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.”
The story on the front page of Sunday’s Journal News opens with:
“A special assistant to the Rockland district attorney who served as a liaison to the county’s ultra-Orthodox community surrendered his badge after The Journal News/lohud.com revealed he obtained straw donations for a political candidate four years ago while an FBI investigation was underway.
Rabbi Zalman Beck, known as a political operative in Rockland County, obtained straw donor checks for state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s mayoral campaign while Smith was under FBI investigation. Smith and five others were ultimately convicted of various crimes in the sting.
Beck was appointed to the volunteer post in 2008, Rockland DA Thomas Zugibe said. Federal prosecutors said at Smith’s sentencing last July that Beck obtained straw donor checks for Smith, who was convicted of trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot as a Republican.”
Read the complete story here. There’s more information on the Spring Valley investigation, the Orthodox radio station NYJCC, and the still-sealed recordings used in the Smith trial and conviction.