Joel Landau – Have You no Shame? An Allure of Disgust – but no photo of your face!

 

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THE REAL DEAL

Allure demands lender pay $40M for Brooklyn nursing home

Joel Landau’s firm and Sabre Group are fighting over terms of loan default

March 06, 2017 01:40PM
By Kathryn Brenzel

The Allure Group fired back against a lawsuit filed by its lender on a Brooklyn nursing home, claiming that the financial firm should pay $40 million for the property.

 

Allure, headed by Joel Landau, claims that the Sabre Group must pay $40 million for 270 Nostrand Avenue and an additional $6 million because the sale of the property didn’t close on time, according to documents filed in state Supreme Court. Allure, one of the developers at the center of the Rivington House scandal, maintains that “the express and unambiguous provisions” of the mortgage it received from Sabre require the Midtown firm to pay $40 million for the property.

A spokesperson for Sabre would only say that Allure has “been in default for quite some time and that’s why we’re pursuing our claims.”

Sabre sued Allure in December, accusing the company of failing to repay a $20 million loan it provided to acquire the Brooklyn nursing home. Allure purchased CABS Nursing Home in Bedford-Stuyvesant in 2015 for $15.5 million. Sabre claims that, under the terms of the mortgage, it can purchase the nursing home for $25 million because Allure defaulted.

But Allure alleges that because the property was vacant and had no pending litigation at the time that Sabr tried to act on its purchase right, the lender is on the hook for higher purchasing price. The landlord also claims that a liquidated damages provision in the mortgage requires Sabr to put $6 million toward the outstanding balance on its loan, since the financial firm failed to acquire the property after Allure repeatedly scheduled closing dates.

Landau declined to comment.

In December, the city admitted that it did not have a legal case against Allure, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to sue the company for flipping 45 Rivington Street. Allure made $72 million when it sold the property to Slate Property Group. In April, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas after Allure filed demolition plans for the Nostrand property, with the intention of replacing it with a seven-story, 241-unit rental building.

The nursing home filed a lawsuit against Allure in December claiming the company marketed itself as a nursing home business while bidding for the property and instead forced residents out. The lawsuit also notes that the property flip may have led to the deaths of a few nursing home residents, who they say were forced out.

The Department of Health Knows – And Despite Alerts – Nothing

 

DOH Letter

Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:42 AM
Subject: NYC DOHMH Alert #4: New Case of Neonatal Herpes Infection Reported Following Ritual Jewish Circumcision
 
