New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have made it more difficult for a Hudson Valley Hasidic Jewish village to expand its borders.
The village of Kiryas Joel is now overseeing an environmental review of a politically controversial request to annex 507 acres from the Town of Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City.
Leaders of the quickly growing enclave of ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews say the extra land is needed. Local opponents fear annexation would lead to more congestion in the suburban area.
One vetoed bill would have given county planners a role in reviewing annexation petitions and could have required a supermajority approval among local board members.
Cuomo said in a veto released late Wednesday that the bill violates the state constitution.