Trustees say there is no avoiding St. Lawrence’s taint
Trustees in the Village of Suffern are in open revolt against Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, officially requesting his resignation from office in a statement sent to the media Friday evening.
The trustees, including Mayor Ed Markunas, said federal allegations of wire and securities fraud filed Thursday morning against St. Lawrence ought to disqualify him from holding the office.
The statement read in full: In light of the most recent arrest and charges filed against Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence it is our position to ensure the proper governing and effective management of the Town of Ramapo, we call for the immediate resignation of Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence.
On Thursday, April 14, 2016 Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence was arrested and charged with 22 charges of federal securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy charges for allegedly selling $150,000,000 in municipal bonds based on inflated town financial documents.
These charges, if founded, are not only criminal but are also an egregious violation of public trust!
As elected officials of the Village of Suffern, we strive to uphold good governance and ethical behavior of those who are elected into public office. It is not in the best interest of the Town of Ramapo or the Village of Suffern to have Christopher St. Lawrence remain in his official capacity given his recent arrest and the charges filed against him.
We need to restore faith and good governance in the Town of Ramapo.
Ramapo residents deserve better!