A post in the Facebook page ‘Clarkstown: What They Don’t Want You To Know’ (CWTDWYTK) – ‘Hasidic Demand For Rockland County Housing‘ – has reached over 100,000 people. The page is approaching 10,000 likes. Given Rockland County has a population of just over 300,000 individuals of whom approximately one half are adults, about two thirds of the voting age population in the county have been reached by the post.
These 100,000+ individuals are well informed about the so-called “booming” real estate market in Rockland County. However, one can clearly see from the hundreds of comments to the post that many residents of Rockland are uniformly concerned, if not angry, about the direction Rockland County is going. Given that observation we would appeal to those in elected office to take notice that something must be done to address the clash of cultures that is occurring in Rockland (and in Orange) County.
We note that everyone has a right to live their lives as they please, wherever they please, and worship whomsoever or whatsoever they please. We also note that groups like the Amish in Pennsylvania have successfully lived a separate lifestyle supporting themselves in peace and harmony with their neighbors and without any particular extra need for government services.
We do not know what the solution will be to preserve Rockland County as a neighborly and prosperous community. But at this point in time it is clear to those who care to look, Rockland is heading off the rails unless steps to change course are taken immediately.
Anyone who cares to drive through parts of Ramapo might be shocked by the rapid ghettoization of areas of central Rockland. These ghettos are not being created by those outside who wish to physically or culturally wall off a minority group of immigrants or people of a particular faith. Sadly this ghettoization is occurring from within by those who wish to culturally wall off the majority of their neighbors who live peacefully and harmoniously in an integrated and multicultural modern society.
Presently there is much angst in the community about enforcing land zoning, fire and safety codes and in bringing in state-appointed monitors with veto power to manage the East Ramapo School District. There have been arrests followed by pardons and recent raids by the FBI, all of which address some effects of Rockland’s ills but which do not address the core problem of ghettoization.
Those who write the posts in the several ‘What They Don’t Want You To Know‘ Facebook pages do NOT have the answers to this problem of the ghettoization of Rockland. However, ‘what we do want those in political office to know‘ is that from the town, to the county, to the state level, some radical ‘out-of-the-box‘ thinking needs to be done soon before Rockland goes ‘belly up’ financially caused by the unsustainable demographic changes taking place in its midst.
When 100,000+ people are reached by a Facebook post and uniformly express concern, some that is bitterly and harshly stated, those holding elective office need to take immediate heed and act.
Informed citizens empowered with knowledge live BY ACTING on their knowledge, not by thinking or by talking ABOUT ACTING. Their government should do likewise.
[Here is a link to the post in question: