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Kiryas Joel, NY - Big Win For KJ As Appeals Court Shuts Down Challenge To Water Pumping Plans

Published on: October 26, 2017 02:13 PM
Last updated on: October 26, 2017 04:56 PM
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FILE -  A work site inside the village of Kiryas Joel, where workmen have been laying, burying and otherwise constructing a water-transmission pipeline. (Kiryas Joel)FILE -  A work site inside the village of Kiryas Joel, where workmen have been laying, burying and otherwise constructing a water-transmission pipeline. (Kiryas Joel)

Kiryas Joel, NY - Things may finally be looking up for Kiryas Joel’s beleaguered water pipeline after a panel of four appellate judges rejected a challenge to a 2016 Supreme Court decision that granted the village permission to pump 612,000 water a day from a well that it owns in Cornwall, New York.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2y6J6tA), a court decision handed down last May barred Kiryas Joel from pumping water from the well, which is located 11 miles from the village and is part of the first phase of a 13 ½ mile long pipeline that will ultimately give Kiryas Joel the ability to access New York City’s Catskills Aqueduct located in Ulster County.  An attempt by Kiryas Joel to tap into the well temporarily as a means of alleviating an ongoing water shortage was rejected in June by an appellate court, who agreed instead to fast track the case for a speedier resolution.

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The case was brought to the appellate court on September 8th and a decision handed down today by the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the Black Rock Forest Consortium, the villages of Woodbury and Cornwall-on-Hudson and others.

The judges noted in the ten page long decision that some of the petitioners lacked standing in the case and that because there was no reason to overturn the Department of Environmental Commission’s decision to grant Kiryas Joel permission to access water from the Cornwall well, any further arguments by petitioners were “meritless.”

Today’s decision appears to give a green light to Kiryas Joel’s plans to access the water.

An official statement released by the village praised the judges’ unanimous decision and expressed hope that it would mean the end of a “vicious cycle of litigation” that has cost millions in taxpayer dollars.
                   
Kiryas Joel administrator Gedalye Szegedin also extended an olive branch, saying the village would be happy to have meetings with other parties regarding any disputes in the hopes of peaceful settlements.

“Going forward, we prefer to pursue the path of diplomacy,” wrote Szegedin.  “Let’s establish a department of state instead of a department of war,” 



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 Oct 26, 2017 at 02:19 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

terrible news, now that they will provoke anti-Semitism.

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 Oct 26, 2017 at 02:23 PM Yossi Says:

finally all anti semites had a major mapuleh. we got water in the midbar and hashem blessing us now with water....

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 Oct 26, 2017 at 03:42 PM georgeg Says:

And the expected "anti-Semites" remarks appear. Learn about reality. While there are technical laws allowing resources to be usurped, the consortium had long ago agreed to work together and share the burden and the fruits. They paid for studies, concluded reciprocal agreements between each other and so forth. Kiryas Yoel stayed out of that while spending money was being done. Now they come and want a share of the fruits. Legally there are ways of taking the fruits of what they had not paid for, but don't come here with how anti-Semitic the consortium is.

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 Oct 26, 2017 at 03:52 PM PureSatmar Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

terrible news, now that they will provoke anti-Semitism.

Just because you were provoked doesn't necessarily mean that others will be too

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 Oct 26, 2017 at 04:12 PM Mechi2012 Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

terrible news, now that they will provoke anti-Semitism.

Please read the second comment, it applies to you
Self hating Jew.

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 Oct 26, 2017 at 10:05 PM lipa101 Says:

Hashem "controls" all even the water.....................KJ kein yirbu..................

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