When Christopher St. Lawrence began serving his sentence in federal prison in March of this year, there were still two civil lawsuits pending against him—one from the Securities and Exchange Commission and one from Melissa Reimer, the whistleblower who was instrumental in the successful Federal prosecution. Now there is only one. The Reimer lawsuit is still open, but last Thursday, the SEC concluded its case against the former Ramapo Supervisor with “an abnormally stiff penalty of $327,000. [Read more…]
Guest editorial by Ian Diamond
For everyone who cares about education and the safety of children, the state Senate flip to Democratic control brings a new day in New York.
For years the Republican majority, led by Sen. John Flanagan of Long Island, has stalled important progressive bills. Flanagan and the Republican majority have been catering to powerful voting blocs and wealthy political contributors to the detriment of some of the most vulnerable and aggrieved people in our state. [Read more…]
Ellen Jaffee State Assembly District 97
Kenneth Zebrowski State Assembly District 96
David Carlucci State Senator District 38
James Skoufis State Senator District 39
Yehuda Weismandl Ramapo Town Council
David Fried Ramapo Town Justice
Paul Girard Suffern Trustee
Steven Alpert Suffern Trustee
Ernest Buonocore Suffern Village Justice
The seven winners of Justice of the Supreme Court include Kathie Davidson, Thomas Zugibe, Joan Lefkowitz, Barry Warhit, William Giacomo, Hal Greenwald, David Everett
Governor Andrew Cuomo easily won re-election
Thomas DiNapoli won the Comptroller seat
Letitia James won the Attorney General position
Stephanie Miner and Michael Volpe of the SAM Party have won a place on the ballots for the next four years with a qualifying 51,323 votes.
For the most current list of vote totals for all the candidates, click here for the Lohud summary.
OFFICE CANDIDATE LINE
Governor Stephanie Miner SAM
Attorney General Keith Wofford. REP
NYS Senate 39th Dist James Skoufis DEM
NYS Senate 38th Dist David Carlucci DEM
NYS Assembly 97th Ellen Jaffee DEM
NYS Assembly 96th Ken Zebrowski DEM
NYS Assembly 98th Scott Martens DEM
NYS Assembly 99th Colin Schmidt REP
Ramapo Town Board. Robert Romanowski WRITE IN
Ramapo Town Justice David Fried DEM
Suffern Village Trustee Steve Alpert DEM
Suffern Village Trustee Paul Girard DEM
Suffern Village Justice Ernest Buonocore REP
Supreme Court Justices: Richard Reitz, Kathie Davidson, Philip Grimaldi,
Robert Freehill, William Giacomo, David Everett, Joan Lefkowitz
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Endorsements for the Candidates: [Read more…]
Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee ask the state to create a cease and desist zone against aggressive solicitors at Orangetown Town Hall on Oct. 25, 2018. Carucha L. Meuse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two years after shutting down aggressive door-to-door real estate solicitations, Orangetown wants to do the same thing to what officials call aggressive mailings pressuring residents to sell their homes.
Supervisor Chris Day was joined at Town Hall on Thursday by state Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, whose 97th District includes Orangetown, to discuss the problem and what they want to do about it.
Here’s some takeaways from their news conference: [Read more…]
Stephanie Miner and Michael Volpe, the candidates for New York State Governor and Lieutenant Governor from the SAM (Serve America Movement) Party will be at the Suffern Free Library on Monday, October 29, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Meeting Room downstairs. [Read more…]
The Stephanie Miner for Governor Meet and Greet is this Wednesday Oct. 17th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Suffern in the Upper Hudson Ballroom. The Hotel is just off the NYS Thruway at Exit 14. The address is 3 Executive Blvd Suffern, NY 10901.
PRESS RELEASE: Stephanie Miner
ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD MEET BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
October 15, 2018 1:00 PM
Syracuse, N.Y., October 15, 2018 – State education law requires that private schools provide a “substantially equivalent” education to that of public schools. However, in Andrew Cuomo’s New York, certain politically-connected schools have been given a pass.
“School children shouldn’t be political pawns,” said Miner. “All schools should be required to meet basic standards. Period.” [Read more…]
The larger issue behind the lawsuit remains Ramapo’s failure to maintain single-family housing, say critics of the expansion plan.
“A lawsuit seeking to void a town agency’s zoning variance to allow high-density housing off Union Road has passed muster with a judge.
Acting Supreme Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress rejected the developer’s attempt to derail the lawsuit filed by citizen’s group CUPON-Hillcrest and Sharon Doucette, whose property shares a narrow driveway with the project, called the Bluefield Extension.
The property is targeted for development of 15 to 20 units on approximately one acre. It sits across from the massive Bluefield complex of multiple family townhouses. [Read more…]
When the town bought the nearly 75-acre Striker Property in 2009, Paul Nagin and his Skyview Acres neighbors were led to believe the land would forever be preserved from development.
Times have changed and they are learning the commitment may not be forever.
The deal’s mastermind, then-Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, sits in federal prison. The town faces a potential budget deficit topping $8 million and are looking to sell properties bought for supposed preservation during St. Lawrence’s tenure. [Read more…]
Here’s another local lesson in the impossible economics of Independent League baseball. Please look over the growing list at the end of this article of 25 years of failing Can-Am Independent League Teams—the league of the Ramapo’s Boulders. The ballpark is currently losing $1-2 million each year, and there’s still the debt for the bonds to be paid.
The story is by Tom Davis, and it appeared in the Cherry Hill Patch, Sept. 24, 2018
A $35 million baseball field that was supposed to boost tourism is now facing a wrecking ball.
Campbell’s Field in Camden is expected to be demolished after 17 years, according to News12. The 6,700-seat park cost $35 million to build.