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Update from Superintendent Rodriguez regarding Kiryas Joel Annexation needs to be Disseminated to all 29,000 Taxpayers

Esteemed NTRA Members and neighbors:

Tonight and tomorrow evening there will be public hearings related to the pending decision on the possible changes to the town of Kiryas Joel’s boundaries and it’s implications on the Monroe Woodbury’s school district boundaries.

I have been communicating with our Orange County Legislator, Mr. Barry Cheney, who has been very responsive to my inquiries. I’ve also been in contact with our School Superintendent, Ms. Elsie Rodriguez and Mr. Jon Huberth, President of the M/W Board of Education, both of whom have also responded in a timely and professional manner. I’m sharing some of those exchanges below.

Our school Superintendent, Ms. Elsie Rodriguez, has provided an update through the M/W website which provides some details.

I found Ms. Rodriguez’s letter on the M/W website.

http://www.mw.k12.ny.us/

Superintendent update regarding KJ annexation

http://www.mw.k12.ny.us/a-letter-from-the-superintendent-regarding-kj-annexation/

I’ll look out for the District’s study that she mentions in the letter and help pass on this information to concerned residents here in northern Tuxedo.

I suggested that the school board add a link to the Orange County notice of Public Hearing

http://www.orangecountygov.com/filestorage/1140/27466/Notice_of_Public_Hearing_-_Town_of_Palm_Tree_Kiryas_Joel_7.11.17_FINAL.pdf

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Central Valley Elementary School Auditorium, 45 Route 32, Central Valley, New York, 10917 and continuing thereafter, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Bais Rachel Paradise Hall, 5 Israel Zupnick Dr., Monroe, New York, 10950

I know many people are unaware of these hearings and the details were not included in Ms. Rodriguez’s letter.

Ken English

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On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 1:09 PM, Jon Huberth <jhuberth@mw.k12.ny.us> wrote:

Ken,

Thanks for this.  Mrs. Rodriguez has and will continue to post all information on the district website as the information is made public, so you and all other interested parties can check in there.

Jon

Jon Huberth

President

Monroe Woodbury Board of Education

jhuberth@mw.k12.ny.us

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On Aug 11, 2017, at 12:52 PM, Kenneth English wrote:

Dear Mr. Huberth.

I’m forwarding the message I wrote to Superintendent Rodriguez for your consideration and possible response.

I would also want to be clear that I know the issues you and Ms. Rodriguez are facing are daunting and I’m sure you all have been diligently striving to find remedies.

I look forward to learning more about the work you’ve been doing, reading all reports available, and hopefully participating in contributing to the discussion and outcome.

I do plan on attending the planned informational meeting on Tuesday. I imagine that you will be there as well.

With appreciation.

Ken English

http://www.mw.k12.ny.us/board-of-education/members/

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From: Kenneth English
Date: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 10:24 AM
Subject: Update from Superintendent Rodriguez regarding Kiryas Joel annexation needs to be disseminated to all 29,000 taxpayers
To: erodriguez@mw.k12.ny.us
Esteemed Superintendent Rodriguez.

I’d like to reintroduce myself. My name is Kenneth English. We had communicated in April of last year when I invited you to speak with the Northern Tuxedo residents Association.

We appreciated that you and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, Patrick Cahill, came and spoke with our group. Our goal was to keep our residents engaged and informed about the workings of our school district and the pending changes that will effect us all. It is in that spirit that I’m writing to you now.

I was forwarded your E-mail message below from a neighbor who has children in a M/W school. It disseminates important information and a frenetic timetable for action. Specifically, I’m writing you to ask that you consider ways to keep all of the 29,000 M/W taxpayers informed. This crossroads we all are facing will have long standing implications for generations.

You mention that “The Legislature will vote on September 7 and, if approved, Monroe voters would decide the outcome on November 7.” Additionally that “The district will conclude its study shortly and then publicly discuss the findings and recommendations.” Knowing that this time of year is typically when people are on vacation and the extremely tight timetable to disseminate the information from your study, allow time for people to consider it, and to schedule and publicize a meeting with all taxpayers, before the Legislature votes on this on September 7th, seems totally unreasonable. I echo your thought that, “Making the decision to move boundary lines requires a methodical, complex approach.” It also requires a reasonable timetable.

I’m sure much of this is beyond your control but, as our Superintendent, I feel your team must make every effort to reach out to all of your constituents, the 29,000 taxpayers you mention. I think that it’s essential that the residents you represent in the the towns of Woodbury, as well as parts of Tuxedo, Chester and Blooming Grove, be given ample opportunities to become informed and involved, since, as I have been informed by my County Legislator, Barry Cheney, they will not be allowed to vote in any referendum. I know that there’s a collective mailing list for all M/W taxpayers, since I regularly receive my tax bill, that I ask you to utilize to disseminate all information and notices related to this urgent issue.

I know that you are working hard on our children’s behalf to protect all that has been built up over the decades. I look forward to learning more about these efforts and how I and others can understand and support your work.

With sincere respect.

Kenneth English

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From: Monroe-Woodbury Central School District <mwcsd@mw.k12.ny.us>
Date: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Update from Superintendent Rodriguez regarding Kiryas Joel annexation

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer break. The summer months pass by quickly as we ready our buildings for the return of students on September 6.

I’m writing to share with you the most recent information related to the annexation of land from the Town of Monroe to the Village of Kiryas Joel. Most recently, Kiryas Joel has proposed to form a new town to separate the Village of Kiryas Joel from the Town of Monroe. Under the proposal, the 164 acres annexed from the Town of Monroe in 2015 – plus an additional 56 acres – would be detached from Monroe to create a new Town of Palm Tree.

