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Government Files Suit Against Kiryas Joel Slaughterhouse

Charges Processing Facility with discharging animal waste into Ramapo River tributaries--Fine is $330,000

October 23, 2014 U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “For years, the defendants flouted the law by repeatedly discharging waste from their
poultry slaughterhouse into the waters of the United States. Today’s consent decree will ensure that the defendants do not resume these illegal
practices in the future and requires them to pay a significant financial penalty for their misconduct.” EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck
stated: “From disposing of chicken parts and fats directly into storm drains and sewers, to discharging animal waste into Ramapo River tributaries,
this poultry processing plant has a long history of violating the Clean Water Act. This legal agreement and fine will help protect the Ramapo
River.” Read the press release here.

East Ramapo apology 'not enough,' Latino protesters say

October 23, 2014 "A fourth night of protests by the Latino community and supporters resulted in a personal apology from the East Ramapo
schools superintendent that did little to appease his critics.
Superintendent Joel Klein has been under fire for comments he made at a board
meeting two months ago suggesting that the district's growing immigrant population was responsible for its high dropout rate.
"I thought it
[the apology] was appreciated but not enough. He needs to resign," said parent activist Steve White, a de facto spokesman for the Latino
community who co-organized the initial protest in September." Read the complete Journal News coverage here.

Kaser: Fire-damaged house awaits inspection

Fire officials say they found possibly a dozen illegally converted units on Sunday

October 20, 2014 "The village's building inspector said Monday that he's has not yet been able to inspect a Cedar Lane apartment building
where fire officials say they found possibly a dozen illegally converted units during a fire on Sunday morning. Bill Press, who also is the Kaser
village government fire inspector, said the village approved five apartments for the 25 Cedar Lane building: two each on the first two floors
and one in the basement. After the fire, a Monsey Internet site issued an alert that a family that lived in the house needed a 3 to 4-bedroom
apartment. Press said he believed that family was living in the basement. Rockland Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Gordon Wren Jr.
said Monday that he saw three or four apartments in the basement and 10 or 12 total in the building, which has 2,698-square-foot of living space
on two floors."Why aren't there routine inspections, and if there are why aren't these serious violations cited and corrected?" Wren asked." Read
the complete Journal News story here.

Monitor Hank Greenberg Questions East Ramapo Compliance on immigrant rights

October 20, 2014 "The former federal prosecutor who is monitoring East Ramapo schools questioned the district's "understanding of and
compliance with" the law governing immigrant students' educational rights in a letter to the superintendent last month.
Hank Greenberg,
the fiscal monitor assigned to East Ramapo, expressed "concerns" about how the district is serving immigrant students in a Sept. 23 letter
to Superintendent Joel Klein.
The glimpse into Greenberg's behind-the-scenes work in East Ramapo was revealed by Deputy Commissioner
Chuck Szuberla in a rare email response to community activist Bob Kurkela, in which he copied members of the media Sunday.
Kurkela, of
New City, wrote to state Education Commissioner John King Sunday, accusing him of "hypocrisy" and of "ignoring" the East Ramapo Latino
community's two months of protests in response to Klein's comments. King last week ordered an investigation into the enrollment procedures
in a Hempstead, Long Island, school district that has allegedly refused to allow recently enrolled immigrant students to attend class, according
to published reports."  Read the complete Journal News story here.

After Months Delay Klein Decides to Apologize to Hispanic Community

Ocotober 18, 2014 "After two months of protests, East Ramapo schools Superintendent Joel Klein has apologized for suggesting that the
district's growing immigrant population was responsible for its high dropout rate. In a letter addressed to district parents, mailed Friday
morning, Klein wrote that he was "profoundly sorry" for leading some to believe that he was disrespectful to the Latino community."It was
not my intention to be disrespectful or insensitive to these students or to the Latino community," he wrote.The statement comes days before
the next Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, when 
protesters are planning to rally and some may again demand Klein's resignation.In his letter,
Klein wrote that he was to blame for not "choosing my words more carefully" at an Aug. 19 school board meeting. Read complete Journal News

Developer pulls Suffern apartment plan; tax deal stalls