Michael Bongiorno was angrier than most about Gov. Eliot Spitzer being reportedly involved with prostitutes. And not too many people were happier than Bongiorno that Spitzer’s political career could end.
Talking about Spitzer angers Bongiorno, who was Rockland’s district attorney for 12 years until losing in November to Democrat Thomas Zugibe.
Bongiorno, a Republican, still blames Spitzer for costing him election. Spitzer convinced New Square leaders to recommend they give the community’s bloc vote to Zugibe, during the final days of the campaign. Even when New Square leaders offered to split the community’s vote, Bongiorno said, Spitzer demanded it all for Zugibe.
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Three weeks after the Preserve Ramapo slate was swamped by the incumbent Democrats and their lock on the Monsey area bloc vote, plans are being made to seek criminal prosecution against those who tampered with the challengers’ election signs.
Preserve Ramapo activist Michael Castelluccio said the Rockland District Attorney’s Office and the state Board of Elections would be contacted because it seemed to Castelluccio that the tampering was meant to deliberately mislead voters.
Duplicates of Preserve Ramapo signs were posted on Election Day, some directing voters to the wrong ballot line and the wrong Web site.
Weeks earlier, bogus yellow and green Preserve Ramapo signs began popping up, calling the group Perverse Ramapo, and accusing it of having a racist agenda targeting the Jewish ultra orthodox community in and around Monsey.
The Ramapo town police investigated the most recent incident, and no charges were filed.
One of the people putting up the signs was Jacob Wagschal of Monsey, according to a police report obtained this week by The Journal News. Wagschal first told the police that the bogus signs were made by Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence “to throw off the Preserve Ramapo voters.”
“Wagschal then changed his story again,” the report stated, and he said “the signs were made by members of the community to help the supervisor’s election and that Wagschal and his friends were placing them throughout the town for the community and not for Supervisor St. Lawrence as Wagschal initially stated.”
St. Lawrence said he had nothing to do with the incident. He thought was a matter of people being foolishly overzealous.
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