The Sept. 9 Democratic primary isn’t just about Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee’s race against Town Clerk Christian Sampson. It’s also about control of the town committee, with more than 200 canidates for seats in 31 of 90 election districts.
Ramapo Democrats for Change, the group challenging the status quo, said in an e-mail this week that it was out to fix “a local party broken by self-serving incumbents, special interests and patronage.”
Its organizers include County Legislator Joseph Meyers, D-Airmont, who’s also been a committee member since 2004, as well as Preserve Ramapo members and others sympathetic to that group’s opposition to multifamily housing in single-family neighborhoods and large-scale development without infrastructure upgrades.
The deciding factor will likely be how many voters Ramapo Democrats for Change can get out to the polls.
Sooooo, are you going to vote? Which slate are you supporting? Why?
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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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Rudy Dent, who describes himself as Preserve Ramapo’s “sign guru” must have suspected something nefarious was going to happen at the organization’s New Hempstead headquarters when he trained a video camera on the property.
Sure enough, a man was caught bicycling up to the lawn, stealing a sign and riding off into the night.. er.. early morning… 5:50 a.m. this morning to be exact. Do you recognize him?
Preserve Ramapo, a grassroots organization who advocates against overdevelopment and the administration of Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, is now offering a $500 reward for anyone who can identify the thief on wheels.
The headquarters, which Dent owns and donates to Preserve Ramapo, is located at 272 McNamara Road. Dent said other signs have gone missing in the neighborhood and suspects they were taken by the same man. Dent said he has also filed a police report.
Anyone who recognizes this man can send an e-mail to email@example.com
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Preserve Ramapo endorsed Nick Sanderson for mayor and Brett Yagel and Rita Louie for trustees for the March 20 Pomona village election.
According to the organizationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Web site, the organization valued those three candidatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ preparedness for dealing with challenges based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
Pomona is expecting a proposal for a rabbinical college on Route 306, which may more than double the village’s population of 3,000.
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