The newly formed CUPON group in Chestnut Ridge is having their initial meeting tomorrow and invite you all to attend. The Hillcrest CUPON group will be there to provide consultation and support. [Read more…]
Archives for April 2016
Despite the recent convictions of two of the original “three men in a room” in Albany, the Governor and two new replacements didn’t think anything about once again going behind closed doors to hammer out the 2016 fiscal plan (budget) for the State of New York. On March 31, just two weeks ahead of the sentencing of Sheldon Silver and four weeks before Dean Skelos is reassigned to federal accomodations somewhere, the new three men in a room emerged from behind closed doors with their vision of where the rusty ship of state will be steered this year. [Read more…]
The 40-page decision released Wednesday by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct portrays Alan Simon as the archetypal “Boss from Hell.” The number of fellow workers who he charged with contempt, and, screaming, demanded their arrest and removal, included clerks, police officers, the police chief, another judge, and others. In fact, the routine, replete with bulging eyes and Anglo-Saxon epithets, almost reached the comic level of the Queen of Hearts’ “Off with their heads!” LoHud reporter Steve Lieberman has an overview of what got Simon yanked from the bench. Read Watchdog Decision: Judge Alan Simon booted for bullying, threats here.
There is so much more to Alan Simon’s questionable tenure as judge and head of Planning, Building and Zoning at Ramapo that we decided to reprint a story we ran on Mr. Simon five years ago in the middle of his campaign for Ramapo Town Justice. It includes some insight into his judicial philosophy and his relationship with the builders and Supervisor St. Lawrence. [Read more…]
“A state watchdog panel has removed Alan Simon as a judge in Ramapo, Spring Valley and Hillburn for violations of judicial ethics, officials said Tuesday.
Simon’s conduct as a judge had been under review by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct based on accusations filed against him in 2012, when he was accused of grabbing the arm of an intern for the Spring Valley Justice Court.” [Read more…]
Click on the image for the LoHud video introducing the candidates.
“Rockland lawmakers pushing for a bill to get revenue and oversight for the troubled East Ramapo school district said Friday that the measure failed to get into the state budget.
“You live to fight another day,” said Assemblyman Ken Zebrowiski, D-New City, who was advocating for the measure along with Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, and state Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City.
Zebrowski said the lawmakers will try to get a standalone measure approved that would bring both money and oversight to East Ramapo.
“We are certainly disappointed,” he said. “But we are hopeful that post-budget there is still an opportunity.” [Read more…]