Former Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $75,000 for securities fraud.
Acting Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman said the sentencing “closes the book on a painful chapter in our town’s history.”
Ullman, who was re-elected last month as a Town CounciI member, said that since the longtime supervisor was forced out following his corruption conviction in May, the council had enacted measures aimed at countering the prior administration’s misdeeds.
“As we head into the new year with new leadership, we are committed to continuing our commitment to openness, transparency and accountability in town government,” Ullman said in a statement.
County Executive Ed Day, a Republican, said that although some may disagree with the severity of the sentence, “we must respect the findings of our legal system. The fraud perpetuated by former Supervisor St. Lawrence was not a ‘victimless’ crime. There are many victims, both in the Town of Ramapo, in Rockland County and beyond. As a county, we can only hope that the sentence handed down in federal court today closes a sad chapter in Ramapo, the largest town in Rockland,” Day said in a statement.