- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

MONROE, N.Y. (AP) - Residents living next to a Hasidic Jewish village in the Hudson Valley have voted to allow its expansion.

Monday night’s vote in the Town of Monroe involved the annexation of 164 acres into Kiryas Joel, which local officials approved in September. The vote was 40 to 12 in favor of expansion.

The village said in a statement the vote clearly expressed the town’s desire to have their land annexed into the village.

A state judge in White Plains last week rejected a request from opponents to put a hold on the annexation vote. But she granted an injunction that keeps the annexation from taking place while the legal challenge proceeds.

Leaders of the densely settled enclave of ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews say the village of 22,000 is bursting at the seams. Opponents of the annexation fear increased congestion in the suburban area about 50 miles north of New York City.

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