“More than a dozen feisty protesters demanded town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence resign outside Town Hall Monday morning, displaying signs and chanting against the embattled Democrat.
“I’d love to see Chris St. Lawrence do what’s best for the community and step down,” said Paul Diamond of Ramapo. “He’s given us a ballpark we didn’t want. He claims he puts the community first — so let him put his ego aside and step down.”
St. Lawrence left his Town Hall office during the protest and could not be reached for comment.
The supervisor was arrested Thursday on federal corruption charges alleging that he and other government officials rigged the town’s finances to cover up deficits and get bond money to build the Rockland Boulders baseball stadium in the northern section of town.
St. Lawrence, the supervisor since 2000, has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges, along with the former director of the town’s local development corporation. They and two other Rockland County officials also face related civil charges brought by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
On Friday three state lawmakers from the county demanded St. Lawrence’s immediate resignation, while County Executive Ed Day said the supervisor should leave his appointed posts on the county sewer and solid waste commissions.
St. Lawrence has not responded directly to those demands; he said Friday morning he planned to continue to do his job.”
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