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Holier Than…Nothing At All

County Legislator Joe Meyers may hate many different people and ideas, but there is one thing he loves above all: Himself. There is nobody in politics today that carries themselves with the same air of self-righteousness like Joe Meyers, the only Preserve Ramapo candidate to have ever held county office.
 
Most recently, Meyers separated himself from his legislative colleagues on the issue of the decade: legislative redistricting. Every ten years, by law, governments that have representatives from man-made districts, such as Congress, state legislatures, and the county legislature, have to remake those districts in accordance with the new Census figures, so that each representative will serve the same number of people in their position. This year, county legislative districts are being redrawn based on the 2010 U.S. Census Data.
 
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Cuckoos At The Convention

Monday night's convention of the Ramapo Democratic Committee clearly demonstrated the lack of any leadership - or normalcy - in the nearly-defunct Preserve Ramapo organization. Two years ago, when Preserve Ramapo sought to take over the Ramapo Democratic Committee in another failing effort to gain some power, they had a respectable number of people win area elections to get seats on the committee. Still, as with every election, they ultimately failed.

On Monday, they had far fewer seats than they did two years ago, but at meetings held prior to the convention at the home of Joe Meyers, a county legislator and leader of the Preserve Ramapo group, they decided to once again attempt a takeover of the committee. To gain control of the committee, one group of people needed to rally enough votes to elect a Chair of the committee that was of their ...
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School Sale In Limbo Amid Flurry Of Rumors And Innuendo

The proposed sale of Hillcrest Elementary School by the East Ramapo School Board to Yeshiva Avir Yaakov of New Square has been met with challenges, objections, and a temporary order halting the sale. Amid the new battle in East Ramapo, which has formed over the sale of this particular school, a great deal of rumor and untruths have been circulated by those opposed to the sale.

The story of the sale of this school dates back several months, when the school board proposed its first budget for the voters to approve. The first budget, which called for minimal cuts, was supported by the public school minority in the district, and even the most fervent critics of the school board campaigned heavily for it. Included in that budget was a provision to sell Hillcrest Elementary and use the funds to balance the budget.
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Stein Wins Locally, Gillibrand, Paladino, Schneiderman Win Statewide

On a day that saw voters of all parties take part in their respective primary races, election results in many instances were surprising and unexpected. On the statewide level, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand easily defeated fellow Democrat Gail Goode in her re-election primary by a margin of 410,147 to 130,179. Goode was a government lawyer and an activist, and Gillibrand took office after being appointed to the senate to replace Hillary Clinton.

The most surprising victory of the night was in the Republican primary for governor. Rick Lazio, a former Congressman who ran against Hillary Clinton in 2000, had the support of the Republican Party establishment in his bid for the state’s top post, and it was widely expected that he would be the Republican candidate facing Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate, in November.

Several months ago, Carl Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo-based developer entered the race, first as an independent candidate, on a platform of tax reform and other proposals. Not long after, he decided to pursue the Republican Party nomination and submitted petitions to challenge Rick Lazio in a Republican primary. During the campaign, nobody thought much of his chances to win the Republican primary, but on Tuesday, the political establishment across the state was shocked when the returns came in.

From the first reported results, Rick Lazio trailed Paladino badly, and throughout the night, his numbers did not improve. At one point, with more than half of the results in, Paladino led Lazio by a margin of more than 2-to-1. Ultimately, Paladino got 68% of the vote, or 272,898 votes, and Lazio had 38%, or 166,656 votes.

Republicans also held other primaries. In a race to be the Republican candidate challenging Senator Chuck Schumer in November, political consultant Jay Townsend defeated a former CIA worker, Gary Berntsen, 56% to 44%. Joseph DioGuardi edged out two other Republicans in the primary to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall. DioGuardi had 42% of the vote, opponent David Malpass had 38%, and Bruce Blakeman had 21%. DioGuardi won by about 17,000 votes. Both Schumer and Gillibrand are heavily favored to win their respective elections in November.

The most widely watched primary this year was the race for attorney general. In a five-way primary, State Senator Eric Schneiderman narrowly defeated Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, 34% to 32%. Schneiderman was trailing Rice for most of the night, but when all the results were in he held on to a 13,500-vote lead. Sean Coffey came in third with 16% of the vote, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky had 10% of the vote, and Eric Dinallo had 8% of the votes cast.

