The second major Ramapo trial might be beginning tomorrow with setting up a calendar as the suspended Ramapo Director of Building and Planning, Anthony Mallia, is scheduled to appear before Judge David Zuckerman at 9:30 a.m. at the Rockland County Courthouse. Mallia was arrested on September 15, 2016, and was charged with 100 felonies alleging he gave favored builders cut-rate fees, stealing more than $100,000 from the taxpayers of Ramapo. Then, in February of 2017, a grand jury increased the number of counts against Mallia to 188 felony and misdemeanor charges. The new charges accuse him of stealing $150,000 from town taxpayers and falsifying building permits and other records. The Grand Jury breakdown includes: 2 felony counts of second-degree grand larceny; 66 counts of first-degree falsifying business records; 40 felony counts each of first-degree tampering with public records and issuing false certificates, along with 40 counts of misdemeanor official misconduct. [Read more…]
Rockland District Attorney’s Office corruption probers seized more records Friday from the building department, whose chief inspector, Anthony Mallia, already faces 188 charges accusing him of stealing $150,000 in taxpayer funds by undercharging certain builders for permits.
“This is a continuing investigation into the building department,” Exceutive Assistant District Attorney Richard Kennison Moran told The Journal News/lohud.com. [Read more…]
“Three of the developers allegedly given breaks on permit fees by Anthony Mallia, Ramapo’s building inspector, were major donors to the campaign committees of Mallia’s boss, town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence.
Mallia was indicted last week on charges that he bilked the town of $150,000 by falsifying records so that he could reduce the permit fees on 39 projects from late 2014 through 2015. He also allegedly overcharged the Moleston Fire District in Ramapo by tens of thousands of dollars on its permit fees for the new Hillcrest fire station. Mallia has been suspended since his arrest in the case in October. [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…]
Anthony Mallia, the Town of Ramapo Chief Building Inspector and Director of the Building Dept, was due in court Thursday, Nov. 17, in Airmont, but, once again, the hearing was adjourned to Thursday, December 15, at 5pm.
Mallia is facing corruption charges including:
One count of Grand Larceny in the second degree (Class C felony);
33 counts of Tampering with Public Records in the first degree (Class D felonies);
33 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the first degree (Class E felonies);
33 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing (Class E felonies);
One count of Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor. [Read more…]
“With Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia suspended from his town post due to pending criminal charges, Ramapo officials are looking at contracting with an engineering company to handle issues involving construction projects and developers.
The Laberge Group would be hired to perform the building and zoning work on a month-to-month basis while Mallia is facing a corruption case put together by the Rockland District Attorney’s Office, Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said Friday.
Laberge Group has been asked to put together a proposal under which it would handle all projects before the town planning and zoning boards. The group also would review the fees charged for construction, which have not changed since 1995, he said. [Read more…]
“With the town’s Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia suspended with pay, a state lawmaker on Friday renewed his call for a state takeover of the town department.
Mallia, 52, was charged late Thursday in an alleged scheme to provide reduced construction permit fees for builders that prosecutors say cost Ramapo taxpapers more than $100,000.
Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said Friday that the town has been cooperating with the Rockland District Attorney’s Office’s investigation into Mallia, providing whatever documents and assistance the investigators needed. [Read more…]
“Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia was arrested tonight on 100 felony charges alleging he gave builders cut-rate fees, depriving the town taxpayers of more than $100,000.
Mallia’s year-long scheme involved falsifying building permits and grossly undercharging contractors seeking permits, Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe charged. The lost money is based upon the estimated cost of 33 new residential construction projects during 2015.
Zugibe said the elaborate scheme allegedly orchestrated by Mallia sidestepped public safety. Rockland District Attorney’s Office detectives combed through Ramapo Building Department records to make the case, he said. [Read more…]
Concrete continues to flow from a mixing plant on the edge of town even after stop-work orders and numerous violations were issued to the business.
The town cited Co-Mix Concrete for maintaining a use not permitted in the town; changing the use and occupancy without an appropriate certificate; operating without an approved site plan; and performing construction without a building permit. [Read more…]
86 Highview Road Photo by Michael D’Onofrio The Journal News
“The Tallman Fire Department has come out against a proposed plan that would install a temporary modular unit and build a permanent school for hundreds of female students in a residential neighborhood on Highview Road because of safety concerns.
Fire Chief Christopher Stevens sent letters to Ramapo’s Chief Building Inspector, Tony Mallia, in June and July objecting to a proposed religious school for 250 female students ages 3-16 at 86 Highview Rd. [Read more…]