Palm Tree Becomes First Official Ultra-Orthodox Town In America


Orange County gained its 21st town and New York got its first new town in 38 years last week, when the Town of Palm Tree quietly came into existence on Jan. 1 to split off the Village of Kiryas Joel from the Town of Monroe.

The new town is the result of a referendum of Monroe voters in 2017 and, before that, a legal deal reached by Kiryas Joel officials and leaders of the United Monroe citizens group to resolve a pitched battle over Kiryas Joel annexing land from Monroe.

That deal supported the formation of a town that would include 164 acres Kiryas Joel already had annexed and 56 additional acres.

Prior to Palm Tree’s incorporation, the last towns to be established in New York were East Rochester in 1981, Mount Kisco in 1978 and North Harmony in 1918.

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  1. “Official Ultra-Orthodox Town In America”

    No such thing.

    Separation of church and state.

    And you wonder why people question our educational system??

    • do you mean new square? nope a village google it. villages then towns then counties etc..
      if I am not mistaken kiryas yoel is also a village. thus kiryas yoel is now a village in the town of palm tree.


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