In the primary for Congress, Anthony Mele and York Kleinhandler ran against each other for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel in November. The race was tight all night, but unofficial returns have Kleinhandler winning by a margin of 3,225 to 3,046.

In local elections, the heated Democratic Primary for Ramapo Town Justice ended in a clear and decisive victory for sitting Judge David J. Stein. Stein, a former Councilman in Ramapo for 25 years, was challenged by Noah Weinberg, the former Social Services Commissioner of Rockland. Unofficial results have Stein winning by a margin of 3,674 to 2,102. In November, Stein will be the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Parties candidate, while Weinberg will be on the Republican and Conservative lines.

In Suffern, Jo Corrigan and incumbent John Meehan won the Democratic primary for the village board, narrowly defeating former Trustee Jack Rosenberg and current Trustee Bill Schoenleber.

There were two primaries for the State Assembly seat currently held by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski. Zebrowski, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Frank Sparaco in November. On Tuesday, the two ran against each other for the Independence Party line as well as the Working Families party nomination. Zebrowski won the Independence Party primary, but Sparaco seems to have edged Zebrowski for the Working Families line, according to unofficial results.

This election was also the first election using the new scan ballots. Under this system of voting, voters filled in a circle next to the name of the candidate they were voting for, and submitted that paper ballot into a machine that scanned and counted their votes. The new system, while more time consuming than the old one, is also supposed to be more secure and error-proof.

During the day of the election, many reported difficulties with the new system, including problems getting the ballot scanned properly, being handed the wrong ballot entirely, and general issues understanding the new voting process.

Issues that came up during the election will be addressed by election officials. With the new machines making their debut across the state on Tuesday, it is likely that changes or improvements made to the process will be done jointly, either through numerous county elections commissioners discussing the issues with each other, or with new directives coming from the state. There were very few major issues that arose, giving many hope that the minor ones can be dealt with before the full election in November.

With Neighborly Support, Ramapo Planning Board Approves Yeshiva

By: Daniel Friedman

Babcock Lane is a dead end street lined with homes separated from one another by vast lawns and backyards. One of the narrowest streets in Ramapo separates the two sides of the road; each dotted with single-family homes, some with American flags waving lightly in the winter wind. An eerily quiet street, Babcock Lane is made even more so by the fact that it is less than a mile away from the busy Wesley Kosher shopping center on Route 306.

It was the quiet solitude of the neighborhood that first attracted the founders of K’Hal Toras Chaim, a yeshiva that many sought to build on a 13-acre tract of land at the very end of this narrow road off of Route 306 in Monsey. After two years of discussions and negotiations, on Tuesday night, the Ramapo Planning Board voted to approve the yeshiva by an overwhelming majority.

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Ramapo Wins Tax Case In A Victory For Taxpayers

By: Daniel Friedman

The only municipality in Rockland County to help taxpayers by not raising property taxes has given yet another victory to town homeowners. The Town of Ramapo has won a lawsuit they filed against Millennium Pipeline, which will more than quadruple the amount of money they pay in property taxes.

Millennium Pipeline runs numerous underground high-pressure natural gas pipelines throughout Ramapo, delivering natural gas to those who use it. Though they own no major property, their use of town space is taxable. Millennium Pipeline operates similar underground operations throughout New York State, and has consistently fought to lower the valuation of their systems to pay less property tax to the municipalities they have a presence in.

In other places in the state, such as Buffalo, where property values have crashed, the company gets away with paying very little in taxes. However, in Ramapo, Supervisor St. Lawrence demanded that this company pay their fair share in property taxes. St. Lawrence argued that with the rise in living and building costs, pipelines in Ramapo should be taxed in line with homeowners in Ramapo, and not in line with pipelines elsewhere in the state, where property is far cheaper.

Supervisor St. Lawrence took his case to the New York State Office of Real Property Taxes. Laying out his arguments, the department reviewed the case, and determined that the taxable value of Millennium’s gas pipelines in Ramapo was $38 million. Previously, the pipelines were valued at $9 million. Consequently, Millennium will now see their Ramapo tax bill rise more than four times, resulting in an additional $500,000 in tax revenue for Ramapo.

This victory benefits not only the Town of Ramapo, but taxpayers, who will now bear less of the tax burden. However, though the state’s decision is certainly a success, it is not the end of the fight.

