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“Town officials have set a date to vote on a bundle of amendments to its zoning codes that currently fall short of state regulations, and will offer an opportunity for residents to sound off on the changes.
More than a dozen amendments to Ramapo zoning law came at the direction of the New York Department of State. The changes — which span from granting building permits and certificates of occupancy to the duties of the building inspector and maintaining detailed files — also follow a Department of State letter from July criticizing the town for failing to comply with state regulations. [Read more…]
“A year ago, a grassroots group called CUPON was formed by a Hillcrest resident who saw an urgent need to keep the area’s development in check.
Since then, that group has helped a handful of similar organizations spring up around Ramapo, a town with a long history of civic activism. They all share concerns similar to CUPON’s, which stands for Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods. [Read more…]
A newly formed group of Rockland yeshivas has warned County Executive Ed Day that they believe his zeal for inspecting private schools violates the U.S. Constitution.
Members of what is being called the School Religious Freedom Coalition want a meeting with the state education commissioner to discuss a “reasonable” plan for carrying out fire and safety code inspections at local private schools.
Dennis Lynch, an attorney for the group, said organization members support the need for inspections and having safe schools for students but believe Day’s goal is to limit the growth of private schools. [Read more…]
Former Ramapo Fire Inspector Adam Peltz is demoted, sanctioned and yet kept on at $85,865 as the board creates a new position for him.
The town board hired new fire safety and building inspectors Thursday just as state officials were given authorization to inspect dozens of private schools.
Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and the Town Board voted Thursday to appoint Michael Lepori as fire inspector at a cost of $64,073, and Ian Smith as deputy building inspector at a cost of $74,173. [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…]
“Ramapo’s embattled fire inspector faces demotion with a loss in salary and up to a 60-day suspension by the Town Board after he overlooked numerous fire and safety violations at four private schools that the state discovered during its own inspections.
The Ramapo Town Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the proposed resolution to disciplinary charges brought against Adam Peltz, a longtime town employee who also serves as a volunteer member of the Monsey Fire Department and its president. [Read more…]
A decaying Yeshiva complex on Forshay Rd. has been shuttered due to unsafe building conditions, according to Ramapo Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia.
Building inspectors posted orders Thursday on all of the property’s structures deeming them unsafe and not to be occupied, effectively shutting down the troubled complex indefinitely, Mallia said Friday. [Read more…]
The state has ordered Ramapo to strengthen enforcement of fire prevention and building codes, demanding the town provide documentation and upgrade its computer system to document inspections and the results.
The order from the state Division of Building Standards and Codes followed a series of re-inspections of buildings and schools across town.
The order signed by Executive Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Giardina follows recent allegations by the state Department of Education that Ramapo Fire Inspector Adam Peltz ignored serious violations at four private schools and allegedly filed false reports.
Peltz has been taken off inspections until an internal investigation into his work is completed, town officials said. [Read more…]
County officials, state lawmakers say intervention needed after shoddy inspections at private schools.
“New York state officials are expected to hand down an order calling on the town to immediately enforce fire and zoning codes in buildings and schools littered with violations, or face a state takeover.
Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, said the Department of state’s Division of Building Standards and Codes is preparing to issue an order that Ramapo’s housing department take corrective action to enforce safety and fire codes.
“This is the first step in finally restoring some law and order in this town,” Zebrowski said Friday. “Over the past several years, we’ve been documenting instance after instance where the building, fire and zoning codes have been completely ignored.” [Read more…]