SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Following the recent arrest of Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, Suffern's Mayor Ed Markunas and the Village Board of Trustees are calling for him to resign.
In a statement released Monday, Markunas and the board said: "In light of the most recent arrest and charges filed against Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence it is our position to ensure the proper governing and effective management of the Town of Ramapo, we call for the immediate resignation of Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence."
On Thursday, April 14, St. Lawrence was arrested and charged with 22 charges of federal securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy charges for allegedly selling $150,000 in municipal bonds based on inflated town financial documents.
"These charges, if founded, are not only criminal but are also an egregious violation of public trust. As elected officials of the Village of Suffern, we strive to uphold good governance and ethical behavior of those who are elected into public office. It is not in the best interest of the Town of Ramapo or the Village of Suffern to have Christopher St. Lawrence remain in his official capacity given his recent arrest and the charges filed against him. We need to restore faith and good governance in the Town of Ramapo. Ramapo residents deserve better," the statement said.
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