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Kiryas Joel, NY - Election Showed Once Again KJ's Ability to Deliver a Large Bloc Vote

Published on: September 12, 2008 08:42 AM
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Kiryas Joel, NY - The race for Orange County Surrogate Court just got a lot more interesting, because Tuesday’s primary showed that there might be more going on than an election to decide who’ll resolve disputes involving wills and trusts.

The election could be a barometer, once again, of the Satmar Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel’s ability to deliver votes in a large bloc. It could also be another measurement of the gains that the county’s Democrats have made in a traditionally Republican-dominated county.

Voters in KJ turned out in overwhelming numbers for Democrat Stephen Hunter during Tuesday’s Independence Party primary, voting for him 81-14.

But Republican Robert Onofry won the Independence vote in the remainder of the county, getting an especially big “favorite son” boost in his home city of Port Jervis.

Tuesday’s results gave rise to talk in political circles that KJ voters are unhappy with the county’s Republicans because of their support for a lawsuit by the county that challenged the village’s proposal to build a 13-mile pipeline to tap into New York City’s aqueduct.

But there were also Democrats in the county Legislature who favored that lawsuit. Hunter’s campaign treasurer, Jack Berkowitz, is confident that in a presidential year, KJ voters, who went Republican in a race for County Court two years ago, will see the Democrats as the party that can best represent the interests of New York’s fastest-growing village.


“I think they see the governor, and two U.S. senators and they see the demographics of Orange County changing every day, and I think they’re going where the action is.”

It’s not just a KJ thing: Berkowitz also sees Barack Obama’s coattails extending a long way, perhaps into Onofry’s home turf, where the most recent voter-registration figures give Democrats a margin of 228 registered voters.

Onofry’s campaign manager, Damian Brady, is just as confident in the wake of Tuesday’s primary. As for KJ, Brady said, “I think both sides are seeking their support, that’s obvious. But I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. “¦ Whether it’s a phone call from David Paterson or Sheldon Silver, I can’t control that.”

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 Sep 12, 2008 at 09:47 AM deepthinker Says:

So, let's see. Will the leaders of KJ sell their souls to the abortion-and gay-rights devils in the Democrat Party, in exchange for money.


 Sep 12, 2008 at 09:27 AM Moishe -Willyburger Says:

Sounds like KJ for Obama, big time.
Why not; in domestic policy (programs), and in foreign policy (anti-Israel), they're made for each other.
Hashem hatoiv y'chaper al amoi v'yochish geuloseini.


 Sep 12, 2008 at 10:26 AM Investigator Says:

KJ will be busy with State Comtroller DiNapoli looking into the corrupt handling of funding from Pataki and Silver.


 Sep 12, 2008 at 11:10 AM Hesh Says:

Total sell outs! money money money money! Yiras Shamayim -out the window!


 Sep 12, 2008 at 02:04 PM TRUTH DETECTOR Says:

In KJ their was "no official" endorsment to vote for anybody, whoever voted did so on his own


 Sep 12, 2008 at 03:20 PM Lock & Load Says:

I have some News for you......
KJ is not even a Pimple on the Map.
Neitherr Obama or McCain, Care about KJ....
Lock & Load


 Sep 12, 2008 at 05:25 PM emes Says:

they'll do any thing only for their self ( " the few bigs " ) intrest could'nt care for nobody....... but their is there b"h a big group who the torah is there rule of life, and won't follow instructions how to vote and what to do from the so called k.j. leaders chas v'shulem e'bsheim hashem natzliach


 Sep 14, 2008 at 01:42 AM Cherickofdemtuches Says:

KJ is very important. The way KJ votes is usually the way sophisticated college towns such as New Haven (Yale) and Cambridge (Harvard) vote. You see these people of KJ have a very high level of saychel. If they could read and write they would score through the roof on intelligence tests. Until the day comes that they could be tested you just have to take my word for it. These people are smart!


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