If the high-profile contaminated soil case goes to a jury trial, jurors will have to decide if Ramapo removed any contaminated soil as it was contracted to do and if it billed the local sewer district for the work regardless, a judge ruled this week. [Read more…]
The team has been reunited. When Alan Simon ran the Ramapo building department Anthony Mallia was his first assistant. Then Simon decided he was a law unto himself and insisted he did not have to follow the law as interpreted by Ramapo town attorney Michael Klein. That resulted in a rare split in the small clique that ran Ramapo and Simon was out. [Read more…]
“Anthony Mallia, convicted of felony charges as Ramapo building inspector, cannot work for Spring Valley because the work could involve building issues, the Rockland Probation Department said Friday.
Mallia works as Mayor Alan Simon’s assistant at a salary the mayor said “is in excess of $100,000” a year.
“The Rockland County Department of Probation has advised the probationer, Anthony Mallia, that he is not to take the employment with the Village of Spring Valley because it inappropriately involves building issues and that taking the employment would result in a violation of probation being filed,” the agency said in a statement released Friday by the County Executive’s Office to The Journal News/lohud.com. [Read more…]
Monday night at a meeting of the Chestnut Ridge Zoning Board of Appeals (Jan. 29), the board voted 5-0 to revoke the C/O (certificate of occupancy) that had been granted by the Village’s building inspector to an oversized, two-story 3-car garage at 3 Spring Hill Terrace. This was the second meeting about the garage, and both sessions lasted almost three hours and had to be held at the Chestnut Ridge Middle School due to an overflow of those attending. The difficulty of arriving at a conclusion was not due to the facts but rather a Catch 22 in the state’s zoning law. [Read more…]
The first CUPON meeting of the new year will be held tonight, Wednesday Jan. 31 at 7pm at the Hillcrest Firehouse, 374 North Main Street, Hillcrest.
Items on tonight’s agenda include:
1. Overdevelopment— Bluefield Extension, 9 Northbrook Rd. Updates
2. Illegal housing and Code enforcement—updates
3. In the news, items of interest
4. Look ahead for 2018
“The continuation of the ZBA hearing for 3 Spring Hill Terr and the illegal apartment at 10 Pine Knoll Ct will be held this Monday 1/29/18 @ 7:30 PM at the Chestnut Ridge Middle school Auditorium. [Read more…]
“With the village Building Department and inspection program being monitored by New York state for ineffectiveness, Mayor Alan Simon has dismissed the village fire inspector just before his six-month probationary period was set to expire this month.
The village hired John Zajac, a longtime West Haverstraw fire chief, in July as a full-time fire inspector to succeed the retired Raymond Guarnuccio, a former Spring Valley fire chief. Zajac was paid about $47,000. [Read more…]
“Ramapo Supervisor Michael Specht and the Town Board have ambitious plans for 2018, an agenda being watched closely by critics and supporters. Along with goals to improve services for residents, they are looking to change the culture of the town, one dominated by corruption, poor fire and building enforcement, over-development, and a lack of transparency. “We want to restore our credibility and demonstrate we are transparent,” Specht said recently during an interview in his Town Hall office. “We want to show we’re fair to all our residents. We understand this will take time. One major goal is to save the taxpayers money.” [Read more…]
“Councilman Yitzchok Ullman resigned Monday night from the Town Board and was immediately named the town receiver of taxesto succeed the retiring tax collector.
Ullman, a board member for a decade who served as acting supervisor for six months in 2017, will succeed 88-year-old Nathan Oberman, who submitted his retirement papers on Friday, according to town officials. Oberman’s retirement takes effect Tuesday after 21 years on the job.
Oberman, a former Ramapo Democratic Party chairman named in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission legal action, had been one of several holdovers not reappointed by the Town Board. His health and personal issues led him to retire, officials said. The SEC case is continuing. [Read more…]
“A Rockland County Legislature investigative panel has started digging into the county Sewer District’s management of projects that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
The panel meeting Monday has obtained mounds of documents from Rockland Sewer District 1, including the Western Ramapo Sewer Extension project that has ballooned from a starting cost of $72 million to $181 million and is plagued by lawsuits.
The panel’s overall goal is to determine what mistakes occurred, offer suggestions on approving the administration or making changes, and making referrals, if necessary, to law enforcement for further investigation. [Read more…]