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Rockland County, NY - East Ramapo School Rehires Fired Lawyer, Trustee Aron Wieder Apologizes [video]

Published on: December 3, 2009 08:31 AM
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Rockland County, NY - The East Ramapo school board on Wednesday night announced that longtime district lawyer Steve Fromson would continue to work on behalf of the district.

The board also is going to hire a special counsel to deal with the state commissioner of education’s action about whether to reverse the original, controversial vote to hire Albert D’Agostino.

Fromson had been abruptly let go after serving as East Ramapo counsel for the past 33 years.

Trustee Aron Wieder apologized to the public and tried to answer some of the unanswered questions from the Nov. 18 meeting.

”Change we can believe in comes with bold and daring actions that can be controversial,“ Wieder said.

The board’s action Wednesday night followed a tumultuous public sesson in which about 40 people spoke and board members met in executive session for more than two hours.

More than 400 people crowded inside the East Ramapo administration building gymnasium Wednesday night, while about 150 others listened from the halls.

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Video below East Rampo Board Member Aron Weider speaks but is intrupted

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 09:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Every dollar they spend on "lawyers" is another dollar not spent on teachers and classrooms. Why don't they focus on improving the schools so that even jewish parents will want to send their kids to the local schools rather than spend thousands of dollars on private schools.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 09:24 AM Anonymous Says:

What happened. Why did he changed His mind?

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 09:55 AM mccormic esq Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What happened. Why did he changed His mind?

He didn't change his mind - his mind instead changed him

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 11:49 AM Chestnut Ridge Mom Says:

Weider didn't apoligize for anything! He made excuses and still wants to hire D'Agostino, calling it a bold change. He still hasn't told the public why he wants to hire D'Agostino and what our previous councel did wrong.

D'Agostino dropped the "F" bomb on a PTA Mom last night....then he threatened a PTA Dad with legal action during the Dad's speech. Yes, D'Agostino is quite the class act! Why does Weider want to hire this guy so badly????? Weider needs to be removed from the Board! Shame!

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 10:05 AM Eli Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Every dollar they spend on "lawyers" is another dollar not spent on teachers and classrooms. Why don't they focus on improving the schools so that even jewish parents will want to send their kids to the local schools rather than spend thousands of dollars on private schools.

#1 you got a brainstorming question, its not about the quality of the schools that we don't send our children there, we send to yeshiva's for the religious studies, just like the private Catholic schools.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 10:41 AM Monsey Man Says:

All of those who were blaming the Journal News, Preserve Ramapo etc. etc. etc., what do you have to say now? If he was correct in what he did, why is Aron Weider apologizing? If he was incorrect, then what does that say about how he conducted himself? This has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, but has a lot to do with people on the Board doing work that they are not capable of; which in the end will co$t us. Would you go to Aron Weider to have your tooth pulled, repair your car, or do your payroll taxes? This is a disgrace, and who knows who from the Heimishe Community, behind closed doors, threatened him to behave.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 12:09 PM Anonymous Says:

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Eli Says:

#1 you got a brainstorming question, its not about the quality of the schools that we don't send our children there, we send to yeshiva's for the religious studies, just like the private Catholic schools.

But you could send your kids to public school from 9-3 and then send them to yeshiva afterwords for the religious learning.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 01:13 PM Shaul in Monsey Says:

Weider is a disgrace and real sleezebag. If he wants to be re-elected he needs to clean up his act. There may be legitimate reasons to hire goombah Dagostino, the problem is Weider's fifth grade level chassidish edumucation renders him incapable of communicating coherently. His attempted apology was a joke, he looked like the last piece of cold potato kugel on the pan shabbos afternoon.

What Weider has accomplished is to completely polarize the district. Everyone sees a yarmulke they see a Weider crony. And that's sad because most of the district, especially the frum but not on the take yidden, knows Weider is a slimeball and we both may wear yarmulkes but the similarities end there.

And the district is the only one to suffer - now there are fees on top of fees to straighten out the mess, and every dollar wasted on Weider's shtus is another dollar he doesn't have to funnel bids and contracts to his gekroizelde payis posse.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 01:29 PM Monsey Man Says:

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Chestnut Ridge Mom Says:

Weider didn't apoligize for anything! He made excuses and still wants to hire D'Agostino, calling it a bold change. He still hasn't told the public why he wants to hire D'Agostino and what our previous councel did wrong.

D'Agostino dropped the "F" bomb on a PTA Mom last night....then he threatened a PTA Dad with legal action during the Dad's speech. Yes, D'Agostino is quite the class act! Why does Weider want to hire this guy so badly????? Weider needs to be removed from the Board! Shame!

