East Ramapo, NY. - Recently, a State Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the school district in early 2016. Per Politico New York, the Judge "said the petitioners failed to show that they or their students were impacted by the actions [of the School Board] and thus couldn't seek relief. He further wrote that the actions the parents were seeking are discretionary and can't be mandated." This setback for detractors of the district follows an earlier setback in Federal court when a judge dismissed 8 of 9 complaints in a different case before the case even started. The plaintiffs later dropped the 9th complaint in exchange for not being counter-sued by the district. In yet a different case, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in September 2016 that challengers of the board lack standing to bring a class action lawsuit where plaintiffs claimed that board members favor private schools over public schools.
Bill Laforet the Mayor of the Mahwah Township in New Jersey, wrote to two council members in July that "it is worth noting an ordinance should be considered. 1) No Knock & No Solicitation. This has become a real issue in Lakewood, NJ and I think it is something both mayor and council should strongly consider."
OJPAC obtained this document as part of a late July OPRA request to the Mahwah Township.
Mahwah and Upper Saddle River, municipalities in Northern New Jersey bordering New York, have both ordered newly-constructed Eruvin (plural for Eruv) be removed.
Thursday July 27’th, the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) expressed concern about an ordinance passed by the Township of Mahwah on June 29, 2017 in a 5-0 vote which bans non-residents from visiting parks. The concern was raised after it was reported in the Mahwah Daily Voice that "[Mahwah] Township officials said they hoped the measure [to ban non-residents from visiting parks] would provide protection against what residents fear is an organized incursion from Rockland County of Orthodox families who've recently swarmed parks in Mahwah, Montvale, Ramsey and Upper Saddle River by the busload." (An updated version of the story says “incursion from Rockland County of Hasidic families” instead of Orthodox families as in the initial report. Apparently, some people think bigotry against Hasidic Jews is not hateful.)
PHOTOS of mass vandalism of the Eruv in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. The Eruv has been vandalized at 28 locations in USR overnight Wednesday July 26th into July 27th, days after the Eruv was vandalized at six locations in Mahwah, New Jersey. Both municipalities border each other and also border Rockland County which has a growing Orthodox Jewish community. Both municipalities have ordered the Eruv association last week to remove the white PVC pipes that form the base of the Eruv.
On Friday afternoon June 30, 2017, the Asbury Park Press which is owned by Gannett had a lead story online titled, "Lakewood welfare: Half of Lakewood's children on government assistance." In it, APP staffer Payton Guion gave the numerical amount of children in Lakewood from married couples households who are on government assistance (18,200) and compared it to Newark the largest city in New Jersey who is second with the total number of children from married households on assistance (7,800).
Apparently, the goal was to show how bad Lakewood is compared to the next municipality in terms of children on assistance. However, 81% children in Lakewood live in married couples households whereas less than 40% children in Newark live in such households, so of course when comparing those two municipalities which have an elevated level of children in poverty, Lakewood will have more children in married couples households on assistance than Newark.
Using a category (married couples households) which has a large pool in Lakewood and a small pool in Newark is brazen skewing of data. The accurate comparison to Newark would be the numerical and percent figures of how many children live in both places and how many of them benefit from government programs.
There is a lie circulating in the press and on social media regarding Hasidim and property tax. Specifically, the lie says that due to the growth of the Orthodox Jewish community, "the property tax base dwindles due in part to more properties earning tax-exempt statues." Here are the facts:
On Saturday morning June 17th, someone discovered Swastika graffiti on a realtor "for sale" sign and on the sidewalk in front of 3 Second Avenue in Clarkstown. The person told the media that the incident was reported to the Clarkstown Police Department the same morning. Despite it being at a busy intersection, it took until Sunday night for the town to send someone to clean it up, but that was only after one of OJPAC's co founders kicked up a storm about it on social media Sunday late afternoon. OJPAC co-founder Yossi Gestetner has a message to the haters and losers behind the rise in hate incidents in Rockland County:
The NYPD Transit Bureau reported to the MTA board that 22 of the 31 hate crimes in the New York City subway system during the first 3 months of 2017 targeted Jews, mainly via graffiti, and the number of reported hate crimes spiked from only 7 in the same three months last year. MTA board member Charles Moerdler, a Holocaust survivor, is quoted in the NYDN that, "It was precisely this kind of statistic, this kind of conduct that gave birth in ‘34 to ‘38 to what led to the Holocaust."