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Call It Splitsville, N.Y.: Hasidic Enclave to Get Its Own Town

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/nyregion/hasidic-kiryas-joel-upstate.html

Kiryas Joel, a village in a corner of Orange County that is home to more 20,000 Hasidic Jews, gained its independence from the Town of Monroe — an amicable divorce that was overwhelmingly approved by town voters on Nov. 7.

While most of the Election Day post-mortems in the New York region focused on the string of Democratic victories across the area, there were ballot propositions, like the one here, that will leave a more lasting mark.

“Today is a truly historic day that will usher in a new era of peace and stability for all the residents of Monroe,” said Gedalye Szegedin, village administrator of Kiryas Joel, adding that voters had chosen “diplomacy and compromise instead of angry rhetoric and litigation.”

Under the settlement between Kiryas Joel and the nonprofit group Preserve Hudson Valley, the village agreed to drop an earlier campaign to annex more than 500 acres of land while the group agreed to drop its appeal of the town’s approval of the 164-acre annexation. Instead, the village will annex 56 more acres, for a total of 220. And Kiryas Joel agreed not to acquire any more land for at least 10 years.

Tony Cardone, a town councilman who was just elected supervisor, said there was concern that the town was being eaten away through annexation. In addition, while no one from the Hasidic community was elected to the town board, there were representatives on the board in recent years who voted for the more liberal zoning rules that Kiryas Joel favored.

 

Can we call it little Israel..? :) 

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