Its roots date back to the mid-1970s, when Hasidic Jews began settling in the area under the guidance of Satmar Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum.
The town of Chester in southeastern New York is buying up available property in order to prevent future development by the Hasidic community.
Each company admitted to collecting sales tax but not paying it to the state — withholding as much as $50,000 in one year.
Kiryas Joel, one of the poorest communities in the country, has seen its population more than triple since 1990.
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“I don’t see how the state could have approved them and not see what is going on.”
The Town of Monroe had voted overwhelmingly to agree to the secession of the Satmar enclave, which will form a new all-Hasidic town of Palm Tree.
Satmars in upstate New York have founded a new town — bearing the name of a tropical tree that is particularly ill-suited to the climate.
The Town of Palm Tree — an English translation of the Satmar rebbe’s surname, Teitelbaum — should come into existence in 2020.
The administrator of the ultra-Orthodox village earns more than all but three other government employees in a three-county area in New York.