How about this "mom"....get every parent of every public school kid to vote. No one gets "removed." If the parents don't care enough to vote, they get what they deserve. It is a shame because these happen to be good schools....but...........

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 01:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Last night's meeting was embarrassing to me as an educated Jewish woman whose children have graduated from the East Ramapo system and gone on to become very successful in their careers. With the Hasidic takeover of our school board, more gelt is going into Hasidic pockets and soon there will be nothing left for the kids. I intend to write letters to the IRS, FBI and all State and local people with whom I have working business relationships to delve into the finances of this group of chazars. Word on the street is that they are currently ALL being investigated for various types of fraud, and will join their pals while eating the same food Madoff eats. At least the Kosher chickens will not have far to travel before being served. They can just truck them from New Square.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 02:45 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Last night's meeting was embarrassing to me as an educated Jewish woman whose children have graduated from the East Ramapo system and gone on to become very successful in their careers. With the Hasidic takeover of our school board, more gelt is going into Hasidic pockets and soon there will be nothing left for the kids. I intend to write letters to the IRS, FBI and all State and local people with whom I have working business relationships to delve into the finances of this group of chazars. Word on the street is that they are currently ALL being investigated for various types of fraud, and will join their pals while eating the same food Madoff eats. At least the Kosher chickens will not have far to travel before being served. They can just truck them from New Square.

After last night's meeting, a group of us met at the local diner and began our letter writing campaign. This will take time, but with enough correspondences to the "right" people in Washington through our individual and Facebook friends across the country, we will succeed in exposing this Chasidic group's fraud. Stay tuned...you read it here from our grassroots angry Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim moms united against these Ganuvim on our East Ramapo school board. Weasel opened up a can of worms and we relish exposing his "affairs." Never underestimate the power of moms whose childrens' futures have been threatened by a group of bearded men. SHAME ON YOU :(

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:42 PM Jeff Says:

These board members are as good as their predecessors except that they actually have an interest in making the East Ramapo school system efficient, sensible & affordable to the taxpayer. Most of these hateful comments on this channel are from people who just hate the fact that we finally decided enough is enough! We are not going to sit & pay & pay & pay without accountability. Good for them all. May the 5 member block be blessed & continue doing their great work. May you haters continue to hate if it makes you feel better.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 06:10 PM Monsey Tax Payer Says:

Keep it up "AARON" you do the right thing for all the children of the district public and private, your support to the education is remarkable keep it up.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 07:24 PM Chestnut Ridge Mom Says:

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Monsey Man Says:

How about this "mom"....get every parent of every public school kid to vote. No one gets "removed." If the parents don't care enough to vote, they get what they deserve. It is a shame because these happen to be good schools....but...........

I have to agree with you that there is enough shame and blame to go around here. Shame on the 34,000 non-bloc voters who did not come out to vote in May. I think we might be thanking Weider for getting people so mad that the voters might be mobilized to come out and vote....I hope so!

And for those good, honest Jews....we don't paint you with the same brush as Weider and his gang of theives. Most of my neighbors are Jewish and I love them. This has nothing to do with religion....it has to do with the fundamentalists who hide behind the Jewish religion to do their evil deeds to the taxpayers and more importantly to the Christian children of color whose education they are stealing!

Shalom!

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 08:57 PM longtimemonseyresident Says:

#10 and #11, you really should spout your anti orthodox hatred in a forum where it is welcome, try the journal news!!

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 10:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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longtimemonseyresident Says:

#10 and #11, you really should spout your anti orthodox hatred in a forum where it is welcome, try the journal news!!

I'm not anti orthodox at all. Why is it if someone is against crime, fraud, embezzlement, etc, the person is all of a sudden against Orthodoxy? I was raised Orthodox, but my family had integrity and would never appear on the front page of the newspaper for stealing money, or for hiring unscrupulous law firms for their own advantage.

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 Dec 19, 2009 at 08:54 PM mirpeset Says:

I'm orthodox & I was embarrassed by the way Weider conducted the meeting in which he hired the new law firm. He was argumentative and flat-out refused to answer questions. As the Orthodox majority, we may control the board, but we do not own the board. This is not a corporate board of directors where shareholders own the company. This is public money, and the public has a right to know WHY this law firm so needed to be hired, HOW MUCH it will likely cost, and WHERE that money is coming from. What Weider's incalcitrance accomplished was to divide our diverse community, instead of benefiting from all it has to offer. The criticism of him is not anti-Semitic, but he HAS given latent anti-Semites lots to feast off of. So his mismanagement threatens not only public school families, but intercommunity relations in our district. This is not positive.

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