Elections Tuesday; Upcoming Community Events; College Credit Opportunity

Power of Ten Update
In This Issue:
1. Primary Elections Tuesday June 27
2. Award Ceremony Honoring Doctors Susan and Edmund Gordon
3. College Credit Opportunity this Summer

1) Primary Elections Tuesday June 27

There are a number of primary elections in Rockland County this year. The full list is available from the the Rockland County BOE:

In Spring Valley, current school board member Sherry McGill is running for trustee. Ms. McGill has been representing public school parents on the school board capably since 2021.

In a story broken by the Jewish newspaper Shtetl, another local Jewish paper ran an ad claiming that Judge Chris Exias, a candidate for family court judge in Rockland County will assign custody of children in a divorce to the parent who is more observant of ultra-Orthodox practices. In recent years, the Rockland Family Court has become the de-facto enforcement arm of religious conformity. The freedom of conscience which many of us take for granted does not exist for those born into extremist sects where young mothers and fathers face a credible fear that their children will be taken away from them if they dissent from religious authority.

A representative of the Exias campaign categorically denies any connection to the ad, and informs Power of Ten that they were not aware of the ad, did not pay for the ad, and do not approve of the ad. They continue “On the Spring Valley bench, Chris has demonstrated that he is fair-minded, will treat each case with the necessary integrity and thoughtfulness it deserves and has an unwavering commitment to justice. Let there be no doubt- he WILL carry these characteristics with him to the Family Court bench!”

More info on Judge Exias can be found on his webpage: https://www.judgechrisexias.com/

2) Award Ceremony Honoring Doctors Susan and Edmund Gordon

Award Ceremony Honoring Doctors Susan and Edmund Gordon

Spring Valley, NY, – Finkelstein Memorial Library will recognize the remarkable contributions of Doctors Susan and Edmund Gordon at a special event hosted by the library and co-sponsored by The CEJJES Institute. 

The program will feature personal tributes, a video montage created by Equity by Design and dedicated by Dr. Gordon’s mentees, a curated exhibit as well as musical performances. Awards and recognitions will be presented by community organizations including Finkelstein Memorial Library and Head Start of Rockland as well as the Rockland County Human Rights Commission, Rockland County Legislature and local elected officials.

DATE: Wednesday, June 28, 2023

TIME: 6:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Finkelstein Memorial Library Fielding Room (3rd Floor) 24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977

3) College Credit Opportunity this Summer

Honoring African Cultural Continuity in Film is a free, 8-week course offered by Truth 2 Power and transcripted for credit by College Unbound. If a student completes the requirements of this course and receives a grade of C or better, the course can be transferred to Rockland Community College as a 3-credit, Cinema Film Studies (CFS) elective that can be used in most degrees. For more info or to register please contact Brooklyn.Demme@collegeunbound.edu