The Orange County Legislature will be holding two public hearings next week regarding the proposal. The Legislature will vote on September 7 and, if approved, Monroe voters would decide the outcome on November 7. This agreement is contingent upon the changing of school district boundaries so that the 220 acres are moved from the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District to Kiryas Joel School District. The new town would be legally established in January 2020 if approved by voters.

It is important to note that the school district represents more than just the town of Monroe; we also represent the town of Woodbury, as well as parts of Tuxedo, Chester and Blooming Grove. In total, the school district is accountable to more than 29,000 taxpayers who reside in these towns. It is our job to ensure we make fiscally prudent decisions for our taxpayers.

Making the decision to move boundary lines requires a methodical, complex approach. Just two weeks ago, the district received revised parcel information from the Town of Monroe, numbers that differed from those previously discussed. As a result, the district is working quickly to compile an updated report, utilizing the new data.

Based on the most current assessment information, if the formation of the Town of Palm Tree is approved and school district boundaries are moved, the district would lose approximately $880,000 in tax revenue, an amount which would then be absorbed by the remaining taxpayers.

District representatives have been meeting with leaders at various state levels since March, in hopes of identifying ways to mitigate the impact on M-W taxpayers. These conversations will continue.

What next? The district will conclude its study shortly and then publicly discuss the findings and recommendations. Our first, and primary, focus is always what is in the best interest of our students. We will continue to be the voice of the students, families and residents of Monroe-Woodbury.

As always, please contact me at 460-6200, ext. 6201 or email erodriguez@mw.k12.ny.us if you have questions.

Enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez

Superintendent of Schools

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Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association

PO Box 484

Tuxedo NY 10987


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Lots of activities in September! NTRA Social – September 13, A Better Tuxedo Forum September 19 and more!

We have a busy first few weeks of September ahead of us. I look forward to having everyone involved!

Thanks,
Kristy

Tonight – Final Vote on Annexation Petition
The final vote on the Annexation of the 500 acres (and 167 separate annexation request) of Town of Monroe land into the Village of Kiryas Joel will take place September 8, 2015 at 7:00pm at Bais Rochel Paradise Hall, 7 Israel Zupnick Dr., Monroe, NY 10950

http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150902/NEWS/150909812

This Weekend – NTRA Neighborhood Social
Sunday, September 13 from 2:00-6:00pm
Tichy Field, Joyce Nissan Dr., Laural Ridge, 17A, Tuxedo, NY 10987

Light refreshments served, games for kids, and special guest the Tuxedo Ambulance Corps. Everyone’s welcome ($5.00 for non-members. You can join for the 2015 season there, if you haven’t already!)

This Weekend – Powerhouse Jam: Concert to Benefit MyHarriman.com
Saturday, September 12
Powerhouse Park, Tuxedo, NY 10987
2:00-7:00pm ($5.00 for tickets – proceeds to MyHarriman.com)

This Weekend – The Authors’ Circle presents Paul Watkins, author of The Beast in the Red Forest
Saturday, September 12 at 2:00pm
Tuxedo Park Library, 227 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987

Paul Watkins (writing as Sam Eastland) will be interviewed by publisher, friend, and Tuxedo resident, Glenn Young about his recent book in his Inspector Pekkala series of Novels, “The Beast in the Red Forest”.

“A standout historical series. Eastland depicts his fictional Stalin as more than a James Bond villain, painting him as a conflicted, lonely tyrant whose retribution against slights both real and imagined makes him a very dangerous opponent.” – Kirkus Reviews

Visit the site: >www.inspectorpekkala.com/

Next Weekend – A Better Tuxedo Community Forum
Saturday, September 19 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
GGM, Elementary Common Room, 1 Tornado Drive, Tuxedo, NY 10987

Earlier this year, a group of community leaders and public officials met to discuss plans and ideas on how to move forward as a community and how to improve the place that we live and work. From these meetings, a new coalition formed whose goal is to create A Better Tuxedo.

Now, we want to hear from you – the public – and we hope that you will join us to share your ideas on what you like about Tuxedo, what you’d like to change about Tuxedo, and how we can work together to create a new energy here in town.

The entire Tuxedo community is invited to attend our Tuxedo Community Forum on September 19th at 9:00 AM.

Please register here: www.abettertuxedo.com


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NTRA Annual Meeting Reminder – Thursday October 23, 7:30pm American Legion

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder of the annual meeting this Thursday, October 23 at the American Legion off Orange Turnpike (behind the old Corner Deli and the Auto Body shop). Click here for the location on Google Maps.

In addition to the annual meeting requirements (where we must elect officers and update members about the activities of the organization) we are using this opportunity to provide some information about issues of interest to our area including:

  • Updates in regards to items brought before the town governance over the last few months, such as: Sterling Forest Casino, Watchtower request for changes to the International Paper property they now occupy, Tuxedo Farms and the YMCA, the budget deficit, and others
  • The annexation issue in Monroe, which will affect MW Central School District (Presentation by Emily Convers, Jon Allegro and Mary Hanson)
  • The possible location of the Pilgrim Pipeline

Since the latter part of this meeting is informational, it is open to the public. If you think there is someone who is not a member of NTRA who might be interested in attending, please forward this to them (and encourage them to join!). The informational part of the meeting will be held immediately after NTRA’s annual meeting.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

Kristy