East Ramapo Rehires Law Firm, Resignation Called For

The East Ramapo School Board voted 7-2 on Tuesday night to rehire the law firm Minerva and D’Agostino. Last year a lawyer for the firm, Christopher Kirby, verbally attacked a parent at a meeting, going on a profanity filled rant. Part of the incident was filmed and released over the internet, leading to backlash for the firm, and a promise from the board that they would fire them and look for new representation. Board President Yehuda Weissmandl stated after the incident, almost a full year ago, that they would retain the law firm during a transition period. The board stated at the meeting that they had a difficult time finding a qualified replacement. The district has a budget of $600,000 for legal representation, though fees have risen as high as $3 million in the past. Following the controversy surrounding the district, County Executive Ed Day released a statement that he is calling for the resignation of board President Weissmandl. Day stated on Wednesday morning that without trust Weissmandl has created a bigger divide between the board and the community. The statement reads, “He cannot reasonably expect to manage a school district when each and every word he utters going forward will be measured by the word he did not keep. In short, his leadership position is now untenable, and his resignation is clearly indicated.”

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