You would think that as fast as St. Lawrence and his attorney were pedaling in the courtroom in White Plains, trying to outrun the 22 felony charges from the Dept of Justice, that he wouldn’t have time to continue to siphon public money to his bankrupt RLDC. So much for common sense. While St. Lawrence and his attorney, Michael Burke, were looking over perspective jurors, his corrupt machine was still still cranking up the giant sucking sound at Town Hall on Route 59, vacuuming millions in public assets. At the other end of the pipe, almost six million was blowing in at the RLDC office over at the ballpark. [Read more…]
“For the second time in 10 months, the East Ramapo school board has a seat to fill — and it’s the same seat.
Joe Chajmovicz, who was picked in July 2016 to fill the remainder of Yakov Engel’s term, submitted his resignation in a letter, dated Jan. 31, to the district clerk, stating he was no longer able to serve.
His resignation is effective Feb. 1, according to the letter. [Read more…]
“If the state does not continue to provide a $3 million allocation in aid this year to East Ramapo, the school district will have to cut universal kindergarten and art classes in elementary schools, which are two programs that were just restored in the fall, according to a report by the district’s monitors.
In “A New Beginning,” which was released Tuesday morning by the state Education Department, monitors Charles Szuberla and John Sipple report on steps taken by the East Ramapo district over the last year to turn itself around, outline priorities and identify challenges that lie ahead. [Read more…]
The headline in a Journal News story last week mistakenly claimed: East Ramapo: Federal Court dismisses bias suit. To begin with, the class-action lawsuit brought by the parents and students of the district against the East Ramapo board is not a bias suit. Secondly, the case, called Montesa v Schwartz, brought by numerous parents continues in the court of Supreme Court Justice Cathy Seibel, where it is scheduled for a decision for or against an order for injunctive relief against the East Ramapo Board sometime next month. The decision reported on last week was the decision of the Appeals Court to exclude the students from the lawsuit. Two of three judges on the panel decided the students didn’t have standing to sue because they were not “directly impacted” by the Board’s improper decisions on spending, and, therefore they should not be allowed to proceed. [Read more…]
This is a response, posted in The Journal News, to Joseph Petlin’s complaint about lawsuits directed at the East Ramapo School Board. Petlin is the Superintendent of Schools in Kiryas Joel.
East Ramapo did not have any problem with legal fees before the school board was taken over by people who favor the interests of the nonpublic schools. One of the first things they did was to get rid of the district’s a longstanding lawyer, Stephen Fromson, and replace him with a law firm charging over twice as much. This law firm worked with the rogue school board to spend public dollars on tuition in private schools. This resulted in citations by the state education department and loss of state funding. [Read more…]
“An East Ramapo parent group will keep their children from attending the first three days of school to protest the district’s eleventh-hour lottery for full-day kindergarten slots.
The group, Padres Unidos, said the three-day boycott is in response to the East Ramapo school district’s decision to hold a Thursday lottery to fill slots in four newly created full-day kindergarten classes.
“Keeping our children home is a very serious, difficult and extreme step, but we believe that, if some of us are suffering, all of us are suffering,” the group said in a statement issued late Friday. “Many of our families have been deeply offended that something as serious as kindergarten would be treated as a sudden lottery, as if it were a special prize.” [Read more…]
“After community outrage followed the halving of an East Ramapo school trustee’s term due to a technical error, state Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee said she plans to propose a legislative fix to return Sabrina Charles-Pierre’s seat to full term.
Charles-Pierre ran unopposed for a two-year seat that expires in June 2018, but the school board votedin late July to invalidate the term because it discovered she was not sworn in within 30 days of the May board election results being certified. Charles-Pierre was then appointed to a seat that runs out in May 2017. [Read more…]
“Calls for the East Ramapo School Board’s president to step down grew louder Tuesday night, as nearly 100 people rallied outside the district’s central office prior to a school board meeting to demand that Yehuda Weissmandl resign his seat after a trustee’s term was cut in half.
The protest, organized by local education advocacy group Strong East Ramapo, comes after Sabrina Charles-Pierre had her term chopped in half because officials said they learned she was not given the oath of office within 30 days of the election results being certified. Charles-Pierre was elected in May to a two-year unexpired seat on the board, but will only serve one year under action taken by officials after they realized their mistake. [Read more…]
The following letters from Oscar Cohen and Kim Foskew reflect the outrage over the Board’s attempt to limit the term of Sabrina Charles-Pierre and to appoint an unknown to the Board.
Administrative oversight needs examination
On Tuesday night, the East Ramapo’s school board announced the appointment of Joseph Chajmovicz, an unknown to the public school community, to an open seat.
Mr. Chajmovicz, who it’s believed has no history of running for the board, was chosen over Jean Fields, retired Ramapo High School principal and co-chair of the Spring Valley NAACP Education Committee. [Read more…]