Ramapo Holds First Public Meeting in Post-CSL Era

The Ramapo Town Board held its first public meeting since the supervisor was found guilty last week of fraud and corruption in federal court. The four remaining board members, who occasionally heard calls to step aside, scheduled a public hearing on freezing new modular schools for six months, moved to curtail the supervisor’s control over town finances and establish a committee to abolish the Rockland Local Development Corporation, and get a forensic auditor to examine the RLDC’s finances. No replacement for Chris St. Lawrence was made, leaving that, for now up to the election process.

Rockland County’s Consumer Protection Director, Terry Grosselfinger, Dies at 68

Rockland County’s consumer protection director, Terry Grosselfinger, died Friday at Hackensack University Medical Center after a long battle with leukemia. Grosselfinger, a Suffern native and Suffern High School graduate, was a decorated military veteran who served in Vietnam. He was Rockland’s director of Housing and Urban Development, then chief of staff for former County Executive Scott Vanderhoef. He was 68. The family will honor Terry’s life this Wednesday May 24th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Wanamaker and Carlough Funeral Home in Suffern. Funeral services will take place on Thursday at 11am at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern. View his obituary here.

Callers Weigh In on CSL Verdict

The guilty verdicts in the Chris St. Lawrence case happened after we were off the air Friday afternoon, but plenty of you got the chance to voice your opinion on the air yesterday during the Morning Show…

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St. Lawrence was found guilty Friday of 20 of 22 counts against him. He faces sentencing in September.

Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence Found Guilty

Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence was found guilty Friday afternoon of 20 of 22 counts against him. It took the jury about a day-and-a-half of deliberating to come up with the verdict. They agreed with the prosecution’s case that St. Lawrence boosted the town’s finances to get municipal bonds to pay for the baseball park in Pomona. He was found guilty of 11 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of securities fraud, and one count of conspiracy. He was acquitted of one count each of wire fraud and securities fraud. Acting U-S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon Kim, said St. Lawrence, “lied repeatedly to the investing public about the state of Ramapo’s finances.” Outside the courtroom St. Lawrence had no comment, but his attorney did say they would appeal the verdict. He faces sentencing in September. Each count of wire and securities fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The maximum for the conspiracy count is five years. The sentence will be determined by the judge.

Report: Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence Guilty of 20 Counts

Published report says Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence has been found guilty of 20 of 22 counts against him. Jury handed down verdict earlier today in U.S. District Court in White Plains. Rockland County Executive Ed Day commented on the verdict: “Holding public office is a privilege. Any public official found guilty of breaking the law has violated that sacred public trust. The conclusion of this jury that the Ramapo Supervisor broke the law is a stain on the town and all of Rockland County. We support every effort to restore integrity to Ramapo.” Sentencing is scheduled for September.

 

 

Day Two of Deliberations in CSL Trial Underway

Deliberations are underway as the jury deciding the fate of Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence had retired for the day yesterday without reaching a verdict. Deliberations began yesterday in U.S. District Court in White Plains. Earlier in the day, jurors asked for transcripts from specific portions witnesses, including testimony from Ramapo town attorney Michael Klein, former Ramapo Local Development Corporation executive director Aaron Troodler, and for information about $3.6M revenue related to the Boulders’ ballpark. St. Lawrence faces 22 counts of fraud and conspiracy, and other charges.

CSL Trial Jury Retires for Day with No Verdict; Asked for Read-backs of Testimony

Published reports say the jury deliberating the fate of Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence has retired for the day without reaching a verdict. Earlier, the jury wanted to re-hear testimony from Ramapo town attorney Michael Klein, former RLDC executive director Aaron Troodler, and information about $3.6M revenue. Jury deliberations will continue Friday morning.

Upper Nyack Elementary Closed Due to Fallen Tree

Upper Nyack Elementary is closed after a tree fell nearby. North Broadway is reportedly closed as there is police activity in the area. 

Jury Gets Case in Chris St. Lawrence Corruption Trial

Closing arguments ended yesterday and the jury now has the case, in the corruption trial against Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence. Deliberations are scheduled to begin this morning in U.S. District Court in White Plains. St. Lawrence faces 22 counts of fraud and conspiracy, and other charges related to the construction of the Boulders’ baseball stadium. A verdict could come as early as today, and coincidentally, today is the Boulders’ opening day.

Day 18: CSL Case in Jury’s Hands

Closing arguments have ended and the jury now has the case in the corruption and fraud trial against Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence. Deliberations are scheduled to begin Thursday morning.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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