Phil Tisi, assistant to Supervisor St. Lawrence, told The Advocate that the town would push for an even higher valuation. “We think it’s still too low,” he said of the $38 million valuation. The town has now hired new counsel who will push for higher appraisal, so that the town will earn even more tax revenue from the company.

This is far from the first victory that Supervisor St. Lawrence has enjoyed over a utility company. In the past, he has fought against Orange & Rockland as well as United Water and others, for rate increases, service interruptions, and any perceived injustice against consumers.

“The supervisor has been a leader in fighting against outrageous increases in utility costs,” Tisi said. “I don’t understand why more officials aren’t fighting against them.”

Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Depends Who!

By: Daniel Friedman

It seems that the old adage underlying the American Justice System, "Innocent Until Proven Guilty," has been thrown aside by some in Ramapo. Preserve Ramapo, known for the sometimes quirky behavior of its leadership, has done it once again. The organization, which was ostensibly founded to oppose increased development in our town, has reached its tentacles into other areas bearing no relation to their cause, including education, and this week, the case against a county legislator who doesn't live in his district.

After an investigation which resulted in Legislator Jacques Michel being thrown off the voter rolls after it was discovered he did not live in the legislative district he was elected to represent, Preserve Ramapo has quickly -for some reason- come to his defense. Not only that, they do so in a big way - by establishing a "legal defense fund" to help him raise money for a lawyer to defend him against his apparent violation ...

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Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence Wins Big

By: Daniel Friedman



The crowd that had gathered at the victory celebration party of Supervisor St. Lawrence on Tuesday night seemed to mirror all the voters in the town of Ramapo. When Supervisor St. Lawrence entered
the room with his running mates after being declared the clear winner in the election, the people in the room were a clear representation of the over 13,500 Ramapo voters who went out to vote for
Supervisor St. Lawrence over the course of the day.

Winning by a margin of nearly two to one, St. Lawrence carried areas all over Ramapo in an election that featured lower voter turnout than there was two years ago. In 2007, over 26,000 residents
voted in the Ramapo Supervisor race, while this year about 21,000 people voted.

Despite the lower turnout, St. Lawrence won by a grater margin of victory than ever since his first election. Unofficial results have him receiving 13,505 votes, and Bruce Levine, his Preserve Ramapo ...

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And The Winners Are…

By: Daniel Friedman



Tuesday’s elections featured important races on several levels of government. On Page 4, The Advocate has broken down the vote tallies in the Monsey community by Election District, to demonstrate
which candidates had the support of the community at large.


The following is a summary of all the election results in the area:



One of the most watched races this year has been the election for Rockland’s top office: County Executive. Republican incumbent C. Scott Vanderhoef defeated Democratic challenger and Orangetown
supervisor Thom Kleiner by a vote of 32,361 to 27,753. County Clerk Paul Piperato faced no opposition, and was the top vote-getter in

Rockland, receiving 49,757 votes.



In Ramapo, Supervisor St. Lawrence handily defeated Preserve Ramapo candidate Bruce Levine by a margin of 13,505 to 7,672. In the race for the town board, David J. Stein and Yitzy Ullman received
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St. Lawrence Crushes Levine - Again

In an election that featured very high turnout in the Preserve Ramapo strongholds, Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence dealt a final blow to Bruce Levine, Preserve Ramapo's candidate for Town Supervisor. After defeating Levine in September's Primary by about 20 points- a political landslide - St. Lawrence received a mandate from the voters of Ramapo as he defeated Bruce Levine 13,347 to 7,493, with 98% machines counted.
 
In the days leading up to the election, the Levine campaign had resorted to underhanded attacks In a last-minute effort to scrap a few more votes. however, even with the high Preserve Ramapo turnout, voters across the town- in every village of Ramapo - cast a heavy number of votes for Supervisor St. Lawrence.
 
The Levine campaign, which began in the parking lot of Ramapo Town Hall several months ago ended on Tuesday with a resounding defeat that left no room for error. Levine immediately began a negative campaign months ago targeting certain groups of people, a tactic which was highlighted by a campaign mailing ...<< MORE >>

County Executive Scott Vanderhoef Seeks Fifth Term

By: Daniel Friedman

 


C. Scott Vanderhoef has been Rockland’s County Executive for more than 15 years, and he’s looking to add four more to that number. Throughout his tenure as the county’s top official, Vanderhoef, a Republican, has continued to stay in office despite Democratic voters outnumbering Republicans in Rockland by a margin of more than 2 to 1. In an interview with The Advocate, Vanderhoef explained the challenges facing the county, and how he plans to tackle them.


