Good afternoon. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Ramapo ballpark: Editorial
We comment on news that a state supreme court judge on Monday denied a request from Preserve Ramapo to halt construction of a minor-league baseball stadium. We write:
A state Supreme Court justice’s refusal to halt construction of a baseball stadium that Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence has pitched, pushed and steamrolled to near completion carries an implicit message to project opponents, including the group Preserve Ramapo: It’s too late to undo the project without causing serious harm to town coffers.
The pro-environment/ anti-St. Lawrence Preserve Ramapo, joined by eight individual residents, sought an injunction to stop the project. Many in town, however, have rightly expressed frustration that taxpayer resources continue to be used in support of the project, despite the defeat of a public referendum last year that would have had taxpayers guarantee loans for the stadium. The stadium, due to open in June, will be used by a team in the CanAm League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
Preserve Ramapo sought the injunction, citing, among other things, the project’s drain on town resources. Justice Linda Jamieson denied their request, in part because of its timing. “The Project is largely built, the trees are already cut down, and a good deal of money has already been spent,” the judge wrote. …
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