At the last Ramapo Town Board meeting, Bill Weber spoke during the public participation portion of the Ramapo Town Board meeting. He questioned Supervisor St. Lawrence about the most recent Moody’s report which indicated that the Town of Ramapo was at risk of having its bond rating withdrawn or lowered due to the fact that they have not completed and filed their 12/31/2015 audited financial statements. Weber reminded St. Lawrence and the board that the town’s current bond rating is A3 and any further reduction would most likely put the bond rating somewhere in the B category, which would be a terrible outcome for the taxpayers of Ramapo. [Read more…]
Archives for January 2017
A Community View by Preserve Ramapo Chairman Robert Rhodes–Posted in The Journal News January 10
‘The lawlessness in our community has been supported at the highest levels of state government.’
Ramapo is not a local problem. The lawlessness in our community has been supported at the highest levels of state government. Ramapo’s dangerous overcrowding, the breakdown of state and local laws and our approaching bankruptcy can only be solved at the state level. [Read more…]
The following is from a Journal News editorial Jan. 10, 2017
“Ramapo’s rampant over-development and strained tax rolls didn’t passively sprout. The misbegotten state of affairs is of the town leadership’s own making. Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, now facing a federal trial on accusations he fudged the town’s fiscal health to fool investors, has pushed policies that have unraveled the town in so many ways. Town Board members — all Democrats, like St. Lawrence — have done little to stop him, and land-use board members, controlled by St. Lawrence, abetted development gone wild.
The motivation? Money. Developers, who often fill campaign coffers of local officials, build and build, and the demand for housing grows and grows. [Read more…]
On Sunday, The Journal News devoted its entire front section to an examination of the accelerating, crushing growth in the Town of Ramapo. The cautionary lead on the front page was followed by six feature articles in section one, all dealing with the growing crisis in a town with uncontrolled development, a collapsing tax base, and top-level administrators busy working on their legal defenses against scores of federal charges. The dry rot resulting from endemic political corruption threatens the entire community.
The six features in section one are divided by six separate themes:
“It’s Ramapo’s lack of zoning and safety code enforcement, not religion, that has encouraged development chaos and divided the town. [Read more…]
By the end of the year, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Rockland County District Attorney, New York State’s Attorney General and the New York State Department of State all had turned their attention to the widespread corruption in the Town of Ramapo. Investigations, search warrants, arrests and indictments followed and continue as the year came to a close. The half-dozen agencies are filing their intentions in courts, and several serious investigations continue. Finally, It’s on. [Read more…]