Dear Health Alert Network (HAN) Subscriber:
2017 ALERT # 4
New Case of Neonatal Herpes Infection Reported Following Ritual Jewish Circumcision
First Case Reported in New York City in 2017
Please Share this Alert with All Emergency Medicine, Pediatric, Pediatric Infectious
Disease, Dermatology, Obstetric, Infection Control, and Microbiology Laboratory Staff
• A new case of neonatal herpes following ritual Jewish circumcision has been reported to the New York City Health Department.
• When evaluating male infants with suggestive symptoms  in the weeks following out-of-hospital circumcision, providers should inquire whether direct orogenital suction (metzitzah b’peh) was performed during circumcision and consider infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) or other oral pathogens.
• Infants suspected of having HSV infection should be hospitalized and treated with intravenous acyclovir.
• Please distribute the Health Department’s pamphlet “Make a Safe Bris for Your Baby” to expectant parents and/or new parents who visit your office or facility.   This is also available in poster format.
March 8, 2017
Direct orogenital suction (DOS) during ritual Jewish circumcision (also known as metzitzah b’peh) is a practice during which a mohel (religious circumciser) uses his mouth to suck blood away from the circumcision wound on the infant  penis.  DOS can transmit herpes simplex virus (HSV) to newborn males.
This is the first case of neonatal herpes following ritual Jewish circumcision, reported in New York City in 2017.  The infant was the full-term product of an unremarkable gestation and delivery. 
He was circumcised by a mohel on the 8th day of life.  On day 15 of life he developed a rash on the genitals, buttocks, inner thigh, and ankle, which became vesicular by day 17 of life.  Vesicular culture grew HSV-1.  The infant was admitted to hospi tal for a full 14 day course of intravenous acyclovir.  His serum was negative for IgG antibody to herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, and cerebrospinal fluid was HSV PCR negative.   The location of the lesions, timing of signs and symptoms (following ritual Jewish circumcision and within one incubation period for HSV-1), and laboratory identification of HSV-1 are consistent with transmission during DOS.
Most cases of neonatal herpes are acquired during delivery, when a neonate passes through the birth canal of a woman with genital herpes infection.  HSV infection after delivery is uncommon.
However, in NYC, a substantial proportion of male neonatal herpes cases are related to DOS, an entirely preventable cause of infection. 
Since 2006, when neonatal herpes reporting became mandatory in NYC, there has been a total of 144 laboratory-confirmed neonatal herpes cases, including 10 in 2015, 17 in 2016, and 4 to date in 2017. Of the 82 m ale neonatal herpes cases since 2006 (HSV-1, HSV- 2, or untyped HSV), 18 (22%) followed ritual Jewish circumcision; when only HSV-1 cases are considered, 38% (16/42 male HSV-1 cases) followed ritual Jewish circumcision.
This alert describes the first laboratory-confirmed case of neonatal herpes infection following ritual Jewish circumcision reported in New York City in 2017.  In 2016 there were 2 such cases, and in 2015 there were 3 cases.  Since 2000, there has been a total of 24 laboratory-confirmed cases of HSV infection following ritual Jewish circumcision reported to the Health Department.  Two of the 24 infants died, and at least two others suffered brain damage.
The NYC Health Department  is working to educate parents about the risks of DOS. Parents who choose ritual Jewish circumcision for their son may not be aware that DOS will be performed or may not be aware of its potential risks.  In 2015, the Department distributed pamphlet s entitled “Make a Safe Bris for Your Baby” and companion posters to NYC health care providers, including obstetrician/gynecologists and pediatricians. Hospitals where infants with DOS-related neonatal herpes have been born or admitted were also asked to distribute the pamphlet to pregnant women admitted for labor and delivery, and to display the poster prominently in prenatal, and labor & delivery areas. Despite these efforts, parents of case-patients infected have not reported seeing the pamphlet or poster.
Obtaining copies of “Make a Safe Bris for Your Baby” pamphlet or poster Hospitals and healthcare providers should distribute “Make a Safe Bris for Your Baby” to expectant parents and/or new parents who visit your office or facility. To obtain hard copies of the pamphlet in English or Yiddish, or for copies of the companion poster, call 311. For electronic copies, please visit the Safe Bris webpage:http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/safe-bris.page
Diagnosis, Reporting, and Specimen Collection
For detailed guidance regarding diagnosis, reporting, specimen collection, and specimen shipping and handling, please refer to Health Alert #2 (January 28, 2014) at:
https://a816-health29ssl.nyc.gov/sites/NYCHAN/Lists/AlertUpdateAdvisoryDocuments/2014%20-%20NeonatalHSV.pdf
Key Points for Providers:
1. When evaluating male infants with suggestive symptoms  in the weeks following out-of-hospital circumcision, providers should inquire whether direct orogenital suction (metzitzah b’peh) was performed and consider infection with HSV or other oral pathogens.
2. Herpes-infected neonates may not present with the classic finding of grouped vesicular skin lesions and may be afebrile.
3. Babies suspected of having HSV infection should be immediately admitted to the hospital and treated presumptively with intravenous acyclovir.
4. Distribute the Health Department’s pamphlet “Make a Safe Bris for Your Baby,” to expectant parents and/or new parents who visit your office or facility.
4.  Health care providers diagnosing herpes infection in infants <60 days of age days are mandated to report the infection to the NYC Health Department  within 24 hours of diagnosis.
5.  Providers evaluating infants <60 days of age with suspected HSV infection are required by law to collect specimens from one or more vesicles (if present) or from any skin lesions suggestive ofherpetic disease, and to send these swab(s) to the New York State Wadsworth Center Laboratories for diagnostic testing using molecular methods.
Questions about the pamphlet may be directed to Dr. Diana Sanchez at (347) 396-7311. Questions about diagnosis, reporting, and specimen collection may be directed to Dr. Julia Schillinger at (347) 396-7296.
Sincerely,
Julia A. Schillinger, MD, MSc
Director of Surveillance
Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease Control 
Susan Blank, MD, MPH
Assistant Commissioner
Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease Control

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A Code of Silence and the Ravages of Infecting Infants with Herpes

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Code of silence’ blocking DOH from finding herpes-infecting mohelim

THE NEW YORK POST

The city Health Department admitted Thursday that it is often unable to identify practitioners who infect newborns with herpes through a controversial ritual Jewish circumcision — because of a code of silence in the ultra-­Orthodox community.

