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Narrowsburg School bidders confirm lawsuit filed against school district

August 6, 2014

Dear friends, supporters and neighbors,

We thank you all for your continued encouragement and support for our plan for the Narrowsburg School building. We share with you the information that a lawsuit has been filed in the matter of the sale of the Narrowsburg School building and the nearby 14-plus acres.

We believe the issue at hand is the following: a town that has engaged in a lawful and thoughtful process to plan for its future has the right to have such processes and plans respected and upheld under the law.

We remain committed to the win-win situation, wherein the drug and alcohol treatment facility can be created within the Town of Tusten, but in a more appropriate setting. The school can be otherwise utilized in a manner that positively impacts its residents and businesses, and the town’s tax base is stable and growing.

Brendan and Kathy Weiden

Narrowsburg, NY

[Editor’s note: Last week The River Reporter reported on comments from Sullivan West School District Superintendent Nancy Hackett ( about the bidding process the school board used to award the sale of the Narrowsburg School to the owners of a Florida drug and alcohol rehab facility. In these pages today, readers will find a lengthy response to the superintendent’s comments by the steering committee of Narrowsburg Organized for Responsible School Usage (NORSU), a citizens’ action group that opposes the use. Because the letter substantially exceeded the length this newspaper allows for op-ed essays, NORSU opted not to shorten it, but to run it in its entirety as a paid advertisement.

See also this week’s editorial on this page about the zoning process and future opportunities for citizens to oppose the proposed use of the school.]