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Bare-knuckle Politics in East Ramapo

April 26, 2015 Bare-knuckle politics is now standard operating procedure in East Ramapo. For many years,
opponents of the Democratic machine in Rockland have been accused of anti-Semitism, but this rhetoric
reached a new low in the campaign for county executive in the Fall of 2013. David Fried’s supporters conducted
a highly organized campaign of libel in social media. Ed Day and his wife were accused of anti-Semitism and
fraudulent quotes were created to “prove” their bias. Despite appeals to David Fried, he never was willing to
condemn or even acknowledge his supporters’ underground campaign against Ed. (More)

Rockland Water Coalition to receive the EPA’s highest honor

Grassroots group that successfully opposed United Water’s plans to build a desalination plant on the
Hudson River will be honored at April 24 ceremony.

OSSINING, NY — The Rockland Water Coalition will receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental
Champion Award, the highest recognition presented to the public by the department. Members of the coalition will be
honored in a ceremony to be held on April 24 in New York City. (Read the complete Press Release here.)



Federal Prosecutors 6 for 6 in Corridor of Corruption

Mayor Noramie Jasmin’s “The-devil-made-me-do-it” defense Fails—Found Guilty of Bribery, Extortion
and Wire Fraud—Faces up to 40 Years in Prison

April 21, 2015 Noramie Jasmin’s defense was, at best, a two-legged stool. Her attorney complained that the Monsey developer
Moses (Mark) Stern had entrapped his client, and that there were no good reasons for federal charges to be brought against her.
Both tactics failed because the developer (the “Devil”) was wearing a wire for the FBI, and somehow Jasmin forgot about the
interstate nature of some of the events. (More)

FIOS Newsbreakers Discussion of Religious Tensions in Rockland

April 20, 2015 Chris Day was interviewed on the FIOS Newsbreakers Show. Topics covered in the discussion included
East Ramapo, overdevelopment, the inherent right to politically organize in opposition to the goals of the Hasidic leadership,
the chicken slaughterhouse, desegregation of Hasidic areas, poverty and non-English speaking levels in New Square, and
bloc voting. The broadcast consisted of two parts and you can watch them here—Part One (9 minutes) and Part Two (18 minutes).

Rockland's rising tensions and anti-Semitism

A Journal News editorial April 18, 2015 "A YouTube video produced by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council compared
anti-Semitism in Rockland to conditions in Nazi Germany. The video focused on a Facebook page, "Block the Block Vote," which
aggressively supports political organizing to counter the voting power of Rockland's Orthodox community. The page, which has more
than 9,600 "likes," sometimes draws comments that should be offensive to all. But the video, "The Jew in Rockland," charged that
the Facebook page itself is anti-Semitic because it opposes the gathering of Jewish influence and power – as the Nazis did." Read the
complete editorial here.

Editorial: Tisch must step aside

A Journal News editorial April 19, 2015 "Our state leadership has failed to sell its brand of change, and the fallout has been
dramatic and potentially debilitating to the entire system. The arrogance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Education Commissioner
John King and, yes, Tisch, has alienated too many parents and educators. The people who are responsible for educating our children
each day – classroom teachers, principals, administrators, school board members – have railed for years against state policies that
drive up local costs but fail to improve instruction.
Meanwhile, the lack of response from Albany has been deafening." Full text here.

Noramie Jasmin trial verdict Monday

April 17, 2015 "A federal judge said she would render her verdict Monday in the corruption trial of former Spring Valley
Mayor Noramie Jasmin after closing arguments were delivered Friday morning.
Jasmin is accused of extortion and wire fraud
after allegedly partnering with Moses "Mark" Stern, an FBI informant, to use her office to pick Stern to run a development in
which she would own a 50 percent stake. She was arrested two years ago and her non-jury trial began Monday at the federal
courthouse in White Plains." Journal News story here.