Vanderhoef was born and raised in Rockland, and began his political career as a member of the Ramapo Central School Board, where he served for six years. In 1993, he was elected County Executive, Rockland’s second in history.


Scott Vanderhoef is running on his experiences as County Executive and seeks to expand on them. He is touting a record of increasing jobs in Rockland, as well as the number of affordable housing units, as he travels the county meeting with voters.


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Joe Meyers Refuses To Answer Up To His Statements To His Own Supporter

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Preserve Ramapo Skirts The Law Once Again

By: Daniel Friedman

Preserve Ramapo, an organization founded by Bob Frankl, who illegally voted in the September 15th primary, has come into trouble with the law once again. As a political organization that raises money, Preserve Ramapo is required to file regular reports with the Board of Elections disclosing their finances. The deadline to do sp has come and gone, and no such report was filed. The organization that supposedly pushes for more accountability among those in politics and government apparently has failed to practice what they preach.
 
Some questions relating to the finances of this organization and the Levine campaign remain. Firstly, where is Robert Rhodes? This entire campaign, beginning with the announcement by Bruce Levine of his candidacy for Supervisor as the Preserve Ramapo candidate, Rhodes has not been seen or heard from in months, and has missed every major public event and meeting which his most ardent supporters attended. Rhodes, who is the chairman of the group, has left his ship without its captain, which explains why Preserve Ramapo and the Levine campaign ...<< MORE >>

Update: Preserve Ramapo Leader Reacts To Reserve Ramapo Article

Hours after an article first appeared on Reserve Ramapo about the apparent voter fraud committed by Preserve Ramapo Founder and former Wesley Hills Mayor Robert Frankl, Frankl appeared at the Rockland County Board of Elections to file an affidavit related to his voter registration and change of address. Frankl did not change his address at the Board of Elections before the primary as he was required to do by law in order to vote. Nevertheless, he voted in the Democratic Primary in the town of Ramapo, even though he had moved out of the town more than a month earlier.
 
This revelation has led many to call for an investigation into the matter, but Frankl’s immediate visit to the board of Elections is proof enough that the allegations first reported on Reserve Ramapo’s website were in fact true.
 
On Wednesday, a formal complaint was filed with the Rockland County Board of Elections alleging voter fraud in the case of Frankl’s illegal vote cast in the September 15th Democratic Primary. It will now be in the hands of the board ...<< MORE >>

Reserve Ramapo Exclusive: Former Mayor and Preserve Ramapo Founder Voted Illegally

By: Daniel Friedman

Bob Frankl, the former longtime mayor of Wesley Hills, and one of the founders of the Preserve Ramapo organization, apparently voted illegally in the September 15th primary election. Frankl, who retired from his position, moved out of Wesley Hills in August and settled in Garnerville, outside of the town of Ramapo. About a month later, however, Frankl apparently returned to Ramapo to cast his vote in the September 15th Democratic Primary.

The Democratic primary, which featured incumbent Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence, and his Preserve Ramapo opponent, Bruce Levine, was a landslide victory for Supervisor St. Lawrence. Frankl’s position in Preserve Ramapo can lead everyone to speculate with a fair degree of certainty that Frankl came to Ramapo and cast his vote illegally for Bruce Levine.

An independent review by Reserve Ramapo uncovered a confirmation from the Rockland County Board of Elections that Frankl voted in the primary, even though he was not eligible to. Once a voter surrenders their residency in one locale and moves to another, they surrender their right to ...<< MORE >>

A Call For Unity… Ignored Once Again

By: Daniel Friedman


On September 15th, voters in the two major parties voted overwhelmingly for Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence as he sought and continues to seek his re-election. St. Lawrence faced fellow Democrat Bruce Levine, the Preserve Ramapo candidate for supervisor, in the Democratic Primary, and received about 60% of the vote. This was an overwhelming victory for St. Lawrence, especially given the fact that all of Levine’s strongest areas in Ramapo voted in high turnout figures, while the rest of Ramapo did not (see previous article for an analysis). Despite the high turnout in all of Levine’s strong areas, he still lost the primary by an overwhelming 20% margin.

