“No compromise this time: East Ramapo needs a monitor, with veto power.That was the clear message from the special monitor team that’s spent the last five months planted in the East Ramapo school district, sifting through financial information, visiting public-school classrooms, interviewing teachers and studying curriculum. [Read more…]
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“A three-person board that has spent five months studying the troubles in the East Ramapo school district on Monday offered 19 reforms in a report titled, “Opportunity Deferred: A Report on the East Ramapo.” The panel, headed by former New York City chancellor Dennis Walcott, presented its findings Monday to the Board of Regents, detailing how the district has been beset with turmoil and poor management. [Read more…]
The convictions of two of the Three Men in a Room by Federal Prosecutor Preet Bharara took less than two weeks. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was found guilty last week on all eight counts on which he was charged, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver preceded him on November 30 when he was found guilty of the seven federal corruption charges and expelled from the Assembly. [Read more…]
“A Spring Valley building official has testified in court that the mayor directed him to issue a certificate of occupancy for a school at 50 Commerce St., despite the official’s concerns that safety inspections weren’t completed. [Read more…]
“Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower retired in September as the highest-paid local government employee, a report Wednesday said. Brower, after 45 years of service, earned $369,088 in the fiscal year that ended March 31, according to the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank in Albany. Brower topped the top 50 list of highest paid local workers. The list included 40 police officers, and 24 of them worked for Nassau County. Ramapo Capt. Thomas Cokeley ranked seventh on the list at $274,143 last fiscal year.” Read the Journal News story here.
“A fuel transfer company is proposing to construct a pair of underground oil pipelines that would carry crude oil through a wooded area of Ramapo and Hillburn. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and at least one Ramapo official say they are concerned about the proposal.”This proposed Pilgrim dual pipeline route really looks horrible coming down the Ramapo Valley so close to the Ramapo River and going through wetlands,” Ramapo’s environmental consultant, Geoff Welch said. “The potential spill risk is unacceptable.” Read the complete story here.
Kiryas Joel committee criticizes village leadership and its annexation of Monroe
By Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times | December 2, 2015
Members of a group of ultra orthodox Hasidic Jews living in Kiryas Joel who criticize the village’s annexation of Monroe claim they are being suppressed. Members of the Kiryas Joel Committee for Peace and Harmony spoke to The Epoch Times on Nov. 26 about their differences with village government. [Read more…]
“The town is negotiating a potential settlement in a dispute over an illegal shortcut built on town-owned property in a rapidly growing subdivision in an unincorporated area of Ramapo. But what’s in the agreement remains to be seen. Neighbors of the illuminated walkway which connects driveways of 1 Neva Court and 9 Quince Lane over a piece of land-locked, town-owned woods say they became aware of the 300-foot paved shortcut about one and a half years ago after strangers started appearing in their quiet residential streets, looking for the path. They urged town officials to take action against the illegal tree cutting and the walkway’s construction.” Complete Journal News story here.
Obvious efforts were made to keep the process as far from public view as possible. The Town Clerk’s Office failed to honor Freedom of Information Act requests for copies of the proposed budget in time for the meeting to which the public had been invited to participate in a public discussion of that budget. The meeting time had been changed, and it was inconveniently scheduled for the day after the election, November 4. But it didn’t really matter because without the numbers–projected taxes, debt payments, salary increases–what was there the public could add to the discussion? The few who were present did ask questions, but those were summarily dismissed by Supervisor St. Lawrence, manager-in-charge of Ramapo’s mole-tunnel democracy: “We’re here to listen,” he said, “not to answer questions.” [Read more…]