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Rockland County, NY - War Of Words Between Day And Wieder As County Exec Threatens Criminal Action Over Damning Deposition

Published on: June 8, 2016 09:23 PM
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Rockland County, NY - Hours after being blasted by a local lawmaker brandishing a sworn affidavit alleging that he unfairly targeted the Orthodox Jewish community, Rockland County Executive Ed Day revealed that he has asked the district attorney to consider pressing criminal charges against the former employee who made the statements while under oath.

Legislator Aron Wieder delivered an emphatic speech at a scheduled legislative session on Tuesday night during which he denounced Day for alleged attempts to try to limit the growth of the county’s Orthodox Jewish community.

Wieder said his claims were based on an affidavit signed by former Rockland County human rights commissioner Ram Nagabundi who left his position after disciplinary charges were brought against him in April 2016, as reported by The Journal News.

Nagubandi, who worked for the county for 16 years, filed suit against Day and five other individuals, saying that he was wrongfully terminated,  a violation of his civil rights.  He reached a settlement with the county on Tuesday, dropping all charges in exchange for a settlement that had him agreeing to voluntarily leave his position with a cash payout and benefits totaling just over $62,500.

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The sworn court document filed by Nagubandi containing the accusations against Day was not part of the settled court case and has been circulating via social media over the past week.

Wieder appeared at last night’s meeting holding a copy of Nagubandi’s sworn affidavit and quoting from it, detailing the former human rights commissioner’s complaint.

“He was told by Mr. Ed Day to be careful not to give too much money to the town of Ramapo as this would allow for the Jewish religious community, quote, ‘to continue growing’, unquote,” said Wieder.  “He also testified under oath that he was told by the deputy county executive about the religious Jewish community quote ‘we can’t stop them but we can and must try to slow down their growth,’ unquote.”

Weider, who said he “trembled” as he read the affidavit, announced that he would no longer accord Day the honor of the title “County Executive” but would instead refer to him by the simpler “Mr.”.

Wieder said that Day’s alleged statements were clear examples of his anti-Semitism and wondered aloud why the county executive would want to try to control the county’s Jewish population.

“Mr. Day, my family has not wronged you in any way,” said Wieder. “Why, oh why, would you want to limit their growth?”

In a telephone interview with VIN News last week, Day categorized Nagubandi as “a disgruntled employee who fell short in so many ways.”

He said that the allegations about controlling the growth of the Jewish community appeared in a deposition that was never filed in court.  Asked if he had anything to say about Nagubandi’s accusations, Day replied simply, “I don’t comment on nonsense.”

But Day decided to speak openly about Nagubandi’s allegations today with a Facebook post that took Nagubandi, his attorney Dennis Lynch and Wieder to task.

Day noted that Lynch, who represents the yeshiva coalition that had refused to allow county fire inspectors into their buildings to make sure they were in compliance with the fire code, also represented Nagubandi. 

Day charged that as a Town of Ramapo employee, Lynch had access to the affidavit that had not been made available to the public.  Day also accused Wieder of insincerity in his address to the legislature on Tuesday and described him as being “at the epicenter of the destruction of the East Ramapo Schools.”

Day’s post was accompanied by a picture of a letter sent to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, informing him that Nagubandi’s sworn affidavit contains several false statements and asking that the document be reviewed for possible criminality.

“It is my suspicion that this document, as filed with the court, brings into play the possibilities of crimes under Penal Code Article 170, including perjury,” wrote Day.

Day also issued a warning on Facebook to others who continue to accuse him unjustly.

“False statements under oath is a crime and I have asked our District Attorney to weigh that.  That is a matter of record.  Others publicly repeating falsehoods should give heed. That is a matter of defamation.”


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 Jun 08, 2016 at 09:44 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Ed Day is someone who cares about ALL chilren. Just bec. he doesnt kiss up to Satmar doesnt make him anti-Semitic, he wants Rockland to be what it was in the 60's before certain groups started renting and selling to illegals and their kids who destroyed the schools. Ed Day for governot down with the corrupt Cuomo.

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 Jun 08, 2016 at 09:56 PM amerikaner Says:

Hashem nusan v'Hashem lukach............................

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 Jun 08, 2016 at 10:32 PM mason Says:

Reply to #1  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Ed Day is someone who cares about ALL chilren. Just bec. he doesnt kiss up to Satmar doesnt make him anti-Semitic, he wants Rockland to be what it was in the 60's before certain groups started renting and selling to illegals and their kids who destroyed the schools. Ed Day for governot down with the corrupt Cuomo.

