At the last Town Board meeting, a possible schedule for finally getting the Ramapo annual audits for the last four years was divulged. Yes, the town does not have audited annual financial reports for the last four years. You have to go back to 2014 to peruse a certified accounting of the Town’s financial numbers. Why has this happened? Well, you have to start with the number 77363-054. That’s the audited prison ID for our past Supervisor, and master chef of Ramapo’s cooked books–currently serving 2 ½ years at US Federal Prison in Waymart, PA. [Read more…]
Editorial from Robert Rhodes
Shortly after Christopher St. Lawrence became Ramapo Supervisor, he announced that he wanted to pass a new, comprehensive master plan for land use in Ramapo. His initial plan included several “Planned Residential Development” districts. It seemed obvious to me that these PRD districts could not possibly fulfill the basic NYS requirements of a master plan. [Read more…]
“Councilman Yitzchok Ullman resigned Monday night from the Town Board and was immediately named the town receiver of taxesto succeed the retiring tax collector.
Ullman, a board member for a decade who served as acting supervisor for six months in 2017, will succeed 88-year-old Nathan Oberman, who submitted his retirement papers on Friday, according to town officials. Oberman’s retirement takes effect Tuesday after 21 years on the job.
Oberman, a former Ramapo Democratic Party chairman named in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission legal action, had been one of several holdovers not reappointed by the Town Board. His health and personal issues led him to retire, officials said. The SEC case is continuing. [Read more…]
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…]
Anthony Mallia, indicted on 188 felony and misdemeanor counts, has resigned his position as the Director of the Ramapo Building Dept., and the Town Board voted to accept his resignation at tonight’s regular Town Board meeting (June 28). The three questions that now remain are: will Mallia plead to the charges before the trial; will he cooperate with the DA’s Office and/or federal authorities to mitigate his sentence; or will he be before Judge David Zuckerman on July 24, at 10 am watching as jury selection begins for his criminal trial? [Read more…]
“Musical chairs continued Tuesday afternoon for members of the Town Board.
When the maneuvering stopped, the Town Board rescinded its Monday night appointment of New Hempstead Mayor Fred Brinn as interim supervisor and returned to the original plan: Deputy Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman as interim supervisor and Brinn as a board member, effective June 26, Ullman said. [Read more…]
At a special meeting of the Ramapo Town Board this evening, New Hempstead Mayor Frederick Brinn was named as the interim Ramapo Town Supervisor, beginning Monday June 26 through December 31, 2017. The vote was 3-0 approving the appointment. Those voting were Yitzy Ullman, Brendel Logan-Charles, and Michael Rossman. Councilman Patrick Withers was absent.
Brinn will begin next Monday, temporarily leaving his position as New Hempstead Mayor.
“The Town Board has an ambitious agenda for its first meeting since Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence’s removal from office following his conviction on federal securities fraud charges.
Wednesday night’s agenda does not include replacing St. Lawrence on the five-member board. The Town Board, which is composed of four Democrats, can leave the decision to town voters in the November election. No candidates have officially entered the race by filing nominating petitions, and a September primary is possible for the Democratic Party nomination. Petition-gathering starts June 6. [Read more…]
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…]
Former Ramapo Councilman Daniel Friedman died Friday morning after he reportedly jumped from the Bear Mountain Bridge. He was 30 and worked for the Rockland Legislature.
State police continued to search for his body in the Hudson River on Friday.
A car registered to Friedman was found at the entrance to the bridge and video surveillance camera shows a man walking to the middle of the span and jumping, state police Senior Investigator Brian Hoff said. [Read more…]