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Kiryas Joel to lead annexation review

Posted on 30 January 2015 by moshe emes

By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record New York’s top environmental official ended a year-long impasse in a controversial bid to expand the Village of Kiryas Joel by announcing Wednesday that he had chosen Kiryas Joel over the Town of Monroe to oversee a study of the potential environmental impact of the proposal. In an eight-page decision [Read the decision here], state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens concluded that Kiryas Joel had greater “authority as the pr . >>> READ MORE ...

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No casino for Orange

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Josh Fallik

The Chronicle Hudson Valley winner: Kiamesha Lake casino at former Concord site Published Dec 17, 2014 By Nathan Mayberg ALBANY — The casino wheel landed on the town of Thompson Wednesday, shutting out Orange County and ending months of speculation about which Hudson Valley town would be allowed a casino. Thompson, in Sullivan County, was the region’s lone winner for a casino. The New York State Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board chose the site of the former Concord Ho . >>> READ MORE ...

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Kiryas Joel proposes creating new village

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Josh Green

November 17, 2014 KIRYAS JOEL – Lawmakers in the Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel are now proposing to create a new village, tripling its current size. Kiryas Joel Village Trustee Jacob Freund says the new plan would create the new village of Glilos Kiryas Joel and develop 1,140 acres surrounding Kiryas Joel. Freund says they will not need local or state approval to start their own village. “We don’t want to take over,” says Freund. “We are here to be in peace with . >>> READ MORE ...

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Kiryas Joel Split, Diluting Voting Impact

Posted on 06 November 2014 by Josh Green

By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="198"] Men stand outside Keren Plaza Banquet Hall, Kiryas Joel’s polling station, on election day. The village’s opposition party took stances different than that of the village’s main faction in close elections for Congress and Assembly and the Monroe Town Board race.[/caption] Kiryas Joel’s voting blocs played a significant role Tuesday in close elections for Congress and Ass . >>> READ MORE ...

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Election Day is Here!

Posted on 04 November 2014 by admin

Don’t forget to visit your polling station today to cast your ballot, before it closing time. The influence your community commands in the halls of power depends on the number of voters it gets out on Election Day.  The number of voters a community gets out to vote on Election Day matters more that the plurality the successful candidate gets over his opponent. While voting for any one of the candidates on the ballot is very important, a blank ballot can enhance the political influence of . >>> READ MORE ...

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Inside the Kiryas Joel voting machine

Posted on 26 October 2014 by moshe emes

  By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Posted Oct. 26, 2014 The stakes were high last November when a team of poll watchers dispatched by the United Monroe citizens group ventured into a banquet hall and medical building where more than 6,000 Kiryas Joel voters would cast ballots. United Monroe had been campaigning hard for a slate of Town Board candidates running on its ballot line, hoping to wrest control of a deeply unpopular board by outvoting the Hasidic community’s powerful voti . >>> READ MORE ...

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Kiryas Joel slaughterhouse fined $330,000

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Josh Green

By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Federal authorities have ordered the operators of a Kiryas Joel slaughterhouse to pay a $330,000 fine for repeatedly polluting the Ramapo River with chicken guts and parts that wash out of the plant and into a nearby sewage treatment plant run by Orange County. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and Environmental Protection Agency announced the penalty on Thursday, releasing a 20-page complaint outlining violations of the Clean Water Act and a consent decree th . >>> READ MORE ...

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Annexation foes, Kiryas Joel officials meet at forum

Posted on 23 September 2014 by Josh Green

Comments from audience grow heated By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM – 09/23/14 Last updated: 10:00 AM – 09/23/14 KIRYAS JOEL — Opponents of a proposed expansion of Kiryas Joel met the leaders of that community in a public forum for the first time and leveled a barrage of criticism at them on Monday, bristling at their past accusations of anti-Semitism and questioning the legality of the zigzagging annexation push. The setting was an ornate banquet hall ins . >>> READ MORE ...

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An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

An Inside Look The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in an ever changing world; a life . >>> READ MORE ...

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Voting disruptions in Kiryas Joel; DOJ on the scene

Posted on 06 November 2013 by Community Voice NY

  KIRYAS JOEL – Officials in the Village of Kiryas Joel have filed a number of complaints over what they say are violations of election law. A representative of the US Justice Department is on-site observing the elections. Village officials said poll watchers from a group called United Monroe, which is opposed to the candidates supported by the village, have been harassing and intimidating voters causing some to just walk away before casting their ballots. Police were called to the villa . >>> READ MORE ...

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Incumbents take heat at Monroe debate

Posted on 30 October 2013 by Community Voice NY

By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM – 10/30/13 MONROE — One week before a much-anticipated election, three candidates for Monroe supervisor met in a closed venue Tuesday afternoon to debate the Town Board’s $880,000 purchase of an abandoned multiplex and other decisions that have heated anti-incumbency sentiment to a boil. A small group of spectators watched inside a room at the YMCA as United Monroe candidate Emily Convers castigated her opponents — Supervis . >>> READ MORE ...

