Judge Cathy Seibel has scheduled Wednesday afternoon, December 13 to pass sentence on the convicted ex-Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence. There are three issues to be settled: number of years in federal prison, a personal fine for his crimes, and the damages attributed to the 20 felonies for which a jury found him guilty.
Hello all. This is a reminder of the last Hillcrest CUPON meeting of the year. Come out, meet some old friends and neighbors, make some new friends, have some light refreshments and learn what is happening with housing in the immediate area. I hope to see you there! 7pm at the Hillcrest Firehouse.
“Former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence’s sentencing hearing continues Monday in White Plains on how much money investors may have lost from a fraudulent bond scheme to build the baseball stadium and hide the town’s financial malaise.
One result of the continuing hearing is that the sentencing of former Ramapo assistant town attorney Aaron Troodler has been rescheduled for Jan. 2.
Troodler pleaded guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy in March and cooperated with prosecutors for a lesser sentence by testifying against St. Lawrence during his trial from April to mid-May. Troodler potentially faces two to four years in prison. [Read more…]
“A federal judge released his findings Thursday that parts of Pomona’s zoning code are discriminatory and would limit the rights of Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov to build a dormitory school along Routes 202 and 306.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas’s 112-page decision opens the door for Tartikov to apply for a special permit and submit site plans that are not subject to specific zoning code provisions. Those include regulations on dormitories, schools and wetlands. [Read more…]
CUPON members and all other interested parties are invited to the last meeting of the year for the Chestnut Ridge CUPON–Monday, December 4 at 7:00pm at the South Spring Valley Firehouse, 26 Red Schoolhouse Road.
The agenda includes: 1) Updates on current issues; 2) Participation in CUPON activitiies and action items; and 3) Fundraising efforts, present and future.
This is an important chance to have your voice heard by the court that is now deciding what the sentence will be for our convicted ex-Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence. The trial is in the sentencing stage, and St. Lawrence’s attorney is asking for a 24-month probation and no jail time. He has told the court, “No victim has come forward to claim they have been economically harmed.”
We all know how ridiculous that is, so we have set up a way for you to “come forward” and tell the court about the economic harm that is extensive, deep and has been delivered to you in many ways, not the least of which has been inside the envelopes with your tax bills.
Click here and you will go to the iPetition website where you can read the petition, and if you agree with the description of the damages that St. Lawrence has caused, then fill in your information and hit the sign button.
The Village Board of Spring Valley has scheduled a pubic hearing for Monday December 4 at 9:00 am to discuss the possibility of establishing a ward system for the election of village trustees and increasing the number of village trustees from 4 to 6. The purpose of the public hearing is for the village board to hear public input and feedback regarding a village ward system. The village board will also consider whether or not to set a date for a referendum so voters can decide for themselves whether or not to switch from the current at-large system of representation with only 4 trustees to a ward system with 6.
The second sentencing hearing for Christopher St. Lawrence at the Federal Courthouse in White Plains ended today at 1 pm. The prosecution’s expert witness from the SEC, Jonathan Wilcox explained how he determined the $2.3 million loss incurred by those who invested in the misrepresented Ramapo RLDC bonds. After hours of questioning, Judge Cathy Seibel adjourned the session and scheduled a resumption on December 11 at 1 pm. At that time, the expert witness for the defense will also present their estimate of the losses, if any, incurred by the investors. This information is necessary for the court to arrive at a number for the damage caused by St. Lawrence’s fraudulent numbers that were used to apply for the ballpark bonds. To be determined yet are the issues of a personal fine and the length of the sentence to be imposed. Judge Seibel also postponed the sentencing of Aaron Troodler until after the St. Lawrence sentencing is completed.
“Former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence’s sentencing on corruption-related charges has been delayed for an indefinite period as the judge weighs the extent of financial losses incurred by investors who bought the town’s municipal bonds.
U.S. Judge Cathy Seibel will begin taking testimony Wednesday morning from witnesses for the prosecution and defense on the estimated financial loss to investors. How the investors will be repaid and any St. Lawrence restitution remain separate issues for Seibel to decide. [Read more…]