Saturday, November 05, 2005

Monsey election turn ugly

The race card is dealt:

The Journal News:

An anonymous mailing accusing the Preserve Ramapo party of being anti-Semitic and urging support for the Town Board incumbents has some Jewish residents upset.
Michael Chasen said that as an Orthodox Jew he was offended by the mailing to his Wesley Hills home Thursday.
"I don't think it's true," he said of the two-page mailing. "Let people vote for who they want to vote for."
The mailing accuses Preserve Ramapo supporters of being "opposed to the shuls (synagogues) required for the expanding Orthodox population in the villages."
It charges that rules against overnight parking in Wesley Hills discriminated against Orthodox Jews, and that yeshivas were unwelcome in some villages.
"A vote for Preserve Ramapo is a vote against your interests," the mailing stated, "and those of your fellow Jews in Ramapo and its villages."
It urged votes for Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and Councilmen Harry Reiss and David Stein.
Preserve Ramapo supports an independent slate of Joseph Brennan for supervisor, along with Herman Friedman and Michel Vilson for councilmen...
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 6:13 PM

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