Town of Kiryas Joel? Village Arrives at Deal With Opponents

(AP/Hamodia) -

The village of Kiryas Joel, the fastest-growing village in the state, has reached an agreement with a group of local opponents that could bring expansion and the creation of the first Chassidic town a step closer.

Leaders of Kiryas Joel and United Monroe said that the proposed settlement includes mutual support for separation from the Town of Monroe.

A revised map of the proposed town and possibly the court settlement itself will be distributed to county lawmakers for a committee meeting on Wednesday.

United Monroe members had feared expansion would result in more tightly-packed-style development. Any new proposal would require approval from county lawmakers and from Monroe voters.

Kiryas Joel Administrator Gedalye Szegedin called it “an historic new day” in the relationship between the two communities.

“Now comes the hard part of implementation,” Szegedin said, “and most importantly listening to what the voters have to say; the final word will be theirs.”