Since 2015, there have been six neonatal cases of herpes linked to the ancient practice known as metzitzah b’peh, which requires a mohel, the person performing the circumcision, to suck blood from the incision on an infant’s penis.

But only two mohelim have been identified for endangering the lives of infants since then.

The Health Department has yet to find the mohel behind the most recent case, first reported Wednesday. It issued a statement Thursday night noting potential obstacles to its investigation.

“Identifying a mohel has always been challenging, and it generally takes time,” the statement read.

“Unfortunately, some in the community are resistant. We are hopeful that won’t happen with this new case, but we don’t know yet.”

The practice has pitted public health officials against leaders in the Hasidic community, who see regulation as an infringement on a religious ritual.

 

For Further Reading:

http://nypost.com/2017/03/08/new-case-of-neonatal-herpes-caused-by-jewish-circumcision/

 

Circumcisions and Herpes – Metzizah b’peh Should Be Illegal, Mayor de Blasio

The Independent – UK

Herpes cases among babies linked to ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual

New York health department alerts doctors to infections linked to ancient ritual in which circumcision wound is cleaned by mouth

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A baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following a controversial ancient circumcision ritual, it has been reported.

The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by mouth.

A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure.

There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015, reported the New York Daily News.

The majority of Jewish circumcision ceremonies do not include metzitzah b’peh, in which the mohel, or circumciser, places their mouth directly on the wound to suck away the blood.

An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City, home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel.

The city’s mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters officials were in the process of identifying the mohel who had performed the procedure and expected “full cooperation from the community”.

Mr de Blasio retracted the requirement for a parental consent form for the practice two years ago in a compromise with ultra-Orthodox leaders who agreed to help identify and isolate any mohels found to be responsible for an infection.

Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015.

Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage, according to the New York Post.

Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers, is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed.

Betsy DeVos and Agudath Israel – The Irony of a One Woman Show and the Fall of Education

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A truly historic meeting today at U.S. Dept of Education with the Secretary and Agudath Israel representatives.

DeVos praises Orthodox Jewish group that strongly backs public funding for religious schools

https://www.washingtonpost.com

DeVos met with leaders of Agudath Israel of America, which is based in New York and has active branches in more than 25 states, including Texas, Florida, California, Maryland and New Jersey. Its leaders have successfully lobbied for using public taxpayer dollars to subsidize religious schools in several states.

In a statement released Wednesday, March 8, 2017, about the meeting at the Education Department with Agudath Israel leaders, DeVos said:

I applaud Agudath Israel for their leadership and commitment to providing their community with access to educational options that meet the academic and religious needs of their families. Agudath is a terrific partner and advocate for their families, and I welcomed today’s discussion.

I look forward to continuing to work with Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Jewish community and all who believe that every child, regardless of where they live or their family’s income, should have an equal opportunity to a quality education.

DeVos and President Trump have made clear that expanding school choice is an education policy priority.  The administration is believed to be considering a new federal school-choice program, likely a tax credit scholarship program that would offer individuals and corporations incentives to donate money to help families pay for tuition and other educational needs at private and religious schools. There is now is one federally funded voucher program, in Washington D.C., expected to be expanded by the Trump administration.

Trump has said he wants to spend $20 billion to promote school choice, while DeVos has spent decades advocating for charter schools and voucher/tax credit programs. A billionaire from Michigan, DeVos and her family have spent millions of dollars to support religious schools. In 2015, she said in a speech that traditional public education is “a dead end,” and her critics say that she wants to privatize public education, a departure from any previous U.S. administration.

