Andrew L. Dispensa
Please support Andrew and Jennifer for Trustees.
Their bios appear below.
Andrew L. Dispensa, MBA
Andrew is a 36- year resident of the Airmont Village area. He has been here since before the Village was incepted and watched its birth, growth and struggles. Andy has a long history of service to this community including coaching for the Ramapo Little League, Soccer League, and was a Cub Scout Master. He continues his service as an Assistant Scout Master. Andy has been recognized for several community awards over the years including The Hidden Hero award from the Town of Ramapo, New York State Assembly, Haverstraw, and the Town of Clarkstown. [Read more…]
“Elissa Berkowitz walked to synagogue with her parents while growing up on Staten Island.
Her dream has been to do the same with her children, raising them in the same Orthodox Jewish lifestyle.
“Growing up, it was beautiful to have a safe walk to synagogue with my mother and father to pray and be part of youth groups and a community,” the 33-year-old married mother of three said.
“I want that for my children,” she said. “I was in shock how this will become a reality for us.” [Read more…]
“The village has agreed to review a Hasidic Jewish school’s expansion plans, after settling a federal civil rights lawsuit which claimed the village discriminated against and blocked the project.
Under the agreement reached in U.S. District Court, Central United Talmudical Academy of Monsey gets a promise that its updated expansion plans will be reviewed in a timely manner by the village land-use boards, while the village gets the school’s promise to follow village procedures.
Airmont also is relieved of a legal burden. The village still faces a federal lawsuit from a coalition of the congregations and civil action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. The village previously lost two cases involving discriminatory zoning blocking residential houses of worship and dormitory housing involving Hasidic and Orthodox Jews since the village’s 1991 incorporation. [Read more…]
“The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider an appeal involving a Hasidic Jewish congregation’s 13-year-old plan to build a rabbinical college with apartments for students and their families amid 130 acres straddling routes 202 and 306. [Read more…]
There is a CUPON Chestnut Ridge meeting Tuesday night, Jan 14, at 7pm at the William Faist Ambulance Corps. There are six items on the agenda:
- Updates on the two lawsuits.
- Brief update on the Bluefield Extension lawsuit and the court’s decision .
- Cease and desist program and the results from the NYS Dept. of State.
- Update on the Consumer Affairs work in the Village and the issue of the Village’s failure to act on even the simple issues. How to motivate the Village?
- Discussion about the Comprehensive Plan for the Village.
- Upcoming elections.
“A federal appeals court Friday upheld a judge’s ruling that village officials adopted discriminatory zoning to block an Orthodox Jewish congregation from building a dormitory college for rabbinical students and their families.
As a result, Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov Inc. plans to file site plans and seek variances now that it has clear sailing for a college amid 130 acres straddling Routes 202 and 306, the congregation’s attorney, Joseph Churgin of Nanuet, said Friday. [Read more…]
That headline is not a misprint. At this Thursday’s Village Board meeting (July 18, 8pm–Village Hall) the Mayor and Board will consider allowing residents to bury human remains on their property with little more than an application to the Planning Board, such as you might submit for putting up a shed on your property.
The following letter was sent out by CUPON explaining the proposed change to the municipal law and also recent controversies created by local school buses. [Read more…]
Jeanette Kunow and Cheryl Valenti are candidates for the Suffern School Board in the upcoming Election, Tuesday, May 21.
The reasons for our endorsements follow here:
This year there are two open seats on the Suffern School Board and four candidates running for those seats. The candidates are Jeanette Kunow, Cheryl Valenti, Matt Kern, and Dr. Chris Nicpon. All four candidates willingly agreed to an interview and described their qualifications, positions on the issues, and motivations for running in an honest and open manner, without reservation. We believe that all four candidates are valued members of the community with good intentions who will make excellent school board members if elected.
It was a tough decision but after much discussion we ultimately decided to endorse Jeanette Kunow and Cheryl Valenti. [Read more…]
The next CUPON of Chestnut Ridge meeting will be held on May 7, 2019 at 7 PM at the Faist Ambulance Corp Building at 7PM. Please join us and bring a friend, someone who has not attended before. We want to increase our numbers and ensure that everyone is aware of issues that impact all who reside in Chestnut Ridge. [Read more…]