Cuomo Vetoes Kiryas Joel Annexation Bills–“State of Politics”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday vetoed a pair of bills aimed at providing more oversight and enforcement of land annexations by the village of Kiryas Joel.

The legislation, backed by Republican Sen. Bill Larkin and Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis, would have directed land annexations to the county planning agency or regional planning council.

A second measure would have required the state environmental conservation commissioner to consider federal and state regulations when it comes to annexations and disputes between municipalities.

Land annexations in the Hudson Valley community of Kiryas Joel, where the vast majority of residents are Hasidic Jews, is part of an ongoing controversy in Orange County and the town of Monroe.

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