Shalom Lamm, a law firm, the Satmar’s Votes and Profit



LostMessiah, April 30, 2016
Hat Tip: Manamaking Town Crier, Facebook

Sometimes the story of people and their activities, whether shady or otherwise, does not come from a series of events but rather from a seemingly coincidental use of shared businesses or services, shared institutions of higher education and corresponding persons of interest. It is our view that Shalom Lamm’s engagement of the Osterman & Hanna LLP law firm in his quest to take over Sullivan County’s Bloomingburg and surrounding villages was strategically planned. We believe that the decision to engage the same firm  now reported to have been hired by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco, is simply a way to buffer the governor. On the one hand, the Satmar community would be beholden to Cuomo and on the other hand, Cuomo could claim no knowledge of Lamm’s activities. Acting as the buffer zone, as well as community activists in pushing forward the agenda of the Satmar Community stood Terresa Bakner partner at Osterman.

According to reports, partner Terresa Bakner, has been instrumental in trying to push forward Lamm’s plans, advocating for its acceptance, speaking in front of townspeople to explain the process (of losing their identity). It is noted that Cuomo at different points in the history of Lamm and his Sullivan County takeover has also advocated for the dissolution of Bloomingburg, which arguably is to the ultimate benefit of Lamm.

Failed Messiah reported on the activities of Shalom Lamm as early as 2013, if not earlier. Failed Messiah described Lamm’s plans to build what was initially billed as a small development but actually intended, from its very inception, to be a new home of a Satmar community, with room to expand and increase. It was contemplated to be nearly 4 times the size of what the ‘informed public” were told; a plan created, drafted and proposed under cover of secrets, made “pretty and believable.” Continue reading

NewYorkClass May be Donating but Not so Classy


The Daily News is reporting, April 22, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: NYCLASS hit with subpoena in mayor fund-raising probe

“In 2014, the Daily News reported the FBI was looking at NYCLASS donations to the mayor, who championed the group’s cause during his run for City Hall. At the time, the FBI was examining how two de Blasio supporters appeared to have used NYCLASS to secretly attack his then-chief rival, Christine Quinn.

In May and June 2013, a union run by de Blasio’s cousin, John Wilhelm, and a top de Blasio donor, attorney Jay Eisenhoffer, wrote two checks totaling $225,000 to NYCLASS.


Within days, NYCLASS wrote duplicate checks to New York City Not for Sale, a rabidly anti-Quinn group. At the time, the anti-Quinn group had to disclose its contributions, but NYCLASS didn’t. The two donations weren’t revealed until days after de Blasio won the primary.”

“These contributions well exceed the limitations on individual donations, which are restricted to $4,950 per election. Owners of entities doing business with the city can’t give more than $400, and lobbyists aren’t allowed to give at all.

But a review by The News found the mayor, a one-time political operative, has repeatedly found a myriad of legal, but controversial, ways to obtain huge checks from deep-pocket donors with interests before City Hall.

Key tools in the de Blasio woodshed include raising unrestricted donations via so-called “independent spending” groups and relying on donors who bundle multiple individual checks.

Records show de Blasio has been a consistent beneficiary of bundling — for example, pocketing $1.4 million this way in 2013 and $467,370 more for his reelection bid through mid-January.


Both tactics are legal, but candidates are strictly barred from coordinating with independent spenders or promising contributors anything in return for their checks.

Sources familiar with the campaign finance aspect of the probe say the city Department of Investigation is inquiring, in addition to the feds and the DA. All three offices declined comment.

A key focus is the Campaign for One New York, set up by de Blasio a month before he took office. Since he’s become mayor, the group has collected $4 million to support his pet causes such as universal pre-K and affordable housing.

Much of that has come from big developers and lobbyists writing big checks at the same time they’re seeking zoning changes or tax breaks.”

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We, Yes We, Will Not Stand Down!

