Ramapo Residents Speak Out

At least 100 Ramapo residents met outside of the Ramapo Town Hall Tuesday night to protest the town’s multiple zoning issues. The focus of the rally began when members of the community decided to take a stand against the proposed school on residential Eckerson Lane in Spring Valley. The school apparently has 250 boys currently enrolled, though the builders, Congregation Mosdos Sanz Klausenburg of Monsey, have only a temporary permit for the property. The town planning board has yet to make a decision on whether or not to approve the final site plan that would allow building to begin. The congregation has plans to put up a building with classrooms, a 27 spot parking lot, and 2,700 square foot recreation area, keeping the existing single- family house as offices for staff. Michael Miller, leader of the protests against the school, was at the rally and said that he believes that people are fed up with favoritism and mistreatment within the town of Ramapo. Many of the ralliers agree with Miller, that the neighborhood should be the number one priority for town officials, and to make sure that zoning is safe and legal. Citizens looking for political change attended the rally as well. The group, Preserve Ramapo was there, as was Wake Up Rockland, led by Reverend Weldon McWilliams IV, who says that it is not about religion, but the safety and values of the community. McWilliams is running for office on the preserve Ramapo line in hopes of representing Ramapo and Spring Valley, both of which are at the center of crucial FBI investigations of fraud.

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