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Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles’ e-mail tirade.

Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles

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

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Know Your Candidates NY 18th Congressional Race

Know Your Candidates Karl Brabenec

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

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Know Your Candidates: Monroe, NY

Know Your Candidates

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

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The Orange County Board of Elections tapes.

Orange County Board of Elections

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

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OC Board of Elections: Rescinds external KJ inspectors.

Board of Elections

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

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Karl Brabenec: Chicken & waffles on Kiryas Joel.

Karl Brabenec

Brabenec waffles on Kiryas Joel Annexation.

A recent writer to The Photo News (see original Letter to the Editor here) and more recently to the Times-Herald Record (see letter here) provides the following commentary on the candidates in New York’s 98th District State Assembly Race, and the outcome isn’t pretty for candidate Karl Brabenec.

I just listened to Karl Brabenec (Republican candidate for New York’s 98th State Assembly District) on his weekly WTBQ radio show address a listener question from Monroe on the KJ annexation, and his position should he be elected. Continue Reading

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Harley Doles’ Surrender Deal to KJ

Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles

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

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Hasidic Jews in New York seek to expand enclave

Hasidic Jews in New York seek to expand enclave (AP 7.5.14)

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.

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Kiryas Joel, rhetoric & responsible politics

Kiryas Joel

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.

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