LostMessiah and our contributors, April 14, 2016


Memo to Shlomo Rechnitz and his Henchmen:

You may have thought you could shut us up when you shut down Failed Messiah but all you did was stir a hornet’s nest. We will not be quiet. We will not go away. We will not be silenced!


A Culture that Honors Its Criminals

Rabbi Milton Yehoshua Balkany a criminal, a lecturer, an honored figure in the ultra-Orthodox Community… Really??….

What on Earth Are we Teaching our Children????

LostMessiah, March 27, 2016

From the posts of FailedMessiah.


Rabbi Yehoschua Balkany, Criminal, Teacher, “Honorable”???

FailedMessiah, NOVEMBER 26, 2014

Convicted Felon Rabbi Milton Yehoshua Balkany Lectures To Haredi Rabbinical Association On Jewish Law

Rabbi Milton Yehoshua Balkany closeupRabbi Milton Yehosua Balkany, former Agriprocessors VP Sholom Rubashkin’s brother-in-law – was recently released from prison after serving time for attempting to extort hedge fund head Steven Cohen. Balkany joined fellow haredi rabbis at a convention of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, and Balkany was honored by the RAA with giving a lecture on the halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) or marit ayin.

The haredi Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA), also known as Igud HaRabbonim, held a conference in Brooklyn Sunday.

Where in Brooklyn?

At the Bais Yaakov of Midwood, the school run by convicted extortionist Rabbi Milton Yehosua Balkany.

Balkany – former Agriprocessors VP Sholom Rubashkin’s brother-in-law – was recently released from prison after serving time for attempting to extort hedge fund head Steven Cohen.

But that didn’t stop the RAA from holding its conference in Balkany’s school – or from allowing Balkany to speak.

And Balkany did not give just any speech. Instead, he presented a lesson in halakha (Jewish law) on marit ayin, the law that prohibits taking an action that is in its essense permitted but which may appear prohibited in the eyes of people who see the action take place – for example, eating a Reuben sandwich made of corned beef, sauerkraut and non-dairy soy cheese when eating dairy products with meat is prohibited according to Orthodox Jewish law:

…Rabbi Yehoshua Balkany masterfully presented a halachic overview of Mares Ayin, circumstances which might prohibit that which is ordinarily permitted because of misleading appearences. An example would be eating almond cream [non-dairy cheese] with meat which might look like dairy cream cheese [which is by Orthodox Jewish law] prohibited to be consumed with meat. Contemporary food production, however, creates non-dairy ice cream and vegetable burgers, amongst many other products that, in combination, appear prohibited. However, in reality are perfecttly acceptable. Rabbi Balkany explored whether Mares Ayin applied to rabbinic enactments or only to Biblical commandments. Carefully reviewing coments of the Shulchan Aruch [Code of Jewish Law] and leading commentators [on that code], Rabbi Balkany carefully defined Mares Ayin and its restrictive aspects.…
Apparently both the RAA and Balkany agree that marit ayin doesn’t apply to having a recently convicted felon lecture in Jewish law to a haredi rabbinical association.

For the FailedMessiah article, in its entirety, please click here

Shutting Down FailedMessiah – Fed Up With Hatred?… Likely Not

Speculation Abounds… Fraud, Crime, Sexual Abuse… What Truths About the Hasidic Community Did Someone Want Silenced?

by LostMessiah, March 15, 2016

LostMessiah had discovered long ago the connection between Diversified Holdings and Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz. There appears, as well, to be a connection between Diversified Holdings and EruvRav. That connection  was made clear by a listing on the EruvRav Facebook page.

It is beyond doubtful, however, that the reason for silencing Shmarya Rosenberg had anything to do with “hateful bloggers” and being fed up with the hatred toward Jews.

FailedMessiah  had nothing to do with a hatred toward Jews; but rather an unparalleled level of contempt for the behavior of bad people. It is largely irrelevant that the same bad people he criticized happen to clothe themselves in costumes of alleged piousness and cover up their unthinkable sins by hiding behind a holy Jewish scroll, except to the extent of the widespread hypocrisy.