Noramie Jasmin Trial--Day One: Victim vs. vice

April 13, 2015 “Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin was portrayed alternately as a bribe-taker and a victim of an
unscrupulous Monsey developer as her trial on federal corruption charges opened Monday. Jasmin was allegedly taken in by a
phony development scheme orchestrated by an FBI cooperative witness. Jasmin is charged with wire fraud and extortion; her
non-jury trial is being held before U.S. Judge Colleen McMahon.
By midday, McMahon was beginning to listen to audio tapes
prosecutors say show Jasmin plotting with FBI undercover agents and operative Moses "Mark" Stern, who has pleaded guilty to
mortgage and loan fraud involving a $126 million ripoff of Citigroup Global Markets Realty in a deal to build 11 shopping malls
down South." Read the complete Journal News coverage here.

Ex-Spring Valley mayor goes to trial Monday

April 12, 2015

"Two years after federal prosecutors charged Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin with taking bribes from an FBI operative,
she gets a chance Monday to convince a judge she didn't. Jasmin's non-jury trial starts with opening statements before U.S. District
Judge Colleen McMahon in White Plains. A grand jury charged Jasmin with wire fraud and extortion in an indictment that led to the
longtime official losing re-election in 2013. The development scheme came from Monsey-based financier Moses "Mark" Stern, working
as an FBI operative to lessen a potential prison sentence since his 2010 arrest for stealing $126 million from Citigroup Global Markets
Reality as part of a scam to build 11 shopping malls down South." Complete Journal News coverage here.

Steven White and Irv Feiner among 7 Inducted into Rockland County
Human Rights Hall of Fame

April 8, 2015 “Seven people were inducted into the Rockland County Civil and Human Rights Hall of Fame during Wednesday's
celebration luncheon at Nyack Seaport. The honorees were Judith Johnson, Earl Miller, Dwaine Perry and Steven White.
In addition, those honored posthumously were Harry Edelstein, Irving Feiner and Bayard Rustin.” Complete Journal News story here.

Building One Rockland County

April 6, 2015 "I remain deeply troubled by a video released last week on behalf of a largely-unknown group of desperate
provocateurs who call themselves OJPAC. The video titled "The Jew in Rockland" compares a range of issues in Rockland
County to conditions faced by Jews the 1930's that led to the Holocaust. Within minutes of the offensive production landing
on YouTube, I released a statement condemning its creators, deeming their message "outrageous rhetoric that can only
divide Rockland County." (More) Comments from Rockland County Executive Ed Day

Group's Bias Bid Against Ramapo Is Rejected

 "An Orthodox Jewish group has lost its suit alleging that four villages in the Town of Ramapo and their
officials used zoning concerns as a pretext for discrimination in blocking a large multi-family development." Read the
New York Law Journal's coverage of the Nike Base lawsuit here.



Community View: Zebrowski explains basics of East Ramapo bill

March 8, 2015 "Recently, Sen. David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee and I formally introduced our
East Ramapo Oversight Bill (A5355/S3821). Since the bill's introduction, much of the Rockland community has rallied
behind our oversight system. However, others have visited Albany, misconstruing the bill and lobbying against
its passage." (More)

Feds: Ex-Spring Valley mayor Jasmin wanted to rig election

March 7, 2015 "Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin did more than sell her political influence for kickbacks — she also tried to
rig a village election, federal prosecutors said in court papers filed in her corruption case this week. Prosecutors allege in a 20-page
motion filed in U.S. District Court in White Plains that Jasmin met with developer Moses "Mark" Stern, who was cooperating with the
FBI, and asked him if he could help eliminate dozens of absentee ballots in that year's village elections to ensure "favorable" candidates
would win." Read the complete story on Lohud here.

Ramapo whistleblower accuses St. Lawrence of defamation

March 3, 2015 "Melissa Reimer, who is currently suspended from her job as supervisor of fiscal services, has filed a notice of claim against
the town and St. Lawrence. She is accusing town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence of damaging her reputation during a recent radio show.
According to the notice, written by Reimer's attorney, Fred Lichtmacher, St. Lawrence stated during his Feb. 6 appearance on local radio
station WRCR AM that Ramapo was listed as the state's most fiscally stressed town in 2012 by the state Comptroller's Office because "the
person who was previously responsible for sending the information to the comptroller had an incident with the Police Department and did
not send the proper information to the Comptroller's Office. She did not report all of the assets that should have been reported. The matter
is now in federal court."
Lichtmacher said by falsely alleging that Reimer didn't report all the town's assets, she has been defamed in her
profession as a certified public accountant.
In August, Reimer filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against the town and its officials,
alleging they retaliated against her for speaking up about what she perceived as improper fiscal activities. The lawsuit is pending. The town
has filed a motion to dismiss it, but it will take at least until May for a judge to take any action as the FBI requested a stay of reviewing audio
and video recordings related to the case." Read the complete story on LohHud here.

