Findings Addendum September 17, 2015

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in News & Events | 2 comments

Findings Addendum September 17, 2015

At 9:50 am, Bill Weber called Deb Munitz just ten minutes before the Town Board meeting of September 17, 2016 asking if she knew that Patrick Farm was on the agenda. No, nobody knew. Deb Munitz ran over and caught Michael Klein asking why there was no notice and the answer was straightforward, there was no public hearing planned so that board did not have to alert the public.

After years of fighting and extensive litigation regarding the plans ROSA had forced the developer to have to go and get a Jurisdictional Determination from ACOE and this finally was obtained in December of 2015 so new plans were drawn up and submitted. ROSA asked for the SEQRA review be updated due to the significant changes and repeated this requested throughout the year. The Town Board's response was to update the SEQRA Findings without public review or a public hearing and to schedule the meeting with no notice.

ROSA filed an Article 78 Lawsuit last fall: 2015-12-23-tor-findings-addendum-amended-petition and had to hire wetland expert Stephen Gross of Hudson Highlands and hydrogeologist expert Paul Rubin of Hydroquest to support our legal case.

The Town Board addressed our claims regarding an endangered species by passing an additional Findings Amendment in December of 2015 and these updated Findings were adopted by the Ramapo Planning Board on January 26, 2016.

At the public hearing on January 26th we submitted our legal papers regarding the lawsuit to the Planning Board so that they could read our objections and our legal expert opinions before voting to adopt the new findings but the completely fill box of materials submitted that night went unread and the vote was held that same night.

The lawsuit for this issue has still not been reviewed by Judge Walsh and it has been calendared with the subsequent lawsuit.

2 Comments

  1. So where do things stand now as of end of October 2016? Are there any steps a citizen can take objecting to the Town Of Ramapo officials who seem to be violating process and ignoring the best interests of the public it is supposed to represent?

    • Eve, Thanks for the question. The best thing that you can do to support us is to donate money and to volunteer time. Also please come out to public hearings and participate in petitions when we ask. And of course, please don’t assume that your friends and neighbors are following or supporting ROSA. Please continue to spread the word. -Deb

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