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News Briefs: Mayor Noramie Jasmine and the Minisceongo Golf Course Sale

February 4, 2016 Ex-Spring Valley Mayor, Noramie Jasmine, was granted a delay for the date when she would enter
federal prison. The reason was scheduled surgery, and there was a second extension when the date of the procedure
was changed. Now, with the surgery accomplished, she has been ordered to report to prison Monday, February 29,
where she will serve a four-year sentence.

The size of the property in the Minisceongo Golf Club sale has been reported and rumored to be anywhere from 60 up
to 200 acres. A check of the Rockland County records lists the following information for the deed: Date of Sale January
14, 2016; Full Sale Price $32,000,000.; Deed Property Size is 129.57 acres; the owner is Mt. Ivy LLC with a home address at
Congregation Ribnitz, Inc, Binyan Torah, PO Box 657, Monsey, NY.

Emergency state funds to fix E. Ramapo school roof

February 3, 2016 "A leaking roof at Ramapo High School can be replaced using $1 million in emergency state funds,
but critics of the troubled East Ramapo school district say the fix is a short-term solution to a bigger problem.Parents and
students have been complaining for years about the deteriorating condition of district buildings. The district has not allocated
funds for preventive maintenance and the Board of Education has been criticized for spending reserve funds so there is no
money available to pay for repairs.
Pictures were shared on social media last week of water leaking into classrooms and hallways
at Ramapo High, one of the district's two high schools. The photos were accompanied by reports that the leaking roof was
accompanied by mold and foul odors. Parent David Curry, whose daughter took pictures a year ago of water leaking into classrooms
at the high school, said he will be happy to see the roof fixed. But the issue is bigger than one roof at one school, he said. "It's fixing
the symptom, not the problem," he said. He criticized the school board for eliminating maintenance funds."When you don't fix small problems,
they turn into larger problems," he said. Read the complete Journal News story here.


Ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva Controversy

January 29, 2016 "Are private yeshivas run by Hasidic Jewish sects providing students with an education equal to that
of public schools? New York filmmaker Menachem Daum reports on accusations that ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are
failing to teach secular subjects that would help prepare students for jobs. A lawsuit alleges that some of these religious
schools are not complying with New York state law by not teaching English, math, and science." To view the PBS news
story click here.

Groundhog Day at the Patrick Farm Hearing

January 27, 2016 They had all been there before, the planning board, the residents, the lawyers, and the Ramapo police
at the back of the hall. It was the third time the developer Yechiel Lebovits was bringing the application to the Ramapo
Planning Board. The meeting room was packed at 7:30 as Rice and Rocks, attorney and engineer for the developer, labored
through their presentation asking for approval for the massive, high-density transplant of about 500 homes on the property
once owned by John Patrick. (More)

 

Spring Valley building inspector charged with fraud
Walter Booker was released without bail. The homeowner, Rabbi Jacob Goldman, is also facing charges.

January 21,2016 "Spring Valley's chief building inspector and a businessman
were arrested Thursday in a corruption investigation that alleges the inspector
gave the man false certificates of occupancy for the man's Zeissner Lane home.
That false certificate allowed the businessman to get sizeable tax exemptions
and otherwise profit from day-care centers run from the property, prosecutors
charge. Rockland County District Attorney's Office detectives and Spring Valley
police arrested the longtime inspector, Walter Booker, as he prepared to drive
to work at Village Hall. The homeowner and businessman, Rabbi Jacob Goldman,
surrendered to detectives in the afternoon.
The phony paperwork allowed Goldman
to get $33,093 in property-tax exemptions in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and operate
two day-care centers at 9 Zeissner Lane, according to prosecutors. Goldman also operates
a synagogue and school at the house, according to his attorneys, Kenneth Gribetz and Deborah Loewenberg."
Read the complete Journal News story here. (Google street view of 9 Zeissner Lane, Spring Valley)

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Steven Jaffee, assemblywoman's husband, dies at 73

January 21, 2016 "Steven Jaffee, husband of Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee and a longtime Suffern resident, died Tuesday at
age 73.The Jaffees moved in 1978 from Brooklyn to Suffern, where they raised their children, Marc and Allison. They were
married for 51 years and have three grandchildren. Steven Jaffee was a longtime Democratic Committee member, former
chair of the Suffern Democratic Committee and coached youth baseball." (More)

Monsey company behind $32 million Minisceongo purchase
Majority owner is an LLC that shares address with Monsey congregation

January 21, 2016 "A Monsey-based company is the new owner of the Minisceongo Golf Club, but what it plans to do with
the property still isn't clear. Earlier this month, Mount Ivy LLC bought a majority stake in the 60-acre course for $32 million 
from principal owner Eric Bergstol, a well-known  Rockland County developer. The limited liability company owns a 78 percent
stake while another company, Lindifrim Pomona Limited Partnership, owns a 21 percent stake, according to property records.Mount
Ivy LLC was created on Jan. 5, according to its filing with New York's Department of State. Its address is listed at 55 Old Nyack Turnpike
in Monsey. That's the same address as Congregation Ribnitz Binyan Torah, a local religious organization. The property, complete with
concrete pallets and backhoes, is under construction with a massive, three-story building rising on the street.
Lindifrim is listed at an
address in Lakewood, New Jersey." Complete Journal News story here.


East Ramapo Parents File Suit to Remedy School Board’s Fiscal Mismanagement

Seek Court Order for State Intervention and Corrective Action

January 19, 2016 On January 14, parents of public school children in East Ramapo Central School District filed a petition in
State Supreme Court in Albany, asking the court to direct the New York State Board of Regents and the State Education
Department (SED) to take concrete remedial action to safeguard their children’s right to a sound basic education as guaranteed
by the New York State Constitution. (More)

 

Ramapo's Minisceongo Golf Club sold after 20 years