Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and the less than stellar crew at the Ramapo Town Board rank as the worst town government in New York State. They negotiate the worst municipal contracts, make the worst business deals, build monuments to their own stupidity, like worthless ball stadiums, hire one female rookie police officer, who cannot perform police duties, does not graduate the academy, yet they pay her half a million dollars for an as yet unexplained reason to stay quiet and disappear. Not to mention Ramapo Town Hall was raided by no less than 40 FBI Agents, but that is another story.
When we hear about consistent bizarre behavior by this Supervisor and Town Board, then read the best headline news coming out of Ramapo is their former Police Chief of only 100 Officers, retires nearly a millionaire, and that small police department is reported to be the highest paid in the entire State of New York; we are obliged to ask, are we buying protection for the residents or for the politicians?
Ramapo Town Government are endlessly embroiled in the worst public scandals. The stench of political corruption reek like gut rot. They possess the personal charisma of lepers. Their disaffection with the truth gives even Hillary Clinton a run for her money. But, they keep coming back like a mutated strain of Herpes Simplex 3 every election cycle.
Here is why:
None of it is their fault. After years of political activism, informed observation, research and analysis, the sad conclusion is that the blame, responsibility, and guilt lay with the non-voting public in Ramapo. Look around at this mess. It is partially your fault, my fault, and the corrupt political party bosses who allowed them to run unopposed or sabotaged the only real opposition to mount a meaningful challenge. I know about this so well because I was the 2007 candidate for Ramapo Town Supervisor. It is my opinion that it was one of the dirtiest elections on record.
The job description of Ramapo Town Supervisor is an elected position, but is basically a supply chain manager and director of human resources. The one sided tax exemptions, down zonings, property give-aways, over-sized buildings, spot-zoning, and fat juicy, but illogical contracts are simply examples of politicians using your Ramapo tax dollars to buy themselves votes and ingratiate the Ramapo Police Department bosses into turning a blind eye to the serious building and school violations that occur in plain sight and behind the scenes all too often.
If Ramapo Town government is a reflection of the will of the town voters, then their unflattering image looks back at them through a stained broken mirror. There is no blame to be leveled against the voters. They voted and were rewarded for it. You didn’t and the rest of us are being punished for it.
They all got what they wanted. How many years? How many elections? How much voter fraud, corruption by colluding party bosses, most despicably from the opposition, the so called Republican Committee, whose vile and contemptible committee chairs are unworthy to have their names mentioned here. The dishonor is theirs, but not the full blame, because committeemen and politicians empowered them over this time frame too. The outcome is the devastation that has wrecked Ramapo’s real estate values, schools, taxes, services, and once impeccable reputation.
Ramapo has the worst government in the State of New York because good people did not come out to vote, party bosses cut back room deals not to run a vigorous opposition, newspapers will not bring them to task, local talk radio coddles the worst of them, politicians were afraid to lose their elections, and residents fail to register to vote, because they are uninspired or just beaten down. Campaign workers, who were devoted and tireless, no longer trust the system or no longer see a candidate worthy of their time.
Ramapo voters need inspiration. First thing to do is completely repudiate the Ramapo and Rockland Republican Committee bosses. They are useless and manipulated by outside interest. They give us no reason to trust them or work with them. A new formation of a Republican loyal opposition needs to be assembled in a coalition with resistance groups, long abandoned and marginalized by the establishment, precisely out of fear of being effective.
The reason why voters stay home is because they were uninspired, were not given a reason to vote, and truth be told, they do not trust the election system in Ramapo. They do not think it is fair. They do not believe it is honest. Yes, it is their fault for not voting, but it is the political party boss system who is the real culprit, because they have failed the trustful voter.
Next election cycle for Ramapo Town Supervisor, the opposition must produce a campaign that is serious about winning and without infiltration by the list of usual suspects. The in-fighting, back-biting, and ring master complex have plagued too many Ramapo campaigns. This cycle will need skilled leadership, seasoned campaign workers, long term strategy, retail operations management, a tactical plan and money.
Who can we trust to do what is right?
The Rockland Voice invite letters to the editor from one and all to express themselves about their Ramapo perspective. This Editorial Board will run a series of reports and opinion pieces concerning the going’s on in the Town of Ramapo.