Skoufis says United Monroe should be included in county-KJ negotiations


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  • Assemblyman James Skoufis said United Monroe"deserves a seat at the table" in the negotiations over annexation petitions, the application to create a Town of North Monroe and other land-use issues.



GOSHEN — Assemblyman James Skoufis said United Monroe “deserves a seat at the table” in the negotiations over annexation petitions, the application to create a Town of North Monroe and other land-use issues.

In a statement issued Feb. 10, Skoufis, the Democrat from Woodbury wrote: “United Monroe’s leaders have long demonstrated their commitment to the issues under discussion and are uniquely trusted in our community to represent the thousands of residents they themselves have mobilized. Disregard for United Monroe is disregard for the people they represent.

“Furthermore, any discussion surrounding the annexation lawsuits must involve the plaintiffs, not just the defendants in Kiryas Joel’s government,” he added. “This includes Preserve Hudson Valley and the many municipalities engaged in litigation.

“The public can only have faith in these ongoing discussions,” the assemblyman added, “if trusted individuals have a seat at the table.”

The Orange County Legislature is reviewing a petition from 500 people living in the Town of Monroe north of Route 17 who are seeking the creation of a new municipality separate from the rest of Monroe. This area include the Village of Kiryas Joel.

KJ: New town would eliminate bloc votingMeanwhile, Kiryas Joel Village Administrator Gedalye Szegedin responded:

“For the record, KJ officials are perfectly fine to include the Woodbury Board and Assemblyman Skoufis in this discussion, giving all a seat at the negotiations table. We believe that all local government and elected leaders should have a seat at the table, working on the formation of North Monroe.

“North Monroe should be designed as a global settlement of all land and bloc-vote disputes in this area of the county,” Szegedin added. “All bloc-voting communities should be melted into one Town of North Monroe and be forever eliminated from having any political impact on Monroe or Woodbury and Monroe-Woodbury School District.”

Inside: John Allegro, a member of United Monroe's executive committee, explains the organization position in a letter to the editor on page 12.


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