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.

Rockland County School District Election Results

(Audio) It was school budget vote day yesterday in Rockland County. Budgets passed in Clarkstown, Nanuet, North Rockland, Nyack, Pearl River, Ramapo Central and South Orangetown.

East Ramapo’s budget was overwhelmingly turned down with 9,986 votes opposed and 1,441 votes in favor. The rejection was possibly due to a controversial proposal involving school busing for private school students…

Audio clip: Ellen Jaffee

That was Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee talking about the East Ramapo busing controversy on yesterday’s Morning Show.

Also, in Pearl River, a proposition to borrow $29 million for district-wide renovations and improvements passed. In South Orangetown voters approved two propositions pertaining to the district’s capital reserve fund.

For school boards that had contested elections, in East Ramapo, incumbent Harry Grossman was re-elected along with first-timers Joel Frielich and Mark Berkowitz. In South Orangetown Christine Lee was newly-elected to the school board, while incumbent Lonnie Jacobs was re-elected, defeating former County Executive Scott Vanderhoef. Ramapo Central elected two new trustees, Paul Shapiro and Tom Donnelly, while in Nyack James Marshall and Jen Marraccino were re-elected, joined by board newcomer Beth Davidson.

Chris St. Lawrence Trial Coming to a Close

Chris St. Lawrence will not be taking the stand in his own defense. The prosecution has a few more witnesses remaining today and defense has already indicated they have no witnesses to call to the stand in the Ramapo supervisor’s fraud and corruption trial. Yesterday a FEMA official testified about Ramapo’s applications for millions of dollars of reimbursement funds following Superstorm Sandy. Closing arguments could be heard later today and the case could go to the jury tomorrow.

Reports: CSL Will Not Take the Stand

Published reports indicate Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence will not be taking the stand in his own defense in his fraud and corruption trial in U.S. District Court in White Plains. The prosecution could wrap up its case shortly, and the jury could get the case on Wednesday.

Day 16: Chris St. Lawrence Trial

With just a few more witnesses to go, the prosecution could rest its case today, as the 16th day of the Chris St. Lawrence fraud and corruption trial gets underway in U.S. District Court in White Plains. No word yet on whether St. Lawrence will take the stand in his own defense.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.