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This profile was last updated on 12/11/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Aron Wieder

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Employment History

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Education

  • accredited high school diploma
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No Résumé Needed in  Spring Vall
www.preserveramapo.org, 11 Dec 2009 [cached]
I don't know about "unusual"-about 500 or so parents who attended the last Board of Education meeting might have other ways of describing Aron Wieder, the new administrative assistant to the mayor. They had quite a selection of colorful terms for Wieder, the vice president of the school board, at that tumultuous meeting. Wieder and his Orthodox majority of five had rammed through a midnight firing of the current attorneys and had voted in an attorney from Lawrence, NY, who currently is under investigation by the State Attorney General's Office.
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Aron Wieder operates on the East Ramapo Board of Education in the same way he did as a candidate. When he ran for the position, he refused to provide information about his qualifications, employment, and intentions. He didn't attend the Journal News interviews or photo session-no information was offered. In fact, he became a board member when David Resnick, his opponent, dropped out of the race with one week to go-leaving no time to name a replacement. Curiously, Wieder had been involved in the same maneuver the last time he had run for the board-in that race, he dropped out.
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And now, Aron Wieder is a $45,000-dollar-a-year executive assistant to the Mayor of Spring Valley. Is he qualified? Who knows? We do know that he has a lot of trouble with the Robert's Rules of Order that guide public meetings. The tortured path that he stumbled through to the final vote for D'Agostino is currently under review by the State Board of Education. Also, he has the kind of judgment that prefers a lawyer currently under investigation to a firm that also applied which has twice argued education cases before the Supreme Court.
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And the paper itself tried to get some specifics about the job and why Wieder was chosen.
Mayor Noramie Jasmin said, "She was not sure who held the administrative position prior to Wieder," but she did claim that the post required someone who was "academically fit. So, the Journal writer did what you would expect any reasonable reporter to do-ask the questions. And once again: "Wieder declined to comment about his past employment experience and administrative qualifications."
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But until a lot more is known about Aron Wieder and his new position, there are going to be serious, unresolved doubts.
St Lawrences investment in Joseph Desmaret
www.preserveramapo.org, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
In the fall of 2011, Aron Wieder, former member of the East Ramapo School Board and special assistant to the Spring Valley mayor, ran for the County Legislature seat held by Jacques Michel.
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Wieder was running against incumbent Michel in the Democratic Primary, but his chances with the Haitian vote didn't look promising.
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Wieder ended up with 43% of the vote, Michel had 34%, and Desmaret 20%.
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Wieder ran on the Democratic, Republican, and Independence lines and Michel was left with two very weak minor party lines, Conservative and Working Families.
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In November, Wieder won the general election 1,048 to 491.
January 1, 2014 In a caucus ...
www.preserveramapo.org, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
January 1, 2014 In a caucus meeting of the Democrats at the County Legislature held on December 17, Aron Wieder, D-Spring Valley, was officially selected as the Legislature's Democratic Majority Leader. A remarkable choice when you consider that Wieder served as Vice President of the East Ramapo School Board that was, and is in the process of dismantling what had once been one of the best school districts in New York State. As a result of his actions on the board, Wieder is currently, along with his other board members, subject to a class action lawsuit by hundreds of parents in East Ramapo, and also is the focus of an ongoing criminal investigation by New York's Attorney General concerning the sale of a public grammar school. The assessor who was selected by Wieder's board for this sale has already been arrested and charged.
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Likewise, when Wieder ran for the New York State Assembly, he provided the same blank slate for the voters. Here's his profile as checked by Project Vote Smart:
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Aron Wieder, as Rockland County Legislator, continues to maintain anonymity. If you go to the elected officials page and click on the pictures of the people in the County Legislature you will be taken to a page with that official's bio including, for most, education, experience, associations and interests. Click on Aron Wieder's photo and you get none of that-just press releases.
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When Wieder was running for a seat on the Assembly, Steve White, a Spring Valley activist and founder of the Power of Ten, handed out the following brief broadside to voters who were not familiar with the candidate:
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In the shadow of this legal mess, Wieder requested that the Board of Education separate him from the Board's law firm and vote to provide him with a different counsel in the matter. Why Aron Wieder needed a different, and much more expensive law firm from D.C. to represent his interests in this investigation has not been explained. For whatever reason, he wanted no part of the D'Agostino law firm that he brought to the district in an after-midnight vote.
Here is video of the vote to get Wieder his own private counsel:
From YouTube
[East Ramapo Aron Wieder doesn't want Dagostino
Aron Wieder who hired D'Agostino for the school district now doesn't want him.
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Wieder is under investigation in the sale of the Hillcrest school by the NYS Attorney General. The Appraiser of the school was arrested later in July.
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What preceded this flight from D'Agostino was the single-minded effort by Wieder to ram through the firing of the East Ramapo law firm of 30+ years to bring in D'Agostino.
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At the time of the vote, Wieder, then Vice President of the Board, waited for a meeting when President Nathan Rothschild was absent, and after a very long executive session, brought the board back in for a vote well past midnight.
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Aron Wieder will not even mention the lawyer by name! http://youtu.be/7XBNxzMdoOI. ]
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Aron Wieder is named as a defendant in that lawsuit as well. You can read the full text and see the complete list of principals on our archive on DocumentCloud. (This is the first filing-on the amended version many more names were added to the plaintiff's list.)
When Mr Wieder left the school board, his next career move was to accept the position as confidential personal assistant to a local mayor. At the time of his appointment by Noramie Jasmin, The Journal News headline characterized the hiring as "unusual."
Wieder was offered $45,000, and The Journal reporter quoted Steve White on his misgivings about "Wieder's professional background and qualificiations.
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Jasmin wouldn't elaborate on that, so the question was put to Aron Wieder and "Wieder declined to comment about his past employment experience and administrative qualifications."
In a conversation that we had with the Legislator, we did discover some qualifications that Mr. Wieder admitted not having. He doesn't have an advanced degree (MA or higher); he doesn't have a Bachelors degree or an Associates degree; and he offered no clarification on the question of whether he has an accredited high school diploma.
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So, how radioactive is Aron Wieder on today's political landscape?
Board
www.preserveramapo.org, 14 Feb 2013 [cached]
Their leader on the board, Aron Wieder, said the discord is the result of "trumped up rumors and innuendos" about the board's plans to cut positions. In remarks sometimes met with jeers Wednesday, he tried and failed to find a conciliatory message.
"Change we can believe in comes with bold and daring actions, which at times can be highly controversial," he said.
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Mr. Wieder and Mr. Rothschild, who is not Hasidic and tends to be a moderator between the two sides, say it is inaccurate and unfair to insinuate that the board cares about issues other than education.
Village of Spring Valley - Directory
www.villagespringvalley.org, 24 June 2011 [cached]
Aron Wieder - Confidential Asst. 845-517-1304
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