Journal News: Rockland Clergy for Social Justice Approves of Fiscal Monitor

View: East Ramapo deserves fiscal monitor

The Rev. Weldon McWilliams IV, Rabbi Adam Baldachin and Azeem Farooki 11:03 p.m. EDT July 9, 2014

Christian, Muslim and Jewish clergy, elders and trustees of Rockland houses of worship joined to give voice to children of East Ramapo. Rockland Clergy for Social Justice applauds the appointment of a fiscal monitor for the district.

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Journal News: ER School Board Rehires Law Firm

East Ramapo rehires controversial law firm

Mareesa Nicosia, 10:55 a.m. EDT July 2, 2014

SPRING VALLEY – A year after vowing to cut ties with the law firm whose associate unleashed a string of vulgar insults at parent activists, East Ramapo school officials voted Tuesday night to renew the firm’s contract.

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Journal News: East Ramapo Kids Cannot Wait

View: East Ramapo’s children cannot wait

Bruce M. Levine 12:31 a.m. EDT June 22, 2014

That something is wrong in East Ramapo cannot be doubted. The district spent over $3 million last year on legal fees alone and budgeted the same amount to be spent this year. Board members should put aside hurt feelings and allow the state-appointed fiscal monitor to provide a data-driven, objective fiscal picture.

Re “East Ramapo monitor: Board president says state gave in to bigots,” June 14 article:

East Ramapo School Board President Yehuda Weissmandl’s comments that the appointment of a state fiscal monitor was capitulation to “bigots” is dead wrong and very unhelpful to a district that needs unity instead of divisiveness.

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The Jewish Week: East Ramapo Schools under State Supervision

Chasidic school board president calls appointment of fiscal monitor ‘hateful bigotry’; activists hope for transparency.

Amy Sara Clark
Staff Writer
From left, East Ramapo school activists Steve White, Carole Anderson and Antonio Luciano. Michael Datikash/JW
From left, East Ramapo school activists Steve White, Carole Anderson and Antonio Luciano. Michael Datikash/JW

Tensions in a Rockland County public school district ratcheted up another notch last week after the state appointed a fiscal monitor to oversee a school board composed primarily of Orthodox Jews that manages a public school system where nearly all the students are black or Latino.

Read more… Cuomo May Face Opposition from Ultra-Orthodox

Published Friday, June 20, 2014

New York’s Andrew Cuomo Faces Unexpected Opposition From Ultra-Orthodox

Governor’s E. Ramapo Push Is Latest Clash WIth Community

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Unlikely Opposition: Gov. Andrew Cuomo looks to be cruising to reelection in the fall. Could ultra-Orthodox opposition jolt his plans for a coronation?

As New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo steams toward what’s expected to be an easy re-election this fall, he may face opposition from an unexpected corner.

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