Residents Hold Rally Against Dissolving Village of Spring Valley
On Wednesday, July 27, nearly 100 residents joined a rally at the Spring Valley Village Hall parking lot.
The rally was against dissolving the Village and allowing it to be governed by the Town of Ramapo.
Dissolution means the Town of Ramapo would provide services such as police, public works, land-use decisions on development, snow plowing, street maintenance, and potentially building inspections and prosecution of fire violations, zoning, and building codes.
Members of the rally cheered as speakers shared information on government dissolution and encouraged residents to fight the movement. Speakers said residents had a better chance of their grievances being acted upon by Village officials than those running Ramapo.
Speakers warned residents to read carefully any petition they are asked to sign. They also encouraged attendees to get the people they know involved and to be prepared to vote against any public referendum seeking to dissolve the Village government to save the Village residents' way of life.
Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski stated that he is opposed to the dissolution and thinks Spring Valley residents should have their own government.
The first step of the dissolution process is the petition. If the petition receives 10% of the Village's registered voters or 5,000 signatures, it can move toward a public vote.
At that point, the village clerk would have to certify the signatures and the petition before the Board of Trustees sets a public vote. If approved at the ballot box, the board would hold public hearings and set up a dissolution plan, sell off assets, pay debts, and deal with employment issues.