On July 27, Oscar Cohen posted the following:
On Tuesday night, East Ramapo’s school board announced the appointment of Mr. Joseph Heimowitz, unknown to the public school community, to an open seat. Mr. Heimowitz, who it’s believed has no history of running for the board, was chosen over Ms. Jean Fields, retired Ramapo High School principal and co-chair of the Spring Valley NAACP Education Committee.
Ms. Fields, despite receiving over 4000 votes, lost a bid for a seat in last May’s election. Ms. Fields who is a person of color is recognized by students, parents and educators as an exemplary educator and community leader.
The Board also announced that board member Sabrina Charles-Pierre, who despite being duly elected in May for a two-year term, would not be permitted to serve the two-year term due to an “administrative oversight.” She will only be permitted to serve for one year. Ms. Charles-Pierre is a person of color.
President Willie Trotman, Spring Valley NAACP, is referring the Board’s decision regarding its “administrative oversight” to the New York State Board of Regents, State Education Commissioner, New York State Attorney General, New York Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
Education Committee Co-chair, Spring Valley NAACP