“Ramapo’s embattled fire inspector faces demotion with a loss in salary and up to a 60-day suspension by the Town Board after he overlooked numerous fire and safety violations at four private schools that the state discovered during its own inspections.
The Ramapo Town Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the proposed resolution to disciplinary charges brought against Adam Peltz, a longtime town employee who also serves as a volunteer member of the Monsey Fire Department and its president.
The New York State Education Department’s Office of Facilities Planning sent letters in March to Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and Peltz sharply criticizing Peltz’ inspections of four private schools and raising questions about his overall work.
New York state Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, has been pressing state officials to take action to force better inspections of schools and buildings in Ramapo and Spring Valley. Zebrowski and Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, have said if the charges against Peltz are true, he should be fired.
Zebrowski and Carlucci are calling for withholding state funding from any private schools that does not file a fire safety report in a timely manner.
Based on Ramapo’s planned action on Peltz, Zebrowski said he introduced legislation empowering the New York state Department of State to investigate code enforcement official misconduct and revoke certificates, a power department doesn’t have.”
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