The Case Against Kiryas Joel Annexation (OpEd)
Since the June 10th Public Hearing on the proposed Kiryas Joel Annexation and the prior release of their Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS), the arguments for and against have become prevalent and heated, often reaching the crescendo of incendiary and outright bigotry. Continue Reading
Dov Hikind and the politics of bigotry and ignorance.
Is there anything Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind doesn’t hate? Or anyone? Is there a photo or press-opportunity he won’t let go to waste? Don’t answer that yet. Continue Reading
McWatters Waffles on Monroe Council Bid
It seems a while since our last commentary (see our 6/2/15 ICYMI column), but it’s not been due to a lack of topic matter. Anyone who attended the Public Comment session for the Kiryas Joel Annexation Draft Generic Environmental Impact Study (DGEIS) on the 10th will attest to that fact. Continue Reading
ICYMI Month in Review for Monroe (May)
In case you missed it (ICYMI), and apparently a few did, a lot happened during the past month in Monroe. Let’s recap the madcap happenings that even we couldn’t even believe in this month’s #ICYMI: Month in Review. Continue Reading
The Photo News Censorship & Moderation: Part 3
In our Part One & Part Two installments, we identified the techniques that are employed by The Photo News to censor and moderate their article comments, and how moderation is performed. Continue Reading
The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship: How-to Part 2
In the first part of our series on The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship, we focused on the brute-force method that The Photo News (TPN) has chosen to restrict comment: IP Blocking. Continue Reading
The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship: A How-To Series.
In today’s edition of The Photo News of Monroe, Editor Bob Quinn provided his own commentary based on those who presented feedback. (Please see our recent piece on “The Photo News & Comment Censoring“). While Mr. Quinn disagreed with the statements, he provided no justification for condoning the lack of moderation that continues on the Photo News commentary section. Continue Reading
What the Monroe Theater should be showing…
The Memorial Day weekend marks the long delayed opening of the long beleaguered Monroe Theater. After numerous delays, including overcoming the injunctions aimed at addressing the Town Board’s original purchase and removal from the tax rolls, the theater will open to show three films. Continue Reading
Epilogue: The Photo News and comment blocking.
When we published our piece on the state of journalism in Monroe’s The Photo News, we apparently struck a nerve on social media, including the lack of journalistic integrity and comment blocking. We weren’t the only people who felt outraged. Continue Reading
Monroe-Woodbury CSD: Election & Perspectives
May 19th will be the annual election for 3 members to the Monroe-Woodbury CSD, this year seeing 4 candidates vying for the positions being vacated by outgoing members Eleni Carter, John Otero, and Natalie Brooks. Continue Reading
Confessions of a Democrat in Monroe
I have a confession to make. Not one of stepping into the confessional on a Saturday afternoon as we were taught as Catholic kids, speaking to the Priest, and listing our sins so that we could say 5 “Hail Mary’s” and 2 “Our Father’s”. Rather, this is a political confession and one made mostly out of embarrassment. Continue Reading
Censoring & Incivility: The Photo News and comment blocking.
For those living in Monroe, checking the mailbox every Friday has become a ritual occurrence to get their copy of The Photo News. It’s what barely passes for journalistic integrity in the region, and the news coverage by the local division of Straus News has been lacking even by comparison to their other local weeklies. But those who only read the home delivered copy are seeing just a fraction of the full story. Continue Reading
Monroe Town Board and Civility: An oxymoron?
For the residents of Monroe, NY, there’s nothing like watching Cablevision’s Government Access channel, known colloquially as “Channel 22″. At 8PM each evening, it’s the home of both bizarre entertainment…and snowy pictures from the 80’s-circa Betamax equipment used by the town to video tape the even more bizarre happenings. Continue Reading
Accuracy? Just a nuisance to Monroe town government.
