The verdict “Guilty!” was read out loud 20 times in the Westchester courtroom on Friday, May 19. By Monday, the Journal News reported: “The glass window welcoming people to the Ramapo supervisor’s office in Town Hall was nameless, and all references to St. Lawrence had been removed from the town website, making him a persona non grata.” The most destructive Supervisor in Ramapo history was gone, yet his corrosive influence remains seated at the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, composed of a majority number of Monsey representatives who are overwhelmingly non-compliant with the State regulations written for their positions. [Read more…]
The following is from Robert Rhodes, Chairman of Preserve Ramapo.
The Hillcrest chapter of CUPON (Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods) met last Tuesday evening. Thanks to Micheal Miller’s presentation it was a most educational and shocking evening.
Micheal presented a long list of building projects in Ramapo. He estimated that when approved, a total of about 3,000 new apartment units will be built. With an average of eight family members per unit, we can anticipate a total increase in our population of about 24,000 residents. In other words, the proposed projects will increase our town population by almost 20%! [Read more…]
“A builder is being accused by his neighbors of potentially building more apartments than approved by Ramapo planners at a large housing complex on the former Temple Beth El property along Viola Road.
The legal action accuses the Ramapo chief building inspector of allowing the construction to continue and even conditionally approving the additional living space in violation of approved plans.
While Ramapo officials acknowledge builder Shimmy Galanduer violated approved plans, his fellow Orthodox Jewish neighbors are demanding in their legal action that a judge stop construction and order remediation, including possibly tearing down the buildings. Developer Ephraim Grossman owns the property under Viola Gardens LLC.” [Read more…]
“The Town of Ramapo is moving to close a yeshiva on Eckerson Lane in Hillcrest for zoning violations. Residents say the town has been complicit in allowing these schools to operate for years.”
“Ramapo has asked a state court to shut down an Eckerson Lane yeshiva for overstaying temporary permits that allowed it to use a house and classroom trailers for students while building a more permanent school.
The yeshiva was opened three years ago by a congregation without approvals. But the congregation later received town permission to use a single-family house for classrooms and add modular trailers for additional students. [Read more…]
“Planning Board considers three more school in the Highview Road-Spook Rock Road area, even as one unapproved school is raided by FBI in technology fraud case. Talmud Torah OHR Yochanan went into business one morning in October 2009 when several busloads of children were dropped off at 97 Highview Road, a single-family house with a narrow one-car driveway. The school has yet to get final approval from the Ramapo Planning Board, yet it receives tuition and state assistance for more than 200 students as it operates under a temporary certificate of occupancy. The school added 93 and 97 Highview Road to its campus, plus two classroom trailers and converted the second floor into classrooms. Wednesday afternoon, the school was among the 22 places raided by FBI agents and Rockland District Attorney’s Office detectives armed with search warrants demanding vendors and yeshivas account for computer-related equipment allegedly bought by religious schools with millions in federal subsidized education technology dollars. No one has been arrested and no criminal charges have been filed.” Read the complete Journal story here.
Watch the ABC news coverage here.
Want to know why Monsey and Spring Valley are so rapidly becoming urbanized with all the congestion and problems that follow compacting density in village-size spaces? Just go to a board meeting at Town Hall where all the shoe-horning gets approved. There you will get the answer to another question, as well: Why are the members of the Ramapo Planning and Zoning Boards not listed on the Town’s website? Clarkstown, Orangetown, and Stony Point list all those serving on their boards, and Haverstraw lists the chairpersons and secretaries. [Read more…]