Read the DePrisco Campaign Insider Newsletter written by Tom DePrisco, candidate for the 38th Senate District in New York for July 27, 2016.
This week, I provided an informational overview regarding the existing flaws in New York State nonpublic school academic standards. I am amazed that math, science, and world history are not mandated in our nonpublic high schools. I wrote to Education Commissioner Elia and Regents Chancellor Rosa asking them to review and recommend updates to the nonpublic school academic standards. As a result of my posting, I have been invited to attend and speak, by members of the community, at a NYC Department of Education Policy Meeting this evening in Manhattan regarding the nonpublic school academic standards.
I also informed the public regarding a 60 year-old grandmother who has been arrested three times for selling oxycodone in our communities. This woman was arrested several weeks ago in Montvale just two months after being arrested in Pearl River. I contacted the Rockland County D.A.’s office and Orangetown elected officials regarding my strong belief that this woman’s bail be revoked until her charges are adjudicated.
Although I could not attend the CUPON (Citizens United to Preserve our Neighborhoods) meeting last night, I provided to their leadership helpful information regarding NYS law which regulates real estate solicitation. I will be sharing this with other concerned citizens. At last month’s CUPON meeting, David Carlucci and Ellen Jaffee asked for anecdotal documentation regarding attempted blockbusting so that the NYS Secretary of State can make a determination to conduct a public hearing in Rockland regarding this problem. Carlucci and Jaffee have not been aggressive in getting this word out.
At last night’s Pearl River Board of Education meeting, we approved school property tax rates for the 2016-17 school year. I am proud of the fact that we realized decreases in both homestead (homes) and non-homestead (commercial) tax rates, 0.009% and 0.264% respectively. This is proof that we, as elected officials, can improve services, maintain programs, and spend wisely all while controlling the tax burden on our residents.
Over the past couple of days, I found out that there are published reports that our state legislators are considering a 47% pay raise. Are they kidding? Although their last increase was in 1999, this absolutely does not sit well with me at all. If our state legislators are willing to allot and have presumably budgeted nearly $11 million for these increases, I would prefer to spend this money where it is needed now locally – East Ramapo School District in conjunction with a long-term solution and true oversight, North Rockland School District to assist with the burdensome tax certiorari, or dedicating funds to investigate reported or alleged Medicaid fraud.
I also have been reading reports regarding last night's East Ramapo board of education meeting. Although I do not have all of the facts, we must remember what the assigned monitors have recommended: maintain monitors with veto power, appoint an independent election monitor for school board elections, provide dedicated support to the district from the state. Both monitor reports have stressed the need to improve school board / community relations and rebuild trust with the community. From what I have read thus far, last night' meeting was not a step in the right direction for both the community and district.
Lastly, Lorraine and I celebrated with many friends our dear friend, Rose’s 106th birthday this past Sunday. Rose and I have had stimulating discussions regarding relevant issues.
Let’s all wish Rose a happy birthday and many more.
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