The Chestnut Ridge CUPON monthly meeting will take place on Monday February 13 at 7PM at the South Spring Valley firehouse. Our mayor will be attending to address some of our recent concerns and no doubt encourage residents to vote in the upcoming Village elections.
Archives for February 2017
“County officials say they found what may be asbestos inside a now-sealed utility closet at the recently opened girls elementary school on the grounds of the former Edwin Gould property.
However, officials said the representatives for the property owner, Chestnut Ridge Ventures, LLC, refused to let an inspector representing the Rockland Health Department sample the material for testing after it was found during a Feb. 2 inspection.
A spokesman for the school and the property owner’s lawyer denied the material found posed a danger to students, faculty and administrators. [Read more…]
“All building has been temporarily banned in the village, but the moratorium may have come too late to impact some developers.
The Village Board voted 3-2 to suspend all residential and non-residential subdivisions and developments for six months. The ban will allow officials time to update its comprehensive plan and make revisions to its planning and zoning regulations in order to curb overdevelopment and preserve the status-quo of the village’s character.
But there are a number of exemptions to the moratorium, which include applications that have been approved by the village and those currently seeking approval.
Mayor Philip Gigante said the the village’s Planning and Zoning boards supported the moratorium, and there were too many contradictions in the current codes. [Read more…]
Reported by Joel Grossbarth in The Rockland County Times
FLASHBACK: A triumphant Delhomme posed for this photo after winning the 2013 Spring Valley mayoral election. Shortly thereafter, he controversially acquired a 2014 Ford SUV without following the required competitive bidding process. A Supreme Court Judge ruled this week that Delhomme’s paycheck will be garnished to pay any damages to the village. (Photo by Aaron Moeller)
The self-proclaimed “King of Spring Valley” had a really bad week in the Rockland County Supreme Court.
It started when Village of Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme was ordered to repay the village for the purchase of a 2014 Ford vehicle, which a judge ruled the mayor bought in violation of a New York law requiring municipalities to seek competitive bidding.
Rockland County Supreme Court Justice Gerald Loehr held in Matter of Delhomme v. The Board of Trustees of the Village of Spring Valley that the Village Board of Trustees had a right to recoup the money the mayor spent in violation of New York General Municipal Law. He ruled this is “something which has already been determined by this Court and may not be relitigated by the Mayor.” [Read more…]
The date for St. Lawrence’s federal trial is fast approaching. Jury selection will begin on April 17, and Judge Cathy Seibel has declared there will be no further delays granted to St. Lawrence’s lawyers. There are 30 witnesses who will paint a pretty vivid picture of the corruption in the Town of Ramapo, and the trial will likely last more than a month.
We still have some of our Resign Now lawn signs. You can request one by sending your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant one in your front yard to remind the neighbors and those driving by that the dismantling of the corrupt Ramapo machine is under way. [Read more…]
Today the District Attorney announced that a grand jury upped the number of charges against Mallia from the original 100 felony and misdemeanor charges to 188. And the investigation is continuing into practices of the Ramapo Building Department.
“Ramapo Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia has been indicted on 188 counts accusing him of stealing $150,000 from town taxpayers and falsifying building permits and other records, authorities announced Wednesday. [Read more…]
“Moody’s has withdrawn the Town of Ramapo’s bond rating due to a lack of audited financial statements from 2015, the investors service firm announced Wednesday.
Moody’s said the decision to dump the town’s A3 bond rating was taken “because it believes it has insufficient or otherwise inadequate information to support the maintenance of the ratings.” The company said the action affects approximately $138 million in debt. [Read more…]
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Wednesday that restores the full term of an East Ramapo school trustee after it was halved last summer due to a technical error.
The bill, which passed unanimously in the Senate and Assembly earlier this month, allows Sabrina Charles-Pierre to serve the two-year term she was elected to last May. It was sponsored by state Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. [Read more…]