Kiryas Joel

July 17, 2017 Town Board Meeting Synopsis

Jul 18th, 2017 | By

It has been a long time since I’ve written a synopsis after a Town Board meeting. There are two reasons for this: 1. Since we’ve elected Mike McGinn and Tony Cardone, I feel like we’re in good hands and the Town Board no longer needs policing. 2. I just get too upset and frustrated with

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* Here’s to 2017!

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By

Hello Friends. Happy New Year to you and yours. This is the year we’ve been waiting for. The year we have the opportunity to make lasting changes in Monroe. We have the opportunity to fully take back our Town Board. In 2015, we elected Tony Cardone and Mike McGinn to the Town Board. We are

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* Do the math: 382 acres, 7,640 apartments, 45,840 people

Oct 5th, 2016 | By

Why did you move to Orange County? The schools? The rural character? The commute? The people? Maybe all of the above. I am proud to be one of an amazing group of people who started the grassroots group, United Monroe. We created our organization four years ago in order to activate a very disengaged electorate

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* Assemblyman James Skoufis Responds to Governor’s Veto of Annexation Oversight Bill

Sep 30th, 2016 | By

Assemblyman James Skoufis Responds to Governor’s Veto of Annexation Oversight Bill Earlier Today: The Governor’s repeated veto of my annexation oversight bill reflects a politically-driven disregard on this critical issue. Likewise, his continued argument that the bill is unconstitutional flies in the face of reality. Residents in Orange County have seen for themselves what can

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* Email received from a KJ resident

Apr 9th, 2016 | By

Below is an email I received from a KJ resident. This person asked that I not disclose their identity, due to fear of retribution against their children. This message gives us some insight into the discrimination, intimidation, and poor living conditions that KJ residents endure. I made some minor edits to spelling and grammar. Thanks,

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* Editorial: “Remember to be curious instead of furious.”

Feb 14th, 2016 | By
United Monroe

The Facebook pages are flooded with concern these past few weeks. South Blooming Grove citizens flocked to their municipal meeting this past Monday, Chester citizens grow concerned with development, and in Monroe, we hear nothing but talk of “Shea Meadow”, the “Rye Hill Corridor”, “Smith Farm”, etc. The demographics of our region are shifting rapidly.

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* Sunday December 6, at 8pm for Stand Up Hudson Valley #43

Dec 6th, 2015 | By

Join us on Sunday December 6, at 8pm for Stand Up Hudson Valley #43. In this episode, we’ll review the highlights and lowlights of the public hearing on the Monroe Town zoning changes proposed by the Doles-McQuade-Burke regime. We’ll also have a special feature – “A Night at the TWACC” Call the show live at

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United Monroe™ Update

Sep 6th, 2015 | By

Hello Friends. The reports are all in. Multiple agencies, environmental groups, municipalities, even the Town of Monroe’s own consulting firm’s report confirms what we all know.  KJ’s environmental review was a sham.  KJ refused to acknowledge the potential growth and development if the 507 or 164 acre annexations are approved.  Their engineering firm failed to

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*Public hearing on Annexation 6/10

Jun 5th, 2015 | By

As many of you know, next Wednesday is the public hearing on the 507 acre annexation. This is an opportunity to voice your objections to this illegal land grab, on the record. The purpose of the public hearing is to respond to the DGEIS (Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement) released by KJ’s Engineering firm. This

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*IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION!

May 30th, 2015 | By

IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION! Assemblyman James Skoufis notified us that his annexation bill should get through the Rules and Ways and Means Committees next Tuesday. At that point, this bill and the NYS DEC bill will hit the assembly floor. We ask that you email Senator Larkin, asking that he help get both of these

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