Clergy Applauds Cuomo, East Ramapo keeps abusive lawyer

Power of Ten Update

In This Issue:

1. Clergy Applauds Cuomo for Appointing Monitor
2. School Board Hires D’Agostino Again
3. Two upcoming fundraisers for Advocates for Justice

1) Clergy Applauds Cuomo for Appointing Monitor

Rockland Clergy for Social Justice applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner John King for their appointment of Mr. Henry Greenberg as state fiscal monitor for East Ramapo in a Community View in the Journal News: East Ramapo deserves fiscal monitor

The Power of Ten applauds them also!!!

Please call Governor Cuomo and thank him: (518) 474-8390

2) School Board Hires D’Agostino Again!?!?

The East Ramapo School Board faced hundreds of angry students last April chanting “D’Agostino Must Go!” after he verbally abused a student.  They did not even comment on the incident.  Three months later his associate was caught on camera hurling profanity at a parent.  The video went viral and public outrage included the media and elected officials. So the district announced that a transition to a new firm would take place.  One year later, after the worldwide scrutiny has died down, the board does the exact opposite of what they said they would do. The action brought quick condemnation from every level of civil society, but the East Ramapo school board appears to be insulated from any accountability for their actions, due to unwavering support from their ‘bloc’ vote. The system of local control of school governance usually works well to benefit the families and promote a better society through education, but East Ramapo shows this is not always the case.  

The Journal News Editorial: East Ramapo’s lawyer games

3) Upcoming Fundraisers

The following fundraisers were organized by Power of Ten Readers.  Maybe you have a fundraising idea too? Contact A4J Executive Director Liz Turner at; (212) 285-1400, Ext. 703) to share your idea!

If you’re unable to attend but want to make a donation, go to and click on the Donate button.

Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser:

DATE: Tuesday, July 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.

WHAT: Fundraiser to benefit Advocates for Justice – East Ramapo litigation. A percentage of all food and products sold on that day during that 3-hour window will be donated to Advocates for Justice. A representative from Advocates for Justice will be there to greet attendees and to answer questions. Mark your calendars and bring your family and friends for a tasty, healthy treat while supporting a wonderful non-profit.

LOCATION: Sweet Frog Connecticut
63 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, Connecticut 

ORGANIZER: Laurie Meotti,

ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE CONTACT: Liz Turner,; (212) 285-1400, Ext. 703)

Guided Meditation Fundraiser:

Beginning on Sunday, August 3rd, and the first Sunday of each month, I will be meditating at F.O.R.. I hope you will come join me. I’ll be offering a little guidance at the beginning, but mostly this will be an opportunity to meditate in silence with like-minded people. There will be no charge. Donations will go to a specific local activist group working for the environment, social justice and peace.

Blessings and peace,

Alan Levin

This August 3rd, donations will go to Advocates for Justice, a non-profit group working for the students of East Ramapo to get a fair shake and good education. 

Time/Date: 10 A.M. to Noon – August 3rd – Sunday (Come for all or part.)

Location: F.O.R., the Fellowship of Reconciliation, 521 No. Broadway, Nyack