About two weeks after the election, the following short letters appeared in The Journal News:
"I am very sorry to see that Christopher St. Lawrence was re-elected Ramapo Supervisor. It means at least two more years of rapid decline for the town.
I would be very curious to see a breakdown of who voted for him. I'm sure the special-interest groups voted for him in a bloc. He gives them whatever they want, and they give him their votes. He will be re-elected every time he runs.
This town is finished." (James Lyons Suffern)
"If you look at the election results in Ramapo and examine where the votes for Christopher St. Lawrence came from, you will see that a distortion in the electoral process exists.
It seems un-American that people are told to vote for a candidate." (David Ungar, Airmont)
Both writers miss an obvious truth about the election. That is, more people stayed home than came out to vote (30,000+ registered voters didn't show up). If you want to blame a group for our current situation, it's the can't-be-bothered bloc more than the special-interest bloc that likely gave St. Lawrence two more years to blight the landscape and cause further damage to the infrastructure. And if we're going to be honest about it, which is more unAmerican--voting or staying home?
There's a lot of work to be done before the next election, and Preserve Ramapo is willing to represent your interests no matter what group you find yourself part of.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the campaign and to those who came out to vote.
For information on the Preserve Ramapo team in 2005 including bios and the general platform click here.
The final results for the elections are available at http://www.co.rockland.ny.us/BOE/ACCUM.HTM. As soon as we have the breakdown by individual district we will provide them here.
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Journal News sees Adult Student Housing Zones as central issue and calls for the people's right to vote on the Ward System
Many communities have been threatened by the Religious Land Use law (RLUIPA), but Ramapo is the only town that has downzoned four residential areas to allow high-density, multi-family housing connected to religious institutions in the middle of single-family residences. The Journal identifies this disastrous spot zoning by Christopher St. Lawrence and his board as the central issue in the election on Nov. 8. [See the Patrick Farm and Hillside stories to get a better idea of the scope of St. Lawrence's plan.] Read Rezoning plan becomes focus of town election. On another issue related to St. Lawrence's refusal to let residents vote on the Ward System, The Journal explains, "Our view is that the people should decide townwide, and that the starting gate should not be blocked by the bureaucratic power of those who may fear a result they would not like." Read People should decide.
Debate Addresses Questions about St. Lawrence's Loyalties and Planning
Characterized by the Journal News: "The contest pits an incumbent with firm support in the Monsey area against a candidate backed by a political grassroots organization drawing strength from other locales around the town. Some of St. Lawrence's zoning and planning initiatives, especially the accommodation of multifamily and student housing connected to religious schools in single family neighborhoods, helped spawn Preserve Ramapo's latest attack." Read James Walsh's article.
Joseph Brennan's Extraordinary Record of Public Service
". . .a concrete truck, fully loaded, traveling south on the NYS Thruway, left the road and crashed through a guardrail and fell 50 feet to the street below. . ."
(From one of the citations for heroism received by Candidate Joe Brennan) Read the rest of the story here.