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East Ramapo schools: Judge rejects lawsuit vs. state over special-ed placements

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Community Voice NY

lohud.com   WHITE PLAINS — A federal judge has dismissed the East Ramapo school district’s lawsuit against the state Education Department and its commissioners seeking validation for the district’s practice of sending students with disabilities to private religious schools when public-school spots were available. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel granted the state Education Department’s motion to dismiss East Ramapo’s complaint, citing the guarantee of state sovereign immunity prov . >>> READ MORE ...

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Neuhaus, Donnery come out swinging; WATCH DEBATE REPLAY

Posted on 03 October 2013 by Community Voice NY

recordonline.com By Chris McKenna Published: 2:00 AM – 10/03/13 Last updated: 7:53 AM – 10/03/13 MIDDLETOWN — Squaring off in their first one-on-one debate Wednesday night, Orange County executive candidates Steve Neuhaus and Roxanne Donnery livened up a two-hour discussion about potentially dry topics such as land use with some sharp jabs at each other’s records and campaign promises. Neuhaus, the Republican supervisor of the Town of Chester, and Donnery, a Democrat and 16 . >>> READ MORE ...

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Williamsburg – Aronim Spin on the Election Turnout

Posted on 13 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

Michael Tobman, the PR guy hired by the Aronite (Aronem) sect of Satmar, released the following statement: Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election provided clear evidence of the growing prominence of the Aaroni faction of Satmar Hasidim in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Satmar community has, in recent years, been split between followers of two dynastic brothers, Rabbi Zalman and Rabbi Aaron. Historically, Williamsburg has been a Rabbi Zalman base while the Orange County village of Kiryas Joel outsi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Fees rising in annexation spat

Posted on 13 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

Times Herald-Record By Chris McKenna Published: 2:00 AM – 09/13/13 Early in the fall, Woodbury and Monroe leaders gave conflicting responses to a developer’s request to shift 13 acres of woods that he owned from Woodbury into Monroe, where more lenient zoning would enable him to develop his property at greater density Woodbury’s Town and Village boards rejected the petition, which also sought to stretch the Monroe border around two water storage tanks serving the Village of Ki . >>> READ MORE ...

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Reports of voter fraud in hasidic Williamsburg

Posted on 11 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

With New York City voters’ rejection yesterday of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, Jews had reason to hope that this season of political scandals was drawing to a close – no such luck. By Talia LavinSeptember 11, 2013 11:23am The New York City Board of Elections reports a pattern of voter fraud in the hasidic community of Williamsburg. At the I.S. 171 voting booth, BOE poll watchers noticed that multiple young hasidic men were attempting to vote under other names, using signatures . >>> READ MORE ...

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Stage set for 3-way races in Orange

Posted on 11 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

O’Donnell takes GOP in District 21 By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM – 09/11/13 A former top aide to Orange County Executive Ed Diana beat the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate, and a first-term county legislator lost the Republican nomination for his seat to a Warwick village trustee in two Orange County Legislature primaries on Tuesday. Five of the Legislature’s 21 districts had primaries, four of them featuring rival Republican candidates. In . >>> READ MORE ...

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Donnery and Neuhaus spar over KJ support

Posted on 30 August 2013 by Community Voice NY

Donnery’s supporters create new Had Enough Party Published Aug 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm (Updated Aug 22, 2013) GOSHEN — The two candidates for county executive emphatically renounced the Village of Kiryas Joel and its famous block vote. Legislator and County Executive Candidate Roxanne Donnery, a Democrat, held a press conference this week in front of the Orange County Board of Elections in Goshen to announce the creation of the new Had Enough Party. She and her supporters collected more . >>> READ MORE ...

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Judge rejects request to stop KJ pipeline work

Posted on 24 July 2013 by Community Voice NY

Recordonline.com Published: 4:16 PM – 07/23/13 Last updated: 4:17 PM – 07/23/13 KIRYAS JOEL — A state judge has denied a request by three municipalities to stop construction of Kiryas Joel’s planned 13.5-mile water pipeline until their lawsuit challenging a proposed well connection has been decided. In an order dated July 16, state Supreme Court Justice Francis Nicolai refused to grant a preliminary injunction, agreeing with Kiryas Joel’s attorneys that the disputed well in . >>> READ MORE ...

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Donnery blasts ballot line challenge

Posted on 21 July 2013 by Community Voice NY

By Chris Mckenna Times Herald-Record July 20, 2013 – 2:00 AM Kiryas Joel leaders began an effort this week to wrest a third-party ballot line from one of their most outspoken critics as she campaigns for Orange County executive. Petitions circulated in the village on Wednesday and Thursday will likely force county Legislator Roxanne Donnery to run in a Sept. 10 primary for the Working Families Party line, competing against any write-in candidates. Losing to a Kiryas Joel write-in wou . >>> READ MORE ...

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