Town Residents to Vote on Expansion Of Kiryas Joel

MONROE, N.Y. (AP/Hamodia) -

Residents living next to Kiryas Joel were scheduled to vote Monday night on whether it should be expanded.

The vote in the Town of Monroe involves the annexation of 164 acres into the village established by the Satmar Rebbe, zy”a, in the 1970s, which local officials approved in September. The referendum involves about 85 residents.

A state judge in White Plains last week rejected a request from opponents to put a hold on the annexation vote. But she granted an injunction that keeps the annexation from taking place while the legal challenge proceeds.

Leaders of the densely settled village of 22,000 say that it is bursting at the seams and needs additional housing space.

Opponents of the annexation fear increased congestion from more apartment buildings in the suburban area about 50 miles north of New York City.