Archives for October 2019
Beginning Saturday, October 26, Rockland County voters can cast their votes for this year’s November elections. Avoid the crowds and parking mess that often show up on Election Day by selecting one of the nine days before November 5. Click on the “Read More” link below for the Board of Elections Schedule. AND PLEASE SUPPORT THE CANDIDATES ON LINE H AND LINE I. [Read more…]
Mike is opposed by a candidate who Is a political hack who will owe his office to the corrupt developers who worked hard to make sure he would be able to run unopposed. But our county’s political leaders did not know that Mike Diederich was willing to go to great lengths to oppose this highly undemocratic steamroller. [Read more…]
Commentary from Robert I. Rhodes, Ph. D., Chairman, Preserve Ramapo
Ramapo has a hero in the county legislature. His name is Aron Wieder. A man of great courage, he has taken on the burdensome defense of our Hasidic community. Whenever it is suggested that high density housing is overwhelming Ramapo’s resources he goes on the attack. This argument, he charges, is an anti-Semitic slur directed against his community.
But Wieder is not a hero, he is a racist. He knows that much of the housing that has been built in recent years for his community was built on land formerly occupied by modest homes owned by Black and Brown families. They were block busted out of their homes. Most of the rest of the high-density developments in Ramapo were built on vacant land that had been drastically down-zoned as a gift to Hasidic developers. [Read more…]
In 1619 the first documented slaves landed in the British Colony of Jamestown, from Angola. As we commemorate the 400 years of history since that fateful day, we remember that our nation and its wealth were built through forced labor and the very existence of Black men and women.
It is ironic that as this country celebrates its democracy, the Black community is still fighting for equal rights, justice and freedom.
I have attended many public hearings over the past several months in the Village of Spring Valley and the Town of Ramapo. I must admit that the Hillcrest CUPON has been the driving force in bringing the overdevelopment issue to the forefront. [Read more…]