Last week, Trump and DeVos made their first official joint trip to a school — a Catholic school in Florida. It was the first official school trip for Trump, and the first time a U.S. president had visited a Catholic school since Ronald Reagan visited St. Agatha Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Detroit on Oct. 10, 1984, years after he was elected.

In New York, Agudath Israel has been instrumental in winning state funds for Jewish schools, and has praised Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, for ensuring that millions of dollars in state funds would be spent for security and other services for these schools. On March 5, Cuomo announced a new “New York-Israel Commission” to strengthen economic and cultural ties between New York and Israel, and among the members is Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel.

Although Agudath Israel of America does not ordinarily advocate for Cabinet members, it urged its supporters to lobby the Senate to confirm DeVos, with whom it has worked for years on school-choice issues. When she was nominated as education secretary by then-president-elect Trump, the group put a story on its website saying in part:

Shlomo Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel’s board of trustees, expressed his enthusiastic support for Mrs. DeVos’s nomination. “I have had some excellent discussions with Betsy DeVos,” Mr. Werdiger said. “She is intelligent, compassionate and effective. President-elect Trump has chosen wisely.”

The organization supported the Hasidic Jews who took control of the school board in East Ramapo, N.Y., more than a decade ago and were accused by state officials of financial mismanagement that harmed the public schools in the district but helped the private Jewish schools. In 2015, Agudath Israel lobbied against a bill in the state legislature that sought to appoint an overseer for the school board, and despite support for the bill from Cuomo and the chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, it didn’t pass in the state Senate. In 2016, a compromise bill passed that provided more state money for public schools but did not include a state-appointed board monitor.

The Education Department issued a release Wednesday about the meeting between DeVos and Agudath leaders. Here’s the complete text:

This morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with leaders of Agudath Israel of America about her commitment to supporting all educational opportunities, the importance of IDEA and higher education.

Agudath leaders thanked the Secretary for her leadership and expressed their desire to work closely with her to ensure their schools and community members have access to quality educational opportunities that respect their religion.

After the meeting, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement:

“I applaud Agudath Israel for their leadership and commitment to providing their community with access to educational options that meet the academic and religious needs of their families. Agudath is a terrific partner and advocate for their families, and I welcomed today’s discussion.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Jewish community and all who believe that every child, regardless of where they live or their family’s income, should have an equal opportunity to a quality education.”

Attendees included:

Sol Werdiger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Vice President

Rabbi Abba Cohen, Vice President for Federal Affairs, Washington Director and Counsel

Rabbi A. D. Motzen, National Director of State Relations

And other members of Agudath Israel of America

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has made school “choice” a policy priority, met on Wednesday with leaders of an Orthodox Jewish group that has been instrumental in pushing voucher programs across the country. She praised their “leadership and commitment” in helping communities secure schools that “meet the academic and religious needs of their families” and said she looks forward to working with them.

KARMA STRIKES BACK: In new suit, former BK DA Hynes alleged to have had “policy, custom and practice of deliberate indifference towards witness tampering and intimidation of victims of pedophiles and their families within the ultra-Orthodox community”

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Alleged pedophile protector, former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes

From the NY Daily News:

A Brooklyn dad claims the borough’s former district attorney Charles Hynes targeted him while cutting a sweetheart deal with a prominent rabbi accused of sexually abusing boys.

Samuel Kellner says in a federal civil rights lawsuit that Hynes falsely charged him with extortion after he led an effort to lock up Baruch Lebovits.

“The ‘investigation’ by Hynes into [Kellner] deviated so egregiously from acceptable law enforcement activity as to demonstrate an intentional or reckless disregard for proper procedures,” reads the lawsuit targeting Hynes and the city.

The sordid saga began in 2008 when Lebovits allegedly molested Kellner’s son.

A prosecutor told Kellner that the district attorney’s office wasn’t going to open an investigation because the alleged offense was a misdemeanor and there were no other known victims, the suit says.

But Kellner, working with a detective, found other boys who were preyed upon by Lebovits.

Hynes’ office launched a probe but Kellner claims the former DA did nothing when Lebovits’ supporters succeeded in convincing one of his victims to drop the case.

