Ali RosenMay 19, 2017, 6:01 pmMay 20, 2017, 8:25 am

Ramapo residents react to St. Lawrence verdict

Ramapo town supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence was found guilty of 20 out of 22 federal charges

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Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence found guilty of fraud, conspiracy 

“Thank god he's guilty,” said Joan DeFalco of Ramapo. “Maybe we can get rid of him and get this town back on track.”

Residents of Ramapo like DeFalco expressed pure relief on Friday after their town supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence was found guilty of 20 out of 22 federal charges.

“He bankrupted the town. And he's crooked. He needs to go,” said Wayne Gannon of Ramapo. “I'm glad he was found guilty hopefully he gets a lot of time for it.”

St. Lawrence was found guilty of manipulating the town’s books to finance the Rockland Boulder’s Stadium.

“I hope this means there won't be any more crooks and they won't serve special interests,” chimed Jackie Scott.

Stacy Baron agreed, “I do believe it was a good thing that he was found guilty. This has been going on for too many years and it's affected too many people.”

County Executive Ed Day expressed his relief as well. In a statement, he said, "Holding public office is a privilege. Any public official found guilty of breaking the law has violated that sacred public trust.”

St. Lawrence’s sentencing is not until September 28th, but in the meantime, he must step down as Ramapo’s town supervisor, which some residents say is a step in the right direction for the town.

“There's hope, but I think it's going to take a long time to straighten it out,” continued Stacy Baron.

State Senator David Carlucci is also hoping Ramapo’s new town supervisor will be an honest one. In a statement he chided the soon-to-be-former town supervisor:

"The taxpayers deserve and demand to have elected officials that put taxpayer interests above their own. It is my hope the new Supervisor will do everything they can to change the direction of the town to one the residents can be proud of."

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