UPDATED: Town of Ramapo says they now have the “Lowest Jobless Rate in Rockland County”

The Town of Ramapo recently announced in conjunction with the  New York State Department of Labor that the Town of Ramapo had a 3.6% jobless rate in 2017. The rate is stated to be the lowest in Rockland County.

Ramapo Town Hall released the information citing the combination of location, “exemplary Government services”, “workforce availability”, “award winning schools” and “outstanding cultural and recreational amenities.”

The notice lists the following businesses operating in the Township to have provided the economic boost:

  1. Warby Parker – maker of prescription glasses and sunglasses – has opened a manufacturing facility in Sloatsburg, creating 128 jobs.
  2. The Valley Rock Inn – a multi-acre resort – featuring a 75 foot pool, fine dining restaurant, bike and gear shop, guest suites, farm stand and market and much, much more. This facility is located in the Village of Sloatsburg.
  3. Iodice Plaza Shopping Center, soon to open, located at the intersection of Airmont Road and Route 59 in the Village of Airmont will feature Auto Zone, Burger King and other national and locally bases businesses.
  4. The Town of Ramapo is also the home of two major Rockland tourist destinations; the Historic Lafayette Theater in Suffern
  5. Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, formerly Boulder Stadium, a taxpayer funded Town venue that led to an FBI investigation and arrest of former Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence and rocked the Town hall since investigations in 2012, and 2013 were started. Town Hall was raided in May 2013 and again in April 2016 resulting in fraud and conspiracy charges.

The current town supervisor said in the statement, “I am elated that Ramapo has the lowest unemployment in Rockland County and has also been ranked the Safest Place to Live in New York State. These are conduits to further economic growth.”

Micheal Specht (D), former Town Attorney for Town of Ramapo was elected last November to step into the shoes of his former boss.  Yitzy Ullman filled in the position in May 2017, when Federal Judge handed down his guilty conviction after the weeks long jury trial on fraud and conspiracy.

Specht, with bloc backing for the seat, beat out Bill Weber (R) for the top spot in the town.

Ullman ran for a town council position at the election. Under a month after being sworn in on the board Ullman left fill Nate Oberman’s tax receiver position when Oberman suddenly retired in Jan 2018. Tax Reciever is $154,000 a year position.

Ilan Schlonberger, long time county legislator of Ramapo, also announced he will be retiring within next two months. Surprising many, since he has two more years left on his four-year term and no reason for the departure was given to the publc.

Brendel Charles has been promoted to Deputy Supervisor.