I left Rockland a long time ago, and I'm watching this from a safe distance, hundreds of miles away.
Therefore, I don't really care who I annoy by saying this...
First, the Hasids contribute a great deal of revenue to the coffers of Rockland, in sales, income and property tax. Which means that they support the local schools just like everyone else, but they don't use them and therefore end up paying for their children's education TWICE.
You can quibble over the details, but that's the fundamental truth and there's no getting around it.
Maybe you can get away with that when it's just a few Catholics or Orthodox Jews sending their kids to parochial school. And those parents whose kids go to places like Rockland Country Day school are generally of high enough income levels that they're above the marketplace anyway.
But then, those folks don't vote in blocks.
Refusing to give the Hasids vouchers so they could go their own way made their takeover of East Ramapo inevitable; and frankly I don't blame them for what they did.
Now, it would be easy to blame the politicians who love all those Haitian and other immigrants who become reliable partisan voters eventually, but then... Who elects them?
The post-war boom is over folks. Has been for a long time now. Get used to it.
It's time to stop looking for ever more creative ways to bring back the Rockland of the 60's, 70's & 80's; and deal with the current reality on it's OWN terms.
As I said... I'm hundreds of miles away and none of this affects me anymore.