Letter: Ward system allows fair representation
September 22, 2014
Re " Ramapo ward referendum countdown: 14 days," Sept. 16 article:
We've had "at large" elections in Ramapo offices for many years, and where has that gotten us?
There is heavy debt, overdevelopment, population density, illegal conversions of houses, ignored environmental issues, a ballpark that more than two-thirds of the people voted against, culminating in an FBI raid of Town Hall and a U.S. Security Exchange Commission search for fiscal wrongdoing. There is a longer list, actually.
A ward system would give each area their own representative. You vote for your neighbor and I vote for mine. Right now I don't feel I'm being adequately represented. Do you?
Vote for the ward system and for increasing the size of the Ramapo Town Board. Some may try to gerrymander it, but at least we will have a chance to correct that! We know our Ramapo is in a mess, so what do we have to lose? What do you have to lose?
I urge voters to support the ward system changes — establishing wards "and" increasing the Town Board to six representatives.
Vote "yes" twice on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Robert J. Drennen
The writer is a former principal at Cherry Lane School.