Witness Village

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, long based in Brooklyn, are planning to move many of their operations to Ramapo.

My colleague James Walsh reports that the Witnesses want to build an administrative and residential complex for about 850 people.

That’s a mini city.

The Witnesses bought a 248-acre site in February for $11.5 million.

Not surprisingly, residents are concerned about the property leaving the tax rolls.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.