“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.
The board members — Ullman, Patrick Withers, Brendel Logan-Charles, and Michael Rossman — will first meet in a workshop session at 7 p.m. to discuss the items and any personnel matters outside the public spotlight in executive session. The board meeting starts at 8 p.m. in Town Hall, 237 Route 59, Airmont.
Five things to be discussed at the meeting
- Hiring forensic auditors to review the books of the Ramapo Local Development Corp., the town’s economic arm used to take out $25 million in bonds to finance the controversial baseball stadium and financing for the Ramapo Commons condominiums on Elm Street. The RLDC’s lack of capital and use as a funnel for borrowing millions of dollars became a central issue in the conviction of St. Lawrence, who served at the agency’s president.
- Establishing a committee to study dissolving the Ramapo Local Development Corp.
- Revising the town code to prevente the supervisor from serving as finance director. St. Lawrence acted as the town finance director for several years before the town hired John Lynch for the job. Lynch didn’t return two telephone calls for comment.
- Setting a public hearing to impose a six-month moratorium preventing any new modular structures or trailers to be used as temporary classrooms and schools. The concept was to allow up to two years for schools to operate while building their own facilities. Few schools have been built as single-family houses have been converted into schools with trailers used for classrooms.
- Authorizing legal actions to seek injunctions against three properties operating schools: Congregation Gam Zhe Le’tovia at 93 Highview Road; Talmude Torah Ohr Yochanan, 97 Highview Road; and a school at 50-52 Carlton Road.”
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