Monday, November 30, 2009

Today's Chillul Hashem: East Ramapo School District

I'd like to know why someone would hire a controversial attorney in an underhanded way at more than double the current rate.

Can you think of a good reason?

I can't.

Yet, this is what the Hasidim who make up the majority of the East Ramapo School Board have done. Though they were elected, supposedly, on a money-saving platform, they went out and hired a lawyer at $500 per hour, when they currently pay $125 per hour. And they did this without consulting with the non-Jewish members of the board, without inviting them to meet the new attorney, and with the help of several procedural irregularities.

The new lawyer is Albert D'Agostino, who has been accused of receiving public pensions improperly by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. My sources in Lawrence tell me these charges are connected to his work for the Lawrence School Board, another school board recently taken over by Orthodox Jews who do not use the public schools.

If you watch the video of the meeting, its clear as day the Hasidim are scamming. They insisted on having the vote that night (see part 4) over the firm and outraged objection of the superintendent, and were unwilling even to wait three weeks to allow the other board members to meet the new lawyer. They presented no transition plan and confessed to not having had transition discussions with the outgoing attorneys. In the words of the superintendent (part 5) to do such a thing is "insane". When the superintendent asked where the district would find the money to pay the new, higher fees, the leader of the Hasidim refused to provide a straight answer.

Source: Lo-Hud

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