Tuesday, March 6, 2018




KJ, school district, support moving up Town of Palm Tree creation

KIRYAS JOEL – The mayor and Board of Trustees of the Village of Kiryas Joel and the Board of Education of the Kiryas Joel School District have gone on record in support of state legislation to accelerate the establishment of the Town of Palm Tree.

It is slated to become official in January 2020, but Senator William Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis have introduced legislation to move up the date to January 2019. At the same time, it would see state budget funding to fill in the financial gap that the Monroe-Woodbury School District would initially suffer.

“The Town of Palm Tree is a symbol of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect for our differences,” said Village Administrator Gedalye Szegedin. “It is only logical to permit the establishment of the new town in January of 2019, instead of waiting until January 2020, in order to carry out the will of the people.”

“We wholeheartedly back the Larkin-Skoufis bill so that Monroe-Woodbury can minimize the financial impact of their decision to shift their boundaries for the Town of Palm Tree,” said Joel Petlin, KJ school district superintendent.


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