ED DAY STATEMENT RE: CHRIS ST. LAWRENCE’S STATUS ON COUNTY COMMITTEES
I am calling for Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence to step down from two other positions of authority he holds in Rockland County: chairman of the Rockland County Sewer District #1 and chairman of the Rockland County Solid Waste Authority.
Both are unpaid positions.
Both require the attention of a public servant whose character and reputation are beyond reproach.
Given the allegations of corruption against Supervisor St. Lawrence made in the federal indictment, stepping aside is the only responsible action until the criminal charges against him are resolved.
The residents of Rockland deserve to know that their tax dollars are being used responsibly and their public facilities are being run by people who adhere to the highest ethical standards.
Both organizations provide crucial services in Rockland and both have responsibility for taxpayer money.
The Solid Waste Authority currently holds $51 million in outstanding bonds.
The Rockland County Sewer District #1 currently holds $197 million in outstanding bonds.
The investors who hold these bonds need to know that the operations upon which their investments rest are in good hands.
The Solid Waste Authority has an $48 million annual budget. It operates 10 facilities, including three transfer stations and a materials recycling center.
I am directing my two appointees on the Solid Waste Authority, Judge William Sherwood and Clarkstown Councilman John Noto, to request at the authority’s next meeting on April 20 for Mr. St. Lawrence to step aside pending resolution of the charges against him
The 13 members of sewer district’s Board of Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the Legislature of Rockland County. I am calling for the Board of Commissioners to demand Mr. St. Lawrence’s resignation.
The board next meets at 6 p.m., April 28.