News 12 reported that the 63 year old Doles, the father of triplet teenage daughters and husband of Supreme Court Justice Maria Vasquez-Doles, was outside his home when he suffered an apparent heart attack. Efforts to resuscitate Doles proved unsuccessful.
Doles ran unsuccessfully for State Senate in 2010, losing to Senator Bill Larkin and was elected supervisor of the Town of Monroe in 2013, a position he held for a single term.
His staunch support of Kiryas Joel’s proposed expansion had Doles incurring the wrath of many locals.
In a VIN News interview at a 2015 annexation meeting, Doles said that he would do everything in his power to help the children of the Satmar Grand Rabbi, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum.
“I am happy that Rabbi Joel was guided by G-d’s hand to come here, because this is where the Lord wanted His children to come and survive and thrive,” said Doles. “That is what I understand and whatever I have to do to be able to provide this service to Hashem, that is what I am going to do.”
Two and a half years later, Doles told VIN News via Twitter message that he had been subjected to personal attacks because of his comments at that meeting, which had many Monroe residents strongly opposing any further growth in Kiryas Joel.
“Hate a front row seat that night,” wrote Doles. “For years United Monroe used that interview to destroy me.”
Doles noted that despite the opposition, that meeting ultimately gave way to the creation of the Town of Palm Tree, which will take place on January 1, 2019 and stressed the importance of religious freedoms.
“Jewish survival has always been adapting to their surroundings,” wrote Doles. “God is with all of you and I feel that much of the grief all of you have endured will turn into greater opportunities to live and raise your families the way God and the United States Constitution provides.
Always stand up for hate and intolerance – there will always be people like me, my wife and my three girls who will be by your side.”
Doles also noted that the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust had left an indelible impression on his soul.
“I was raised to ‘never forget’ what was done at the hands of these animals,” wrote Doles. “I defended KJ with great pride, knowing that as a servant of the lord, and as a Christian, I am here to defend their rights … What the Jews have endured for nearly 6,000 years inspires ordinary people like myself to defend the rights of those who have lost so much but have always kept their faith regardless of their sacrifice.”