Camp debate an issue in Congressional race
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ELLENVILLE, N.Y. -- A political feud brewing over a Jewish summer camp in the Hudson Valley could complicate a New York City Congressional race.
Control over this kids camp in Ellenville, which is more than a two-hour drive from Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez's district in Brooklyn, is kicking up a decade-long feud between two sects of the Satmar Jewish Community: the Zalmans and the Aaronites. The camp is at risk of not opening.
Velazquez said she doesn't want one group to control the camp, but according to some, that's an unpopular decision.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez said, "It's a poor political decision on her part because the overwhelming number of people, if majority rules and 80 percent of them are in need and support this, it's sad that she has taken the minority position."
Rep. Velazquez said, "The person that you mention went up there to advocate for the four camps to be given to one group," said Velazquez. "I am not advocating for that. I am advocating for all the girls."
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein met with representatives of both sides, but it is still unclear whether the camp's gates will be open at all this summer.