International ‘spy trader’ was a ‘wonderful man,” says former congressman

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BEACON – Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald, who worked with former Congressman Benjamin Gilman to mediate the release of international hostages, has died. He was 81.
Greenwald, who founded Camp Sternberg in Narrowsburg, was known as a “spy trader,” working with Gilman, who served as House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman for years.
Gilman, who is now 93 and living at the Castle Point VA hospital, was saddened by Greenwald’s passing.
“He was a wonderful man,” Gilman told “He helped a lot of people. We worked together on many things.” Greenwald died on Wednesday while vacationing in Florida. He was expected to be buried in Monsey.