Clarkstown Expresses Interest In Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School Property

No buyer yet for New City-based school closing in June


Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack said Wednesday the town might be interested in the , which is closing in June.  Gromack has directed the town attorney’s office to contact the school’s leaders this week to let them know of the town’s interest and to determine if the building and property were still available. 

“It’s just really in the early stages,” he said. 

Debbie Roth, vice president of ’s board of trustees, said, “We don’t have a signed contract.”

“There are ongoing discussions,” she said and they are “still speaking to interested parties.”

Roth would not elaborate any further.

Parents and teachers met with school officials last week and learned that decreasing enrollment had led to the decision to close the Jewish day school.  Enrollment dropped from 350 students in the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school in 2002 to 250 three years ago and then to the current 150 students.  Classes end on June 20.

Gromack said the town is interested in the future of the building.  Finding out if the building is still available and has not been sold would be the start of a process.  The next step would be to learn what the asking price is.

“Then you’d have to authorize an appraisal,” said Gromack.  “Then at the same time we would have to evaluate what is the benefit.”

The 41,000-square-foot-building on New Hempstead Road in New City has two levels and is 20 years old. 

Gromack noted that appraisal and market prices could vary significantly.  One possible town use of the building would be for recreational purposes he said.  

BenRound January 21, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Watchdog: it's my opinion. No need to take things personally. I didn't say what "we" should be thinking, just what I happen to think. As for your theory that Alex can pick up the phone and magically tilt the political landscape of the county, Ramapo in particular, you may as well demand he create peace and harmony in the middle east......it's not possible.
Watchdog January 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
BenRound, if we start this then any property owner who wants to sell or develop his land can approach the Town with a threat to sell it to the Hasids if the Town does not purchase it or compromise on zoning.
Watchdog January 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
We have not won a single RLUIPA case against these groups.
Harvey Kant January 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
The problem in Clarkstown/New City is not only the Hasidic issue. In my opinion It has to do with the fact that Town officials do not realize the value of a dollar. In order to keep our "perfect" town just the way it is they are willing to spend and spend our tax dollars . How much did that work at Main St/Congers Road cost (not the intersection, the park)? Was it worth it? Why do we get so many glossy mailings from the Town? Assuming that the only cars parked overnite at Town Hall (not the police station) are Town vehicles, did you ever notice there how many cars are in the lot? Why? I always make the effort to go vote AGAINST Gromack and the incumbents.
bored January 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
i do not trust Gromack or any of the others on this board to do the right thing- they have their own interests in mind and will do what is best for them. History shows a lot of money(our taxpayer money) has been wasted on so many projects as others here have mentioned- I'd add the new main street project, which cost a bundle but is essentially the same as the 'old' main street- so nothing was accomplished, just more of our money spent/wasted...


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