C.U.P.O.N. of Chestnut Ridge is an inclusive group of concerned residents allied in our shared commitment to keep our community safe and preserve the character of our neighborhood by stopping overdevelopment and illegal building activity in the Village of Chestnut Ridge.
1) Hold Chestnut Ridge elected officials and village administrators accountable for the consistent enforcement of all building codes, zoning laws and permit approval processes
2) Inform and educate village residents about issues that affect our neighborhood
3) Keep residents engaged and mobilized for positive change and action
4) Ensure all residents have a seat at the table and that our voices are heard before village decisions are made
Hello CUPON of Chestnut Ridge residents and readers and supporters. I have a few important items to share :
1- There is a very important Planning Board meeting at Village Hall on Thursday evening at 8PM regarding two very important properties. Both properties have sparked interest and concern among our residents- 43/45 Grotke Road and the shul/school located at 972 Chestnut Ridge Road- this school is identified as Rockland Institute for Special Education and and it also houses Congregation Ahavas Yisaerl. This building is located on less than one acre and is seeking to eliminate the religious component and simply be identified as a school exclusively. The HUGE issue here is that this structure is located on a far smaller plot of land than allowed in the building code- LESS than 1 acre folks. IF this change is allowed we open the door for more yeshivas and schools on small parcels of land and in homes, etc!!! We must speak out about this issue or we risk a precedent setting change.
At the Grotke site, the goal is to combine the plots, change the address to Appledale and build an enormous structure- 3 levels high. Here one of the critical challenges is insuring that the wetland issue is addressed and not simply bypassed for the sake of construction of this structure.
COME Out, Listen! Speak out. let your concerns and ideas be known. Silence does not help to preserve this lovely, diverse community which we all love.
2- The Village picnic is Sunday at the Children's park. CUPON of Chestnut Ridge will ahve a table and we will be selling magnets with our logo for your cars. We will also have balloons and spinners for the kids- both embossed with the logo of CUPON of CR. We will be there with info about CUPON, reigstration cards for the CEASE and DESIST Real Estate program as well. And some goodies!!! And, of course we will
doing a 50/50!!!
3- The next CUPON of Chestnut Ridge meeting will be held on 9/10/19 at the Ambulance Building. We will have updates for you on issues that are important AND we will have a guest speaker from the Rockland County Dept of Consumer Affiars!! 7PM!! Bring a neighbor!!
Please continue to be alert to illegal construction, actions on weekends and other matters that constitute violations of our codes!!
Thank you, Hilda Kogut
August 21 Message
Hello residents of Chestnut Ridge and other interested residents I want to bring you up to date on some maters that might be of interest.
!- On October 1, 2018 the Village of Chestnut Ridge ( entire village - Spring Valley, Pearl River and Monsey, and Nanuet) became a CEASE AND DESIST ZONE as declared by the Department of State Division of Licensing Services. This Zone protects each and every resident of Chestnut Ridge from any contact from any realtor IF you register with the Department. The registration is simple- you fill out a card provided to us by the State and mail it back to Albany. Once you are registered ANY contact from any realtor is a violation of the CEASE and DESIST policy and realtors can be fined or lose their licenses.
This zone was established through hard work and a terrific collaboration with our Assembly representative- Ellen Jaffee and took a good deal of time. Each and every piece of mail and contact with an unwanted realtor was documented and logged. I continue to do this by receiving letters and other info from residents who are registered. I forward all complaints to the Licensing Bureau.
If you are not registered, I can easily provide you with a card to register and will gladly forward a stack of them to Albany for those readers who are not yet registered.
I have brought this to your attention to advise you of a situation that occurred on Weiss Terrace about 2 weeks ago. A member of CUPON advised me that a realtor from a local firm was knocking on doors on Weiss Terrace and asking if owners might consider selling their home. It seems the Rabbi from the illegal house of worship located at 750 Chestnut Ridge Road now lives on Sutin Place and wants to move to Weiss terrace in anticipation of a House of Worship being built on Weiss Terrace to replace the illegal facility at 750 Chestnut Ridge Road. I was advised of this by the only resident on the street who was registered- he was not contacted. I did speak to the realtor myself and tell him that this is a Cease and Desist Zone and reminded him to leave the residents alone. He denied making the contacts but I put him on notice.
Instances like this will continue to happen until every resident is registered. You can contact any realtor when you wish, not when they find it convenient to harass our residents!!
2- CUPON of Chestnut Ridge is in the process of ordering bumper magnets with our logo on them to identify supporters of CUPON. I hope everyone will buy one for each car!! We will be selling them at the Village Picnic on 9/8/19 at Children's Park. We will also have the Cease and Desist forms.
3- The Village government seems to be running a bit slow when it comes to posting Agendas for Board meetings these days- it should not stop anyone and everyone from attending these meetings and carefully monitoring the large number of applications before the Zoning and Planning Boards. Residents- if you see something say something- illegal construction, weekend construction, unlicensed contractors!!! Don't leave these issues to your neighbor- do it yourself and don't call- go there and file a complaint or email the village!!! Create a record of the issue.
