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No casino for Orange

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Josh Fallik

The Chronicle Hudson Valley winner: Kiamesha Lake casino at former Concord site Published Dec 17, 2014 By Nathan Mayberg ALBANY — The casino wheel landed on the town of Thompson Wednesday, shutting out Orange County and ending months of speculation about which Hudson Valley town would be allowed a casino. Thompson, in Sullivan County, was the region’s lone winner for a casino. The New York State Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board chose the site of the former Concord Ho . >>> READ MORE ...

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Election Day is Here!

Posted on 04 November 2014 by admin

Don’t forget to visit your polling station today to cast your ballot, before it closing time. The influence your community commands in the halls of power depends on the number of voters it gets out on Election Day.  The number of voters a community gets out to vote on Election Day matters more that the plurality the successful candidate gets over his opponent. While voting for any one of the candidates on the ballot is very important, a blank ballot can enhance the political influence of . >>> READ MORE ...

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Charedi Influence At Play In Ramapo Referendum

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

    Issues will likely linger long after this week’s vote 10/01/14 – Amy Sara Clark, Staff Writer As voters in embattled upstate Ramapo went to the polls this week, at stake was the power of the growing population of charedi Jews in the Rockland County suburb. Tuesday’s referendum, led by a group of activists called Preserve Rockland, was aimed at lessening charedi political power in a town that has fought a years-long battle over Orthodox control of the . >>> READ MORE ...

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Ramapo leaders call for investigation over ward system

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

Four minority leaders in Ramapo call for federal investigation over the proposed ward system, charging that the system would undermine minority representation on the Town Board. Akiko Matsuda, amatsuda@lohud.com 12:15 p.m. EDT September 24, 2014 RAMAPO – The debate over the proposed ward system reached the next level this week as four local minority leaders called for intervention from the U.S. Department of Justice. Town Board member Brendel Charles wrote to two assistant attorneys general wi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Referendums won’t fix Ramapo

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

A ward system and larger Town Council won’t solve the issues that challenge Ramapo, and won’t weaken a controversial town supervisor. And both could drive up taxpayer costs. I mean no disrespect to the residents of our town of Ramapo who came up with these ideas, but I think the proposals will not have the intended effect, and will end up causing more harm than good. Why do I say the proposals won’t have the intended effect? The activists who came up with these proposals want t . >>> READ MORE ...

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Census: Rockland’s Orthodox villages, Westchester’s affluent towns see growth

Posted on 30 May 2013 by Community Voice NY

The Lower Hudson Valley has some of the fastest-growing areas in the state, according to a Journal News analysis of new census estimates released Thursday. Rockland’s Orthodox Jewish communities remained among the fastest-growing municipalities in New York, while the 2012 estimates show growth returning to some wealthy Westchester areas where population had begun to slip in the past decade. Putnam saw an opposite trend: After growth in the 2000s, most areas have started to lose population. The . >>> READ MORE ...

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