Friday, October 28, 2005

Monsey Council race

Journal News

....Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and his Democratic running mates, Councilmen Harry Reiss and David Stein, cumulatively have nearly 25 years in office.
Their independent opponents, candidates of Preserve Ramapo, a grass-roots group opposing recent rezoning, are Joseph Brennan for supervisor, and Herman Friedman and Michel Vilson for the four-year council seats. Only Brennan, Suffern's deputy mayor, has previously run for office....

That's when the Town Board approved zoning for multifamily housing connected to religious schools in four single-family neighborhoods.
Preserve Ramapo President Robert Rhodes urged residents at the meeting to finance an opposition ticket.
St. Lawrence and board members said they responded to a federal law mandating such zoning, while Preserve Ramapo saw the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 likely to be voided by the U.S. Supreme Court, as previous legislation was.
At a debate this week, St. Lawrence disagreed that he was motivated by the Monsey area bloc vote of ultra-orthodox Jewish residents.
"I'm supported by the largest bloc vote in the town of Ramapo," St. Lawrence answered to a question from the audience. "It's called the Democratic Party."
Ramapo has 28,638 registered Democrats, 12,208 Republicans and 11,775 voters with no party affiliation....
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