“Hynes’ deliberate indifference towards [the boy’s] plight and failure to protect him was part of a policy, custom and practice of deliberate indifference towards witness tampering and intimidation of victims of pedophiles and their families within the ultra-Orthodox community,” says the suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Lebovits was ultimately convicted in March 2010 of multiple counts of sexual assault and sentenced to serve up to 32 years.

Kellner’s joy was short-lived.

He claims in the suit that Hynes quietly dismissed his son’s case against Lebovits in October 2010.

“The suffering and courage of a victim in coming forward to report his abuse meant nothing to Hynes,” Kellner’s attorney Niall Macgiollabhui wrote in the suit.

Things got worse for Kellner in April 2011 when he was charged with trying to blackmail Lebovits’ wealthy family and paying a man to falsely accuse the rabbi.

Hynes held a news conference trumpeting Kellner’s arrest.

Lebovits was sprung from jail the next day. His conviction was overturned in 2012.

“What is truly shocking is that instead of locking up pedophiles and protecting children, Hynes was instrumental in securing the release of a notorious predator from prison and dismissing the cases of two victims he and his office knew to have been abused,” Macgiollabhui told the Daily News.

“At some point Hynes will have to explain why he conspired in the shadows with the family of a convicted child rapist to undermine the conviction his own office had just secured.”

The criminal charges against Kellner were dropped in March 2014 after a prosecutor re-examining the case found inconsistencies in the accounts of two key witnesses.

Lebovits pleaded guilty to reduced charges in May 2014 and was sentenced to serve another year.

He was released after just 86 days.

Hynes’ lawyer did not return a request for comment.

A spokesman for the city’s Law Department said it will review the complaint.

Kellner filed a defamation suit against the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper in November 2014. That case was settled in January under a confidentiality agreement.

 

 

Why is Dov Hikind in Rockland County – Sowing the Seeds of A Destroyed School District, another Political Whore…

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This ‘Dov’ Does Not Symbolize Peace

Pete Bradley
Congers Resident & Preserve Rockland Member

Brooklyn politician Dov Hikind is at it again! A few months ago, he traveled from Brooklyn to Rockland County to host a dubious press conference in which he declared that East Ramapo monitor Dennis Walcott had “stabbed” the Hasidic community in the back.  Mr. Hikind was voicing his immature displeasure of the fact that Mr. Walcott’s investigation of the East Ramapo School District, ERSD, had determined the ERSD could not function properly without a veto-empowered monitor. Mr. Hikind’s appearance and commentary didn’t go over well with Rocklanders and he was told to go back to Brooklyn by Rockland Democratic Chairwoman, Kristen Stavisky.

Earlier this week, Mr. Hikind released a public statement requesting that New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman come into Rockland in order to investigate the “a horrible epidemic of anti-Semitism throughout Rockland County“. Both Mr. Hikind and Aron Wieder have recently pounced upon a fourteen minute video that was recently shown by a teacher to her students in a Clarkstown South High School Global Studies class. Although the video was produced by an apparently reputable scholastic website, this specific module had presented a theme that was considered to be factually inaccurate and painted an objectionable image of Judaism. In short order, a groundswell of protest and opposition to the video caused the distributor to remove it from their catalog. Additionally, the Clarkstown School District offered an apology to the entire community along with the assurance that the specific educational vendor’s materials would cease to be used in the future.

Commenting Friday on Hikind’s request for an investigation of anti-Semitism in Rockland County, Executive Day basically sent him the same message as Kristen Stavisky had weeks before. He called Hikind’s comments “an outrage” saying: “He doesn’t live in our community; he doesn’t work in our community; he doesn’t represent our community and it’s clear he knows very little about the good people in our community. I suggest Mr. Hikind sell his divisiveness somewhere else. Our residents don’t want it.” In other words, Day told Hikind to go back to Brooklyn.

Assemblyman Zebrowski

Democratic Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski issued a statement in which he said: “This press release (by Dov Hikind calling for an investigation of anti-Semitism throughout Rockland County) is outrageous and demeaning to the people of Rockland County; my hometown and the County I have the privilege of representing. A County made up of good people. To call Rockland County a “cesspool of hate,” and to suggest that anti-Semitism is being fostered by communities and governments is unacceptable.

