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Orange County, NY - Kiryas Joel Files Appeal Seeking To Overturn Monroe Rejection Of 507-Acre Annexation Petition

Published on: October 10, 2015 09:30 PM
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Orange County, NY - On Thursday, the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel filed an appeal asking that a state appellate court intervene and take steps to revisit the September 8 decision by the Monroe Town Board rejecting KJ’s petition to annex 507 acres of land, the same day the board approved KJ’s smaller 164-acre petition.

RECORDONLINE.com (http://bit.ly/1Pmy5o5) reports that in court documents attorneys for KJ argue that the split decision by the board was a “purely political compromise” aimed at satisfying opponents of the annexation and that the Monroe Town Board offered “no rationale for its distinction between the two proposals.”


In approving KJ’s smaller 164-acre petition on Sept. 8, the Monroe board acknowledged that its decision would allow for the construction of affordable housing for KJ’s growing Satmar Hasidic population and that a “cohesive community” could be achieved through a sharing of existing municipal services, but in rejecting the 507-acre proposal, the board said KJ annexation should end there in order “to allow a transition to the more rural, low-density development that has long been the hallmark of the town of Monroe.”

Lawyers for KJ are asking the state appellate court to assign three referees who would in turn come in and hear the case and then make a recommendation.

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