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Rockland County, NY - Ramapo Town Councilman Accepts Fines, Resignations And Bans On Holding Public Office In Plea Deal

Published on: September 1, 2016 09:33 PM
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Rockland County, NY - An embattled councilman for the Town of Ramapo has resigned his position after pleading guilty to a charge of official misconduct.

Under the terms of the plea bargain agreement accepted this afternoon, 71 year old Shmuel Tress also gave up his seat on the Ramapo Town Board and agreed not to seek any future office or position in the town.  The Journal News reported that Tress was fined $500 on the misdemeanor charge.

Tress, who was elected to his position on the town council last winter despite an earlier conviction on charges of federal mail fraud, was arrested last March by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. 

Tress is said to have voted for a zoning change on a housing development on Blauvelt Road in Monsey that he held a financial interest in, even though he had signed an affidavit saying that he would receive no profits from any decisions he made as a member of the town’s zoning board.

While Tress has held elected office only since November, he has been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for many years.  Tress maintains residences in both Lakewood and Monsey and will be replaced by an as yet unnamed individual to be named by the town board.


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 Sep 01, 2016 at 09:59 PM schmaltzy Says:

What has become of us? This is the son of the legendary Mike ( Elimelech) Tress. He was a man wholly and selflessly dedicated to Klal Yisroel. It seems our generation can't do any public service without a self serving corrupt scheme. We can pride ourselves in gains in kashrus, tznius, growth of Torah institutes, but we are in shameful neglect of basic ehrlachkeit.. If our yeshiva education system and Gedolei Yisroel don't come out publicly and address this, we are doomed as the generation of the greatest purveyors of Chillul Hashem r"l.

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 Sep 01, 2016 at 10:31 PM Anonymous Says:

He made thousands and thousands of dollars and the fine is 500 bucks? This was his second indictment. Which crook will they appoint to replace him?

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 Sep 01, 2016 at 11:18 PM Anonymous Says:

@1@2 maybe the fact that the fine was only $500 shows that there was not much of a case and he wasn't very guilty.....!!!!
But continue being self hating maybe the Jews will help you when you get stuck with problems

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:31 AM Avi Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

He made thousands and thousands of dollars and the fine is 500 bucks? This was his second indictment. Which crook will they appoint to replace him?

Not bad for the crime he did

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:34 AM Yoni Says:

Reply to #1  
schmaltzy Says:

What has become of us? This is the son of the legendary Mike ( Elimelech) Tress. He was a man wholly and selflessly dedicated to Klal Yisroel. It seems our generation can't do any public service without a self serving corrupt scheme. We can pride ourselves in gains in kashrus, tznius, growth of Torah institutes, but we are in shameful neglect of basic ehrlachkeit.. If our yeshiva education system and Gedolei Yisroel don't come out publicly and address this, we are doomed as the generation of the greatest purveyors of Chillul Hashem r"l.

What a chilul hashem

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:36 AM Anonymous Says:

All the good deeds are not worth it if you make a chilul hashem

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:38 AM Avrohom Says:

Reply to #1  
schmaltzy Says:

What has become of us? This is the son of the legendary Mike ( Elimelech) Tress. He was a man wholly and selflessly dedicated to Klal Yisroel. It seems our generation can't do any public service without a self serving corrupt scheme. We can pride ourselves in gains in kashrus, tznius, growth of Torah institutes, but we are in shameful neglect of basic ehrlachkeit.. If our yeshiva education system and Gedolei Yisroel don't come out publicly and address this, we are doomed as the generation of the greatest purveyors of Chillul Hashem r"l.

What a sweet plea deal

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 08:28 AM bennyt Says:

Money, sex and kavod are the three biggest yetzer horas.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 08:40 AM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

He made thousands and thousands of dollars and the fine is 500 bucks? This was his second indictment. Which crook will they appoint to replace him?

There's always the chance he'll talk.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 08:47 AM GMalka Says:

Reply to #1  
schmaltzy Says:

What has become of us? This is the son of the legendary Mike ( Elimelech) Tress. He was a man wholly and selflessly dedicated to Klal Yisroel. It seems our generation can't do any public service without a self serving corrupt scheme. We can pride ourselves in gains in kashrus, tznius, growth of Torah institutes, but we are in shameful neglect of basic ehrlachkeit.. If our yeshiva education system and Gedolei Yisroel don't come out publicly and address this, we are doomed as the generation of the greatest purveyors of Chillul Hashem r"l.

