Legislature votes to challenge Kiryas Joel expansion

The Orange County Legislature has voted in favor of joining a lawsuit seeking to block the expansion of the village of Kiryas Joel.

The Orange County Legislature has voted in favor of joining a lawsuit seeking to block the expansion of the village of Kiryas Joel.

The Orange County Legislature has voted in favor of joining a lawsuit seeking to block the expansion of the village of Kiryas Joel. (9/17/15)

GOSHEN - The Orange County Legislature has voted "Yes" to join eight communities in filing a lawsuit to challenge the expansion of Kiryas Joel.

Orange County Legislative Chair Steve Brescia told News 12 on Wednesday that an overwhelming majority of legislators agreed that current expansion plans in the ultra-Orthodox village of Kiryas Joel are wrong for the county. The Legislature voted 19-1 Thursday to join the suit.

Monroe Mayor Jim Purcell joined dozens putting pressure on county leaders at a special legislative meeting Tuesday after the Monroe Town Board agreed to give their Hasidic neighbors 164 acres of land to build high-density housing.

Some claim that the environmental review of the proposition was rushed and flawed.

"Most communities adhere to the law and do a complete and proper review," says Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. "What happened here was that we raised a lot of issues, and they were blown off by the applicant."

Neuhaus also says the lawsuit must be filed by the first week of October.

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