Journal News Endorsed Bill Weber for Ramapo Supervisor
October 24, 2017 - This morning the Journal News (a Ganette/USA Today publication) editorial board, broke with their recent tradition of staying silent on the local Ramapo candidates endorsed the New Direction for Ramapo candidate Bill Weber for Ramapo Town Supervisor.
"Ramapo is a town of economic and ethnic diversity that too often is defined by its divisions. The town’s reputation is stained, not only by so many officials’ malfeasance, but from a deepening community divide that was milked by past leadership to amplify power. The town needs a fresh start, with new leadership that recognizes that the visions of the various Ramapo communities may sometimes conflict, but always need to be heard and respected.
We endorse Bill Weber, a Republican who leads the New Direction For Ramapo ticket, for town supervisor. Weber, a CPA, offers financial knowledge and a strong commitment to ethics and transparency."
The Journal News clearly recognized the strength of the New Direction for Ramapo ticket as whole:
Amid Ramapo’s tense ethnic and racial divides, Weber has made more than just gestures toward bridge-building. He leads a ticket that has representation from different party affiliations and various backgrounds, with Democrat Grant Valentine and independent Shani Bechhofer running for town board seats.
Our united ticket is committed to honesty, respect, fairness and good government ideals and principles. Our campaign is entirely focused on promoting the common values held by the vast majority of the citizens Ramapo, who are tired of corruption and divisiveness.
We are not just pleased by this endorsement; we are especially pleased by the Journal News' recognition that past leadership was tied to the pervasive divisiveness that has plagued Ramapo and that it is indeed time for a fresh start.