The people Shmarya criticized were not pious or Hasid, nor are they deserving of the title “Kiddush Hashem.” They were and continue to be horrible men (and women), devoid of any sense of morality.  If  Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, whom we do not begrudge a number of charitable endeavors, was behind the shuttering of FailedMessiah then he deserves no credit, no laud and no praise. If Mr. Rechnitz were truly a “Kiddush Hashem” or a Ba’al Tzedukkah (charitable one) he would have helped to finance Shmayra’s endeavors, to bring to light the horrible crimes within a larger community, to end the rape and molestation epidemic in his community and to put an end to behavior that has created an almost insurmountable divide amongst Jews overall; and Jews and non-Jews cross culturally.  

Shmarya Rosenberg deserves a special place in our collective hearts, and hopefully in the Olam Ha’Baah (the next world) for his courageous articles, sometimes controversial points of view, and willingness to devote 11 years as a “media relations expert” for the better behaved Jews, whether ultra-Orthodox or otherwise, amongst us. Shmarya brought to light horrendous crimes and treachery. He publicized the criminal and amoral efforts to hide that abuse and shield abusers.  He unearthed corruption, money laundering, hate crimes and many others. To say that he was committing a disservice to the ultra-Orthodox community is to again victimize the victims and to legitimize the crimes. Anyone who thinks this is okay, should know nothing but shame.

As Jews, we should expect more of our community leaders, Rabbis, Torah Scholars, Political supporters and Ba’ale Tzedukka; than what anyone celebrating the silencing of Shmarya is suggesting. Those who applaud silencing FailedMessiah, are inherently procuring a pathway to poor behavior. That is unacceptable. We should expect those who most stand out, by their own traditional choosing, to play the part for which they dress, as traditional, good and decent Jews. The Torah in word and spirit demands that of us and we should be demanding it of ourselves. Only in that, will the Jewish community at large not be hated for the crimes of the few.

There is a Yiddish saying, “When you place a Shtreimel on a pig, you don’t get a rabbi.” It is unfortunate that for all of the chazirim wearing Shtreimels (and Shmarya named hundreds over the years) and for those willing to provide shelter to the chazirim and intimidation to the truthsayers, there should be no praise. There are those with political clout and the finances to back them up, like Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, who, if speculation is correct, would prefer to hide fundamental truths. There is nothing  charitable or good in that.

Until we as a collective are willing to walk into the Mikvah and drag the pedophiles out by their collective “shvantzes,” thereby cleansing ourselves of the sins of our brothers, we are no better than the worst amongst us. Shmarya was better. Until we are willing to discontinue paying off our judges to allow horrific crimes against mothers or fathers who wish to leave the ultra-Orthodox community, we are no less criminal. Until we are willing to gain a collective conscience, something the Torah demands of each and every Jew, worldwide, we are lost, wandering in a desert of immorality.

Shmarya was likely silenced because he prevented men like Rabbi Twersky his henchman in New Square, New York; and others like him from getting wealthier by impoverishing their people, both financially and educationally. Shmarya’s site was likely shuttered because he was uncompromising in his moral sense of right and wrong; and he believed that children should not be raped and molested by their teachers and rabbis. Shmarya was a voice for the abused children, battered wives and shunned ultra-Orthodox members. He was unabashed in his criticism of members of Agudath Israel and the Satmar community, their secrecy, intimidation, financial frauds and overall dark cloud they cast on the greater Jewish community. His silence could have been paid for  by the politicians and judges who stood to lose as he uncovered political fraud and corruption. Hard to tell.

The connection between Diversified Holdings and Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz should raise more questions than it answers…

Eruv Rav, Diversified Holding, the new owner of


In a post on posted February 3, 2016 and entitled

“HEAVY Speculation that Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz Involved In Closing Of Failed Messiah Blog

Rumors are flying around the Frum community, into what prompted Failed Messiah owner Shmarya Rosenberg to write a final post and say that he is closing his infamous blog down.

