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Atty Barry Kantrowitz Celebrated At Yom HaShoah 2024, Piermont Dispute Goes to Court Over Zoning; Briefs

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Attorney Barry Kantrowitz to Receive “Cornerstone of Democracy Award” At Yom HaShoah 2024 Event To Be Held At County Courthouse May 7

Justice Brandeis Law Society 9th Judicial District, in partnership with the Holocaust Museum & Center For Tolerance and Education will hold Yom HaShoah 2024 at the Rockland County Courthouse at 1 South Main Street on May 7 between 2 and 3 pm.

The somber event, titled “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility & the Legal Community,” will be held at a time when the world is focused on the Israeli-Gaza conflict, and college campuses nationwide are bastions of unrest.

The Hon. Joan B. Lefkowitz, Justice New York State Supreme Court 9th Judicial District, will be the keynote speaker.

Barry Kantrowitz, and Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. will receive the Cornerstone of Democracy Award. Kantrowitz is a trail lawyer who handles business litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury and employment cases. He is also a past president of the JCC Rockland and has served on the board of the JCC Association of North American. Kantrowitz was also the recipient of the David Ben Gurion award from Israel bonds. He has served as an officer to the Rockland Community College Foundation and was a County Legislator for District 5. He has sat on community boards including Rockland Center for the Arts and the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

Piermont Zoning Dispute Goes to Court May 8th Over Allegations Of Defective Zoning Amendment

A hearing is set for May 8th at 11:30 in Rockland County Supreme Court on the petition of several Piermont residents who have asked the Court to restrain the Village Board of Trustees and the Village Planning Board from processing or approving an application from Piermont Developers LLC to construct a 14-unit multi-family residential building on Piermont Avenue in Piermont.

The residents have also asked the Court to restrain the Village from conducting public hearings on the application. Petitioners argue that the underlying CBM (Central Business Multi-Use) zoning should be tossed because it was passed without being submitted for review by the County Planning Department as required under the General Municipal Law (GML). The Village passed the zoning amendment in March of 2023. The amendment allows multifamily housing in the central business district by Special Permit.

GML review is required when a municipal government amends its zoning code.  The Village has filed an affidavit from its Clerk saying that the Village mailed the package to the County as required. The law says that mailing the application complies with state requirements, even though the County Planning Department says it never received the submission.

The court did not issue the temporary restraining order sought by the Petitioners and instead ordered briefing and argument on May 8th. Temporary restraining orders are used to maintain the status quo until a full hearing on the merits can be had.

The development proposal has been the source of several contentious public meetings in the Village of Piermont as well as social media campaigns challenging the Village’s handling of documents, meetings, and the application from the developers. Daniel Spitzer, the Chairman of the Piermont Planning Board, resigned earlier this week amid the controversy and ad hominem attacks on social media. Planning Board members in the Village of Piermont are volunteers and serve without pay.

Manhattan College Signs Partnership Agreement with Rockland Community College

Manhattan College has entered into a Principal Articulation Agreement with Rockland Community College (RCC) that will permit RCC students to transfer credits to Manhattan College (the College).

According to the agreement, the purpose is to “…establish collaboration between RCC and Manhattan College to promote degree completion and facilitate the transfer process.”  Students from RCC who satisfy the stated requirements in the agreement will be able to matriculate into Manhattan College with junior year standing.

RCC graduates with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher will be admitted to most programs at Manhattan College. Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships at Manhattan College. Individuals must enroll at the college as a full-time, degree-seeking student and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to renew the scholarship.

“We are delighted to have enacted this agreement with Rockland Community College and know it is a win-win for both institutions,” said Milo Riverso, Ph.D., President of Manhattan College.  “RCC students are easily able to complete a transfer process to finish their undergraduate degrees and Manhattan College derives the benefit of increasing its student body with high achieving individuals. We look forward to having them join our community on campus in the very near future.”

“Rockland Community College is equally pleased to have entered into this Articulation Agreement with Manhattan College,” said Dr. Lester Edgardo Sandres Rápalo, RCC President. “It provides our students a seamless transfer to an academically excellent institution where they can continue their studies in business, engineering, or the liberal arts and sciences.”

For more information on the transfer process, contact