At last night’s special town board meeting five items were voted on. Four were related to dealing with overdevelopment in Ramapo and the fifth welcomed the return of Scott Shedler to his post as town assessor.
Acting Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman allowed public comment even though this was a special meeting, which usually doesn’t provide time for public input. The majority of those who got up spoke out against the clear-cutting at the site of what was assumed to be a stalled project at Highview and Spook Rock Road. Ryan Karben, an attorney most often seen representing Monsey developers at Planning and Zoning Board meetings, angrily spoke out against the partial moratoriums proposed for the R-15A and R-15C special zoning districts which were on the agenda.
The first item was a “Resolution precluding Town Board consideration of new zone change petitions before the end of the year.” This prohibition passed unanimously 4-0 (Councilman Pat Withers was absent).
The second item scheduled a public hearing on October 25 to consider repealing the local law that allows temporary modular units for school use. That also passed unanimously.
The third and fourth items were to schedule a public hearing on Oct. 25 to discuss adopting a law establishing a partial moratorium in the R-15A and R-15C Zoning districts where multiple family homes with accessory apartments have seen explosive growth. For these two items, the subjects of attorney Karben’s diatribe and warnings, were both objected to by Councilperson Brendel Logan-Charles. She asked that the vote be tabled for a later time without providing a good reason for doing so. It curiously brought to mind those years when Brendel was the personal executive assistant for Ryan Karben when he was still a State Assembly person. She failed to persuade the other council members present, Ullman, Brinn, and Rossman, and the final vote was 3-1 in favor of opening the subject to the public on October 25.
The last item was the acceptance of Scott Shedler as Ramapo Assessor. That vote was unanimous.
The board, with the exception of one, is to be commended for following through on a number of the promises made on the day St. Lawrence’s convictions were read in court. The willingness to listen to the public on matters as important as these require that the public now show up and be heard at the end of October. We will follow-up with updates about the hearing.