New Ramapo supervisor pledges to win over residents

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Ramapo's next town supervisor Michael Specht walked away with 61 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s election.

He beat Republican William Weber, who received 39 percent of the vote.

Specht is no stranger to Ramapo. He's been the acting town attorney, which has some residents worried that he won't be able to give the town a fresh start.

Specht has a lot of work to do, including cleaning up Ramapo's troubled past. Former Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence was removed from office and was convicted of cooking the books.

Specht promised to stop overdevelopment and to restructure the Building Department.

Some residents say that no one can turn the town around, but despite concerns, Specht remains confident he'll make Ramapo a better place to live.

"I understand people are nervous, people are skeptical and we will prove to them by making the town safer and cleaner to all the members,” he says.

Specht tells News 12 that he won't run for re-election if he doesn't win over the people of Ramapo during his term.

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