Ali RosenAug 28, 2017, 10:50 pm

Diverse coalition ticket launches new party, looking to end political scandals in Ramapo

Nominees offer new direction after town supervisor found guilty of federal charges

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A “New Direction for Ramapo” is the name of a diverse coalition ticket consisting of three candidates, a democrat, republican and independent all with various ethnicities.

The group says they want to get rid of political scandals after Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence was found guilty on several federal charges and with other members of his administration on probation.

“So we really want to get our fiscal house in order we also want to deal with the lack of transparency that the town has been affectation over these last number of years,” Ramapo town supervisor nominee Bill Weber said.

Weber is running for town supervisor against Michael Specht, Ramapo's current deputy attorney.

“We wanted to have a ticket that looks and feels like Ramapo and our ticket we like to say is Ramapo,” Weber said.

Monday evening was the first opportunity for the candidates to launch as a group and rally their volunteers.

“And let them know how successful they were in incredibly gathering 3,500 signatures for our petition so that we can run on different lines and to introduce our basic policy and to put out there the fact that we are the serious contenders,” said nominee Shani Bechhofer.

The third nominee, Grant Valentine, described some of his goals for the Town of Ramapo.

“Certainly we want to look at economic development we want to make sure businesses come back into Rockland so that helps lower our tax bases. We want to make sure that we invest in our children, in our seniors, and we want to make sure that people believe in government again,” Valentine said.

Running against these three candidates for town council positions are Yitzoch Ullman, the current interim supervisor for the town, and David Wanounou.

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