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Comptroller Checks Ramapo Books and the Worst gets even Worse

October 1, 2015  In 2012, the New York State Comptroller declared that the Town of Ramapo was the most
fiscally stressed township in the State. At that time, Ramapo had racked up a worst-in-the-state rating of 70.8%
for fiscal stress. The Supervisor’s response to the economic crisis was both simple and unnerving: The Comptroller’s
numbers must be wrong. And then St. Lawrence turned the lights off in fiscal year 2013 by failing to file the Town’s
financial report in time to be included in the State’s evaluation of all the townships. Unfortunately, that had very
little restorative impact on the numbers, which continued to worsen as the economic stress increased. Now in the
most recent numbers from the State, Ramapo has increased another 7% for a new all-time high. (More)

S.V. Mayor Ordered Yeshiva Approved Without Inspections

September 25, 2015 "The mayor ordered a building official to permit a yeshiva to open, even though
inspections weren't completed to ensure the school was structurally sound and safe to occupy, according
to a memo obtained by The Journal News. Another building official subsequently saw students walk inside
the school at 50 Commerce Street.
Mayor Demeza Delhomme's order that Assistant Building Inspector
Jackenton Lavalasse issue a certificate of occupancy for Yeshiva Oholei Shem D'nitra came under pressure
from Alex Goldberger, vice president of Monsey Lumber, which is a political donor to the mayor." Read complete
Journal story here.


New Hempstead: Matterhorn's
Future Uncertain

September 25, 2015 "Residents are keeping a wary eye on
the former Matterhorn Nursey property, with rumors flying
claiming a high-density development is being planned for the
area. Earlier this week, an anonymous flyer went out to residents
along Summit Park Road that purports to show an architectural rendering of a four-story, 396-unit apartment block
planned for the land at 227 Summit Park Road. Copies also have been circulating online in Facebook community
forums like the controversial "Block The Block Vote" page. "What do you think of 1000 more people living right
around the corner from you?" the flyer reads. "500 more cars on your roads? Congestion? Traffic? Noise? Crowded?
Garbage? Crime? Buses?"
The village, however, says it hasn't received any development application from the
property's new owner, Summit Hempstead LLC, which bought the 34-acre site for $5.1 million in August 2014."
Read the complete Journal News story here.


New Questions about the Old Treasurer

September 22, 2015

Eight years ago, the Assistant Superintendent of Finance did all the bookkeeping
for the district. The school board president at that time was Nathan Rothschild.
Elected by the ultra-Orthodox bloc vote, he did not need to provide the public
with his educational experience. Only after he was convicted and sentenced to
federal prison did we learn he did not have a high school diploma. While it is
not required for a school board trustee to have graduated from school, it is
something the public will usually want to know about a candidate before giving
him or her their vote. (More)



The Voice of a Veteran

September 22, 2015  Nonagenarian David Lipman, a veteran both of
East Ramapo and World War Two, slowly made his way to the podium
to address the East Ramapo School Board. Here are his prepared remarks.




Separate and Unequal:
Many East Ramapo Yeshivas Fail to Prepare
Students in Secular Studies

September 20, 2015 The Journal News turned over the Sunday edition to investigative
reporting on the failure of East Ramapo school district leaders to meet legal obligations to
monitor the quality of education in private yeshivas. A number of personal stories of those
victimized by this failure are included in the coverage. A key question not addressed, though,
is if this board is comfortable with this almost complete neglect of subject areas such as science,
math, and social studies in their community's schools, how equipped, or inclined are they to
plan curriculum in an academic environment that's alien to them. The kids in both school systems
will continue to lose with this board in place. (More)


Rockland Primary Election Results--Sept 10, 11:27pm Summary Report
County Legislator--District 8
Toney Earl  333
Betty Carmand  186

County Legislator--District 13
Aron Wieder  415
Jacques Michel  308

Ramapo Town Council
Brendel Logan-Charles  3,044
Shmuel Tress  2,938
Daniel Friedman 1,010
Elye Kramer  518

Go to www.rocklandgov.com/departments/board-of-elections for complete results.

