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Goshen, NY - Orange County Votes To Partner With Towns And Villages To Challenge Kiryas Joel Annexation

Published on: September 17, 2015 09:00 PM
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Goshen, NY – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced on Thursday that the County will seek to join in litigation with other municipalities against the proposed growth of the Village of Kiryas Joel by 164 acres. 

The County Legislature, by a vote of 19-1, agreed to authorize such litigation to the extent that it would fund up to $200,000 in litigation costs.  Michael Amo, who represents Kiryas Joel, was the only legislator to vote against the proposal. Legislator Shannon Wong was not present for the vote due to a family medical emergency.

“It is important that we speak with one voice on this issue,” Neuhaus said. “Kiryas Joel’s environmental review failed to depict the true impacts of this annexation. SEQRA law needs to be changed to recognize the regional impacts of large scale annexations. For now, we have to turn to the courts to try and force the environmental issues to be fully considered.”

The southern Orange County Mayors and Supervisors have retained the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP to litigate on behalf of those municipalities, which will include the County of Orange is it joins the lawsuit. Sharon Worthy-Spiegl from the County attorney’s office is expected to negotiate the terms of the inter-municipal agreement governing the County’s participation in the lawsuit.
The Town of Monroe Board voted last week to approve an annexation of approximately 164 acres into the Kiryas Joel. A petition for a 507-acre annexation was rejected, but Kiryas Joel is expected to appeal that decision to the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court.


“We have never had a potential annexation or land development of this magnitude in the history of the county,” said Steve Brescia, Chairman of the Legislature. “At the very least, the SEQRA should be done properly.

The potential impact of this annexation on water, sewage, traffic, schools and so much more is of the utmost importance to all County residents. We need to make sure that the planning and SEQRA process is followed in a diligent and transparent matter.”

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 Sep 17, 2015 at 09:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Dear Mr. Neuhaus

In order to save money for the county why aren't you using the same environmental study you did when you wanted the casinos there?

Then you had no problem with congestion, water etc.

The answer is obvious....


 Sep 17, 2015 at 11:56 PM Anonymous Says:

We all know how everyone will scream anti semitism. But the truth is if I lived in a nice quite village I would not want it either


 Sep 18, 2015 at 12:09 AM Insider Says:

Waste of time. Kiryas Yoel will continue to expand and thrive in spite of the bias, bigotry, and anti-Semitism. If Kiryas Yoel were a black community, this would long be over.


 Sep 18, 2015 at 12:59 AM oldtimers Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

We all know how everyone will scream anti semitism. But the truth is if I lived in a nice quite village I would not want it either

Sir have you ever heard of democracy? You don't own the village you live in. You might have a lovely quiet neighborhood. But anyone can come and build church next door to you. We live in a free country and if the demographics around you changed not to your likings feel free to move away!


 Sep 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM Realist77 Says:

Unfortunately they are not your normal neighbors. The majority are dependent on government benefits, will not listen to building codes, and will raise the property taxes of the hard working residents. If they were to not take any government aid, follow building codes, and contribute to society, there would be few complaints.


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