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.
St. Lawrence’s operatives knew that we would win an honest referendum so they did not allow election inspectors and conspired to steal the referendum. Their illegal actions were so transparent that the referendum results were immediately thrown out by Judge Garvey. Since then, we have had to conduct a three-year legal battle to force a new referendum supervised this time by the Rockland Board of Elections rather than St. Lawrence’s corrupt political machine.
Hard to believe, but we are still waiting for a date for oral arguments before the New York Appeals court.
We owe Michael Parietti and Robert Romanowski eternal gratitude for their skillful defeat of St. Lawrence’s legal lapdogs. Our two non-lawyers beat the best that St. Lawrence could throw at them, but we still owe them several thousand dollars for required filing fees and printing costs.
Anyone who wonders why we need single member districts in Ramapo need only read the pathetic excuses of “our” Ramapo town board in the Journal News. This is a board that said nothing when St. Lawrence forced his civilian employees to sign an illegal gag order. They endorsed St. Lawrence’s planning and zoning boards–boards that approve any and every development proposal that comes before them. This is a board that approved three highly questionable chief building inspectors in a row.
Hardly last, and certainly not least, was their pathetic excuse that they had no idea St. Lawrence was manipulating our books and committing bond fraud.
For the record, both Moody’s and debtwire.com [small d] testified against St. Lawrence at his recent trial. They had questioned St. Lawrence after we sent them critical financial information. Anyone, including the Ramapo town board, could have followed our letters in the Journal News and our reports on Preserve- Ramapo.org. Of course our corrupt board also had access to much more information that we had. But, as one would expect from a corrupt political machine, they closed their eyes and ears and made believe they had no idea what was going on.
The only way we can protect our community is by dividing Ramapo into neighborhoods, with each electing its own representative to our town board. This system of single member districts will protect us from a political system dominated by slumlords and developers.
We hope that we will be able to hold a new referendum on election day in November under the auspices of an honest Rockland Board of Elections. But this referendum will cost us money we don’t have. So please do give us a check made out to Preserve Ramapo to help pay for our legal and campaign expenses.
If you can’t come to our party you can send a contribution to Preserve Ramapo, Box 325, Suffern, N.Y, 0901
Robert Rhodes, Chairman Preserve Ramapo