Georgine Hyde, Holocaust survivor, ex-E. Ramapo board president dies

August 31, 2015 "Georgine Hyde, an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor who became an educator on the Holocaust, advocate for children and 36-year member of the East Ramapo Board of Education, has died. She was 90. Educating children and adults became Hyde's passion after she survived the Holocaust and the Auschwitz death camp during World War II and came to the United States in 1952, settling in Pomona in 1957.  She also served as president of the New York State School Boards Association and Rockland Board of Cooperative Services.

In a 2005 interview with The Journal News after she lost her school board seat, Hyde reflected that surviving the death camps was a gift and inspired her to make the world a better place one child at a time. "It means you can help, that you can develop a future for children," Hyde said. "You can build history through schools. The influence of public education can be enormous. I think I wanted to participate in the future." Elected to the school board in 1969, Hyde lost her seat in 2005 when the district's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community made its first move to take over the board.

She had been targeted for defeat and garnered the fewest votes along with then-six-year Trustee Danielle Bright, as David Resnick and Steven Rosenstock won seats. Resnick and Rosenstock were endorsed by the Southeast Ramapo Taxpayers Association, a group that supports candidates who have ties to private schools. The organization has since been a moving force to elect residents with children in private schools and defeat proposed budgets."   Read the complete Journal News coverage here.

Read Robert Rhodes' remembrance and appreciation of Georgine Hyde "an extraordinary woman" here.


Was There Election Fraud in Ramapo?—A Personal Opinion
Letter to the Editor of The Rockland Voice

August 29, 2015 “A few days ago, the Ramapo Town Clerk announced the results of the Ramapo Ward System
vote which occurred on September 30, 2014. The results were as follows:

1. The machine vote tallied 13,891 “YES” vs. 13,526 “NO” votes.
2. The absentee ballot vote tallied 377 “YES” vs. 201 “NO” votes.
3. The affidavit ballot vote tallied 419 “YES” vs. 1,854 “NO” votes.

So it is obvious that the outlier in this election was the affidavit vote tally. While the Ward “YES” vote outperformed
the “NO” vote in both the machine and absentee ballots, there was a gross, reverse trend on the affidavit ballots. (More)

The Strange Results of the Ward Vote Count

August 28, 2015 The count of the Ward Referendum vote took place yesterday at the Rockland
Health Center. Officials from the Town of Ramapo and the Rockland Board of Elections were present,
and three counts were merged in the final totals presented later in the day. It came as no surprise to
those supporting the Ward System that registered voters voted one way, and those who voted with affidavit
ballots overwhelmingly voted against it. (More)

Spring Valley residents fed up with 'king'-sized turmoil

August 26, 2015 "When a video clip of Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme calling himself "king" surfaced online this
week, it joined a lengthy list of high-profile personality conflicts and blow-ups at Village Hall. Residents in this diverse,
working-class community say enough is enough. "The politics is corrupt," complained Romeo Stale, 40, as he ate lunch at the 
Island Spice restaurant on North Main Street. "That's always the headline. That's all it is." The profanity-peppered clip was made
at a June 8 meeting, but only began making the rounds on social media last week. In it, Delhomme asks the Board of Trustees for
$23,000 to buy a piece of equipment for the Department of Public Works. He starts to argue with Trustee Vilair Fonvil, a frequent
political foe, and quickly loses his cool. "You heard it from the king!" he shouts at one point. "The king get it from the soldiers!"
Read the complete Journal News story here.

Yeshiva owns building used for anti-E. Ramapo message

August 25, 2015 "A yeshiva owns the rundown house off Route 45 used without its permission as a billboard to describe the
East Ramapo school district as "racist," town police said Tuesday. The Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland has had
plans to tear down the dilapidated one-story structure near Exit 12 from the Palisades Interstate Parkway, police said. "The building
is supposedly being razed," Detective Lt. Mark Emma said. "The school's rabbi told us no one was given permission to write on the building."
Police are looking to charge the graffiti-writer with criminal mischief for the red spray-painted message in all-capital letters: "E Ramapo
School Board is racist and persecutes students History repeats." Complete Journal coverage here.

Ramapo ward vote headed to home stretch?