The Village of Kiryas Yoel may soon become the Town of Palm Tree (Teitelbaum, or teitel boim, get it?), reports Kol Haolam. The fast-growing Chassidic village finalized a deal with opponents of its expansion on Tuesday, setting up a county legislature vote in September and a voter referendum in November. Currently part of the town of Monroe, the deal is contingent on getting approved by a supermajority of 14 out of 21 Orange County lawmakers and two-thirds of Monroe voters.
The deal is designed to reduce long-standing tensions between the densely populated village and residents of the suburban area. United Monroe agreed to drop its opposition to an approved 164-acre expansion and support the addition of 56 more acres. In return, Kiryas Yoel agreed to a 10-year prohibition on supporting new annexation petitions.