“A federal judge Wednesday upheld former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence’s fraud and conspiracy convictions and denied his request for a new trial, setting the stage for his sentencing to prison in November. [Read more…]
Nearly four months after Christopher St. Lawrence got booted as supervisor for his securities fraud convictions, Town Board members, once mostly publicly compliant to St. Lawrence’s wishes, are changing policies and hoping to remold the town’s negative image.
Skeptics remain, however, that the sincerity for change is short-term for the upcoming elections, even as board members offer zoning and planning reforms, such as prohibiting zone changes until a master plan review is completed; a ban on using temporary trailers for classrooms; and moratoriums on construction in already heavily dense residential neighborhoods. [Read more…]
“One of the questions concerning the future of the vacant Novartis property is whether a sprawling housing development could spring up on the 162-acre campus.
The village’s mayor and the former pharmaceutical manufacturing plant’s new owner insist that’s not going to happen.
Amy Mele, an attorney for Suffern Partners LLC, which bought the site last week for $30 million, said the company had “absolutely no plan for any housing whatsoever.”
She also emphasized that the entire parcel would remain on the tax rolls. [Read more…]
“After months of negotiations and $1.7 million so far in legal fees, the Ramapo Town Board has offered to settle a civil case involving fraud accusations made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The proposed settlement the Town Board approved 5-0 on Wednesday involves the town government and the Ramapo Local Development Corp., the town’s economic development arm that fronted the financing of the town baseball stadium and its Elm Street housing complex.
The SEC case continues — along with town legal costs — against former Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, former RLDC Executive Director Aaron Troodler, Town Attorney Michael Klein, and Receiver of Taxes Nat Oberman. The town is required by public officer’s law to pay their legal fees. [Read more…]
U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel adjourned St. Lawrence’s sentencing, which had been set for Sept. 28, at his lawyer’s request.
A federal jury convicted St. Lawrence on May 29 on 20 corruption-related charges accusing him of manipulating the town’s books and fabricating revenues to get better rates on bonds to finance the town’s baseball stadium and other projects. The conviction ended the Democrat’s 16-year reign as supervisor. [Read more…]
On Friday, September 8, Melissa Reimer’s attorney sent a letter to the Ramapo Town Board demanding that his client be immediately allowed to return to Town Hall and to resume her responsibilities as the Supervisor of Finances. It has been 4 ½ years since she was ordered on administrative leave by an Administrative Law Judge, Jonas Gelb, who had been persuaded by a parade of witness who have themselves subsequently been indicted, convicted, and or sanctioned and fined by other legal administrators in courts operating at levels far above the hearing room at Ramapo Town Hall where Gelb arrived at his flawed decision. [Read more…]
Rockland County Executive–Reform Party:
Ed Day 1,320
Rockland County Executive–Conservative Party:
Ed Day 574
Thomas Sullivan 520
Ramapo Supervisor–Reform Party
William Weber 554 Write-in 36
Ramapo Sup of Highways–Reform Party
Robert Romanowski 504 Write-in 44
Ramapo Town Council–Reform Party
Susannah Bechhofer 520 Grant Valentine 509 Write-in 47
Spring Valley Mayor–Democratic Party:
Alan Simon 679
Demeza Delhomme 543
Emilia White 305
Vilair Fonvil 104
Spring Valley Trustee–Democratic Party:
Asher Grossman 699
Eudson Francois 577
Aaron Morse 402
Chevon Dos Reis 247
Eustache Clerveaux 213
R. Schneider Laurent 209
Zach Clerina 162
There are some important primary contests coming up on Tuesday, September 12th, we want you to be aware of. In the Democratic Primary in Spring Valley, first and foremost we are strongly endorsing Emilia White and her slate for Mayor of Spring Valley and Spring Valley Trustee. [Read more…]
The NAACP Candidate Debate and Forum will be held at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center in Spring Valley, Thursday, Sept 7, at 6 p.m. Candidates attending include those running for Ramapo Supervisor, Town Board, Superintendent of Highways, Spring Valley Mayor and others. Primaries are less than a week away–next Tuesday Sept. 12.
At last night’s special town board meeting five items were voted on. Four were related to dealing with overdevelopment in Ramapo and the fifth welcomed the return of Scott Shedler to his post as town assessor. [Read more…]