"kiss up to Satmar".... interestingly of all the yeshivas Ed Day had an issue with the inspections, there was 1 satmar building out of 14, how is this a "satmar" issue?

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 Jun 08, 2016 at 10:34 PM hashomer Says:

Yes reactionary fascisti want to return to the good ol' days of segregation, red-lining and bigotry. This included 'no Jews allowed' in parts of white Rockland, Orange and Ulster Counties. Maybe birther Kenyan poster would like the 1860's even better...

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 Jun 08, 2016 at 10:35 PM Anonymous Says:

A yiddisha drama queen.

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 Jun 08, 2016 at 11:29 PM Day is a "wrong" word. I call it "Night" Says:

He brings a dark shade to the area. He wants the Jews to move away from Rockland.

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 Jun 08, 2016 at 11:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Stop giving me this b.s. that Ed worries for our children's safety, he doesn't love our children more than we as parents do.

About the state of our school facilities, we don't have government funding to pay for state of the art buildings (that are half empty) we have to fundraise every penny to get where we are, besides raising a large family and paying tuition for private school, every building is built with blood and sweat either by collecting 1 dollar at a time or with large donations from wealthy philanthropist,

And than Ed day sends his inspectors to find any violation he can and uses it to disqualify the congregation from their well deserved tax exempt status to further the burden on the community, so stop with this nonsense that he worries about our children.

Yes he is worried sick about our children but not the way he claims, he is worried about the "Large amount of our children" as testified by his former employee, and for that Mr day I have bad news for you, this problem will continue to grow b'ezras Hashem more and more כאשר יענה אותו כן ירבה וכן יפרוץ the only way you can get rid of this problem is by dropping dead so you don't have to witness the pain.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 12:11 AM Anonymous Says:

מאויבי תחכמינו
It's time to start to fight back, we have to put in at least as much effort as they do to smear us.
We need to raise funds and hire private investigators to go back on Ed day from when he was a child and find every racial comments he ever made every law he ever broke, and believe me if you look hard enough you can find dirt, worst case we can always throw in charges of mail fraud and conspiracy etc.
If you only try to defend your self eventually you get punched in the face, time to go on offense!!!

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 01:37 AM LionofZion Says:

#8, is right. We should fight back. The crooked people who paid off inspectors to overbuild should be punished. Developments like Kiryas Radin that built illegally should be turned into actual non profit housing, not the illegal housing development that it is. The multi family housing all over the town of Ramapo should be policed so that the number of families are actually what is zoned and approved. Down zoning to permit Yeshivas and Shuls on every block should be ended. And most importantly, fire and safety laws should be vigorously endorsed. Definitely, we should fight back against greedy developers and the Askunim criminals who enable them.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 02:06 AM Mark Levin Says:

Why would Day show up for fire inspections WITH the press followling him like lapdogs? The answer is because he was more interested in the spectacle than the inspection.

Mr Day is NO Republican. His actions are straight out of the socialist liberal Democrat playbook, all the way!

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 08:27 AM WiseDude Says:

The fact is that the organized "frum" community in Greater Monsey gets its marching orders from letters sent out by rabbis who are controlled by the developers. These developers have created a terrible situation in Monsey by building extremely dense housing projects in areas that for years were pleasant suburban communities. These areas are now ruined. They are ghettos and they tax the resources of everyone else. Many of the residents of these ghettos live on every imaginable welfare program, all paid for by hard working "regular people". They vote in mindless blocs and vote for those who promise them the most. These developers control the local corrupt politicians such as CSL who was recently indicted and probably has a very nice stack of cash tucked away in the Cayman Islands courtesy of the developers. The rest of the community, Jewish and non-Jewish sees this abuse and they are appalled. Yes, it brings out the Anti-Semites, and that is a problem, but it also brings opposition from decent people all over Rockland. It is a shameful situation and continues to cause deep resentment. A terrible way to interact with one's neighbors and community.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 09:48 AM Realist77 Says:

It is so sad that they are trying to impose the existing laws to those who feel above the law.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 10:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
LionofZion Says:

#8, is right. We should fight back. The crooked people who paid off inspectors to overbuild should be punished. Developments like Kiryas Radin that built illegally should be turned into actual non profit housing, not the illegal housing development that it is. The multi family housing all over the town of Ramapo should be policed so that the number of families are actually what is zoned and approved. Down zoning to permit Yeshivas and Shuls on every block should be ended. And most importantly, fire and safety laws should be vigorously endorsed. Definitely, we should fight back against greedy developers and the Askunim criminals who enable them.