Strong speculation is that the noted philanthropist and leading Baal Tzedakah in Klal Yisroel, R’ Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz had a hand in the deal.

Failed Messiah is notorious for publishing anything that would make Frum Jews look bad. Every time an Orthodox man was arrested, even for a simple traffic infraction, it received a prominent article on the FM blog, along with 100 comments by hateful bloggers.

The rumors claim that allegedly Rechnitz was simply fed up with the amount of hatred towards his fellow Jews, and simply could not bear to watch it continue.

Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz has become a household name in Chesed, and has given hundreds of millions to charity in the past decade. His huge heart never stops helping broken souls around the globe.

Naturally, Rechnitz has used his wealth to make a Kiddush hashem on a massive scale, by not only giving to Jewish causes. A few months ago, Rechnitz was on national news after he paid $50 per meal for approximately 400 U.S. Soldiers in an airport in Shannon, Ireland. He saw them eating standard army food while all the other passengers in the terminal were eating in trendy and appetizing restaurants. Rechnitz then asked their commander if he can give them something extra.

This incredible Kiddush hashem is just a tiny glimpse into who this walking Kiddush Hashem of a man is.

Last week, Rechnitz made international headlines after delivering a speech at a dinner in Lakewood about the issue of children not being accepted into Yeshivas.

If Rechnitz had any hand in the deal to have FM pull the plug, his share in Olam Haba’ah will have just grown to an unimaginable level.”


A Convenient Deception, Politicians Willing to Sell their Souls…

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senator Marcellino….. How Much of Your Support is Garnered by the Bloc? Are you Trading the Life of a Child in Exchange for Each Vote You Get? Sure Does Feel That Way…

from Religion and Government, by Frederick Neitzsche
As long as the State, or rather the government, regards itself as the guardian of the minor masses, and in their behalf considers the question whether religion shall be maintained or abolished, it will most probably always decide in favor of the maintenance of religion. For religion satisfies the individual nature in times of loss, privation, terror, distrust,—…. When the necessary or accidental shortcomings of government, or the dangerous results of dynastic interests, become apparent to the intelligent, and fill them with the sentiment of hostility, the unintelligent will fancy they see the fingers of God, and patiently submit to the commands from above (in which conception divine and human government usually blend), thus preserving internal peace and the continuity of development. The force which lies in the unity of popular feeling, in the same general opinions and aims of the people, is under the protection and sanction of religion, except in those rare cases when the priesthood cannot come to an agreement with the political power concerning the price, and bids it defiance. …Without the assistance of the priests no power can become legitimate even now, as Napoleon understood. (Translated from Nietzsche’s “Meschliches, Allsumenschliches,” by George Schumm)


In East Ramapo the children are suffering. The public school children are being deprived of basic necessities like pencils, erasers, books, enough classes to graduate. They are sitting under roofs, barely keeping them dry in buildings not keeping them warm during the winter. They come from a district once hailed as one of the best in the State, and are graduating high school grossly unprepared for college. A disproportionate number of public school children are of Hispanic and Black descent, from families whose parents want to give their children better than what they had, hopes and aspirations for their offspring’s futures.

The Yeshiva are taught in schools where secular subjects are not part of the curriculum, or only taught with the barest minimum requirements to satisfy the scrutiny of the outside world. That curriculum certainly does not meet the “substantially similar” requirement but little scrutiny, if any, is performed. Yeshiva children graduate school with little or no English fluency, functionally illiterate in this country’s national language. Their parents don’t want better for them. In the words of community members, “No Nobel Prize winners will be coming out of Yeshivas.” The parents and community leaders, with few exception, want insularity. The children cannot aspire to what they do not know. Families are virtually guarantee public assistance, welfare and food stamps which will likely pick up where education leaves off. Perhaps, instead of Nobel Prize winners, the children will be like Rabbi Twersky in New Square,  revered for his unmatched wealth, official license plates, multiple homes and skewed interpretations of what it means to be a Jew. Neitzsche had it spot on.

