The Spring Valley Democratic Committee had not met for years, and that was the first thing that made the Presidents Day meeting unusual. But what made it alarming was the way it was conducted, behind closed doors with a significant reorganization voted on by committee members who were nowhere to be seen, not even in the very room where the vote was taken. Also absent was the architect of the takeover. This is not the first time the Ramapo Democratic machine has deployed its network of ghost puppets to extend its control. [Read more…]
“The NAACP and Park View Condominiums have reached a financial settlement on the civil rights organization’s allegations that only religious Jews were offered housing in the complex on Main Street and Maple Avenue.
The NAACP filed a complaint in 2013 with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleging that Route 45 LLC discriminated against potential buyers who were not ultra-Orthodox Jews based on their race, religion and national origin. [Read more…]
“A nearly 2-year-old citizens’ legal action seeking to oust Mayor Demeza Delhomme from office on allegations of malfeasance goes before a hearing officer in 2017.
The Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in Brooklyn assigned retired jurist Nicholas Colabella to possibly hear testimony and then issue a report and recommendation. An appellate panel would then rule on the issue of Delhomme remaining mayor of Rockland’s largest village. [Read more…]
“The state is appointing monitors with investigative authority to oversee the building departments in Ramapo and Spring Valley after years of fielding complaints from officials and first responders about the potentially dangerous lack of fire safety and zoning enforcement in those communities.
The state acted after several years of pressure from Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and the Rockland Illegal Housing Task Force leaders. They have called for the state to potentially take over the inspection duties in Ramapo and Spring Valley.
The monitors will be assigned because the communities have not done enough to comply with state regulations, state Department of State spokesman Laz Benitiz said Monday. [Read more…]
The case is tied to pending charges against village Building Inspector Walter Booker.
“A 48-year-old businessman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $30,000 from Ramapo through a tax-exemption scam tied to the ongoing prosecution of Spring Valley’s chief building inspector.
Jacob Goldman will repay $33,000 to Ramapo as part of his guilty plea to three misdemeanor counts of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, Rockland County prosecutor Richard Kennison Moran said.
Goldman faces three years probation at his scheduled Feb. 28 sentencing by Rockland County Judge David Zuckerman. [Read more…]
“On Dec. 1, 1958, a school fire in Chicago killed 92 children and three nuns who were teachers in the Our Lady of the Angels school. While the two-story brick building looked safe from the outside, the interior wood design with only one fire escape had no sprinklers, no automatic fire alarm, no smoke or heat detectors, no alarm connected to the fire department, no fire-resistant stairwells and no fire-safe doors from the stairwells to the second floor.
Other than that, it complied with a fire department safety inspection only weeks before the fire, because the school did not have to comply with all fire safety guidelines. Due to a grandfathering clause in the 1949 standards, existing schools were not required to retrofit the safety devices that were required in all newly constructed schools. In the only positive outcome of the tragedy, sweeping changes in school fire safety regulations were enacted nationwide, no doubt saving countless lives in subsequent years. [Read more…]
“Spring Valley is considering abolishing its tax assessor’s office in favor of using data collected by the towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown, but its mayor and deputy mayor oppose the move.
Trustees on the contentious village board were split along their usual lines over the proposal, with Trustees Vilair Fonvil, Sherry McGill and Asher Grossman in favor and Mayor Demeza Delhomme and Deputy Mayor Emilia White against. [Read more…]
The representatives of Parkview Condominiums in Spring Valley are threatening a lawsuit after the building inspector ordered removal of religious baths and synagogue.
“A condominium development has threatened to bring a federal civil rights lawsuit against the village over its order to remove religious baths and a house of worship from the Main Street housing complex.
Chief Building Inspector Walter Booker said in June that the owners of Park View had violated their village-approved site plan, and that the owners installed the baths and built the synagogue without permits. [Read more…]
“SPRING VALLEY – A townhouse development already under investigation now faces local violations for allegedly adding a school and place of worship.
Spring Valley Chief Building Inspector Walter Booker said Thursday that the school and synagogue violate the approved site plan for the three-story stone buildings at Main Street and Maple Avenue known as the Park View Condominiums. They were built as part of the village’s downtown urban renewal. [Read more…]
Jay Street house cited for illegal rooms, lacking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and overcrowding in one bedroom
“Mirna Ramos’s near-death experience from a carbon monoxide incident just after her family moved into a Jay Street house on June 2 has the property’s manager set to answer to numerous violations at both the county and local level. [Read more…]