12 comments

Google+

Add a commentOpening...
Top comments

Stream

Harvey Grossman

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
I am confused- Mr. Karben- Aren't you one of the "bloc" voters or did you leave the fold?
 · 
Reply
 
I've been supported by part of the bloc and opposed by part of bloc depending on election. But the purpose of the article is to set forth context for the raging debate around all of us- thanks for reading and for commenting.

Karen Riley

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
Very thoughtful and articulate analysis
 · 
Reply
 
Thanks

Michael Koplen

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
Excellent article, insightful and well-written.
 · 
Reply
 
Thanks, Michael.

Ellen Solomon

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
Hi Ryan - it's been a long time!  And we have a similar trend going on in my neck of the woods, Bet Shemesh.  I see a fundamental issue to be expectations of government support for services.
 · 
Reply

Deb Munitz

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
"Perhaps the bridge New York most urgently needs to help build is not across the Hudson River, but between the diverging communities that inhabit the valley that abuts it." And you're not for the Ward System Ryan? Seems to me that you should be promoting it. You are completely right that we need to embrace new ways of balancing the various interests in Ramapo. I for one would much rather be working with the ultra orthodox than choosing between fighting them, resenting them or fleeing. A sustainable community must have room for everyone and a voice for everyone.

Brandon Smith

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
Excellent coverage Ry. Entitlement is running rampant in this community, and it needs to stop.
 · 
Reply

Michael Klatsky

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
isn't the plan for Rockland to bailed out by the city when the bills come do and there is no new growth to bring in free money? There is nothing to preserve anymore and everyone in Rockland knows the fiscal ship has sailed when the infrastructure and social services bill comes due in that form of a ten percent property tax.
 · 
Reply

Micah Katz

3 years ago  -  Shared publicly
 
Well written, as usual. One point that always seems to be pushed to the back burner, voter turnout in many cases COULD beat the bloc vote. Apathy gives the bloc more power than it really wields. 
 · 
Reply
 
I agree with you; the previous election results prove your point. The final results, however, are what practically matters.