Kiryas Joel-based developer is Cuomo’s top donor this year

Mayer Hirsch contributed $250K after governor vetoed annexation bill

New York /
Jul.July 20, 2015 12:55 PM

A developer in the Orange County neighborhood of Kyras Joel ranks as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top political donor in 2015, with $250,000 in contributions made less than a week after the governor blocked a bill that would have limited development in the upstate Hasidic village.

A series of nine checks from various LLCs linked to Kiryas Joel developer Mayer Hirsch entered Cuomo’s campaign account on July 13 and 14, according to a filing submitted to the state’s Board of Elections last week.

The donations came a few days after the governor vetoed a bill July 8 that would have required approval for attempts by local governments to annex land within their borders.

The legislation was prompted by Kiryas Joel’s attempt to annex 507 acres that would have made the village up to 70 percent larger, according to Capital New York. Cuomo described the bill as unconstitutional, claiming it ran afoul of Article IX of the state’s constitution by giving “counties control over local annexation petitions that would not impact a county’s boundaries.”

Several property-holding companies linked with Hirsch signed the Kiryas Joel annexation petition, which could have been blocked if Cuomo had approved the bill. Assemblyman James Skoufis, who sponsored the legislation, called the governor’s claim that the proposal unconstitutional “flat-out wrong.”

Cuomo’s campaign contributions have slipped so far in 2015, with the governor raising only $5 million through June. [Capital New York] – Rey Mashayekhi


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator James Skoufis (Credit: Getty Images, NY Senate)
Owners of some residential properties can’t hide behind LLCs anymore
Owners of some residential properties can’t hide behind LLCs anymore
Governor Andrew Cuomo and 538 Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps and Getty Images)
Landlords take another hit: Cuomo signs expanded Loft Law
Landlords take another hit: Cuomo signs expanded Loft Law
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Getty Images)
Cuomo wants to exempt NYC from prevailing wage bill
Cuomo wants to exempt NYC from prevailing wage bill
From left: Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and Rep. Lee Zeldin
Here’s where the top contenders for NY governor stand on real estate
Here’s where the top contenders for NY governor stand on real estate
Governor Kathy Hochul (Getty)
Hochul downsizes Cuomo’s Penn Station plan
Hochul downsizes Cuomo’s Penn Station plan
Will 10 new towers pay for Penn Station?
MTA chair: 10 new towers may not fund Penn Station expansion
MTA chair: 10 new towers may not fund Penn Station expansion
90 Sands Street
Hotel conversions race against the clock
Hotel conversions race against the clock
Hochul urged to resolve Mario Cuomo Bridge dispute
Hochul urged to resolve Mario Cuomo Bridge dispute
Hochul urged to resolve Mario Cuomo Bridge dispute
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...