Hundreds Gather In Support of East Ramapo Bill

Hundreds of activists met in support of the controversial East Ramapo oversight bill on Monday evening. Starting at 7:00 at Memorial Park in Spring Valley, members of the community including County Executive Ed Day, State Assembly people Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski, and New York Regent Judith Johnson spoke to the crowd about the need for oversight. The Assembly has already voted to approve the bill that would allow monitor to veto decisions made by the board and would require the district to follow a five year improvement plan. However, according to Senator David Carlucci, who was one of the sponsors of the original bill, the senate recently stated they would not be voting on the legislation, leading him to present a new version that takes away veto power and lessens the oversight time to two years. In response Jaffee and Zebrowski revised their own version as a form of compromise. The rally was held in an attempt to get the Senate to hold a vote today, as they remain in session for the time being. A petition in support of the bill reached 6,000 signatures and the emotion behind the crowd on Monday night was strong as students, parents, and community leaders marched through the streets, ending at the East Ramapo District offices. The Legislature is set to end their session today.

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