Let’s be clear, the video used by a single teacher in Clarkstown was inappropriate and insensitive and warranted a swift rebuke. This was not part of a district curriculum, nor was it approved by the district; it was unfortunately used by a teacher from an outside education resource site. The school district took immediate action to ensure it was not used again, students were informed of its inappropriateness and apologies were issued. The district took further steps to contact and convince the outside company to remove the video from their library. Most importantly, they met with reputable Rockland Jewish advocacy groups such as the Jewish Federation of Rockland, Rockland Board of Rabbis and the Holocaust Museum and Study Center. They addressed the incident and established a collaborative relationship for the future. All these actions were taken prior to the public reporting of the incident.

This was a disturbing and serious incident; but does not suggest that the Clarkstown School District, or the Town of Clarkstown are “fostering anti-Semitism,” as suggested by Mr. Hikind. Unfortunately, Mr. Hikind isn’t interested in these or any other facts. He also doesn’t seem interested in contacting the wonderful Jewish advocacy groups we have here in Rockland County to understand their point of view. His intentions lie solely in grabbing headlines and lodging accusations against an entire County and its residents.

Let me state this emphatically: Anti-Semitism of any kind has no place in society and we all must unite against it. But I refuse to allow someone who knows nothing about Rockland and who lives in and represents Brooklyn, to make broad, disparaging statements about the people of Rockland County.”

Legislator Aron Wieder

Enter Aron Wieder and Dov Hikind through the metaphorical back door. Both of these politicians have seemingly taken this episode and have decided to use it for their own political purposes. The Hasidic controlled ERSD school board has been getting bombarded with criticism and sanctions over the past few years in for their seemingly lack of compassion or fiscal responsibility to the public school sector children that they are supposedly representing. Of course, over these years, they have always reverted to the excuse that the criticisms are unjust and merely a product of longstanding anti-Semitism. However, the facts on the ground and the litany of investigations that have followed have proved the opposite!

These ‘political birds of a feather’, Wieder and Hikind simply don’t like the fact that the old formerly reliable ploy of feigning anti-Semitism for political purposes has been summarily retired by the mass public. They don’t know why or how this standard staple, which was once a simple and reliable way to discontinue dialogue, no longer grants them the results that they desire. Could it be that the actions of the Hasidic community have proven to be unquestionably harmful to the rest of Rockland at large?

Maybe it is because of their real and understood fear that another form of bloc voting is building up to be something much more superior than the Hasidic voting bloc? The Preserve Rockland movement is piling more and more people onto its train heading towards the station of fairness and equality in local government. Political insiders know that the Preserve Rockland movement is picking up more supporters every day and with every election at which its train stops. In 2013, County Executive candidate Ed Day received 8,684 Preserve Rockland votes – a margin that put him in the winner’s circle. The last election shows that these numbers will continue to rise in the coming years!

Yossi Gestneter

This fact is becoming increasingly distressing to Yossi Gestneter who is associated with OJPAC (Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council). On Friday, February 5, 2016 on WRCR Gestetner, a producer of the outrageous video ‘The Jew in Rockland‘, made the following comments:

“Ed Day, the County Executive, wonders why people need to make a storm? It is for this very reason. People knew about the video for more than ten days. Ed Day, who is on Facebook all day, has not said anything about it until only yesterday and even yesterday he could not even bring himself to condemn the video or the showing.”

“I saw a post yesterday from Ken Zebrowski who is also from Clarkstown and he went crazy saying that Dov Hikind says the county is a ‘cesspool of hate’. Now, few people in New York City get insulted when you tell them that the city is rat-infested. You know why? Because most people know they are not involved with this; it is not their fault that the city is run over with rats. But the reason why Ken Zebrowski and Ed Day suddenly are out with statements and comments within hours after Hikind said something – within hours after the media was onto this – was because they know that they do have a hand in promoting bigotry against the orthodox community.”

