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Kiryas Joel, NY - Winds Of Change To Blow In Town Of Monroe?

Published on: November 4, 2015 11:12 PM
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FILE - The Monroe Town Board voted in favor of a land annexation by the Village of Kiryas Joel on Tuesday, Sept. 8FILE - The Monroe Town Board voted in favor of a land annexation by the Village of Kiryas Joel on Tuesday, Sept. 8

Kiryas Joel, NY - Buoyed by an Election Day victory, leaders of the factious group Kiryas Joel Alliance have expressed optimism that brighter and more harmonious times are ahead for the very diverse population of the Town of Monroe. 

As previously reported on VIN News, candidates Mike McGinn and Tony Cardone, who ran on the Republican and United Monroe lines, won two seats on the town board, defeating Daniel Burke who was endorsed by the Village of Kiryas Joel.

In a statement released to the media, Kiryas Joel Alliance board member David Falkowitz said that the newly elected board members have earned reputations as being “hardworking, honest and fair gentlemen.”  Falkowitz also noted that he met with the two candidates prior to the election and found them to be receptive and understanding of the unique needs and traditions of the Jewish community.

“We have spoken with them for hours on end and found them to be very reasonable people with a passion for justice and fairness to all,” added another board member of the Kiryas Joel Alliance, who asked to remain anonymous.  “They are people we felt absolutely comfortable to endorse and we are confident that they will treat all residents of Monroe equally and fairly.”

Members of the Kiryas Joel Alliance, who according to reports in the Times Herald Record cast almost 2,400 votes in the election, threw their weight behind Cardone and McGinn as a display of communal unity.

“We wish to demonstrate to the citizens of the Town of Monroe - and indeed all of Orange County - that by mutual respect and open dialog, diverse cultures can co-exist in harmony.  We are confident that beginning with today’s election, a new atmosphere is about to dawn in the Town of Monroe.”

Unofficial results by the Orange County Board of Elections show Cardone with 8,352 votes, McGinn with 8,306 votes and incumbent councilman Daniel Burke, the only candidate supported by the Village of Kiryas Joel, trailing behind with 4,342 votes.

The only other candidate in the election, Dennis McWatters received just 161 votes.

FILE - Board members of Kiryas Joel and Town Of Monroe FILE - Board members of Kiryas Joel and Town Of Monroe

Village of Kiryas Joel officials consider the Kiryas Joel Alliance’s support of McGinn and Cardone to be a slap in the face to Burke.

“I am disappointed that a faction in our community can justify rejecting a town councilman who helped them build a boys and girls school, a mikva, synagogues, and numerous housing and commercial units within the Town of Monroe,” Ari Felberman, Kiryas Joel’s government relations coordinator, told VIN News.  “Dan Burke deserved better from the Jewish community.”

Despite its diminutive size, only 1.1 square miles as reported by the United States Census, Kiryas Joel continues to make more than its fair share of headlines.

A referendum on a proposed expansion plan that would annex 164 acres from the Town of Monroe into the Village of Kiryas Joel is due to be held on Monday, although lawyers for the opposition movement will be in federal court tomorrow, hoping to convince a judge to derail the scheduled referendum.

Perpetual friction between United Monroe and the Village of Kiryas Joel have created increasing tensions in the area, as Monroe residents have attempted to control what they see as the village’s uncontrolled appetite for growth, with the village responding with accusations of anti-Semitism, an allegation that was further publicized by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who equated “anti-annexation” with anti-Semitism during his remarks at a public hearing held in the village last June.


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 Nov 05, 2015 at 09:45 AM albroker Says:

Stay strong, Satmar cant get along on 1 mile of land, yet they attack the Zionists for wanting to control THEIR own land.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
albroker Says:

Stay strong, Satmar cant get along on 1 mile of land, yet they attack the Zionists for wanting to control THEIR own land.

Wow. Seriously? The Zionists invaded the holy land and riled up the savages in the entire region all the while stealing the identity of the Jewish people in doing so and had and have a stated policy that Zionism is above all else including Jewish lives and have sacrificed tens of thousands of Jewish lives on its idolatrous altar. Satmar did nothing remotely resembling any of that.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 02:12 PM what this means Says:

as terrible as it sounds that the zali's backed the challenger , in all fairness the kj board ignored them totally so i gues they got a " big patch"

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 02:12 PM Dan Burke helped the Village board to: Says:

To build nice buildings.
So may I ask if he also helped to set on fire a Maternity Nursing Home with 45 young mothers with infants ?
Or was it done by the village gangsters on there own.
Question 2.
Did Dan Burke help to crush the Temporary Pre-school building on that property of UTA near zigzag Brach's property.????

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 03:12 PM Anonymous Says:

This is payback time...Vayoel Moshe (and the old Rebbitzen Z'L) reaching out from the grave and saying we will have the last word.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 03:51 PM Gevald Says:

For your info the Vyoel Moshe and Rabbi Yoel are the same person

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 06:46 PM DOVE1 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This is payback time...Vayoel Moshe (and the old Rebbitzen Z'L) reaching out from the grave and saying we will have the last word.

So the Vyoel Moshe needs United Monroe for help .why didn't he use them when he build the shtetel ?

Do you think that the Village and their whole staff don't use a calculator ?they don't know when the zali party and United Monroe vote together they win them ?how about they don't need the zaly party to vote together with them .they just ignore them ...they don't need nothing from the Town .the only ones that need favors from the Town are zalis .I guess all politicians will try to help them after seeing how they repaid Burkes

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