The futures and any aspirations of both of these cohorts of children are being systematically quashed by the actions of Senators like Flanagan and Marcellino, both of whom have amoral justifications for why a monitor is unnecessary in East Ramapo, despite countless reports and recommendations to the contrary. They have their “sound bites” likely fed to them by the community they support, the ultra-Orthodox in places like New Square and Monsey, Kiryas Joel, Borough Park and Crown Heights. Perhaps the flock of birds with the Golden Crowns (from the story of Solomon) are whispering sweet nothings in their ears.

In an article entitled, “‘Opportunity Deferred’: 19 reforms for E. Ramapo“, from Lohud on December 14, 2015 describes the 19 recommendations from a panel headed by former New York City chancellor Dennis Walcott, which was reported to the Board of Regents. One of the findings within that report states,

“As a result of this confluence of factors, the tensions in East Ramapo have grown into a chasm, full of anger and mistrust, and the District’s students have continued to suffer the effects.”

Lohud describes the situation as follows,

“The school board is controlled by Orthodox Jews, who have been accused of directing resources to the private schools at the expense of the district’s 8,000 public-school students, who are mainly black and Hispanic.”

The Recommendations follow at the end of this article.

The idea that government will protect the education of these children, both Yeshiva and public school students, is a convenient deception. With politics determining the outcome and politicians, gaining support from the bloc, the result is a foregone conclusion. The children are doomed. Right and wrong, principles obvious to many of us, is as much these days a fallacy as the notion that local law enforcement and the criminal justice system will punish serial sex abusers within the ultra-Orthodox community. The misconception that the criminal justice system will at long last prosecute entrenched local Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox leaders for bribery and intimidation, and will bring the courageous children who speak out against sexual predators within those communities justice, is obvious to those of us who are not blind to the moral bankruptcy of our leaders. And it is disconcerting.

We are not delusional enough to believe that the leaders of the communities involved, Rabbi Twersky and his henchmen, Yossi Gestetner a “media consultant” for the ultra-Orthodox community, Legislators Aron Wieder, Ilan Schoenberger and Aidan Wolff Rockland County Legislators,  Yehuda Weismandl, President of the East Ramapo school board,  share in a collective consciousness. They may dress like pious Jews but have bastardized everything that makes Judaism beautiful.

These men, brethren in amorality, the Rabbis and political mafia, akin to street gangs have a well-organized and creatively written playbook for taking over governments and school systems. And, their plays are brilliantly executed.

In an article entitled, “East Ramapo board “surprised” by panel’s recommendations“, by Joseph Spector, published in Politics on the Hudson on December 14, 2015, ERCSD Board President Yehuda Weismandl is quoted as saying,

“We had begun to work together. We were building a consensus for action on underlying problems,” Weissmandl said in a statement.

“We are surprised because Mr. Walcott, who spent a great deal of time with us in recent weeks, spoke to these very issues and seemed intent on avoiding a repeat of the past.

“The final report to the Regents, however, went in a different direction.”



You were not surpised by the recommendations, Trustee Weismandl,  you were surpised that they were not given a proper burial before they came to light. You wondered who did not get compensated to vote your way. The panel’s members, if not in your pocket, drew obvious conclusions that the panel was correct. Somewhere your henchman, or those of your community went wrong.

Weismandl, in the same article is quoted as saying:

“These proposals are likely to reprise the divisions and strife we saw in the district last year,” his statement continued. “This is indeed unfortunate because we had begun the process of reconciliation in East Ramapo.”

He added, “What we need in East Ramapo is a laser focus on the needs of children and reconciliation as a community and improved cooperation at all levels. As we always have, we will continue to work diligently toward these goals.”