4- The next CUPON of Chestnut Ridge meeting will be 9/10/19 at the Ambulance Corp building
5- For those of you who voted for David Carlucci the last time he ran I want to bring something to your attention. Just last week there was a very important hearing at the Town Hall in Ramapo- yes we are a part of the Town as well and are impacted by their overbuilding and lack of Code Enforcement. Our Assembly representative, Ellen Jaffee wrote a very compelling letter to the Town Board stating her feelings about the Pascack Ridge development and her concerns about the overbuilding and its impact on the Town and county resources. In short she stated her unconditional opposition to the project. The letter is posted on the site. NOW!! where was David Carlucci who has forgotten Ramapo until election- he was concerned about the cost overruns for the needed change in the signs for the Mario Cuomo Bridge. This issue is trivial and unimportant compared to the construction at Pascack Ridge!!! David only addresses the easy pretty issues- he has forgotten his responsibility to the other parts of the Town of Ramapo!!! REMEMBER that folks when he comes up for reelection and comes out to shake your hands and ask for your votes because of what he has done- NOTHING!!!
See you at the Village PICNIC. Hilda Kogut
July 30 Message
Hello neighbors, Hilda Kogut here. I want to take this opportunity to update you on some current issues regarding the Village and CUPON of CR.
1- For those of you following the issue of the proposed Burial law, we got some good press and on each occasion we demonstrated that the Mayor was not honest in his presentation of the resolution or the reason for its proposal. The NY Post had information provided by the Mosque and its spokesperson demonstrating that the Mosque did have permission to bury the IMAM on its premises. News 12 did a great piece by Sarah Tolland which allowed me to discuss why the resolution should not be enacted as currently presented and, I am proud to say, it gave me the opportunity to say I did not have faith in the Boards in the Village additionally another resident said the same thing!!
Additionally, the Rockland Journal News did a terrific article on Saturday, July 27th which again demonstrated the facts about how the burial occurred.
Also, each time I have spoken about the proposed law, I ask the same question and get no response. I want to know why it took 15 months to draft this resolution and bring it to the Board as the burial occurred in February, 2018. And why was the research not done BEFORE the resolution was proposed?
2- For those of you who are not aware of the event/party that was held on Saturday at 18 Spring Hill Terrace and the response from the Village and the Town of Ramapo, let me explain. An announcement about a party at the residence was placed on social media- It advertised the location, a fee to enter and the directed party attendees to bring their own liquor. During the early afternoon people started arriving and a but later into the afternoon our Building inspector and Tom O'Donnell, the Code Enforcement officer, arrived and shortly thereafter the Town of Ramapo PD, as well.
The Police officers placed signs on lawns telling people not to park on lawns, block driveways, etc. This event occurred about 3 years ago and since then has moved to other locations around the county. The police remained on Spring Hill terrace until well into the early evening.
The Village's response was interesting- maybe the code enforcement officer and building inspector are now working on weekends- it seemed so!! I would welcome that since so many contractors work in this Village on the weekend.
But alas, the response to Spring Hill Terrace was selective. You see, on Sunday in the early morning a dump truck and a dozer showed up at 312N Highland and began to work on the driveway to expand it!! I contacted the Mayor and so did neighbors near the site. The sheriff came and Orange and Rockalnd came but nothing could be done!! As the contractor had a license and O and R said the permit had applied for. HOWEVER, if the Village wanted to enforce all the codes and respond to all complaints evenly, a code enforcement officer could have cited them for working on Sunday!!!
3- I want to let you know that there is an important Planning Board meeting on Thursday eve about the proposed construction at 43/45 Grotke- soon to be an Appledale address. PLEASE attend and ask questions and voice your concerns!!
4- Come to the next CUPON meeting on 8/6/19 at 7PM at the Faist Ambulance building.
And, remember- IF You See Something- Report It!!
Thanks, Hilda Kogut
CUPON September Meeting
Tuesday September 10, 2019
William P. Faist Ambulance Corps.
3 Red Schoolhouse Rd
Sunday September 8 ,2019
CUPON Chestnut Ridge members have filed an Article 78 Petition against the Village of Chestnut Ridge, the Mayor and the Trustees for failure to adhere to New York State legal requirements. Residents are encouraged to read the petition and supporting documents (click on the links below) rather than rely on third party summary reports. It is very unfortunate that the Village Board has acted in a manner that requires resort to the Courts to protect the rights of all Village residents Click here to read the Village Reply . CUPON Legal Team has responded to the court. Click here to read our response.
Many residents see that concept as contradictory, raising questions about the motives of village officials and angst among detractors in a community already divided over separate religious issues such as houses of worship in their neighborhoods.
Residents are concerned about the environmental impact, as well as decreasing property values if
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