The ex Ramapo Supervisor, Christopher St. Lawrence served the first portion of his 30-month sentence in Federal Prison in Waymart Pennsylvania, having been convicted of 20 counts of securities and wire fraud. His release date is scheduled for May 19, 2020. [Read more…]
Archives for 2019
From Preserve Ramapo Sept. 2:
We want to bring your attention to two initiatives that are
1.) Rally at the Legislature.
There will be a rally in front of the Rockland legislative office building
in New City at 6:15 PM, tomorrow evening, Tuesday Sept. 6th to protest Legislator Aron Weider for his habitual practice of crying anti-Semitism.
We will gather outside the Legislative building to hold our protest at 6:15 PM and then move into the legislative chambers to attend the meeting of the Legislature beginning at 7:00 PM. Our intent is to make use of the public comment period held at the end of the meeting to speak out about the corrosive and divisive practice of using the charge of anti-Semitism to stifle legitimate political debate. [Read more…]
“Rockland Legislator Laurie Santulli has requested a resolution condemning recent actions by fellow Legislator Aron Wieder, D-Spring Valley, including comments Wieder made Friday outside the Rockland County Courthouse to a community activist and earlier statements against a state Assemblywoman. [Read more…]
“The Pascack Ridge builder seeking a Town Board zone change for high-density housing donated $2,500 in March to the re-election campaign for three board members who will vote on his proposal, according to state Board of Elections records and a board critic.
Alex Goldberger’s Monsey Affordable Homes Inc. made the donation on March 15 to Team Ramapo, the re-election campaign for Supervisor Michael Specht, Deputy Supervisor Brendel Logan-Charles, and Councilman Michael Rossman. The campaign reported the donation in its July filing with the state. [Read more…]
Residents packed Ramapo Town Hall to speak out on the proposed zone change for the Pascack Ridge housing project on Aug. 15, 2019 (Photo: Steve Lieberman)
“Hundreds of residents packed Town Hall as talks got heated on a zone change that would allow a Pascack Ridge developer to build at least 220 housing units on less than 30 acres along the Clarkstown and Spring Valley borders.
After listening to nearly two dozen speakers over several hours on Thursday night — most of whom trashed the project as over-development favoring ultra-Orthodox Jews and out of character for the area — the Town Board’s five members closed the public hearing, but will accept written comments and emails to the Town Clerk’s Office until Sept. 3. [Read more…]
Below are 2 critical projects that will be enacted by the town of Ramapo’s elected Board if we do not express our concerns about them.
On August 15th a Public Hearing will be conducted on Pascack Ridge. This proposal is to build approximately 290 housing units on the wooded property between Rose Ave in Spring valley, North Pascack Road, and Ewing Ave in Hillcrest. If you live or travel in this area, loss of the scenic forest, increased traffic, noise and congestion will become a way of life. [Read more…]
The Journal News “Senate probe of New York’s building codes zeroes in on two municipalities with terrible reputations: Mount Vernon, where a lone inspector handles the entire city, and Ramapo, where lax enforcement has led volunteer firefighters and the County of Rockland to step in.
“The key takeaway from this investigation is that there has been a systematic failure to adequately prioritize code enforcement at all levels of government,” said state Sen. James Skoufis, who leads the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations.
He said his panel’s seven-month deep dive looked at “what is working, what is not working and where we need to focus on prioritization of code enforcement in the State of New York.”
And Mount Vernon and Ramapo were repeatedly cited in the report for failures. [Read more…]
“The Suffern Quarry has drawn additional offers, including a top bid of $5 million, for potential industrial development on the 60 acre site that features a massive hole filled with millions of gallons of water.
Ramapo received two proposals this week from a New Jersey realty company and a developer from Maspeth in Queens, with both offers topping the previous high bid of $3.2 million received among the first three offers this month.
Supervisor Michael Specht said Friday that he’s pleased by the growing interest, but hopes for additional offers. He said there’s no time frame to choose a buyer and Suffern would decide the use of the property. [Read more…]
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…]