There is no “strife” to reprise. There are no divisions of “reconciliations.” There is a concerted effort to take over a school district, in its entirety and effectually irradiate public schools for all of the children who are not Hasidic or ultra-Orthodox for all future generations. Lakewood, Monroe-Woodbury, Jackson Township, it’s all the same playbook, just a different political brothel. And, in this case, the panel’s decision put a wrench in it.

Damage control was the next step and who better to assist in that endeavor than Senators Flanagan and Marcellino?”


Senator Flanagan…

Flanagan had always been on the “short list” according to a Newsday article on May 16, 2015. Despite calling Dennis Walcott a “gentlemen in every sense of the word” is quoted in politico-speak as saying,

When we move in any way shape or form to usurp local control, we have to be extraordinarily judicious,” Flanagan said. “I’m not suggesting for a moment there aren’t extraordinarily acute issues on that district, because there are.”

Despite Senator Flanagan’s description of Walcott, on December 21, 2015 FailedMessiah posted an article commenting:

New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan told the haredi umbrella group Agudath Israel of America last night that the state Board of Regents move to have a state fiscal and policy monitor with veto power installed in the scandal-plagued haredi-controlled East Ramapo Central School District has anti-Semitic overtones and his Republican caucus would not allow it to happen.

“We’re not doing it,” Flanagan told an Agudath Israel of America gathering, the hasidic Hamodia newspaper reported.

Agudath Israel, is the collective organization with the worst record for violence against children and efforts to silence those children. See Haredi Hall of Shame.  Somehow in the minds of the collective, a man brutalizing a child, bending an innocent vulnerable child over a table, pulling down his pants and tearing into him is okay. It brokers silence and deserves no punishment.

In what world is that okay, Senator Flanagan? Each and every time you shake the hands of one of those men, you are potentially locking fingers with blood-stained hands. Have you been invited to the Mikvah, Senator Flanagan, to partake in the spoils of young children? Are you any different from those who have?

Agudath Israel, like many other similar groups, is an organized crime syndicate. It has done more to destroy the lives of children, under the guise of religious “hesed”  (piousness) than any other crime syndicate in existence, historically or present-day.

Flanagan’s comments on December 21, 2015 come after a commentary on the Walcott Report, and FailedMessiah’s as follows:

“As illuminated by the Monitors’ work since August 2015, as reported in Henry M. Greenberg’s November 2014 report to the Regents, as documented in the press, and as experienced and voiced by public school families, educators, and community members, the East Ramapo Board of Education has persistently failed to act in the best interests of public school students. Since August, there has been progress in the District, but after years of challenges, including fiscal distress and a failure of public confidence in the public education system in the District, much more time is needed for the District to overcome years of mismanagement and decline…”

Senator Flanagan, after years of toiling and ending up on the “short list” are your current actions any different than accusations levied against women who allegedly “shtooped (screwed) their way to the top.” You, however, have likely whored yourself out for votes, sold yourself to the collective Devil, men wearing Schtreimels to synagogue on Friday night and Saturday and then fortifying their playbook for the takeover of the secular community on Sunday.

flanaganCaption and photo from “I congratulate Senator John Flanagan on being elected Senate Majority Leader” said Senator Felder. “As Chair of the NYC Education sub-committee I had the privilege of working with Senator Flanagan on passing the Education Investment Tax Credit in the Senate, securing funding for school transportation, and helping parents secure special education for their children.
Senator Flanagan has a proven track record of supporting our community, and I know that as Majority Leader he will continue to fight for our needs.”

What you may or may not realize, Senator Flanagan, is that one day you might get a knock on your door asking you to move from your home. You might find yourself unable to travel on Friday night and Saturday, the dictates of the Twersky empire of New Square. You are not exempt from the decimation of all this country holds dear, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. It is simply a convenient deception that you will always be protected. Who knows? You might one day awaken to a bloody horse-head in your bed. The criminals to whom you give legitimacy are no different than Scorcese’s mafia crime family. They just dress differently.



