We have been advised that the Bluefield Extension Project on the Ramapo Zoning Board agenda for Wednesday July 24 has been postponed to Thursday, August 15, 2019. CUPON had submitted all of its documents in writing by July 17, and the Applicants now want time to respond, so the Town is rescheduling the meeting. We know that this is in the dead of summer, but CUPON asks if you are in Town on August 15, please attend the meeting.
“Ramapo officials will consider three proposals to sell the Suffern Quarry, the massive hole filled with millions of gallons of water overlooking the business district.
The proposals range from $3.2 million to $1 million to purchase the property, along with offers to lease the 60 acres pending an option to buy down the road.
The three developers proposed commercial development, such as warehousing, a landscaping business and storage, and a film-production facility.
Although Ramapo owns the quarry, Suffern controls land-use approvals. The property is zoned for light industry zoning and doesn’t allow for housing. [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…]
“As the state Education Department begins accepting public comments Wednesday on proposed regulations for private-school instruction, state officials are staying quiet on key components of the regulations that concern advocates for “substantially equivalent” academics in private schools.
The regulations lay out instructional ground that private schools must cover at each level of schooling, from math and science to health education and the visual arts to citizenship and the U.S. Constitution. They are intended to clarify how private schools can comply with state law, which has long required that academic instruction in private schools be substantially equivalent to what’s taught in public schools.
But the proposed regulations include possible concessions to religious schools, particularly Hasidic yeshivas, that have faced criticism for offering limited academic instruction to male students who are focused on religious studies. [Read more…]
“The Suffern school board elected Matthew Kern as its new president and Paul Shapiro as vice president Tuesday evening meeting, before naming Lisa Weber, the district’s assistant superintendent of instruction, as acting superintendent.
Lisa Castaldo, who served as acting superintendent since Superintendent Douglas Adams’ suspension in March, was named the new assistant superintendent, effective July 15.
Kern and Shapiro, who were the only board members nominated, were unanimously elected. Two of the seven board members, Donald Cairns and Angus MacKenzie, were not present for the votes. [Read more…]
“Retired Judge Thomas Walsh rode a powerful wave of Ramapo’s Orthodox Jewish votes to win Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary for district attorney, establishing him as the favorite to win in November with the Democrat, Republican and Conservative ballot lines.
Walsh garnered 8,900 total votes amid low turnout, according to unofficial returns on the Rockland Board of Elections website, with election watchers estimating 6,000 of those votes came from districts in Ramapo’s Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods. [Read more…]
(Totals reported by the Journal News at midnight Tuesday)
Thomas Walsh 8,900
Ken Zebrowski 4,375
Patricia Gunning 2,727
Victor Alfieri 1,264
Legislature District 13
Aron Wieder 773
Vivian Street 454
Mirlene Millen 129
Legislature District 14
Aney Paul 664
Agin Antony 167
Antonine Amsial 93
Legislature District 1
Mari Morrison Rodriquez 275
Michael Parietti 246
Legislature District 8
Toney Earl Sr. 426
Rudy Laurent 194
Claude Jean-Louis 105
Information, bios, and platforms follow. [Read more…]
In the Democratic primary for Rockland County District Attorney we give our endorsement to Kenneth Zebrowski.
Ken Zebrowski has served in the New York State Assembly for the past 12 years and is well known throughout Rockland County. He is the very model of what a public servant should be. He is smart, remarkably hardworking and proactive with the capacity to bring people together and make things happen. He always does his homework and seeks out common sense solutions to problematic issues. His forceful personality along with the determination and vigor to take the bull by the horns and clean up the corruption that rules the roost in Rockland, make him the most compelling choice for District Attorney. [Read more…]