Dear District 5 Neighbors:
My name is Barry Kantrowitz and I want to introduce myself as your new legislator in Legislative District #5, which covers parts of North New City and Pomona.
I have lived in Rockland since 1967. I am a proud product of the East Ramapo School District; in fact my mother Daisy was a teacher there. I am a graduate of Spring Valley High School, SUNY Binghamton, and Boston University School of Law where I graduated cum laude in 1985. I immediately returned to Rockland to practice law in the family law firm, Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, PC. For the past 28½ years I have been representing individuals, families and businesses in Rockland County in my professional capacity as an attorney.
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I have lived in New City with my wife, Sharon, for more than 14 years. Sharon is an attorney and graduate of Clarkstown South High School. Our two young children, Michelle and Daniel, attend Woodglen Elementary and Felix Festa Middle School. My oldest son David is a teacher and my older daughter Melissa is finishing her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania.
I have served on the board of directors of several local non-profit agencies including Junior Achievement, Rockland Community College Foundation and Jewish Federation of Rockland. I was also the president of JCC Rockland and chaired the International JCC Maccabi Games in Rockland County.
I understand and share your concerns.
I know our taxes are too high and I am concerned about property values. I read my property tax bill and saw the cost of the unacceptable Medicaid burden on this county.
Like you, I have sat in endless traffic on New Hempstead Road for years now and have wondered, “why is this taking so long and how much is this costing us?”
I also understand the value of a quality public education. Sadly, we have all watched what is happening in the East Ramapo School District, and I share your concerns about the problems families in the ERSD are experiencing. Our children are all entitled to better educational opportunities from the school system leaders.
I want to answer your questions.
In my newsletter Kantrowitz Community Connection I am going to address these concerns and others, and let you know what I've been doing during the first few weeks and months of my term. I will also be scheduling several “meet and greet” events so that I can get to know you and address the issues that are most important to you, my constituents. The more you know, the better off you are. Knowledge is a wonderful form of power, and I will do my best to keep you well informed.
I want to hear from you.
Please contact me at email@example.com or (845) 638-5751 with any questions, issues or concerns you may have. Amanda Roman is my Constituent Service Representative and she will be happy to assist you if I am not available. Even if you have no specific concerns, please send me your email address so that I can keep you informed while saving trees and county postage.
Barry S. Kantrowitz