The citizens group United Monroe is preparing to take legal action against New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation after the DEC gave lead agency status in the proposed annexation of 507 acres from the Town of Monroe to the Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel to the hasidic village.
Above and above right: Kiryas Joel's modesty sign, which is likely illegal, has stood for years unchallenged by New York State.
Citizens Group To Take Legal Action Against NY State Over Satmar Control Of Controversial Land Annexation
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The citizens group United Monroe is preparing to take legal action against New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation after the DEC gave lead agency status in the proposed annexation of 507 acres from the Town of Monroe to the Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel to the hasidic village, the MidHudson News reported. Kiryas Joel has a long record of environmental and code enforcement issues, including horrific sewage violations.
“Both in their poultry processing plant and the sewage treatment plant, which has been operating without a permit since the summer of 2014 and without a gate for solid waste, which is atrocious, because this is the effluent that is going into the Ramapo River and, as many people are aware, the Ramapo River provides drinking water for much of Rockland [County, New York] and northern New Jersey,” Emily Convers, the president and founder of United Monroe, said.
Many other states would have moved to take over that sewage treatment plant and would have imposed large daily fines and other legal means to force compliance. But not the infamously corrupt New York State, which frequently and disproportionately favors the Satmar hasidic community.
Why that seemingly bizarre favoritism?
In part because Satmar votes in two large blocs for candidates based on orders from their rabbinic leaders. Pleasing those leaders gives politicians thousands of votes.
But there have also been repeated unsubstantiated claims of bribes, questionable streams of funding flowing to lawmakers and extortion, along with documented Satmar voter fraud. But despite the fact that media has seen the voter fraud and reported it in real time, no elected district attorney, almost all of whom have benefitted from Satmar’s bloc vote, has ever prosecuted it.
United Monroe’s Convers reportedly said the group would likely start by filing an Article 78 proceeding, which is essentially an appeal of the DEC’s decision. But she did not rule out taking other legal action if necessary.