County Executive Ed Day

“Ed Day, on his Facebook page this week, put up a post about the issue of homelessness in Rockland County and someone wrote on his page that the ‘scum cult’ saps the county and they are the reason why homeless people are not taken care of. Ed Day, after being made aware of this shocking comment on his page – rather than condemning this comment or distancing himself from people saying the ‘scum cult’ – rather than distancing himself from the comment that the orthodox are sapping the community – he actually produced a misleading statistic to back up the accusation that the financial problems arising in Rockland County are somehow the fault of the orthodox Jewish community.”

“This is the reason why when we produced the video a year ago called ‘The Jew In Rockland’ it was not focused on the good people of Rockland County but it was focused on specific actions from specific people. Ed Day has not once condemned the hate that we exposed in the video. Instead, he went haywire and he criticized the video seven times. This is a pattern of Ed Day. He does not rush to criticize when people demean and degrade the orthodox community on his page and other platforms every freakin’ day. But instead, when the Jewish community speaks up a couple of times a year he comes out with his shocked face: ‘How dare you say this on the people of Rockland’? No, Mr. Day, they are not saying this on the people of Rockland, we are saying this on you, they are saying this on the bigoters in your circle. You know who they are! Aron Wieder, the County Legislator from the Monsey area, spoke about it on Tuesday. The video will be released next week.”

We suspect that the name of Gestetner’s new video will not be ‘The Pursuit of Fairness and Equality’ given at the County Legislature last week Legislator Wieder criticized several inviduals and several Facebook pages including reportedly ‘Clarkstown: What They Don’t Want You To Know‘ among others. Gestetner then continued his commentary on WRCR by issuing a veiled threat to the County Executive about “the video to be released next week” saying:

“Ed Day, the days of hiding behind the people of Rockland County and saying that we, when we criticize the hate in Rockland, we criticize all of Rockland, are over. You, Ken Zebrowski, and the other crowds of fools who ran on the ticket of hate in Clarkstown (Preserve/Reform Rockland) will continue to be exposed.”

Legislator Santulli

“Laurie Santulli, the County Legislator from Clarkstown, she had the Chutzpah to say yesterday that the focus on the video was to divert attention from East Ramapo. That this is basically a conspiracy to divert. Let me tell you something. While we in the Jewish community were busy to expose the bigotry that took place in Clarkstown by a few people, not by the rest of the people, we also secured the million dollars in funding for the students in East Ramapo. Because, you know why? Because if you are really a public servant, if you care for the students of East Ramapo, if you care for the peace of the county, you can do two things at once – expose and call out the bigotry that is being orchestrated by Ed Day, Ken Zebrowski and others and care for the students of East Ramapo. It is not a contradiction to do. It’s a Chutzpah for Santulli, who lives in Clarkstown, has not released a statement about the (school) video in ten days. Although to her credit she did speak out on some small Facebook group but under a private name- no one knew about it – she has the Chutzpah to suggest it is a conspiracy to divert …….. (Steve Possell interrupted at this point and went into a short monologue about the uses and abuses of Facebook)

Messrs Gestneter, Wieder and Hikind: You apparently hold the mistaken belief that County Executive Day, Assemblyman Zebrowski, Legislator Santulli and the other “crowds of fools on the ticket of hate in Clarkstown” – which one must assume includes at least three other county legislators, the majority of the Town Board of Clarkstown, and the several thousands of Clarkstown voters who voted for them – are in some way engaged in a mysterious grand cabal of anti-Semitism.  The Preserve Rockland voters come from all sides of the political spectrum, are of all age groups, and from people of all faiths. The Preserve Rockland movement will continue to grow mainly because voters are tired of watching the abuses that continue to be inflicted on them and their families at the hands of special-interest individuals and groups! If the three of you don’t like that truth, one has to say to you in all kindness: “That is too bad”.  Those of us find it both disgusting and tiresome that you continue to brand people as anti-Semites because your political mojo is suffering catastrophically!

As to Attorney General Schneiderman, we would gladly welcome him to Rockland to commence any investigation into anti-Semitism that he pleases especially if his inquiries include an examination as to why the children attending both public schools and private Yeshivas are not receiving a proper and just education as mandated by NYS Education Law.

For additional reading, please see the following: http://rocklandvoice.com/opinion/this-dov-does-not-symbolize-peace-3/