MaraLuz Corado’s term was supposed to last three years. It lasted less than 7 months. Corado allegedly used a fraudulent address – a local synagogue’s second floor – to provide her with a local address to run for the position last May on a non-Jewish list allegedly backed by and run by local haredim, and she registered to vote in Ramapo only five days before the school board election.
Scandal-Plagued Haredi-Controlled School Board Appoints New Member
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The scandal-plagued haredi-controled East Ramapo school board appointed a new member last week to replace MaraLuz Corado, who resigned in December, The Journal News reported.
Corado allegedly used a fraudulent address – a local synagogue’s second floor – to provide her with a local address to run for the position last May on a non-Jewish list allegedly backed by and run by local haredim, and she registered to vote in Ramapo only five days before the school board election.
Her husband is a Christian fundamentalist pastor in a neighboring town outside the school district.
Corado’s term was supposed to last three years. It lasted less than 7 months.
The school board has lost two recent lawsuits and state – and, allegedly federal – investigators appear to be moving closer to making arrests for what may criminal misuse of public funds.
Appointed last week to replace Corado is Harry Grossman, who has worked in the Jewish community for many years and is himself Orthodox. The vote to appoint him was 5-1. Two members were absent and Trustee Pierre Germain – a running mate of Cardozo’s – voted against.
Grossman – an IT operations management consultant who holds degrees from New York University – asked residents to give him a chance.
“Needless to say there’s lot of acrimony, animosity, dislike, distrust and, obviously, I can’t change the past. What I want to do is change the future. And what I would hope that people would do is give me a chance.…What’s lacking in the dialogue that’s taking place is sympathy and empathy from both sides and I want to change the dynamic,” Grossman told the Journal News.
“I’ve seen what happens when you let public schools get run down and I do not want that to happen,” Grossman continued. “You have to deal with what the realities of the (financial) situation are and find creative ways for achieving what we want to achieve.”
Grossman has worked for Empire State Development Corporation and the Jewish Museum, taught in a yeshiva high school in Orange County and worked with disabled Jewish teens and young adults at the Orthodox Union’s Yachad program in Teaneck, N.J.
He and his wife reportedly have nine children and seven grandchildren. They live in New Hempstead.
[Hat Tip: Devorah.]