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Clarkstown poised to pass term limits for elected officials

August 30, 2014 "Term limits are close to being approved in Clarkstown, potentially the first town in Rockland County to enact
such a cap. The Town Board wants to hear comments on the matter during a Sept. 9 public hearing, but three members — enough
for passage — said they already back the limits, including Democratic Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner. "I imagine that it will pass
unanimously," Hausner said. With the exception of town justices, the proposal limits elected town officials to eight consecutive years
in the same office. It would apply to any town official elected in a regular election after Jan. 1. The person could run for a different
elected town office after reaching the eight-year limit. Hausner says tremendous public support for such a limit played a role in her decision.
Read the full text of the Journal News story here.

Tax Watch: Ramapo Central fights $16M tax deal

August 29, 2014 "The school board met Tuesday in response to the Town of Ramapo's decision last week to impose the tax deal
upon the school district. That came just as schools officials were negotiating their own deal with Goldstein, the third generation
of Goldsteins to seek their fortune in the Rockland development world. "We weren't part of the negotiations," said school board
President Theresa DiFalco. "There were no phone calls, no discussions with the town." Goldstein's appearance Tuesday, alongside
his father, Jeffrey, marked the latest skirmish in efforts to redevelop downtown Suffern, the Rockland County village on the
New Jersey line already reeling from the imminent departure of pharmaceutical giant Novartis, the town's largest employer.
He warned the housing would never be built unless the school district sacrificed millions of dollars in potential tax revenue.

Welcome to high-stakes brinksmanship and power politics in Rockland, involving a company with ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's
re-election campaign, whose treasurer, Richard Sirota of Irvington, is one of the project's partners." Complete Journal News

story here.

Ramapo's deal for Suffern development binds schools

August 26, 2014 "A luxury apartment project has been handed a tax break by the Town of Ramapo that also lowers its school taxes
by potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars — without the school district agreeing to the deal
The town of Ramapo on Thursday
adopted a resolution to set the 91-unit apartment development's property taxes for the town, the school district and for the county
for at least 25 years and up to 40 years.The developer, Orange Avenue Associates, is owned by Sheldon Goldstein, who has strong ties
with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Richard Sirota, Cuomo's campaign treasurer, is a partner for the project. Theresa DiFalco, president of the
school board, wrote in an email that the district "was not privy to the negotiations and ultimate agreement reached between the Town
of Ramapo and the developer."
The school board set a special meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district office in Hillburn to discuss
the issue." Read the full text of the Journal News coverage here.

Ramapo holds referendums on government's size, shape Sept. 30

August 22, 2014 "Two referendums set for Sept. 30 will be an opportunity for residents to change the size and makeup of the Town
Board — which a pair of activists hope would create a more robust opposition to the current administration. Putting an end to
the 21-month court battle initiated by local activists, the Ramapo Town Board on Thursday unanimously agreed to schedule the
referendums from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 30. All the polling sites in town will be used for the vote. Complete Journal News story here.