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 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Good to hear.I'm on board with that!
Watchdog January 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
We do not need another piece of useless property in Clarkstown. Use your head BenRound.
Mike Hirsch January 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Most of the citizens of our town are pleased that the town bought Cropsey Farm. It adds to the quality of life here. The purchase of this property is a good idea also, as it will similarly preserve the values of most of the citizens of Clarkstown. I for one, am very pleased that Alex has initiated discussions. Whether or not we need another recreational building is debatable. Personally, I would like to see some low cost housing for our young volunteer firemen and/or our seniors who are being forced out by their tax burden. Maybe this building can be used for recreation and a different, older recreational building can be knocked down and sold to a local developer for low cost housing units.
Harvey Kant January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Please note - Gromack referenced "recreation." We do not need another recreation center. Four buildings, 3 pools and countless parks are enough. And how has the purchase of Cropsey Farm improved the quality of life? Its vacant land now off the tax rolls. Our taxes are high enough already. Or is the idea of a Town purchase of the property simply a preemptive strike against the possibility of a yeshiva purchasing the property? Think Hillcrest School...
Watchdog January 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Nanuet Lake has continual Robles and is often closed. The miniature golf course is never used. Not sure about those skating things in Congers Park but I never saw anyone using them. The Park on West Nyack road near the Post Office is another waste. We do not need more property. Cropsey? Who goes to Cropsey? I pass it frequently and don't see anything going on and if you stopped ten people nine would not know what goes on there. The Town is run by politicians for politicians and we have no right to spend taxpayer dollars on useless buildings. If Alex wants to stop the Hasids from expanding into his territory, he should talk to the leaders of his own political party, the Democrats. And tell Vinny Reda the Republican to stop supporting St Lawrence. You will never be able to buy enough property to stop them from growing as long as St. Lawrence, Vinny Reda, Ian and Harriet and the rest of the Dems are still around.
BenRound January 21, 2012 at 01:43 AM
The giant special interest group in Ramapo would love to expand into Clarkstown. A building as such in a residential neighborhood is the perfect setting for a tax free yeshiva. That is all they'd need to begin the decimation of this town. Homes would go up for sale and there would qluickly be a new enclave. I'll gladly pay a premium to prevent that from happening. Call me paranoid, call me worse but that's the reality of it.
Watchdog January 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
BenRound, then get together with like minded people and buy it. Just don't do it with my money. Read my other post, I do not want to be repetitive. you will not stop this expansion by buying property.
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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