Judge upholds expansion of Orange County Hasidic village
GOSHEN >> The Orange County village of Kiryas Joel may proceed with the annexation of 164 acres outside its limits, State Supreme Court Justice Gretchen Walsh ruled.
In her decision dated Tuesday, the judge found no reason to block the annexation that was previously approved by the village of Kiryas Joel and the town of Monroe.
The annexation had been challenged by a number of local municipalities and other preservation and community groups.
The judge left a decision on the proposal to annex 507 acres of and adjacent to the village up to the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.
Emily Convers, a director of the non-profit Preserve Hudson Valley group, which is opposed to both annexation proposals, said the group is considering an appeal of 164-acre annexation.