Read the DePrisco Campaign Insider Newsletter written by Tom DePrisco, candidate for the 38th Senate District in New York for August 10, 2016.
As a fellow transplanted resident from New York City twelve years ago, I personally welcome young families moving to our beautiful suburban communities. Property owners who flagrantly disregard building and fire codes must be held strictly accountable for their violations. Responsible elected town officials must uniformly enforce existing zoning laws and land use regulations. The safety of residents and first responders must never be compromised, as evidenced with the recent fires on Calvert Drive in Monsey and Division Avenue in Spring Valley.
Responsible town officials should maintain stable population growths within their respective towns. I don’t understand how village population growths of 23% - 50% can be sustainable for the entire town of Ramapo.
I attended the “Rally to Restore Justice” outside the East Ramapo School District Administrative offices last night. I applaud the many concerned community members who are actively advocating for a fair and just resolution regarding the lawfully-elected school board term of Sabrina Charles-Pierre. I spent hours scouring through board of education meeting minutes to find documentation that East Ramapo properly handled similar swearing in situations in 2011 and 2014. I am hopeful for a reasonable resolution as a result of the school board’s appeal to the state education commissioner. Again, I must reiterate my strong belief that there is a need for a monitor with direct oversight and veto power. The additional $3 million appropriated for only one year simply cannot provide sustainable long-term academic planning for the East Ramapo public school students. I will work intelligently to achieve a long-term resolution that will first benefit all public school students as well as satisfy funding needs for state mandated services for all students.
Rocklanders, please remember that the stage 2 water emergency remains in effect. Please see this press release for further details.
Here's a water emergency tip for watering outdoor plants and vegetable gardens: I filled my beverage cooler with purchased bags of ice. Instead of dumping the ice at the end of the evening, I allowed it to melt and watered our plants with the residual water the next few days.
Finally, Lorraine and I had another family BBQ this past weekend. It was heartwarming to see young children running and crawling in our backyard. Spending fun time with family is so very important to us. Below are photos of my youngest campaign team members, my granddaughters, Gabriella, Lila and Adriana.