Hirsch Should Stop Kiryas Joel Annexation Plans!
It is fair to say that Mayer Hirsch is the one who stands behind the annexation proposals (507 and 164 acres).    It is clear that in exchange for Governor Cuomo’s veto of two bills on July 8th that would have required local government’s oversight for annexation of land within their boundaries, he ‘donated’ $250,000 to the Governor’s campaign “WAR CHEST” on July 13th and 14th. 


In the KJ community, he is known as the owner of Vaad Hakiryah. He is the landholding entity which owns almost a third of the 285 undeveloped acres included in the larger annexation request, and the 140-acre ACE Farm in Monroe and Woodbury. Hirsch controls the housing market in KJ and the local Village Government. Hirsch appointed his nephew, Gedalye Szegedin, as Village Clerk and Administrator.

Therefore, I will address my concerns directly to Mr. Mayer Hirsch.

It is well-known by now that our neighbors are frustrated by the annexation proposals. They have been extremely upset since December 2013 when your first Annexation Petition was filed.  Their anger and frustration has grown and continues to grow by the minute. They are not ONLY angry with YOU and our leaders, but with ALL residents of KJ.

As powerful as you believe you are, your actions put US all in JEOPARDY.

I beg you, don’t wait for consequences of your actions.

It is long overdue that you realize the annexation petitions are not in the best interest of our community.

It is time to take the right steps: WITHDRAW the Annexation Petitions and apologize to ALL our WONDERFUL neighbors.

Ben Friedman

Kiryas Joel





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