Bill To Give County Veto Power Over Satmar Land Annexation Passes State Assembly
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Legislation that could end up scuttling plans by the Satmar hasidic village of Kiryas Joel to annex 507 acres of land from the adjoining the Town of Monroe passed the New York State Assembly today, the Mid-Hudson News reported.
The legislation gives the Orange County Planning Board the power to evaluate this annexation (and others) and approve or disapprove it.
The New York State Senate’s version of the bill is still in the Local Government Committee and has not yet come to the floor for a vote.
The bill is important in part because it dilutes the impact of Kiryas Joel’s bloc vote and gives the county as a whole much more say in what will transpire. Kiryas Joel is a pocket of high density housing in an otherwise bucolic suburban and semi-rural area just north of New York City. It has had a long series of serious environmental issues. It is also the poorest municipality in the entire United States, and its potential expansion will further strain Orange County’s already strained social services and welfare budgets.