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Ten Kiryas Joel Officials paid over $100K.

Kiryas Joel Officials

Ten Kiryas Joel Officials paid over $100K. Long defined as “the poorest community in America”, the Village of Kiryas Joel pays ten Kiryas Joel officials salaries of over $100,000 per year, with one earning over $200,000.

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Journal News Offers Lukewarm Brabenec Endorsement

Brabenec

Journal News Offers Brabenec Endorsement. Cites Brabenec/Wieder “choice…isn’t a great one”. In it’s recent candidate review for New York’s 98th State Assembly District, the Journal News of Rockland offers a lukewarm endorsement of first-term incumbent Karl Brabenec. It’s statement on the race, however, seems… Continue Reading

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The Wrap-Up: 98th State Assembly Primary Race

Monroe elections

The Wrap-Up: 98th State Assembly Primary Race Who Won, Who Lost, and How Did One Village Decide Your Election? The Primaries for the 98th State Assembly District are over. But what do the results tell us about the voting? The… Continue Reading

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MFI-Miami’s Steve Dibert, Obsessed “Nazi” fraud.

MFI-Miami's Steve Dibert

MFI-Miami’s Steve Dibert, Obsessed “Nazi” fraud. About a week ago, we published some information for public review about MFI-Miami’s Steve Dibert, who has been known more for his erratic and psychotic rants against everything from banks to grass-roots groups to… Continue Reading

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More False Accusations against Andrew Buck PMP

Andrew Buck PMP

More False Accusations against Andrew Buck PMP Piece misstates story, lies on lawsuit details. Once again, Steve Dibert continues to take defamatory shots and post lies about Andrew Buck PMP. But he stepped in it by misstating the facts in his recent… Continue Reading

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Steve Dibert, The “Cryptic Nazi” gas lighter.

Andrew Buck PMP

Steve Dibert, The “Cryptic Nazi” gas lighter. Who is Steve Dibert, and why does he call everyone a Nazi? Steve Dibert constantly calls anyone he dislikes a “Cryptic Nazi”. But his obsession with Nazis and accusations reveal an irrational person with… Continue Reading

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False: Andrew Buck PMP ‘Jew Bashing’ Accusations.

Cryptic Nazis

False: Andrew Buck PMP ‘Jew Bashing’ Accusations. Recently, a series of false allegations calling Andrew Buck PMP a “Jew Basher” were launched by Steve Dibert, a former hard-money mortgage-banker. His article is a libelous work of fiction not supported by facts,… Continue Reading

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Op-Ed: Facts on the Ground & Gedalye Szegedin

Facts on the Ground

Op-Ed: Facts on the Ground & Gedalye Szegedin Gedalye Szegedin, the Village Administrator of Kiryas Joel, sent a myriad of emails to the Times Herald Record.  In ‘Thoughtful planning can strengthen MW and KJ schools,’ he is quoted: “mass overflow… Continue Reading

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Eight Kiryas Joel Officials earn over $100K

Kiryas Joel

Eight Kiryas Joel Officials earn over $100K. Kiryas Joel, long defined as “the poorest community in America”, turns out to have eight government officials on their payroll who each earn salaries of over $100,000 per year, with one earning nearly $200,000.

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Why is Sean Patrick Maloney quiet about Kiryas Joel?

Sean Patrick Maloney

Why is Sean Patrick Maloney quiet about Kiryas Joel? Democratic and incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney won his 2014 campaign over Republican Nan Hayworth by one of the slimmest margins in the history of this district, and largely the result… Continue Reading

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Election: Cardone and McGinn score Monroe council win.

Monroe Council

Election: Cardone and McGinn score Monroe council win. In a crushing upset that was as much a referendum on Dan Burke as it was a sentiment about the current Harley Doles-led Town Board, United Monroe candidates Tony Cardone and Mike… Continue Reading

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“Dan Burke” and “reason” in the same sentence?

Christmas Letter

“Dan Burke” and “reason” in the same sentence? Once again, it’s election time in Monroe, and among the Democratic candidates largely backed by the Kiryas Joel bloc vote is Councilman Dan Burke, a man now touting himself as “the voice… Continue Reading

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The Case Against Kiryas Joel Annexation (OpEd)

Annexation

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… Continue Reading

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Dov Hikind and the politics of bigotry and ignorance.

Dov Hikind

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.

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McWatters Waffles on Monroe Council Bid

Dennis McWatters

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… Continue Reading

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ICYMI Month in Review for Monroe (May)

#ICYMI: Month in Review

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… Continue Reading

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Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 2

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… Continue Reading

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Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 1

Election 2016

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 —… Continue Reading

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2014 Elections: It’s lights out for Nan Hayworth

Monroe elections

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… Continue Reading

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Know Your Town Board, Monroe, NY

Dan Burke

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… Continue Reading

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Who is Elisa Tutini? Know Your Candidates.

Who is Elisa Tutini? Know Your Candidates

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?

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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… 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… 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… Continue Reading

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An Open Response to Harley Doles, Monroe Supervisor

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.

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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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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93% in Kiryas Joel on Medicaid

Kiryas Joel Medicaid usage at 93%

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.