Good Tuesday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
East Ramapo schools: Editorial
We comment on news that East Ramapo School District board member Aron Weider faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly violating state election law. “He is accused of blocking the entrance to the polls, photographing those who showed up to vote and otherwise intimidating residents from casting votes. Sgt. Brian Gorsky of Clarkstown police said two unknown men are believed to have assisted Wieder,” we write. The incident is a fresh outrage in a district plagued with problems. More from the editorial:
… The allegations are a new headache and fresh embarrassment in a district where tensions already run high. The East Ramapo school board has a demonstrated propensity for discouraging public engagement and for keeping taxpayers out of the loop on important decisions. The district’s controversial sale of the Hillcrest school (where the alleged voter intimidation took place) is under investigation by the state Education Department, and the federal Department of Education’s civil rights division is probing complaints about the district’s actions, including the funding of special education.
Wieder isn’t the only school official whose conduct merits scrutiny. When the trustee appeared Thursday at Clarkstown Police headquarters, he was accompanied by the school district’s counsel, Albert D’Agostino. The lawyer, who told reporters he was acting as a volunteer and not representing the school district, maintained that Wieder had done nothing wrong. D’Agostino said Wieder had merely gone to the polling place to investigate claims that poll watchers were improperly turning away or over-scrutinizing voters at Hillcrest, on the New City-New Square border. “He, as an elected official, had a right to go to that location in response to complaints that he was getting from constituents who felt that they were being deprived of their right to vote,” D’Agostino said. …
Marriage equality: Commentary
Raymond W. Belair offers a Community View in which he argues against legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage. Belair, a Bronxville attorney who is general counsel to Families First of Eastchestyer and The Children First Foundation of Eastchester, argues that legalizing gay marriage would devalue marriage as an institution.
Here’s what our colleagues are saying today:
State mus be clear on gas drilling: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
A plate of reform; hold the whine: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Make MTA save to add more lines: Editorial, Times Herald-Record