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Suffern Mayor Committed to Enforcing Current Zoning for Novartis Property

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With the purchase of the former 162-acre Novartis site, the Village of Suffern is looking forward to working with the site’s new owners, Suffern Partners, to fill the campus with businesses that would be permitted based on the Village of Suffern’s zoning designation of Planned Light Industrial and/or Manufacturing. Examples of businesses under this designation would include: warehousing, offices, manufacturing and packaging. The former Novartis site is not zoned residential, therefore, the use of the property for this purpose would not be permitted. In a recent press release regarding the sale of the former Novartis site, I stated, “We will ultimately deliver benefits…

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Regardless of Who Is Right, Spring Valley Politics Continues to Provide the Best Free Entertainment in Rockland

  1 week ago     3270 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Fonvil makes incredible allegations in Creole against SV Mayor, Police Chief and D.A. Just when you thought it couldn't get any wilder or wackier, the political situation in Spring Valley has exceeded all expectations which in and of itself is an incredible feat. Spring Valley has in recent years seen multiple elected officials arrested on corruption charges, an impeachment trial, a sitting trustee who sold their own mother out in order to obtain the endorsement of the bloc vote, allegations of financial improprieties while failing to provide proper equipment for first responders, squabbles about summer camp and the list goes…

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Structured Recess at RP Connor Causes an Uproar, Modifications Still Have Parents Upset

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Wednesday's first day of school came with an unexpected twist as parents of students at RP Connor Elementary School in Suffern were surprised to find out from their children at the end of the school day that "Structured Recess" was being implemented for their children in grades 3-5.   According to the email that parents received during the early evening hours and after many RP Connor students had arrived home expressing their concern to their parents, a structured recess plan was being implemented which essentially consists of "planned, inclusive and actively supervised games." Structured recess has been implemented at various schools…

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Facebook Shenanigans and Fake Profiles Can Only Mean One Thing—Its RCSD Election Time

  4 months ago     1906 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Several concerned Ramapo residents reached out to us to investigate a possible fake Facebook profile while many others were concerned about the Ramapo Teacher’s Association’s endorsement of two of the three candidates running for the school board. Much of the concern about the RTA endorsements surrounded two issues:  1. Should the RTA be allowed to endorse candidates when they have a vested interest in upcoming contract negotiations? 2. The RTA endorsed Joseph Gravagna and to many they question the credibility of that endorsement. First things first, The Ramapo Teacher’s Association, the union that represents the interests of the teachers in…

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Darrell Frasier, Board Member Candidate for RCSD

  4 months ago     1273 Views     Leave your thoughts  

I have lived in the Ramapo Central School District for 11 years (Sloatsburg).  I am a graduate of Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston, SC, studied Criminal Justice at Palmer College/Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC, and am a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, SC. My first professional job after one year of college was an Assistant Teacher in the Special Education Department of North Charleston High School. I later became a Police Officer in North Charleston ending my career as an Inspector at the Mount Pleasant Police Department in South Carolina. I have been a…

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Suffern PD Promotes Three Officers & Welcomes PO Adams

  6 months ago     4692 Views     Leave your thoughts  

The Suffern Police Department came out to support their own as three officers received promotions and a new officer joined their ranks. Detective Sgt. John Mallon, a member of the department since 1981 was promoted to Lieutenant, replacing Lt. Eddie Dolan who retires next week. Rick Marsh, the department's firearms instructor and member of the Rockland County REACT Team has been promoted to Detective Sgt. to replace Mallon. Det. Michael Fennessey, a long time member of the Rockland County Drug Task Force and Past President of the Rockland County PBA was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The officers were…

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Lowey, Democrats Demand Trump Rescind Unconstitutional Executive Order

  7 months ago     202 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Lowey Joined House and Senate Democrats on the Steps of the Supreme Court to Demand Trump Reverse His Illegal Refugee Policy Washington, DC –Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and her House and Senate Democratic colleagues on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States to demand President Donald Trump rescind his unconstitutional executive order banning refugees based on their religion. “Donald Trump has never had a boss before. Well, now he has 350 million of them, and our voices will…

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Battle of Airmont: Long-time Residents and RCSD Taxpayers Vow to Put Up a Fight

  7 months ago     2243 Views     Leave your thoughts  

There were two distinct groups in attendance at Thursday evening's Village of Airmont Planning Board Meeting. The first was a group of older residents concerned that the new owners of 222 Rte. 59 are being allowed to build an exit from their commercial property that will divert traffic onto North De Baun Avenue, a street where a lot of seniors who live in The Retreat at Airmont  like to walk. According to legal documents, the owner of 222 Rte. 59 filed an Article 78 and the Planning Board has to comply with the court ruling unless an opposing Article 78…

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Battle of Airmont: Public School Parents and Long-Time Residents Fight Back

  7 months ago     10336 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Long-time Airmont residents have had enough. After watching the award-winning school district next door crumble with services cut and accusations of rampant theft and disenfranchisement of public school students and taxpayers and having two Village board meetings disrupted by a deluge of people showing up allegedly opposed to the building moratorium, the residents of Airmont and their supporters took a page from the Frum community's playbook and fought back. The Airmont planning board agenda included an informal discussion between leaders of the Central United Talmudical Academy and their attorney.  Local residents showed up in much larger numbers than usual and…

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Rockland Board of Rabbis Upset with Lohud Video

  8 months ago     2019 Views     Leave your thoughts  

The Rockland Board of Rabbis released the following statement is response to a video teaser produced by The Journal News that publicizes a report that is expected to come out Sunday, January 8th:   Message from the Rockland Board of Rabbis: We as the Rockland Board of Rabbis are greatly distressed by the recent video posted to social media by Lohud, the Lower Hudson Valley News Source. Entitled “Ramapo at a Breaking Point,” the video is the lead to an upcoming news story. Rather than explore the complex demographic and economic challenges facing Ramapo, this short video is at best…

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