On May 16th, 2012, I attended my last meeting of the Ramapo Republican Committee (RRC) meeting. In accordance with Roberts Rules of Order that dictates the protocols for public meetings I laid out the reasons to the entire committee in attendance that evening why Michael Dolan, the Chairman of the RRC, should resign. Needless to say Dolan was displeased and upset.
The reasons I gave as grounds for his removal proved prophetic because shortly thereafter the Ramapo Committee under his leadership degenerated into an instrument useful only to Democrat Christopher St. Lawrence the Ramapo Town Supervisor.
At that meeting I proposed the introduction of new people who were potential committee members and I indicated that they wanted to carry petitions for Republican candidates and join the Ramapo Republican Committee. My proposal was met with vehement opposition by Chairman Dolan. Chairman Dolan became so outraged that he threatened to call the police apparently on the sole reason that I, as an elected committeeman, was calling for his retirement in accordance with parliamentary procedures. At that time I was also calling for the removal of the then County Chairman, Vincent D. Reda, who was recently removed from all of his offices from the State and local level in 2014.
In September 2012, a block of newly minted Committee people and existing Committee persons expressed their desire to remove Vincent D. Reda from the Chairmanship of the Rockland County Committee by giving me their nomination as Chairman. The result was the now infamous video shown below which revealed how a panicked-stricken Republican leadership controlled by Reda that included Dolan, Babcock (seen here at the podium) along with attorney Jeff Millman effectively suspended the rules governing a Republican Committee election and orchestrated an invalid “voice-vote” to avoid Reda’s removal. The Convention rules called for a secret ballot vote; those rules were circumvented by an illegitimate parliamentary procedure.
This act of desperation, along with a lawsuit filed against me and a fellow Republican to force our silence, set into motion the wheels that removed Reda by New York State Chairman Ed Cox in May 2014. The year 2014 also saw the arrest of two of Dolan’s and Reda’s potential replacements – Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino and County Legislator Frank Sparaco. Savino was arrested on charges of accepting a bribe while Sparaco, who attempted to take over the Clarkstown Republican Committee, is currently facing 38 felony charges.
As we enter the New Year of 2015 the Ramapo Republican Committee is in shambles. The Ramapo Town Council was eased into office aided by the tacit ineffectiveness of the Ramapo GOP Chairman, Michael Dolan. Ramapo GOP meetings are sparsely attended. Dolan was reportedly snubbed by St. Lawrence after he allegedly went to Town Hall hat in hand soliciting jobs for his friends. That act smacked of desiring patronage positions in return for Dolan’s years of sabotaging any GOP resistance to St. Lawrence in Ramapo. Reportedly St. Lawrence dismissed him, rudely and unceremoniously.
Dolan’s resignation from the Ramapo GOP Committee is perhaps no longer a solution that will improve the branding and reputation of the Ramapo GOP committee because it now appears so compromised as to be irreparable. The Town of Ramapo’s taxpayers have been abused, plundered, and led astray by false hopes of a loyal Republican opposition to the St. Lawrence-led deterioration of that Town. Dolan blew it by passing up opportunities he had to build coalitions with groups with whom he could have worked on the primary goal of purging the Ramapo Town Hall of its current occupants.
For years, Mike Dolan and his executive committee of blind mice obediently did the bidding of St. Lawrence and his special interest groups while knowingly and willingly clashing with natural ally groups like the Ramapo Republican Academy, Rally For America, Power-of-Ten, East Ramapo School district advocates, such as Peggy Hatton, who was also a Ramapo GOP Committee-person at the time. Dolan allegedly colluded in undermining Preserve Ramapo’s first efforts to remove St. Lawrence in 2007.
Rockland Voice reported that in 2009, the Ramapo GOP just outright gave democrat St. Lawrence the GOP line to run him unopposed. The deal was cut between Reda, Dolan and the Democrats. It grew out of sheer panic looking at the new polling data. Stepping up to be the Primary challenger was no other than Bobby Romanowski. The GOP pulled out all the stops to prevent a Republican from running on the Republican line against a Democrat on the Republican line. The challenge went all the way to the Court of Appeals where Romanowski, acting as his own attorney, won the case defeating the GOP and Democrat attorneys aligned against him.
In order to restore confidence of registered Republicans in Ramapo, as well as the voting public, Dolan’s remaining vestiges of power must be brought to their end. He has outlived his political usefulness and indeed represents an unshaven, shambling appearance to young Republicans who might wish to join the Ramapo Republican Party. Although belated, by voluntarily stepping down he might retain some minimal vestiges of esteem within Republican circles as has been offered to Reda. However, if obstinacy is Dolan’s preferred course of action and if cowardice prevails within the Ramapo GOP Committee to show him the door with a painless exit, then we as opinion writers for Rockland Voice must continue to urge grass roots Republicans to rescue their party in Ramapo before Chairman Dolan destroys their last vestiges of political dignity.
The residents of the Town of Ramapo, home-owners, business owners, employees and the retired community are all in trouble and are facing horrendous challenges not of their own making. In great part, their plight is a result of the historic role of ‘non-aggression pacts’ with which Reda and Dolan decimated the political opposition to the ills of Ramapo. Dolan’s resignation or removal will not immediately fix the problems he and Reda created but at least we will have a teaching example of how evil triumphs when political opposition becomes moribund. The public’s trust in Republicanism in Ramapo has been squandered. The guardian of that trust is now in the hands of the Ramapo Republican Committee who must divorce themselves from their present leader and work together with State-wide coalitions supporting Republican candidates of principle.
Rockland Voice must therefore ask in the light of the above: If the Ramapo GOP Committee will not remove its dinosaurian leader and send him into retirement with his dinosaurian colleague and former bedfellow, Vinnie Reda, has the time not come to purge cowardice from the Ramapo GOP Committee itself?