Very true. I despair we will never see Moshiach.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 09:01 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
schmaltzy Says:

What has become of us? This is the son of the legendary Mike ( Elimelech) Tress. He was a man wholly and selflessly dedicated to Klal Yisroel. It seems our generation can't do any public service without a self serving corrupt scheme. We can pride ourselves in gains in kashrus, tznius, growth of Torah institutes, but we are in shameful neglect of basic ehrlachkeit.. If our yeshiva education system and Gedolei Yisroel don't come out publicly and address this, we are doomed as the generation of the greatest purveyors of Chillul Hashem r"l.

You are 100% correct. However, the explanation is deeper... הערב רב

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 09:49 AM Oren Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

@1@2 maybe the fact that the fine was only $500 shows that there was not much of a case and he wasn't very guilty.....!!!!
But continue being self hating maybe the Jews will help you when you get stuck with problems

He would not plead guilty if he did nothing the fact that he was fined 500$ seems to me more that he got a sweet plea deal more than he was not so guild I think he would have been a good council man and did for the klall

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 09:51 AM Avi Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

You are 100% correct. However, the explanation is deeper... הערב רב

What do you mean by erev rav?

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 09:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
schmaltzy Says:

What has become of us? This is the son of the legendary Mike ( Elimelech) Tress. He was a man wholly and selflessly dedicated to Klal Yisroel. It seems our generation can't do any public service without a self serving corrupt scheme. We can pride ourselves in gains in kashrus, tznius, growth of Torah institutes, but we are in shameful neglect of basic ehrlachkeit.. If our yeshiva education system and Gedolei Yisroel don't come out publicly and address this, we are doomed as the generation of the greatest purveyors of Chillul Hashem r"l.

Agree, money is a very big yezer horoho

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 09:59 AM Monsey Says:

We pray every day in davening we should not make a chilul hashem I guess he wasn't zoche

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 10:01 AM Yitzmeni Says:

Reply to #10  
GMalka Says:

Very true. I despair we will never see Moshiach.

I can promise you that we will see moshiach even if everything around looks dark

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 10:04 AM Ester Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

All the good deeds are not worth it if you make a chilul hashem

I think going in the month of Elul we should all make a cheshbon hanefesh of our priorities in life

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 10:46 AM REALIST Says:

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Ester Says:

I think going in the month of Elul we should all make a cheshbon hanefesh of our priorities in life

And, if I may add, refrain from making other people's חשבוני הנפש.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 11:02 AM Chaim Says:

Reply to #12  
Oren Says:

He would not plead guilty if he did nothing the fact that he was fined 500$ seems to me more that he got a sweet plea deal more than he was not so guild I think he would have been a good council man and did for the klall

If u only knew the real numbers of innocent ppl that take a plea these days, just not to take the gamble of going to trial, it's a sad fact.
And how abt this, Most exonerations (ppl that were released from jail years later) the person confessed to the crime.. And was cleared due to DNA, new witnesses, prosecution also misconduct proving their innocence.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 11:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
REALIST Says:

And, if I may add, refrain from making other people's חשבוני הנפש.

I don't know all the details over here so I don't want to judge but I agree with his comment because chilul hashem affect the entire klall Yisroel

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 11:19 AM Ester Says:

Reply to #18  
REALIST Says:

And, if I may add, refrain from making other people's חשבוני הנפש.

Something that is between him and hashem agree with you that I will refrain from making his cheshbon hanefesh but when it comes to chilul hashem than it's totally a different story

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 11:57 AM Anonymous Says:

It's amazing how amazing all of Klal Yisroel is. All everyone cares about here is about the chillul Hashem..such God fearing Jews... The biggest chillul Hashem here is that all of you will judge another Jew without knowing a single fact!! Worry about all your own sins before you start judging someone else.. And yes you all have sins

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
GMalka Says:

Very true. I despair we will never see Moshiach.