Nat, Get the shovel—Mona, Where’s the ladder? I got a great idea!

 February 23, 2015  If nothing else, the current financial team at Ramapo Town Hall is consistent. You just know
what you’re going to get every time this group comes up with what’s next. And their long-term track record?
Multi-million-dollar new debt layered over the existing debt. They’ve cornered the most fiscally stressed town
in New York award, year after year. You would think the three would have learned by now that you don’t get out of a hole by continuing to dig. (More)

JN Editorial: Guidance for East Ramapo, then aid

February 20, 2015 "A bill has been introduced in the New York Legislature to provide fiscal guidance for the East Ramapo school
district. The proposal is dramatic – and it is needed. The legislation hews to a report issued by a special fiscal monitor, Hank Greenberg,
who was appointed last year by the state Education Department and supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation calls for a state-appointed
monitor, who would join in all district and school board meetings, have access to all records and be able to reverse a school board decision
considered detrimental to students' education. The district could appeal to the state Department of Education. The stakes are high: The district
cannot serve children's needs as the school board continues to make bad decisions that not only waste precious resources but fuel a deep divide
among the public- and private-school community. Read the complete Journal editorial here.

Zebrowski, Jaffee, Carlucci Propose 5-Year Monitor for East Ramapo Board

February 18, 2015 In simultaneous press releases this afternoon, Assembly Members Ken Zebrowski and Ellen Jaffee announced
their bill to establish a state monitor to oversee the East Ramapo School Board. Read the full terms of the oversight in the
Zebrowski press release here.

County Exec: Taking Aim at Illegal Housing

February 16, 2015 "Over the next few months, you'll learn the details of a sweeping initiative to provide uniform and aggressive enforcement
of building, housing and zoning codes in Rockland County with an emphasis on eliminating illegal housing.
My executive team has been working
closely with County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Ruppert and Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Gordon Wren on a comprehensive
strategy to stop the madness. Because our plans involve certain New York State health and building codes, I've personally engaged directly with
the Governor's office on the effort.
Elements of the plan include a countywide rental registry, complete with regular inspections. Another
component involves an on-line "request for investigation." We want to make it easy to file a confidential complaint about any property in
the county." (More)

State rips Ramapo, Spring Valley building enforcement
February 15, 2015 "A state agency has issued blistering letters citing inadequate building inspections and enforcement of zoning and fire-safety
regulations in Ramapo and Spring Valley. After state officials last year responded to complaints, the state Department of State's
Division of Building Standards and Codes preliminarily found the municipalities allow potentially dangerous conditions to fester in housing and
single-family-home conversions into schools and, in some cases, houses of worship. The agency found Ramapo gave temporary approvals to
buildings used for religious schools that remain in violation. The temporary certificates of occupancy benefit the schools as administrators can
seek services from the school district and seek thousands of dollars in state aid and access other programs. Critics claim many temporary COs
never cease as private schools continue to operate, or get municipal approvals for classroom trailers, and rarely face court or government
penalties. If the municipalities don't move to correct the deficiencies, the state could intervene and conduct a "full investigation of all aspects"
of enforcement. The agency can hold public hearings, according to the letters issued Jan. 28.
Both municipalities must respond in writing."
Read the complete Journal story here.

Cuomo: East Ramapo oversight bill expected by June

February 14, 2015 "Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he expects the state Legislature to pass an oversight bill for the East Ramapo school
district sometime between April and June. Lawmakers are now working on a proposal that the governor expects to be presented to the Legislature
after the state budget deadline of April 1 and before the end of the session in June."We had an independent person come down and review the
situation and that report will now be the basis for legislation," he said during a visit to the Pascack Community Center." Read the complete Journal
News coverage here.

East Ramapo still a fiscal mess