Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement praising Governor Cuomo, who yesterday vetoed legislation aimed at preventing the growth of the Kiryas Joel community in Orange County:
“Governor Cuomo was absolutely correct to veto this unconstitutional legislation. The bills, which were shamefully rushed through the Senate and Assembly, were clearly aimed at preventing the annexation of a community that has supported development in the region, encouraging the growth of nearby communities. Those communities, sadly, are now opposing Kiryas Joel’s expansion.
As the Governor wrote in his veto, the bills were in violation of the New York State Constitution, which affords all New Yorkers the same protections and rights under the law. I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and his refusal to sign two unconstitutional bills into law.”