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Referendum, Court, or Both to Decide Kiryas Joel Land Annexation

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Monroe, Orange County, NY town board has scheduled referendum on Kiryas Joel for Nov. 9, to decide the fate of the 164-acre section of Monroe that would be annexed by Kiryas Joel under a petition approved in September by the two municipalities last month, the Times Herald Record reported. State law compels the board to hold a referendum within 90 days of its approval of the annexation. The vote will take place from 8 AM and 8 PM at the local Aishes Chayil women’s center, unless it is stopped by a court order in one of two lawsuits which are contesting the annexation.

A 28-page lawsuit filed on Friday is asking the court to revoke the annexation deal, and seeks to block Kiryas Joel and Monroe from moving on the annexation that both boards approved while the case is pending. Eight towns and villages are behind this suit, filed by the Manhattan law firm of Bryan Cave. Each town is paying $25,000 to cover the legal costs. Orange County will contribute $100,000 to the till.

An 89-page lawsuit was filed Monday by Preserve Hudson Valley, also contesting the annexation, arguing it would violate the constitutional separation of church and state and violating past state court rulings on this matter. Filed by attorney Dan Richmond of White Plains firm Zarin & Steinmetz, this suit questions Kiryas Joel’s compliance with environmental rules and planning and zoning requirements.

The village of Kiryas Joel, whose residents are Satmar Chassidim, has by far the youngest population of any municipality in the US, and local residents typically have very large families. According to the 2008 census, the village also has the highest poverty rate in the US. More than two-thirds of residents live below the federal poverty line and 40% receive food stamps.

The village has become a contentious issue in Orange County due to its rapid growth. In 1990, there were 7,400 residents in Kiryas Joel; in 2000, 13,100, almost double. In 2005, the population had risen to 18,300. The 2010 census showed 20,175, for a population growth rate of 53.6% between 2000 and 2010.


NY Hasidic Village Agrees To Stop Gender Segregation In Public Park

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Kiryas Joel in upstate New York agreed to halt gender segregation at a public park in the Hasidic village.

The decision announced Monday by Kiryas Joel, which is populated by Satmar Hasidim, settles a lawsuit filed in December by civil liberties groups, according to the Courthouse News Service.

The Kinder Park was opened in April 2012, a 283-acre facility that includes blue-painted playground equipment and pink-painted playground equipment located in separate areas. The park’s rules, including gender separation, were listed in Hebrew on signs.

The park was built using “special financing” obtained by the village’s mayor, the Gothamist reported.

Under the agreement, civil liberties monitors will visit the park twice a year for the next three years to ensure there is no gender segregation there.

“Public parks cannot segregate on the basis of sex any more than they can for race or national origin,” New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “This agreement ensures that all park visitors have equal access to the entire park.”


NY State Police Find Missing 10-Year-old after 15-Hour Search

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Police and rescue workers have found 10-year-old Shimon Zorger from Brooklyn Monday morning after a 15-hour search.

The boy, who has Down Syndrome, is in good health, the Hudson Valley Times Herald–Record’s website reported.

He had been visiting his grandparents in Kiryas Joel before  he was reported missing.

Residents, rescue units, police dogs and rescue boats combed nearby woods and the Shadow and Lebanon Lakes before the boy was found at a girls’ school, not far away from where had had last been seen.

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