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Newly-elected officials looking to bring change to Ramapo

Residents say they are unsure whether or not there will be real change from previous administrations

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RAMAPO — Ramapo Deputy Town Attorney Michael Specht, a Democrat, is the newly elected Ramapo Town Supervisor, winning by a landslide over his Republican challenger Bill Weber on Tuesday.

Specht says that he knows he must prove himself to voters, especially due to the town's history with corruption under former Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence. Issues like development and correct code enforcement were both issues that left the town under heavy scrutiny, and Specht is vowing that one of his first orders of business will be putting a committee in place to do a comprehensive review of the town's land use plan.

Specht also plans to restructure the building department and hire more employees so permits are carefully reviewed and there is better code and safety enforcement.

But many local voters say they are fearful that Specht may just be a continuation of the Lawrence regime.

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