- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

AIRMONT, N.Y. (AP) - Prosecutors say a councilman in a suburban New York town is accused of voting for zoning variances on a property he held a financial stake in.

Rockland County prosecutors say Shumel “Samuel” Tress was arrested Thursday on official misconduct and other charges.

They allege the 71-year-old, who has said he lives in Monsey and in Lakewood, New Jersey, cast a vote last May on the Ramapo Town Zoning Board of Appeals to grant eight zoning variances for a property in Monsey.

Prosecutors say Tress had a “significant financial interest” in the company that owned that property and failed to disclose it.

They say he also signed papers saying he wouldn’t vote on matters that he could personally gain from.

Tress’ attorney hasn’t immediately responded to a message seeking comment.


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