- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) - Leaders in a Hudson Valley county say they aren’t satisfied with an environmental review done by a Hasidic Jewish village planning to annex land in a neighboring community.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus says the final generic environmental impact statement approved by Kiryas Joel on Monday is inadequate and the “overall public interest” isn’t served by its plans to annex up to 507 acres in the town of Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City.

The boards of Monroe and Kiryas Joel are expected to vote on annexation by Sept. 8.

Leaders of the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews say the village needs the additional land for its growing population. Some opponents in the surrounding suburbs fear more congestion and water quality and quantity are among the county’s concerns.

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