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Ullman Named Ramapo Interim Supervisor After Board Considers Brinn

Yitzchok Ullman
Yitzchok Ullman Photo Credit: Contributed

RAMAPO, N.Y. -- In what seemed like a game of spin the bottle and pick a winner, Ramapo officially swore in former Deputy Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman as the interim supervisor during a town board meeting Tuesday.

Ullman, who has unofficially been overseeing town matters since the May conviction of former Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence on federal conspiracy and fraud charges, resigned from the board before he was officially named the new interim supervisor, Phil Tisi, communications director said.

The town board had voted on Monday to appoint New Hempstead Mayor Fred Brinn as the interim supervisor but in a surprise move changed its mind on Tuesday and instead appointed Brinn as a board member, Tisi added.

Brinn was appointed after he agreed not to run for a board seat in November.

In other matters, Deputy Town Attorney Michael Specht announced Monday he's running for the supervisor position in November.

Specht, 52, said he believes he can restore confidence in the position and is prepared to take the reins if elected and tackle the many issues facing the town.

He added that his 20 years with Ramapo as its deputy attorney and his years as a former Rockland assistant district attorney will help him put the town back on track.

"There a lot of reforms that need to be addressed," Specht said. "Starting with having transparency in government and working on the many issues facing the town right now."

Specht also believes he will be able to garner the support of the religious bloc needed to win the election.

"I will be open and honest with the people and they will be able to look at my qualifications and stances and make a decision," he said.

Specht said he will release an "official" platform in the near future.

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