Judge up­holds ex­pan­sion of Or­ange County Ha­sidic vil­lage

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By Mid Hud­son News Net­work

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.

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