Newsday Reports: The Town of Ramapo is under “significant fiscal stress” and could be headed for bankruptcy or a control board unless the town can turn around its finances, according to a report released Tuesday by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Ramapo is one of six New York communities — and the only one in Hudson Valley — that are under “significant stress” as a result of cash flow problems, mounting debt and chronic budget shortfalls, DiNapoli said. The town was given a 70.8 percent stress rating, second-highest only to Monroe County, which received an 82.1 percent score.
Yehudah Weissmandel, President of the Board of Education at the East Ramapo Central School District, writes in the Journal News about today’s budget re-vote: I acknowledge that there are differences between our school board and groups of community activists. And I acknowledge that there are concerns about the ability of our district to provide necessary education to our public school students. Clearly, a significant effort needs to be undertaken by all interested parties to work through those issues. But under any analysis, the answer to the concerns about the future of our district does not lie in killing the school budget.
Reuters Via Yahoo Reports: Major-General Nitzan Alon, Israel’s top West Bank military officer, also said that violence could escalate if U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace mission failed, and voiced frustration with the “terror activity” of radical Jewish settlers against whom Israel this week authorized new measures.
Briefing diplomats and reporters at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a conservative think-tank, Alon said Kerry’s bids to revive negotiations had a “positive influence on the ground, mainly on the PA (Palestinian Authority).
La Paz, Bolivia – Bolivian Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero announced that on Thursday he will hold a meeting with Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca in which they will address issues the extradition of former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada who is currently in exile in the United States.
His Extradition has been requested in the past and was rejected by the United States, now the Bolivian Foreign Ministry is looking into hiring a law firm in the U.S. to handle the latest extradition efforts, which will also include the translation of many records.
JTA Reports: AirTran Airways “abused its discretion” in forcing the 101 students off the early morning flight June 3 to their senior trip in Atlanta, according to the report authored by the yeshiva’s executive director, Rabbi Seth Linfield…
Jpost: Most Israelis think the government should totally or mostly disregard US Jewry’s positions on the peace process and religious affairs, according to a poll released Monday.
Israel Hayom: President Shimon Peres has thrown his weight behind the United States’ plans to arm Syrian rebels, shrugging off fears that the weapons could be turned on Israel and exacerbate the conflict.
Asked if the U.S. decision was wise, Peres said, “Yes.”
Nick Muzin is Orthodox Jewish and Congressman Ted Poe has vigorously ripped the Government for its injustice against Rubashkin. Here is a fascinating story via NRO:
The Huffington Post: In a taped interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose, president Obama defended his decision to provide weaponry to Syrian rebels, saying it followed careful and comprehensive deliberation. His policy, he added, is meant to strike the right balance and is not open-ended.
The winner in Iran’s presidential election has been labeled a “moderate,” but his record of working closely with the nation’s religious leaders – particularly on thwarting international weapons inspections – leaves scant hope for a thaw in the Islamic Republic’s relations with the West, according to experts.
The NY Post: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly launched a stinging rebuke to the federal government’s secret phone and Internet monitoring campaign — and suggested leaker Edward Snowden was right about privacy “abuse.”
“I don’t think it ever should have been made secret,” Kelly said today, breaking ranks with US law-enforcement officials.
Reuters reports: U.S. entertainer Barbra Streisand on Monday took a swipe at Orthodox Jews in Israel who compel women to sit in the back of buses and assault them for following religious rituals traditionally reserved for men.
Storobin adds the Independence Party endorsement to official endorsements by the Conservative, School Choice and Republican Parties, positioning him strongly for the open seat in south Brooklyn being vacated by Democrat Michael Nelson who is term-limited. Storobin is the only candidate in a crowded field that includes at least five Democrats to pick up multiple party endorsements.
The National Council of Young Israel released the following statement: After Israeli police prevented a number of religious worshipers from going to pray at the Western Wall on Sunday, June 9th in order to allow a small group of individuals from the organization Women of the Wall to pray at the holy site, the National Council of Young Israel called on the Israeli government to ensure that such a thing never happens again.
David Lev Writes: In a sometimes rambling speech, an aging Bill Clinton praised Israel’s high tech accomplishments, suggested ways to improve the world’s economies, described the work he has been doing since he retired from politics, and lectured Israel on the need to give in to PA demands that it withdraw from the lands liberated in the Six Day War.
Clinton was in Israel to celebrate Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday. Peres’ “birthday week” features visits by world leaders who were invited to the Presidential Conference taking place in Jerusalem this week.