soon as possible in order to determine the county’s next step.

“Time is of the essence,” said Neuhaus, with a nod to the mandatory waiting period before the next vote can take place..  “The options we have available to us today will not exist in 30 days.”


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 Sep 08, 2015 at 10:26 PM Insider Says:

Mazel Tov !! First the 164 acres. The, Kiryas Yoel plus its new 164 acres will achieve approval for the next 507 acres !!

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 Sep 08, 2015 at 11:12 PM ItzikGold Says:

אידען מופט קיין ישראל

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 07:58 AM Anonymous Says:

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ItzikGold Says:

אידען מופט קיין ישראל

אין מדינת ישראל וועלן די מוסלמענר אייך הארגענען. דעריבער בחייהם מיר אין גלות

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 11:21 AM ActualJew Says:

Great job in antagonizing your neighbors with bullying. Where is that in the Shulchan Aruch? Why bother reading Pirkei Avos if you are going to ignore it?

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 11:27 AM Realist77 Says:

I hope that they can learn to be good neighbors.

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 04:54 PM Anonymous Says:

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ActualJew Says:

Great job in antagonizing your neighbors with bullying. Where is that in the Shulchan Aruch? Why bother reading Pirkei Avos if you are going to ignore it?

antagonizing...bullying? did you see the behavior of the United Monroe group? they heckle and yell like animals. All these people want is a place to live and housing for their children when they get married. the opposition is pure hatred.
"actual jew", I don't think you are actually a jew!!

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 07:00 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

antagonizing...bullying? did you see the behavior of the United Monroe group? they heckle and yell like animals. All these people want is a place to live and housing for their children when they get married. the opposition is pure hatred.
"actual jew", I don't think you are actually a jew!!

Place to live and housing for their kids.... by bullying others into annexation that will ruin property value for those annexed. And those nearby the annexation. They basically took land from a neighboring town whose residents DIDN"T want to live in KJ. Nothing Antisemetic here. Not everything is "pure hatred".

What I learned here is if I start building illegally, and then try to get permission, any action trying to prevent me from finishing and selling is now hatred. Nice to learn that.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 09:23 AM Realist77 Says:

It is not anti-semitism. The Kiryas Joel community should learn how to be mentchen instead of schnoring off the government. They litter the roads, do not follow building codes, and overall are terrible neighbors. Their lack of work ethic and constant reliance on government benefits has raised taxes for the hard working people that live in the area. Government benefits are not supposed to be a lifestyle. They are supposed to aid people to get on their feet.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 02:14 PM ActualJew Says:

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Anonymous Says:

antagonizing...bullying? did you see the behavior of the United Monroe group? they heckle and yell like animals. All these people want is a place to live and housing for their children when they get married. the opposition is pure hatred.
"actual jew", I don't think you are actually a jew!!

No, I am actually a Jew. I do not antagonize and bully like the East Ramapo/Monsey/KJ folk do. My friends live and lived in that area and if even half the stories are true, it is a horror show. You guys feel that anything and everything is ok so long as it advances a certain community, even at the expense of others. That, chaver, is not Judaism.

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