After Democrats wage a primary against each other, it is customary for all those who participated in the process to come together and support the winner of the primary. Supervisor St. Lawrence’s victories on Primary Day virtually guarantee him his re-election- a fact recognized by even his fiercest opponents. It would be a no-brainer for any candidate who faced such a loss to do ...<< MORE >>

Supervisior Christopher P. St. Lawrence Gives His Primary Victory Speech on 9/15/09

Supervisior Christopher P. St. Lawrence Gives His Primary Victory Speech on 9/15/09 at The Holiday Inn in Ramapo
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2009 Primary Analysis

By: Daniel Friedman

With the results of the 2009 primary elections in, and Supervisor St. Lawrence winning by large margins in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, it is time to analyze where the votes for both candidates came from, and what the turnout figures suggest about the election. An analysis of the election districts that Supervisor St. Lawrence won shows that turnout in those districts was between 50% - 75%. Districts that Bruce Levine won had a higher percentage of turnout, suggesting that in areas St. Lawrence won in, he could have won in much larger numbers had the turnout been as high in those districts as it was in others. As a result, if turnout had been 100% in all areas, Supervisor St. Lawrence would have won the primaries by several times the 2,000-vote margin of victory he had with the low turnout.

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St. Lawrence Crushes In Historic Primary Day

By: Daniel Friedman
 
Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence cruised to a resounding victory on Tuesday, a Primary Day which had the supervisor on both Republican and Democratic lines for re-election. In the Democratic Primary, St. Lawrence received 5,833 votes to Bruce Levine’s 3,963. The landslide election victory gave St. Lawrence a clear mandate over Democrats in Ramapo, but he also received heavy support in the Republican Primary. Republican voters across the town spurned their own fellow Republican Robert Romanowski, a longtime Preserve Ramapo leader. Christopher St. Lawrence won 58% of the vote, receiving 1,585 votes, and Romanowski lost by 16%, receiving only 1,168 votes.

In his victory speech, St. Lawrence was magnanimous in his victory, and urged Romanowski and Levine to come together and support the choices the voters made in the primary elections. He promised to reach out to them to bring them on board. It is unknown whether Levine or Romanowski will now support the winners of the primary, even though that is something that has traditionally been done in elections past. Having lost the ...<< MORE >>

Game Over!!!

We are happy to announce that our esteemed supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence won the Democratic and Republican Primaries with a landslide!!
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Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence Seeks`7th Straight Victory

By: Daniel Friedman

Christopher P. St. Lawrence is a man who carries himself with the confidence of a man of experience; a leader tested by inheriting the fallout of the poor decisions made by those who came before him, attacked by those who can’t explain the workings of town government, and through it all, persevered and made Ramapo a nationally recognized town and a model for local governments across the nation.

St. Lawrence starts his days off early in the morning, when most Ramapo residents have just begun to prepare for the day ahead. Most days, he pulls into the parking lot outside Town Hall before 8 in the morning, which is completely empty when he shows up for work. Throughout the day, he holds meetings inside and outside his office, and is often seen around town making sure important projects are worked on. At night, he’s still at work, rarely coming home before 9 or 10 PM, and works past midnight sometimes on the nights the town board meets.

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Town Councilman Yitzy Ullman Running For A New Full Term

By: Daniel Friedman

Yitzy Ullman has something that nobody running for a town wide office has, and that is his youth. His running mates, Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence and fellow Councilman David J. Stein, may have energy and experience as well, but Ullman has captured the title of being the youngest elected official in any office within the town of Ramapo or any of its villages.

Youth is the trademark of Ullman’s campaign and a symbol of a slate of candidates with diverse life experiences and assets that each brings to the election. While it may seem that Ullman mostly brings youthful vigor to the ticket, he brings far more than that.

For almost 10 years, Ullman, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration, worked as an administrator of assisted living facilities in Ramapo serving the elderly and disabled. That work, he said, “kept me connected to the community and families in this town.”

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13-Year Town Justice Rhoda Schoenberger Seeks Re-Election

By: Daniel Friedman


Ramapo Town Judge Rhoda Schoenberger learned the values of hard work and family early on in life; values which have been a staple of her legal and judicial career for nearly four decades. Growing up in a four-family house with her grandparents and other extended family members, who also spoke Yiddish, her upbringing left a lasting impression on her about the importance of family and community.