LionofZion, you have valid points. But you know, the Maskilim before world war II also had valid points as you have.

And what was their fate? that at the end, the Nazis did not diferentiate between the maskilim and the frum yiden.

Same here, these Ed Day's will go after YOU TOO.

We'll talk then.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 10:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
WiseDude Says:

The fact is that the organized "frum" community in Greater Monsey gets its marching orders from letters sent out by rabbis who are controlled by the developers. These developers have created a terrible situation in Monsey by building extremely dense housing projects in areas that for years were pleasant suburban communities. These areas are now ruined. They are ghettos and they tax the resources of everyone else. Many of the residents of these ghettos live on every imaginable welfare program, all paid for by hard working "regular people". They vote in mindless blocs and vote for those who promise them the most. These developers control the local corrupt politicians such as CSL who was recently indicted and probably has a very nice stack of cash tucked away in the Cayman Islands courtesy of the developers. The rest of the community, Jewish and non-Jewish sees this abuse and they are appalled. Yes, it brings out the Anti-Semites, and that is a problem, but it also brings opposition from decent people all over Rockland. It is a shameful situation and continues to cause deep resentment. A terrible way to interact with one's neighbors and community.

WiseDude, you are not the first to claim that the frum community are having big family's and therefore in need of big housing projects.

The Egyptian's complained about this much before you did by saying
הבה נתחכמה לו פן ירבה

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 10:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Ed Day is someone who cares about ALL chilren. Just bec. he doesnt kiss up to Satmar doesnt make him anti-Semitic, he wants Rockland to be what it was in the 60's before certain groups started renting and selling to illegals and their kids who destroyed the schools. Ed Day for governot down with the corrupt Cuomo.

Ed Day cares about "all kids" as much as you do.

Which means, let's do wheat ever we can to harm religious Jews.

And this was testified to by the head of the Rockland Civil Rights commission.

Your motives are as "pure" as Day's

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 10:49 AM Bi-Stander Says:

Let's all demand for Ed Day's immediate resignation.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 10:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
LionofZion Says:

#8, is right. We should fight back. The crooked people who paid off inspectors to overbuild should be punished. Developments like Kiryas Radin that built illegally should be turned into actual non profit housing, not the illegal housing development that it is. The multi family housing all over the town of Ramapo should be policed so that the number of families are actually what is zoned and approved. Down zoning to permit Yeshivas and Shuls on every block should be ended. And most importantly, fire and safety laws should be vigorously endorsed. Definitely, we should fight back against greedy developers and the Askunim criminals who enable them.

And yet the Town lost multiple lawsuits against Radin.

So the law was on their side.

You are a piece of Drek.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 10:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Bi-Stander Says:

Let's all demand for Ed Day's immediate resignation.

Resignation?

He needs to be led away in cuffs.

He uses county personnel to be his personal bullies.

Preet should start investigating Day, if he has not yet already.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 11:24 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

And yet the Town lost multiple lawsuits against Radin.

So the law was on their side.

You are a piece of Drek.

courts are corrupt as well, after all the "Supreme Court" also said Obamacare is good and toeiva marriage must be imposed on all the states, so the courts are not proof. I know that Monsey has been ruined by overbuilding just like in Williamsburg and Ed Day wants to bring accountability and justice. He is right to oppose welfare fraud.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 11:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
hashomer Says:

Yes reactionary fascisti want to return to the good ol' days of segregation, red-lining and bigotry. This included 'no Jews allowed' in parts of white Rockland, Orange and Ulster Counties. Maybe birther Kenyan poster would like the 1860's even better...

was there so much crime in the 1860's, was there legal toeiva marriage in the 1860's?

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 11:42 AM Bi-Stander Says:

Reply to #19  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

courts are corrupt as well, after all the "Supreme Court" also said Obamacare is good and toeiva marriage must be imposed on all the states, so the courts are not proof. I know that Monsey has been ruined by overbuilding just like in Williamsburg and Ed Day wants to bring accountability and justice. He is right to oppose welfare fraud.

Everyone is corrupt except for Ed Day, lol.

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 Jun 09, 2016 at 11:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Resignation?

He needs to be led away in cuffs.

He uses county personnel to be his personal bullies.

Preet should start investigating Day, if he has not yet already.

Preet is busy investigating the frum school board. One just resigned QUIETLY because his indictment is being announced shortly.

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