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“Rockland lawmakers pushing for a bill to get revenue and oversight for the troubled East Ramapo school district said Friday that the measure failed to get into the state budget.
“You live to fight another day,” said Assemblyman Ken Zebrowiski, D-New City, who was advocating for the measure along with Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, and state Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City.
Zebrowski said the lawmakers will try to get a standalone measure approved that would bring both money and oversight to East Ramapo.
“We are certainly disappointed,” he said. “But we are hopeful that post-budget there is still an opportunity.” [Read more…]
On Tuesday, March 29, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Siver was disbarred by the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His license to practice law was pulled because of his felony convictions for fraud and extortion, successfully prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Silver is scheduled to be sentenced this month on April 13, the same day that former NYS Senator Dean Skelos will be sentenced. The two who made up 2/3 of Albany’s troika known as the “Three-men-in-a-room” will hear their sentences read in separate courtrooms.
“A coalition of conservation groups want to use the New York Transportation Corporation Law, first passed in 1909, to stop Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC’s proposal to build two parallel running pipelines 178 miles between Albany and Linden, New Jersey. Kate Hudson, director of cross watershed initiatives for Riverkeeper, said the law gives villages and cities “veto power” over anyone who seeks to build pipelines on their lands.
“Corporations have to come to the cities and villages, and ask permission to build a pipeline through their borders,” Hudson said. “That’s the specific language of the law.” [Read more…]
A Rockland County lawmaker is calling for federal and/or local authorities to investigate the sources of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to Family Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress’s 2011 campaign.
Legislator Charles Falciglia said he is requesting the probe because Eisenpress’s campaign received near maximum contributions from more than 20 individuals and companies during a four-day period. The majority of those donors never previously donated to a candidate. [Read more…]
The Town Board on Thursday unanimously approved transferring 25 wooded acres at 301 Pomona Road to its Local Development Corporation for commercial and/or mixed use.
The land is located in the Village of New Hempstead, which would have to grant all zoning, environmental and building approvals. Town Board member Pat Withers said the RLDC has had informal discussions with New Hempstead and with potential private developers who expressed interest in the site, including Hilton. [Read more…]
Just a day after being threatened by Rockland County with foreclosure, owners of the controversial Patrick Farm properties forked over more than $385,000 in back taxes.
On Wednesday afternoon, a title insurance company representative for Scenic Development LLC dropped off two checks covering $385,426.57 in delinquent taxes, which stretch back to at least 2013. This represents money owed on three parcels along Route 306 in Ramapo near the Pomona border. The Monsey developer owns a host of other parcels on the same site. Read the complete Journal News story here.
Community View in The Journal News
by Lou Grumet, March 23, 2016
New York leaders once again ignore problems, just as they did in early days of Kiryas Joel divide
For over a dozen years, or more than the entire education of an individual child, the political decision-makers of the State of New York have failed to find a solution to East Ramapo school district’s difficult problems.
One side talks about not having sufficient resources; the other talks about discrimination against minority children. Both may be right. Meanwhile, the state performs periodic investigations, but does little to resolve the issues, including dwindling education quality for public schoolchildren, poor management of the district’s limited resources and a rapid growth of a private-school community that demands resources.
There is a sad sense of deja vu to those of us who watched a similar lack of resolve in Kiryas Joel school district, not far away. Indeed, the connections between the two school districts are more than coincidence — most of the disabled children in Kiryas Joel were placed there by East Ramapo, instead of serving them in the home district. [Read more…]