Rhoda received a degree in math and psychology, and went on to Columbia University and graduated with a Master’s degree in psychology. However, her earnest desire to become a lawyer since her younger days nagged at her, and when she met a young student of Columbia Law School, she decided to enroll and follow her dream. She would later marry that student, Ilan Schoenberger, who is currently a Rockland County legislator.

The Schoenbergers opened up a practice which is still located on Route 59 in Spring Valley, becoming partners and representing clients who lived in the community.

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Rep. Eliot Engel Endorses Town Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence For Re Election In Ramapo

Eliot Engel Endorses Town Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence For Re Election In Ramapo New York on 8/20/09.





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The Town of Ramapo's Construction On Maple Ave.

Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence Takes Us Onto The Construction Site On Maple Ave In Monsey to Show us The Progress to The Road, The Sidewalks, The Drainage, And The Lighting.




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Mysterious $12,000 Contributors To Bruce Levine’s Campaign Identified

Jennifer and Matthew Kropf, who each contributed $6,000 to the campaign of Preserve Ramapo’s candidate for town supervisor, Bruce Levine, have been identified. They are the daughter and son-in-law of Bob Rhodes, the Chairman of the Preserve Ramapo organization.

The contributions raise questions about powerful interests who funnel money through individuals they know or are related to in order to illegally boost campaign war chests by skirting around campaign finance laws. The law sets limits on individual contributions, but if someone were interested enough to contribute more money than those limits, they often give that money to a relative or close friend, who then contribute the money to the candidate. This makes the candidate look good, but also provides a buffer for the candidate and their contributor by not openly breaking the law. However, it is important to note that reimbursing individuals for campaign contributions is clearly ...<< MORE >>

All Candidates Converge For One And Only Debate

By: Daniel Friedman

On Tuesday night, about 25 candidates for offices in Spring Valley and Ramapo came together at the Kurtz Civic Center for the first and only debate of the primary season. It was a much-anticipated event as there had not been a single debate between any candidates seeking any office, and soon after it began, there was standing room only as residents of Spring Valley and Ramapo came to hear their candidates speak and debate on the issues affecting the future of the village and the town.


The debate began with short statements by the candidates for Town Council. David J. Stein, an incumbent councilman, spoke about his experience and record as a councilman, and as someone who has lived in the town for over 50 years. Yitzy Ullman, another incumbent councilman, said that during campaigns, many candidates like to talk ...<< MORE >>

Longest-Serving Councilman David J. Stein Seeks Re-Election

By: Daniel Friedman

At a time when everyone seems to be talking about the “change” that Ramapo has experienced in recent years, one thing that hasn’t changed is a stalwart of Ramapo that has served on the Town Council for almost a quarter of a century: David J. Stein.

Stein has seen all the changes that have taken place in Ramapo over the last number of decades, and that didn’t just start when he began serving on the Town Council in 1986. He had been involved in town politics for many years before then, and has lived in Ramapo more than twice as long as he served on its Town Council: a whopping 53 years and counting.

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More Filings Bring More Questions

By: Daniel Friedman

Every time Bruce Levine files another campaign finance report, more questions are raised about the ethics and legality of many of his contributions. In his first filing, it was revealed that Bruce Levine accepted a $6,000 check from Bob Rhodes, the Chairman of the Preserve Ramapo organization. This time, Bruce accepted two checks for $6,000 apiece. Both checks were given on the same day- one from Jennifer Kropf, and one from Matthew Kropf. They share the same address, and the checks were written one after another- one was check number 2017, and the next was 2018.
 
However, the real odd thing about these contributions- the largest of Bruce's entire campaign- is that not only are the Kropfs not from Ramapo, they are not from New York. This clearly begs the question: Why would two people who don't live in Ramapo ...<< MORE >>

Preserving Ramapo’s Future

In less than two weeks, the voters in the Town of Ramapo will have a chance to once again go out to vote for a few seats that are being contested in local elections. Between all of them, the most important one is the office of Ramapo Town Supervisor, which has been held for more than eight years by the Honorable Chris St. Lawrence.

Supervisor St. Lawrence is running on his record of accomplishments. The Supervisor took over a town almost a decade ago which was run down: its sewer system was overflowing, yet the town didn’t do much about it; most main roads had cracks and holes in it which made it difficult for cars to drive by without getting damaged; adults who walked to and from shopping centers and didn’t have sidewalks to walk on, or street lights at night to ...<< MORE >>

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