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Monsey, NY - Orthodox Former Ramapo Councilman Presumed Dead After Early Morning Leap Off Bear Mountain Bridge

Published on: December 30, 2016 02:43 PM
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Monsey, NY - State police are searching for the body of an Orthodox Jewish former councilman for the Town of Ramapo who is presumed dead after reportedly jumping off the Bear Mountain Bridge in the early morning hours.

A car registered to Daniel Friedman was found at the entrance to the bridge. 

Brian Hoff, a senior investigator with the New York State Police, told The Journal News that bridge surveillance video shows a man jumping off the center of the 360 foot high span.  Divers and boats have been searching the area since approximately 4 to 6 AM this morning and Hoff said that police will be using sonar to look for Friedman’s body.

The 30 year old Spring Valley resident was unmarried and became involved in politics at age 15 when he served as an intern with the State Assembly.

Friedman served on the Ramapo Town Board for five years and later ran a failed bid to become mayor of Spring Valley, losing out to Noramie Jasmine who is now serving a prison term after being convicted on bribery charges.

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Friedman also served as an adjunct professor at Rockland Community College, where he taught political science for several years.



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 Dec 30, 2016 at 03:28 PM Secular Says:

Terrible.

BDE.

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 Dec 30, 2016 at 03:37 PM Liepa Says:

BD"E

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 Dec 30, 2016 at 09:11 PM ercsd Says:

This is shocking news. He was honest and spoke out about things going on in Ramapo that were wrong. I would have liked to see him take over as Ramapo Town Supervisor. It's very sad.

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 Dec 31, 2016 at 05:00 PM Tragic Says:

Why would a young man with a bright future ahead of him do such a thing? My heart goes out to his family and friends - so terrible.

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 Dec 31, 2016 at 07:04 PM hashomer Says:

I met him a number of times, seemed like a smart, ambitious fellow. Bizarre ending. I hope for everyone's sake he was not tainted with the antics in Ramapo. The place is a cesspool...

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 Dec 31, 2016 at 10:03 PM Hashomer/yonosonw Says:

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hashomer Says:

I met him a number of times, seemed like a smart, ambitious fellow. Bizarre ending. I hope for everyone's sake he was not tainted with the antics in Ramapo. The place is a cesspool...

Ah, a day without anti-frum bashing from hashomer/yonosonw would be.... A day of fresh air!

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 Jan 01, 2017 at 02:14 AM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer Says:

I met him a number of times, seemed like a smart, ambitious fellow. Bizarre ending. I hope for everyone's sake he was not tainted with the antics in Ramapo. The place is a cesspool...

You really are disgusting. A man is presumed dead under tragic circumstances and you have to start bashing him with your theories? If you have nothing supportive to say... SHUT UP.

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 Jan 02, 2017 at 12:02 PM Bip_Gerkin Says:

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hashomer Says:

I met him a number of times, seemed like a smart, ambitious fellow. Bizarre ending. I hope for everyone's sake he was not tainted with the antics in Ramapo. The place is a cesspool...

Considering Christopher St Lawrence's hope for a Hillary pardon is gone CSL is probably singing like a bird to avoid a long prison sentence. Friedman certainly wasn't the worst of the board but he was by no means clean.

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