Protest erupts at Ramapo Town Board meeting

Angry protesters overtook a meeting of the Ramapo Town Board Wednesday morning as the embattled town supervisor attended his first board meeting since being arrested

Citizens were outraged when no public comment was allowed at Wednesday's Ramapo Town Board meeting.

Citizens were outraged when no public comment was allowed at Wednesday's Ramapo Town Board meeting. (4/27/16)

RAMAPO - Angry protesters overtook a meeting of the Ramapo Town Board Wednesday morning as the embattled town supervisor attended his first board meeting since being arrested on corruption charges.

The meeting hall was packed with protesters seeking the resignation of Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence following his federal indictment on fraud and corruption charges in connection to the financing of Rockland County's Provident Bank Park.

Board members voted quickly on agenda items, including hiring a consultant to oversee fire safety inspections, and then went into executive session. Citizens became outraged when St. Lawrence announced that there would be no public comment allowed. He also canceled a meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Protesters then began to voice their complaints, and eventually police had to clear the meeting room.

Afterward, when asked about the calls to step down, St. Lawrence told News 12, "I have no comment. I'm going to continue to serve the town as I have for the last 16 years."

The longtime supervisor was indicted earlier this month. He's accused of lying to investors to build the ballpark and illegally using taxpayers' money to pay back millions.

St. Lawrence is due back in federal court in July.

The next public meeting is now set for May 9.

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