Congress: Stop Kiryas Joel Bloc Vote Abuse!

Please sign this Petition-

Since taking leadership of the Village of Kiryas Joel in New York in 1990, the political leaders have exploited the ‘bloc’ vote to control local and state politicians and judges.

Jacob Teitelbaum has been severely emotionally injured by the Kiryas Joel Village leadership. As an effect of their Block Vote abuse:

His family was broken up

His children were taken from him

He was vacated from his apartment

He was expelled from the Village of Kiryas Joel, and left in a homeless condition without proper shelter or access to living necessities

All of these conditions have been imposed on him for exercising his Religious and freedom of speech Rights. More information is available at

Jacob Tietelbaum is one of thousands whose civil Rights were violated as a result of Kiryas Joel Block Vote abuse, as evident from the following Court documents:

· Waldman v. United Talmudical, Supreme Court, Orange County, 002130/1990

· Friedman v. Orange County Board of Elections et al. Supreme Court, Orange County, 003778/1992

· Hirsch, Yosef & Reizel v. Teitelbaum, Aron, Supreme Court, Orange County, 003779/1992

· Khal Charidim Kiryas, et al v. Village of Kiryas, et al, N.Y.S.D. 95-cv-08378

· Waldman v. Vlg. of Kiryas Joel, et al N.Y.S.D.97-cv-07506

· Kiryas Joel Alliance et al v. Village of Kiryas Joel et al, N.Y.S.D.11-cv-03982

· Teitelbaum v. Katz et al, N.Y.S.D.12-cv-02858

· Teitelbaum v. Darwin et al, N.Y.S.D. 3-cv-05311

The media has covered the corruption and abuse of the Kiryas Joel leadership several times. For example:

60 Minutes

The Wall Street Journal

The Village Voice

And in hundreds of articles in the local newspaper the Times Herald-Record since 1990.

The pattern of corruption and abuse started with the establishment of a Block Vote. The rest was a chain reaction. Once Politicians benefit from a Block Vote, he or she will return the favor by lobbying for programs. Then the money from the programs is used to lobby for more political power, and a stronger Block Vote. The huge political power and the power of big money, gives the leaders of Kiryas Joel the comfort to do whatever they desire, without worry of being challenged by anyone.

We, the undersigned, in the interest of the protections provided in the first amendment of the US Constitution (establishment clause), and in the interest of justice for Jacob Tietelbaum and all those subject to abuse by the Government / Religious regime of Kiryas Joel, petition:

The United States Congress to investigate the ongoing corruption of the Kiryas Joel government leadership for oppression of their citizens and violation of First Amendment rights of those in Kiryas Joel and neighboring communities affected by the abuse of the bloc vote.

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  1. Orange County Outlook (NY) by Auntie Alibi

    Government in the Dark

    What would you say if an elected official met with the municipality’s
    attorney over the holiday weekend to draft a resolution without the
    input most of the other elected officials.? Hoping to get the
    resolution adopted without much fanfare? Oh! And off course, said
    resolution would not be on the meeting agenda for the municipalities

    “Can’t happen” you say, “There are laws about that kind of thing”.

    “Ha!” your Auntie replies, “then you don’t know about MONROE and
    Supervisor Harley Doles.”


  2. Another link was Hirsch, a village trustee from 1982 to 1990 and chairman of the planning and zoning boards from 1990 to 1997 – while he was also the leader of Vaad Hakiryah.

    During the 1990s, while running Vaad Hakirayh, Hirsch also was chairman of the Kiryas Joel Municipal Local Development Corp., a quasi-governmental agency whose building projects included the village medical center, completed in 1999.

    Today, Hirsch, 54, serves on no village boards but is vice chairman of the development corporation. Both he and Wieder, in addition to their other roles, are trustees of the UTA school system.

    Hirsch declined to comment for this story, referring all questions to his lawyer. Wieder, 55, also wouldn’t discuss Vaad Hakiryah.

    “The Vaad is neither part of, nor affiliated with the Village of Kiryas Joel,” Hirsch’s lawyer, Dennis Lynch of Nyack, wrote in response to written questions.

    Refusing to discuss any of the organization’s business dealings, Lynch also wrote: “The Vaad as a private for-profit entity is not required to disclose confidential commercial business matters including what properties it manages, if any.”


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