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Petition to Annex 164 Acres in Town of Monroe is Filed

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Albany/HV: Petition to Annex 164 Acres in Town of Monroe is Filed
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MONROE, N.Y. -- For Emily Convers she saw it as a ploy by the Village of Kiryas Joel.

"Frankly I think they're desperate," said Convers.

As chair of the organization, United Monroe, she said a petition that was filed this week, was an attempt by the Village to annex land quickly for development.

"If they think this is going to make it quicker or make it more manageable they’re wrong," said Convers.

The petition calls for a 164 acre annexation from the Town of Monroe. It's a smaller piece of land than the initially proposed 507 acre annexation that was submitted earlier this year.

"Create a smaller group of properties to annex which might be easier for people to understand and their hands around," said Steven Barshov the attorney for the petitioners.

He said by reducing the size, it makes annexing the land more manageable. He adds the smaller pieces of land, north of the village, are also ready for development.

"The petition for these properties is to isolate those lands that are immediately adjacent to the existing village and fill in irregular boundaries," said Barshov.

He said the initial 507 acre proposal hasn't been withdrawn and is still pending. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is currently reviewing whether the Village or the Town will be lead agency for its environmental review.

"In case anyone may fear this is to avoid an environmental review, it is not," said Barshov.

However, Convers said they'll continue fighting to prevent any annexation from happening. She says they don't want their rural community turned into a high density area.

"Our fight remains the same," said Convers.

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