Wieder's resignation ripples throughout Rockland

Most of the focus has been on his comments about the East Ramapo school monitor. He claims a state monitor's report on the district is tinged with anti-Semitism.

Most of the focus has been on his comments about the East Ramapo school monitor. He claims a state monitor's report on the district is tinged with anti-Semitism. (12/18/15)

NEW CITY - The resignation of Aron Wieder as Democratic leader in the Rockland County Legislature continues to ripple through the county.

Most of the focus has been on his comments about the East Ramapo school monitor. He claims a state monitor's report on the district is tinged with anti-Semitism.

"They feel that Orthodox Jews can't self-govern and can't possibly be good neighbors without outside intervention," Wieder said after the report was released.

He was referring specifically to a proposal for a permanent monitor with veto power over the East Ramapo School Board.

The board is dominated by members of the Orthodox Jewish community. They have been accused of taking steps that help their private religious schools at the expense of the public schools.

Republican County Executive Ed Day says he hopes for improved relations between his administration and the legislators. He called Wieder's comments on the monitor "counterproductive."

Democratic state Sen. David Carlucci says the monitor's proposals are in no way anti-Semitic.

However, Wieder and other members of Rockland's Orthodox community are vowing to fight the permanent monitor proposal.

Wieder's term as Democratic leader would have expired at the end of the year. A new leader will be elected when the Legislature reorganizes on Jan. 5.

 

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