Good Thursday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Airmont’s land-use settlement
We comment on news that Airmont settled a 2005 lawsuit that accused the village of violating both the Fair Housing Act and the controversial Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and was based in the village’s exclusion of boarding schools in its land-use code. That exclusion prevented Congregation Mischknois Lavier Yakov from completing a plan to build a religious school with student housing on land it had purchased on Hillside Avenue. The settlement eliminates the exclusion. We write:
… In the settlement announced Monday, the village agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty and update zoning to permit educational institutions with housing by Oct. 15. That ought to clarify matters — for current village residents and officials and those to come. “Now we can move on,” Airmont Mayor Dennis Kay told staff writer Steve Lieberman.
The village code alterations will make room for all, which was the aim of both federal lawsuits.
George Oros’ e-mail: Reisman
Phil Reisman comments on news that George Oros, chief of staff to Westchester County Rob Astorino, wrote a lewd e-mail to Judy Meyers, a Mamaroneck Democrat who serves on the Board of Legislators. Reisman writes:
He wrote that Legislator Judy Myers, D-Mamaroneck “sounds so breathless — ‘ooooohhhhh yeeeeesssss.’ ”
… Unfortunately for Oros, he failed to check his address field before hitting the send button. Myers was an unintended recipient of that email.
According to Journal News staff writer Gerald McKinstry, who broke the story Tuesday night on LoHud.com, Myers said she intended to file a complaint with the county’s Human Resources Department. She also demanded that Astorino fire Oros.
On Wednesday, she released an additional statement that was angry but stopped short of her orignal call for Oros’s termination. …
Here’s what our colleagues are saying today:
Consolidation opportunities abound: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Limit indoor tanning: Editorial, The Buffalo News
No closer to immigration reform: Editorial, Newsday
Bring immigration policy up to date: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times