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Rockland legislator to honor East Ramapo board members
Two East Ramapo school board members who recently resigned citing intimidation will be honored by Rockland County Legis. Joseph Meyers Feb. 19.
"They are the unsung heroes of the East Ramapo School District," Meyers told Newsday Thursday.
Meyers, and 20 musicians from Chestnut Ridge Middle School, will recognize the service of Stephen Price and Suzanne Young-Mercer. Both wrote letters of resignation last month saying they felt decisions were being made without their input and that there was a pattern of harassment and intimidation questioning their integrity.
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Price and Young-Mercer were the only two members of the board who are not Orthodox Jews. While on the board, Price often called for more information from Superintendent Joel Klein regarding the district's finances, which in the fall were revealed as in deficit.
Their seats remain vacant as the board solicits letters of interest from the community.
"It's not easy sailing against the wind and trying to maintain quality public school education in the face of people on the board who are somewhat different," Meyers said.
Meyers is a leader of Preserve Ramapo, a group that has fought against zoning changes that would allow high-density residential housing for the Orthodox Jewish community.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Legislature’s chambers at 11 New Hempstead Rd., New City. A meeting of the county Legislature follows at 7 p.m.