Thant's kefirah.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:44 PM REALIST Says:

Reply to #21  
Ester Says:

Something that is between him and hashem agree with you that I will refrain from making his cheshbon hanefesh but when it comes to chilul hashem than it's totally a different story

ה׳ ילחם לכם ואתם תרחישון
Hashemite does not need us to fight his battles. He would much rather see us live בשלום and not talk badly about one another.
Gut Shabbos.
A Guten Choidesh.
And a
K'siva V'chasima Tova.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:49 PM Moshe Says:

Money money money

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:53 PM Zorach Says:

Reply to #19  
Chaim Says:

If u only knew the real numbers of innocent ppl that take a plea these days, just not to take the gamble of going to trial, it's a sad fact.
And how abt this, Most exonerations (ppl that were released from jail years later) the person confessed to the crime.. And was cleared due to DNA, new witnesses, prosecution also misconduct proving their innocence.

Making a decision on a deal that you have an interest in it I am not even talking about the residence issue no one is a malach

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Chaim Says:

If u only knew the real numbers of innocent ppl that take a plea these days, just not to take the gamble of going to trial, it's a sad fact.
And how abt this, Most exonerations (ppl that were released from jail years later) the person confessed to the crime.. And was cleared due to DNA, new witnesses, prosecution also misconduct proving their innocence.

I really don't think that this is the case over here

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:58 PM Anonymous Says:

I fully agree with #22. Without knowing all the facts we should all at least be able to judge favorably. This family has great history and name. I definitely think there was much more involved that we don't know about. Please Watch what you say as Elul is almost here!

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 12:58 PM Sarah Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

It's amazing how amazing all of Klal Yisroel is. All everyone cares about here is about the chillul Hashem..such God fearing Jews... The biggest chillul Hashem here is that all of you will judge another Jew without knowing a single fact!! Worry about all your own sins before you start judging someone else.. And yes you all have sins

I don't see the connection no one is judging him I think that any kind of this story's is yes a chilul hashem

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 01:19 PM Anonymous Says:

What a shame that most of us cannot fulfill the crucial mitzvah of דן לכף זכות on erev Rosh Chodesh Elul. Why is VIN posting his picture?

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 02:34 PM Anonymous Says:

He pleaded guilty. They had videos and wire taps. ...stop making a tzadic out of him. This is the second time he was indicted. Innocent men are not indicted two times!!

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 03:01 PM Anonymous Says:

What a shame that most of us cannot fulfill the crucial mitzvah of דן לכף זכות on erev Rosh Chodesh Elul. Why is VIN posting his picture?

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:00 PM Benny Says:

Reply to #31  
Anonymous Says:

He pleaded guilty. They had videos and wire taps. ...stop making a tzadic out of him. This is the second time he was indicted. Innocent men are not indicted two times!!

So be Dan him lekaf zechut twice

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
Anonymous Says:

I fully agree with #22. Without knowing all the facts we should all at least be able to judge favorably. This family has great history and name. I definitely think there was much more involved that we don't know about. Please Watch what you say as Elul is almost here!

The fact that the family has a great history and great zechutim doesn't have anything to do with the personal fact no connection what so ever

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:04 PM Anonymous Says:

From what I understand, in order to get this amazing plea deal, he had to turn in many yids. Does this still make him a good Jew? His father would turn over in his grave.

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:12 PM Ami Says:

I would really like to understand how does this work every time a frum person is convicted, I have to be Dan him lekaf zechut that really nothing happened?

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:16 PM Lea Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

What a shame that most of us cannot fulfill the crucial mitzvah of דן לכף זכות on erev Rosh Chodesh Elul. Why is VIN posting his picture?

I am actually don him lekaf zechut hi probably did it to be able to give tezedokoh

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 04:32 PM Boruch Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

What a shame that most of us cannot fulfill the crucial mitzvah of דן לכף זכות on erev Rosh Chodesh Elul. Why is VIN posting his picture?

Hav don et kol Odom lekaf zechut is a very nice maamar chazal if we have only believe in the same way the other maamar chazal that a person can not earn even one dollar more than what he is supposed to be earning no matter how much tachbulot he is going to make

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 Sep 02, 2016 at 07:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #35  
Anonymous Says:

From what I understand, in order to get this amazing plea deal, he had to turn in many yids. Does this still make him a good Jew? His father would turn over in his grave.

I really hope this is not true

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 Sep 04, 2016 at 09:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Why are
vin posters more concerned about lashon hora as opposed to the fact he was indicted twice and embezzled a lot of gelt? He promised not to run for office after the first conviction and then ran for office. Now he promised again not to run for office. Why believe any promises he makes?

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