You would think that as fast as St. Lawrence and his attorney were pedaling in the courtroom in White Plains, trying to outrun the 22 felony charges from the Dept of Justice, that he wouldn’t have time to continue to siphon public money to his bankrupt RLDC. So much for common sense. While St. Lawrence and his attorney, Michael Burke, were looking over perspective jurors, his corrupt machine was still still cranking up the giant sucking sound at Town Hall on Route 59, vacuuming millions in public assets. At the other end of the pipe, almost six million was blowing in at the RLDC office over at the ballpark. [Read more…]
Last night, many of the Preserve Ramapo faithful showed up at the Water Wheel restaurant in Tallman to celebrate the conviction of one of the most disastrous politicians in Ramapo’s long 226-year history. The former supervisor, Christopher St. Lawrence, was found guilty of 20 federal charges of bond fraud and will be sentenced in September. The damage caused by St. Lawrence’s abuses go well beyond those spelled out in the criminal charges that will remove him from the community. [Read more…]
Please join our celebration of the successful prosecution of Christopher St. Lawrence on Tuesday, June 27th. And help us continue the legal fight for an honest referendum for single member districts in Ramapo.
Our party will be at the Water Wheel in Tallman starting at 7 PM. The entertainment will be free, but the drinks and food will be on you.
If you have been following our fight for single member districts in Ramapo you will remember that we first circulated our petitions and then had to spend years in court to force Ramapo to hold our referendum vote for single member districts. [Read more…]
“The glass window welcoming people to the Ramapo supervisor’s office in Town Hall is nameless.
Christopher St. Lawrence’s name had been scratched off the glass Friday after his 16 years of running the county’s largest town with flair and controversy came to an abrupt end. [Read more…]
The criminal trial will begin Wednesday, April 9, with jury selection. After that, St. Lawrence faces the 22 civil charges brought by the SEC in a second trial. Then after that, he is being personally sued by Melissa Reimer, and that trial is on hold until after the first two federal trials.
“After nearly 17 years of running Ramapo and decisively winning elections, Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence will stand alone when his federal trial is scheduled to open Wednesday, April 19, in White Plains with jury selection on an array of corruption charges that’s left the town gasping for financial breath.
The outcome could likely change the face of Rockland’s most divisive and diverse town, especially if the 66-year-old St. Lawrence of Wesley Hills is convicted and forced to resign. [Read more…]
“Fallout from the discovery that contaminated soil was left unattended in public locations for years has now expanded to include interviews by federal agents and a $2 million lawsuit against the town of Ramapo.
Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann, chairman of Rockland Sewer District No. 1, confirmed Wednesday the FBI spoke with Dianne Philipps, the executive director of the district, regarding an inter-municipal agreement the district entered into with Ramapo in 2012 to remove contaminated soil stockpiled in Sloatsburg and Hillburn. [Read more…]
Imagine this. Four guys break into your house, and lug out as much as they can carry. But not too long after, they are caught, and you’re feeling a little better because they’re all charged with multiple crimes.
Then, a short time after, you get a registered letter from the gang’s law firm informing you that the attorneys for these losers will be forwarding to you all the billable hours incurred in the effort to defend the four derelicts that robbed you. The tone of the letter is professional and polite, and the lawyers even offer the reassurance that you shouldn’t worry, this won’t cost you more than $150,000, that is, for the first year’s work. [Read more…]
By Legislator Charles Falciglia
Posted on www.RocklandVoice.com April 6
By now almost everyone is aware of the contaminated soil debacle involving Ramapo Supervisor, Chris St. Lawrence, and Rockland County Sewer District One. Sarah Wallace of NBC news certainly did her homework and brought the story to life with the exposure that only a major news network can provide. NBC Report #1 and NBC Report #2.
Many people have posed numerous additional questions through social media that a report with the time constraints involved cannot elaborate on. Hopefully this article can provide some deeper additional background. [Read more…]
“A federal judge ruled today that prosecutors can pin their fraud case against Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence on the Rockland Boulders baseball stadium.
St. Lawrence was in court in White Plains today for a pre-trial conference during which U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel ruled on a number of motions. Among them, she said prosecutors will be allowed to argue at St. Lawrence’s trial in April that he lied about public funds being used to build Provident Bank Park in Pomona, which prosecutors said was his motivation for doctoring town financial records to cover up the deception. [Read more…]
“A local sewer district and the town of Ramapo are at the center of a growing controversy over hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars paid for work never completed to remove soil — some of it contaminated — stockpiled for years in public view.
Rockland County officials are scrambling to figure out why Ramapo has yet to remove 35,000 cubic yards of soil in four locations for the Rockland Sewer District 1 after the town was paid $400,000 in 2012 to do it. Those piles are now approximately 15,500 cubic yards in size. [Read more…]