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…]
Amy Helck died on Saturday. She had been in declining health for several years, and she died peacefully. Amy was one of the founders of Preserve Ramapo, and she served as its first chairperson. At the time that Amy chaired Preserve Ramapo, she was a high-level advertising account executive in Manhattan, and Andy, her husband, did computer and mechanical design for leading shows on Broadway.
When they gave up the rat race in Manhattan, they moved first to Telluride, Colorado and then about an hour away to Ridgway. Amy had decided that cooking was her thing, and she trained in Europe for a career as a chef. While in Telluride, she baked for one of the town’s two leading restaurants, and she worked as an accountant. After they moved out of town, she did catering for folks in the Telluride area. Andy found employment in Telluride’s wonderful library. He worked at the help desk and did computer programming. He now maintains and is expanding the library’s computer system. [Read more…]
On July 13th, Preserve Ramapo posted a copy of the document that appointed Rabbi Zalmen Beck as a Special Assistant to the District Attorney. The Journal News had recently published an article in which Beck’s name surfaced in both the reporter’s account of Judge Sherri Eisenpress and an FBI campaign finance sting and the Malcolm Smith investigation.
It is our belief Beck’s letter of resignation was penned July 14, and it begins “RE: Discontinuation of service.” Beck says he is surrendering his credentials and “discontinuing my services to your office effective immediately.” He thanked the District Attorney for the opportunity to serve the public and offered as a reason for his resignation “the attention being paid to my position undermines my effectiveness, and impacts my ability to serve.” [Read more…]