Town of Palm Tree public information sessions to be held Oct. 11 and 18

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  • The seal of the Village of Kiryas Joel incorporates an image of a palm tree as a tribute to the Grand Rebbe Joel Teitelbaum, the founder of the Satmar dynasty. Should voters approved in November, the new town extricated from the Town of Monroe north of the Quickway will carry the name Palm Tree.

— Monroe Town Clerk Mary Ellen F. Beams released the following information Thursday regarding the Town of Palm Tree public information sessions:

They will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening at the Town of Monroe Arts &Civic Center (TMACC) Studio Six) 34 Millpond Parkway,

Monroe Town Councilman Michael McGinn will be the moderator.

The hearings are a prelude to the town wide referendum on Nov. 7 asking all residents of Monroe, including those living in Harriman, Kiryas Joel and Monroe, whether the Village of Kiryas Joel, plus an additional 200 acres in the town, should separate and become a distinct town of its own.

The Town of Palm Tree would hold its own elections and make its own appointments to planning and zoning board.

Supporters believe this will mitigate the KJ voting bloc in Monroe town elections while giving Kiryas Joel's Hasidic community the land it needs for its growing population.

Invited participantsThe following people have been invited to speak:

Abraham Wieder, mayor of Village of Kiryas Joel and one additional representative of the village.

James Purcell, mayor of the Village of Monroe and one additional representative of the village.

Stephan Welle, mayor of the Village of Harriman and one additional representative of the village.

Steven Neuhaus, Orange County Executive and one additional representative from the county.

Elsie Rodriguez, Monroe-Woodbury School District and one additional representative of the district.

Joel Petlin, Kiryas Joel Union Free School District and one additional representative of the district.

One member of the Town of Monroe Town Board.

Emily Convers, United Monroe.

Submit questionsBeams noted that any and all interested persons are invited to attend and/or speak as interested citizens or residents.

Residents are asked to submit their questions prior to the meetings by the following dates:

Deadline for written questions for Oct. 11 session: Oct. 6.

Deadline for written questions for Oct. 18 session: Oct. 13.

Preference will be given to questions submitted by the deadlines.

Five minutes to speakDuring each session, residents will be given a maximum of 5 minutes speaking time.

Pease direct your questions to the attendees and limit questions to the issue of the Proposition for the Alteration of town boundaries of the Town of Monroe, County of Orange, New York.

Submissions should contain questions only, without commentary and editorial material as part of the submitted questions. Such material, unless necessary to the questions, will be omitted.

Questions that are similar in nature may be combined for purposes of efficiency.

Questions for the panel are to be directed to the Town Clerk in person or by email to

"These sessions are public information sessions only," Beams noted in her press release. "These sessions are not Monroe Town Board meetings and the accordingly a majority of the Town Board shall not engage in discussions of public business or take any action concerning Town business."

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