By an overwhelming majority, voters in the Town of Monroe approved a proposition to allow creation of a new Hasidic Town of Palm Tree. The town will include all of the Village of Kiryas Joel as well as 56 acres from Monroe.
“Today is a truly historic day that will usher in a new era of peace and stability for all residents of Monroe,” said KJ Village Administrator Gedalye Szegedin. Monroe voters “chose a better path forward, one of diplomacy instead of angry rhetoric and litigation.”
Szegedin said from the beginning of the process, there was only one goal in mind – “to create a solid foundation for a lasting peace between the residents of KJ and the residents of Monroe by giving both communities a total independence from the other without political interference.”
He said Palm Tree is the first new town government created in New York in a generation.
Credit: Mid Hudson News