Help is Here for Spring Valley!

The overdevelopment of Spring Valley has got the attention and HELP from NY State Senator Skoufis, NBC News 4, and Rockland County Environmentalists!!!

Major media coverage:

NBC News 4 I-Team Investigation by Sarah Wallace: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/investigations/Report-Shows-Breakdown-from-Executive-to-Local-Levels-When-It-Comes-to-NY-Housing-Code-Enforcement-521545491.html

Lohud: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/2019/08/05/new-york-building-code-enforcement-risks-resident-firefighter-safety/1920068001/

Other Environmental organizations:

ROSA and CUPON Hillcrest are urging members to oppose this development on the Spring Valley-Hillcrest border:

Both ROSA and CUPON have successfully stopped environmentally damaging projects in Ramapo. They are asking people to attend a public hearing on a plan to develop 290 units on the Pascack Ridge site, which would cut down the woods and demolish houses between the following streets: Rose Ave; Ewing Ave; North Pascack Rd;  Springbrook Rd

The public meeting will be held this week: Thursday August 15th, 2019, at 7:00 pm at Ramapo Town Hall, 237 Route 59, Suffern, NY

Our Next Meeting:

Spring Valley CUPON meets every second Tuesday at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church on Hoyt St in Spring Valley.

Our next meeting will be August 13. The Agenda will be to review the media coverage and plan for the upcoming Town meeting.

More Media Coverage!

Heads up!

Watch NBC News on Monday August 5th, at 5 or 6 PM, for a report on the Senator James Skoufis Illegal Housing Task Force.

The Task Force has documented the dysfunction of our local governments and their mismanagement of rampant overdevelopment and neglectful handling of illegal housing.

Our Next Meeting:

Spring Valley CUPON meets every second Tuesday at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church on Hoyt St in Spring Valley.

Our next meeting will be August 13.

Our chance to make our collective voices heard!

ATTN CUPON: Important meetings Monday and Tuesday

Monday:

The Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled a ‘special meeting” for the Bluefield Extension project. This meeting will be for public comments only. The final decision will be made on July 24th or 25th .

This is the project we have been opposing for the last 3 years. It will affect Hillcrest primarily, but all of Ramapo and beyond will be affected by the decision this Board will make. They are ‘spot zoning” an area in the hamlet of Hillcrest designated for single family homes on 1/3 of an acre to one that will allow 15 or more housing units per acre.

This is our chance for all CUPON’s to make our collective voices heard in a major way.  We need to come out and fill the room with CUPON members to demonstrate our opposition to this proposed action.

You may or may not want to speak at this meeting, either way your presence will be felt and will influence this Board. There are times when member CUPON’s can make a difference on projects not directly related to their areas, this is one of them.

The meeting information is as follows:

Place: Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals, 237 Route 59, Suffern, NY

Date: Monday July 8th, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm.

Tuesday:

Spring Valley CUPON monthly meeting

Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 PM

First Baptist Church, corner Hoyt and Parker in Spring Valley

Agenda will include reviewing ongoing media attention to dysfunction in the village, plans for future action.

 

Meeting Reminder – June 18

Reminder: Meeting June 18

The CUPON-SV meeting is Tuesday, June 18, at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church.

Our agenda will be to review and discuss the intense media scrutiny of our village and our issues.

Update: we will also discuss the new level of attention our issue is getting from people seeking elected office. At the NAACP debate Monday night, it was all anyone could talk about!

We will also review the issues raised at the Rent Guidelines Board. It was a well attended meeting, and people were not shy about speaking their minds!

See you Tuesday (tomorrow or tonight, depending when you are reading this message)!

Media Review:
Our issue has been in the news a lot lately! There have been several excellent articles and broadcasts covering the issues with overcrowded dilapidated housing and schools, and the rush of poorly planned new construction.

Also Senator Skoufis has begun investigations into these issues in our area. We hope they will lead to real consequences for those who exploit our community, and better quality of life for our neighborhoods!

Here is just a sample of the major media coverage of our issues:

Rockland Codes Initiatives sidesteps inspectors, goes after landlords

I-Team: Lawmakers Take Aim At Slumlords Violating Rules

State hearing rips Ramapo for lackluster code, fire safety enforcement

Zebrowski vows to prosecute illegal housing, safety code violations as district attorney

Rockland marks 4th year of housing crackdown, focusing on cleanups and violations

Rockland officials at odds over illegal housing crisis

State Senate hearing looks at housing code enforcement problems

I-Team: Illegal Housing Showdown in Rockland County

Making News, Making Meetings!

Meetings:

Our next monthly meeting will be delayed due to a conflict with the Rent Guidelines Board Meeting.

We encourage everyone to turn out to this meeting, at Finklestein Library on Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 PM.

The CUPON-SV meeting is rescheduled to the following Tuesday, June 18, at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church.

