Last update February 12 , 2020
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
4) Ensure all residents have a seat at the table and that our voices are heard before village d3) Keep residents engaged and mobilized for positive change and action ecisions are made
Hello Cupon of Chestnut Ridge members.
On November 19 Steve Mogel, the attorney representing CUPON of Chestnut Ridge in the Article 78 preceding challenging the House of Worship Law passed by the Village board in the early winter of 2019, served the Village of Chestnut Ridge with another action regarding the Article 78 along with filing the action before the Supreme Court of New York. This service on the Village and the Court was Steve's response to the Court's response to a portion of the Article 78 originally filed in April,2019.
Essentially, in the first filing of the Article 78 Steve identified 6 issues regarding the House of Worship Law . The Judge let stand 3 of the 6 arguments and challenged 3. Steve has served the Village a new complaint focusing only on the 3 issues the judge essentially disregarded. I am certain the Village Board and our esteemed Village Attorney did not expect this action. They will have to answer this action as well.
Steve is still working on his submission to the Judge's October response to the other 3 Items and expects to file this response in the very near future.
This additional service can only put more pressure on the Village. I have great confidence in Steve's legal expertise and in his dedication to the matters that are of utmost importance to CUPON of Chestnut Ridge.
Please read the filing just posted for yourself and feel free to refer to the original filing and the Judge's response for clarification.
Please continue to watch for illegal contractors and anything else that does not look right. As they say in the world where i used to work- IF YOU SEE SOMETHING< SAY SOMETHING!!!
Thanks, Hilda Kogut/CUPON of CR chair
Hello CUPONers. Attached is the Court's decision regarding our Article 78 . We have much to be proud of!!! Our hard work paid off!!!! Now the Village of Chestnut Ridge must determine its next step. The Village Board has been put on notice that its effort to subvert the process and assume that the residents of this wonderful and diverse community would sit by and allow the Village government to author and pass a law that is in violation of the environmental statues of the State of New York fell on its face.
We MUST continue to address issues that are not balanced and fair in the great community or in violation of laws. Remember IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING.
Best Wishes, Hilda Kogut
Hello CUPON of Chestnut Ridge members and interested readers. I have some updates for you- items that are new since our last CUPON meeting in January.
1- Our efforts to insure that Building codes are followed by builders/property owners is a success in my estimation- A case in point is the work done on the site now identified as 3 Appledale- formerly known as 43/45 Grotke. About 2 weeks ago I noted a bulldozer and contractor working at the site with no posted demo permit and no identification on the red truck seen there daily or on the other vehicle- I contacted Consumer Affairs. They responded by the late afternoon, noted the lack of permit and lack of signage and wrote appropriate violations. There is now a posted permit, fencing and the project seems to be complying with rules but we MUST continue to watch this site and others .Consumer Affairs has told me that are blatantly illegal they do contact our staff- whether our staff does their job is up for discussion.
2- Additionally I am watching the large property at the corner of Red Schoolhouse and Summit- there is a large fieldstone house there and other buildings. I saw lots and lots of cars and filed a complaint with the village- i am told it is "on their radar' but I still see lots of vehicles . If anyone else is troubled by this property or others- report them. And if you are able photograph the issue!! A picture is worth more than a 1000 words in this Village!!
3- I attended the public forum held at the Holiday Inn Crown? two weeks ago and was glad to see so many from CUPONs in the town in attendance. The Town Supervisors hosted. I was impressed by the new Supervisor from the Town of Orangetown who was the most focused of all the Supervisors in saying that her community is concerned a about overbuilding in Ramapo, protecting their schools and property values for their single family homes. I found Teresa Kenney to be the most forthright of the 5 supervisors.
Attendees were divided into groups and then each group member who chose to speak could talk about 3 items of concern. I talked about the East Ramapo Central School District and how it has been choked by the Board of Education who has no interest in providing the resources and opportunities to our students that other students receive in the other districts in the County. I said that even when a monitor was present it was a battle to provide our students with what they deserve for their education. I also spoke about the Village of Chestnut Ridge failing to consider all residents when it passes laws and failing to apply building and zoning codes fairly.
4- There is no movement on either of our lawsuits at this point. Steve Mogel has kept us up to date.
5- The American Civil Liberties Union is representing members of the East Ramapo community who have filed a suit in Federal Court charging that the voting for Board of Education members should be based on Ward voting to insure a fair opportunity for ALL communities to be represented on the Board. This would mean that the decisions of the Board might actually be fair and equitable for all students in the district. This suit will start in US District Court in White Plains within the next week. The Judge's decision, if found in favor of the community at large would clearly impact the students in the public schools.
6- Next CUPON meeting is set for February 11,2020 at the Ambulance Corp building at 7PM.
