The current Ramapo Supervisor, the Executive Director of his Ramapo Local Development Corp. (RLDC), and a current Ramapo Town Board member will appear before judges in Westchester and Airmont today. St. Lawrence and Aaron Troodler, both out on $500,000 bail, are facing 44 counts each, consisting of 22 federal criminal charges and 22 SEC civil charges. The Board Member, Shmuel Tress will appear in Airmont village court. Tress was charged with a first-degree felony for offering a false instrument and a misdemeanor of official misconduct related to his votes on zoning matters when he was on the Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals. The Rockland District Attorney charged Tress on information presented to the office by Preserve Ramapo.
The matters likely to be covered in Federal Court in White Plains regarding St. Lawrence and Troodler will be their attorney’s request for more time to review the mountain of evidence turned over to them at the last court date, as well as a possible schedule for motions and hearings. Tress will be in Airmont Justice Court, and his case is being prepared for a grand jury review.
The council member, Tress is facing up to four years in prison, and he could become a two-time loser as he has been convicted in the past on federal felony charges.
The Supervisor, St. Lawrence, and former Ramapo attorney, Troodler, are looking at a possible 20 years per count, times 22 federal counts against them (8 counts of security fraud, 13 counts of wire fraud, and 1 count of conspiracy).
Meanwhile, back home in Ramapo, Ramapo Town Attorney, Michael Klein, and Deputy Director of Finance, Nathan Oberman, are awaiting the civil action in which they were each charged with 22 civil counts by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Read The Journal News coverage of today’s proceedings here.