NEW CITY – Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, who
was arrested by federal authorities days ago on charges of securities
fraud and conspiracy in connection with municipal bonds issued by the
town and the Ramapo Local Development Corporation, Tuesday resigned as
chairman of two county boards.
County Executive Edwin Day said St. Lawrence handed in his resignation
as chairman of both the Rockland County Solid Waste Authority and Rockland
County Sewer District #1 effective immediately.
Day said he is “relieved” that St. Lawrence “moved quickly
and did the right thing for the taxpayers of Rockland County.”
The county executive said given the allegations against St. Lawrence,
as a practical matter he could no longer lead the two boards, which issue
millions in municipal bonds.
“Stepping down was the only thing he could do until the criminal
charges against him are settled,” Day said. St. Lawrence will remain
a member of both boards.
New leadership of both boards will be decided by the respective agencies.
Arrested along with St. Lawrence was N. Aaron Troodler, the former executive
director of the Ramapo Local Development Corporation.