Hope to see you next week. Thanks, Hilda Kogut/ CUPON of CR Chair
January 2020 Message
Hello CUPON of Chestnut Ridge members and readers. I want to take this opportunity wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2020. And, to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support and interest in CUPON of CR. We are all hoping for the same result: Fair and equal treatment by the Village of Chestnut Ridge government, code enforcement and building inspection. And, of course, to preserve the beautiful and diverse community of Chestnut Ridge for everyone.
And, I want to thank those of you who came to our holiday get together. It was lousy weather for sure but those who attended enjoyed the opportunity to meet neighbors. I intend to have another get together to celebrate spring!!
Now Some important matters to bring you up to date on
1- The CEASE and DESIST Zone that was created for the Village of Chestnut Ridge in October of 2018 continues to exist and is monitored by the NYS Department of State. If you have registered than ANY contact you receive from a realtor, whether by phone, mail, email or an uninvited document in your mailbox or at your door is a violation of the CEASE and DESIST!!! If you receive any uninvited contact after you have registered, this constitutes a violation of the program!! Since the program went into effect, I have received many cards, letters and info about calls. Each of these items has been separately documented by me with a form that the state has on its web site- a complaint
form. I have submitted each letter, etc on a form to the NYS Department of State Division of Licensing complaint form. Each form is submitted in the very same way with the recipient of the letter, etc identified as the witness. Several weeks ago I received a letter from an investigator from this department referencing a letter and a form submitted. This , of course, gave me some confidence that the work we have done and the submissions are not being dismissed by the Dept of State. I called the Investigator last week and was informed that the realtor who sent the letter with the 800 number ot call if you want to sell was fined $1000. Of course, I asked the Investigator about others and while he would not give me specific answers his response was that EACH complaint is followed up on. Additionally, it is very easy to address our complaints because we provide the evidence and all that is necessary is to determine whether the recipient is a registered member of the CEASE and DESIST program.
I asked about other submissions and about one realtor in particular, Tirtza Beer and Q Home Sales. While he would not tell me how many fines have been assigned, he did say that if I provided a list of each submission, he would advise of the result. I intend to do this. I also want to ask if the fine has been paid. I would assume since this is a licensing issue, if the fine is not paid the license renewal can become a major problem!!
SO, CUPONERS,Register for this important program and help keep the realtors in check!!!
AND, if you receive ANY contact and are registered, save the contact or document it with phone info, etc and give it to me to submit!!!
2- Please continue to report unlicensed contractors day or night. And, it is very important hey are working on a residence where there is no building permit visible. The Village is doing nothing with these issues but the county continues to vigorously enforce the codes!!!!
3- Our next CUPON meeting is set for Tuesday, January 14th at 7PM in the Ambulance Building.
4- Lastly, I encourage everyone to come out to the Chestnut Ridge Middle School on Wednesday evening, January 8 at 7PM
participate in the public forum regarding the development of a comprehensive plan for the corridor along Red Schoolhouse Road. Why the Village ahs chosen to develop a comp plan for a small portion of the Village when the BEST and Most Effective way to develop a Plan would be to study the entire Village and then develop a long range plan is certainly open to discussion and question. BUT this is the issue before us and WE MUST continue to stay engaged. So come to the meeting and offer your input. Each resident has the right to be heard.
Thanks for your interest. See you the 8th and the 14th.
Hilda Kogut/ Chair of CUPON of CR
I want to offer a minor correction to the update I offered yesterday. I stated that the meeting on January 8, 2020 at Chestnut Ridge Middle School at 7PM will be to allow for public input in the development of a partial Comprehensive Plan for the Village of Chestnut Ridge. I provided incorrect information as the meeting will actually be for the development of a Comprehensive plan for the entire Village of Chestnut Ridge.
ALL the More reason to come out and see what is being proposed and offer your input Now while all members of the Board are there along with other members of the community. THIS is your Village- come out and let your ideas and concerns be heard.
Hope to see you at the meeting and AGAIN at the CUPON meeting on 1/14/20 at 7PM at the Ambulance Building.
Help is on the way! The legislation passed by the NY senate will help in a number of ways that are most important to CUPON and all residents. If this legislation is implemented as designed, it will have a tremendous impact on the slumlords, negligent local governments and courts in Rockland County. It will also help protect our First Responders, our home values, and health and safety of our residents.
This is the results of the work Senator James Skoufis initiated last year with the public hearing on code enforcement in Newburgh NY, where Gordon Wren Jr and legislator Ken Zebrowski testified.
It is times like this when we can appreciate the effort we spend trying to make some elected governments and their appointed Boards to enforce the Land Use laws and serve the entire community equally.
-The House of Worship Law is null and void due to failure to comply with General Municipal Law 239.
-The House of Worship Law is null and void as it was not passed in accordance with Village of Chestnut Ridge local law Article XVII: Amendments §§1 and 2. [amendment process was not started by a proper petition.]
-The House of Worship Law is null and void as it was passed in reliance upon a municipal resolution that contained materially false and derogatory information.
We urgently ask for your monetary contribution to continue our mission. Due to rising expenses together with several legal challenges your generous donation is needed.
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