If the last couple of years have taught residents of Monroe anything, one of those lessons has been that accuracy is lost on our government leaders, and that those minor details are lost on political officials who have an agenda that doesn’t include representing their constituents. Continue Reading
The Monroe Theater and Fuzzy Math
After two (2) years and significant questioning, the Town of Monroe has put forth its plans to re-open the now municipally-owned Monroe Theater, renamed as the “Town of Monroe Arts and Civic Center” (TMACC). But the information that is not available is almost as troubling as the information that is. Continue Reading
Supporting the Monroe Town Board
In the past, this Website has been highly critical of the Town Board of Monroe, New York, for their nature of government. After all, they’re a very difficult bunch of guys to warm to and from an outsider’s view, they’d seem to be outright bullies in the way that they intimidate anyone who opposes their plans. Continue Reading
Yes, Harley Doles really said that: Insane Emails
The Yogi Berra quote of “I really didn’t say everything I said” might just as easily be classified under the heading: “Yes, Harley Doles really said that”, especially with respect to his publications and e-mails. They’ve become nothing less than a legend and proof that “the mind is a terrible thing to waste”. Continue Reading
Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 2
In Part One of this series, we discussed the impact of the bloc vote, the Hasidic community, and the emergence of third parties impacting the political process in Orange County. Nowhere was that more clear than in the 98th State Assembly race. Continue Reading
Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 1
It was announced and confirmed on December 11th that the long contended race for New York’s 98th State Assembly District — a race pitting Democrat Elisa Tutini against Republican Karl Brabenec — was concluded after a protracted recount and legal battle over disputed ballot signatures and absentee ballot counting. Continue Reading
2014 Elections: It’s lights out for Nan Hayworth
The 2014 Election Cycle was interesting in watching the number of candidates who “hedged their bets” by catering to the voting blocs controlled by the Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel. The biggest loser in that race was Congressional candidate Nan Hayworth. Continue Reading
Know Your Town Board, Monroe, NY:
It’s been a well-documented fact via this website that the Town Board of Monroe, led by Supervisor Harley Doles, will stop at nothing to distort the truth and manipulate the uninformed in order to pander to a single segment of the Town’s population: The Village of Kiryas Joel. We’ve seen great examples of this in the days closing in on the election for both the 98th State Assembly District as well as the long vacant Town Council seat. Continue Reading
Know Your Candidates: NY Attorney General and Comptroller
There are a few political races we haven’t yet covered in our Know Your Candidates series, and we’ll review a couple more today. This edition will focus on the NY Attorney General and Comptroller races, pitting incumbent AG Eric Schneiderman against attorney and former Pataki Chief-of-Staff John Cahill. In the State Comptroller’s race, we’ll compare incumbent Thomas DiNapoli against challenger Robert Antonacci. Continue Reading
Who is Elisa Tutini? Know Your Candidates.
As election day quickly approaches, this installment of Know Your Candidates tries to answer this question: Who is Elisa Tutini? Continue Reading
Those around local politics in Monroe, New York can attest to Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles’ e-mail tirades, as well as his rather disjointed and grammatically butchered commentaries. These are generally rambling affairs that refuse to address direct questions, or deflect toward criticism and accusatory rhetoric. While most are rather benign affairs, a recent e-mail released to this Website reveals a darker side that paints the majority of Monroe residents as hate-mongering, referring to his constituency outside Kiryas Joel as “neighbors”. Continue Reading
Know Your Candidates NY 18th Congressional Race
In this edition of Know Your Candidates, we’ve chosen to focus on the hotly contested Congressional Race in the NY 18th Congressional District. For those living in the Hudson Valley in this district, it’s been otherwise known as “the mud-slinging fest in your mailbox”. Former Representative Nan Hayworth (R), who held the seat between 2010 and 2012 is challenging one-term incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney (D), and Independent Candidate Scott A. Smith. Continue Reading
Our latest installment of Know Your Candidates for New York Governor focuses on the race pitting major contenders Andrew Cuomo (incumbent) against Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Continue Reading
With little more than a week before a pivotal election, it’s important that people know the facts about the candidates running for political office, as well as their positions. It’s with that in mind that we’ve introduced “Know Your Candidates”. The first installment will be targeted to those in the Town of Monroe. Continue Reading
The Orange County Board of Elections tapes.
“It’s more THEIR civil rights than YOURS…”
Over the past several weeks, the confusion over the stance of the Orange County Board of Elections (OCBOE) and its appointed commissioners has reached a frenzied crescendo. This is largely due to the actions of the Orange County grass-roots anti-corruption group, United Monroe, and several private citizens who wanted transparency on the election process. Accountability on the issue has been clouded by both political influence and the actions of the County Attorney’s office, headed by Langdon Chapman. Continue Reading
You may want to be sitting down while you watch/listen to/read and then share this article. It represents yet another violation of civil rights by Orange County and New York politicians who have chosen a well-funded minority group with a history of questionable behavior over the vast majority of residents. You’ll hear that your civil rights matter less than theirs. Continue Reading
Now that more has information emerged about Harley Doles’ resolution to surrender Lead Agency status in the DEC Annexation deal with Kiryas Joel, a.k.a. “The Monday Surprise”, we now have much more of an understanding of the underhanded manner in which the Monroe Town Supervisor wants to systematically dismantle the town in order to hand it over lot-by-lot to developers for high density development. Continue Reading
A couple months ago, Monroe Town Supervisor Harley Doles launched his brainstorm plan to put the now-idle Monroe Theater multiplex to another use: Orange County’s most costly public toilet.
During a very long and contentious Town Board Meeting on Monday, July 7th, Monroe Town Supervisor Harley Doles once again showed the voters and taxpayers of the Town of Monroe that his ethical compass does not point to true North.
KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. (AP) — Kiryas Joel is a fast-growing island of ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews in a suburban stretch of New York’s Hudson Valley. Sidewalks are busy with mothers in head coverings pushing strollers, and kids’ plastic trikes seem to outnumber cars.
As a resident of Monroe, New York, I began this website as a venture to bring together information with the public interest at heart. While we try to be fair and understand all sides of an issue, there will always be occasions where we need to take a position, especially if the other point of view’s concerns do not balance with the concerns of the greater community.
This post is no exception.
The Times Herald Record of Middletown recently ran a front-page piece citing a very shocking statistic, and one that took many by surprise: 93% in Kiryas Joel on Medicaid assistance.