Our agenda will be to review and discuss the intense media scrutiny of our village and our issues. See you then!

Media:

Spring Valley has been in the news a lot lately! There have been several excellent articles and broadcasts covering the issues with overcrowded dilapidated housing and schools, and the rush of poorly planned new construction.

Also Senator Skoufis has begun investigations into these issues in our area. We hope they will lead to real consequences for those who exploit our community, and better quality of life for our neighborhoods!

Here is just a sample of the major media coverage of our issues:

Rockland Codes Initiatives sidesteps inspectors, goes after landlords

I-Team: Lawmakers Take Aim At Slumlords Violating Rules

State hearing rips Ramapo for lackluster code, fire safety enforcement

Zebrowski vows to prosecute illegal housing, safety code violations as district attorney

Rockland marks 4th year of housing crackdown, focusing on cleanups and violations

Rockland officials at odds over illegal housing crisis

State Senate hearing looks at housing code enforcement problems

I-Team: Illegal Housing Showdown in Rockland County

 

How Poor Americans Get Exploited by Their Landlords

Read this fantastic article that describes how American Landlords derive more profit from renters in low income neighborhoods:

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/03/housing-rent-landlords-poverty-desmond-inequality-research/585265/

No May Meeting

Spring Valley CUPON regularly meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Today’s meeting (May 14 2019) has been cancelled.

There has been a lot of interest in our cause, including major media coverage, and we will have a lot to catch up on in June.

If you missed the fantastic investigative reporting by NBC reporter Sarah Wallace (or if you want to see it again) here it is:

I-Team: Illegal Housing Showdown in Rockland County

Exploding Controversy Over NY County Illegal Housing Battle

Controversy Over NY County Illegal Housing Battle

I-Team: Illegal Housing Crackdown in Rockland County

Upcoming Events:

Help support CUPON Spring Valley, CUPON Hillcrest and CUPON Clarkstown’s efforts to fight back against Ramapo’s plans to rezone the Pascack Ridge from single family R-15 (3-4 homes/acre) zoning to multi-family MR-12 (12 homes/acre) zoning by going to this ROSA Film Festival Fundraiser and by getting all your friends and neighbors to attend as well. It’s a 950 seat theater and CUPON wants to fill it to the brim with CUPON supporters. Let’s show Ramapo how CUPON can band together to make a difference.

ROSA 4 Rockland was a inspiration for the initial creation of CUPON. By hiring experts to represent neighborhood volunteers ROSA was able to fight the Patrick Farm project and win.  In 2014 and 2015 ROSA stood up for the Spring Valley/Hillcrest/Clarkstown communities to fight for the Town to declare that this rezoning request would have an impact on this environmentally sensitive property and that any rezoning request demanded a full environmental study. ROSA is still involved in analyzing the Final Environmental Impact Study that was released and has hired a planning expert to help.

PLEASE SUPPORT ROSA’S EFFORTS TODAY BY BUYING TICKETS USING THIS CUPON LINK:

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4102792?discount=cupon

BUSY? Please support CUPON by coming to our June 2nd Spaghetti Dinner – https://cupondinner.ezevent.com/ – or making a directed donation – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9YKE5DEF5BBTY&source=url

See you on May 20th and June 2nd!! Help us fill these important spring fundraising events!

Wednesday: Your Village on the Line!

Reminder: Village Board Meeting This Wednesday, April 17

Several public hearings about land use have been delayed until Wednesday, April 17. The village board is elected, we need to do more than vote, we need to attend meetings to be informed citizens, and to hold the elected officials accountable. The meeting usually starts at 8:00, but we will need to arrive early as the village frequently changes times with no notice to the public.

Come early, bring signs, be ready to speak out: “No more unplanned development, we need a moratorium until there is a plan!”

SV-CUPON Member to be honored

SV-CUPON Member to be honored at Martin Luther King Center Gala

Our own Vivian Street is being honored! Get your tickets today!

Enjoy an evening music, dancing, delicious food and wonderful fellowship, while celebrating those who work to bring Dr. King’s dream of a Beloved Community to life for us.

Sunday, April 14th, 2019 From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR MAKE A DONATION

The 2019 Honorees are…
Larry Beckerle, CEO, Beckerle Lumber
Goldie W. Bryant, Scientist, Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center Patron
Oswaldo Carrera, Manager/CEO, Food Fair Spring Valley
Oscar Cohen, Educator, Education Chairperson, Nyack and Spring Valley NAACP Branches
Doria Hillsman, Science Educator, Spring Valley High School, Secretary, Nyack NAACP Branch
Sabrina Hosang-Jordan, CEO, Caribbean Food Delights
Pierre Oscar, Polemarch, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
Vivian Street, Former New York State Administrator, Trustee Finkelstein Library, Executive Board, Spring Valley NAACP

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