And then there’s Senator Carl Marcellino…

In a Lohud article, dated March 10, 2016, entitled “East Ramapo: Senate Education chair knocks monitor plan”

Senator Carl Marcellino is quoted as saying the following inconceivable two statements:

“My inclination is to hopefully allow the district to resolve the issues on their own, without the state getting involved; without the state putting in a monitor,” he told Gannett’s Albany Bureau on Wednesday.

“I’m more pleased if we can work with the locals and get them to work together and get them to resolve the issues the way they should,” Marcellino continued. “That’s what school boards are elected to do.”

Senator Marellino, how many children must graduate schools without a remotely proper education? Certainly you are well aware that the ultra-Orthodox community leaders are thieves and liars. You’d be more likely to see jackals negotiating with their prey. And yes, the ultra-Orthodox leaders are the jackals in this political game where MONEY and STATE FUNDING OF PRIVATE EDUCATION are the prize. Children be damned.

Morever, Senator Marcellino, with your votes coming so cheap, why should Weismandl and his fellow Board of Education power brokers bother to negotiate?  You have, by your statements, given them political clout. Paying a political whore makes raping, both literally and figuratively, an entire generation of children so easy. The jackals get their money, the children generation after generation get no future and you, Senator, get rich on the backs of these children, their futures made hopeless by you, and their lives without hope.

Men like Senators Flanagan and Marcellino are a convenient deception. For members of communities most in need of their help, they represent systematic destruction and abuse of power. For Agudath Israel, Rabbi Twersky and their ultra-Orthodox organized criminals, they are your gateway to power. Will the children ever find redemption?


Recommendations from an East Ramapo advisory panel Monday to the state Board of Regents:
  • Continue monitors in the district and pursue legislation for increased authority, including a monitor with veto power.
  • Appoint an independent election monitor for school board elections.
  • Create a comprehensive and community inclusive process to develop a new bond issue for purposes of making much needed capital improvements.
  • Pursue legislation to ensure representation of public school concerns on the board of education by providing that in each election cycle, all candidates for at least one of the seats must be parents of children attending public schools selected in a local process by other public school parents.
  • Pursue legislation to expand required training for the district’s board members.
  • Convene meetings with a human rights expert.
  • Rethink use of Title I resources.
  • Provide students with full-day kindergarten classes.
  • Continue investigating the feasibility of streamlining grade configurations and start times.
  • Continue progress toward enrichment of academic options for all students.
  • Reform and enhance professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Create a hiring protocol that includes specific departments in the hiring process to ensure that there is a screening process of credentials and appropriate placement for new hires.
  • Streamline school district operations to encourage efficiency and transparency.
  • Explore longer-term transportation contracts with public approval.
  • Explore changes to bus routes and policies to maximize efficiency.
  • Review policies and procedures for special education and English language learner programs.
  • Reinstate support services for all students where needed.
  • Ensure responsible local contributions in the district budget.
  • The state needs to provide dedicated support to the district.

For Additional Reading:

March 24, 2015, Lohud

Ed Day Presses for East Ramapo Bill

June 25, 2015, Lohud

No state monitor for East Ramapo schools,

December 14, 2015,

A Convenient Deception, East Ramapo – Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

East Ramapo – State Majority Leader John Flanagan Vows Support In East Ramapo BUT Look To Whom He Is Vowing Support!

by: FB site, Clarkstown What They Don’t Want You to Know

East Ramapo – State Majority Leader John Flanagan Vows Support In East Ramapo BUT Look To Whom He Is Vowing Support!

Senate Majority Leader Republican John Flanagan, has warned against a monitor, saying that the state shouldn’t usurp the power of an elected school board. The East Ramapo school board has opposed a state monitor with veto power.

“Really what they want to do is overtake that school district. And we’re not doing that,” Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, told a Jewish group.

If you have friends in Suffolk County remind them at election time that their representative is beholden to those who provide little to no secular education to their own kids and who have decimated a once top performing public school system in Rockland County.