The following letter was published in The Journal News August 2, 2017 — The writer is Rabbi Justin Schwartz, Chairman of the Rockland Illegal Housing Task Force
Re “Ramapo ex-inspector Anthony Mallia gets no jail time, won’t pay restitution in plea deal,” July 31 article:
The Rockland County Illegal Housing Task Forcewas created in response to unlawful and dangerous housing conditions and its goal has always been to eliminate illegal and unsafe housing in Rockland by all legal means. The removal of Anthony Mallia as the chief building inspector of Ramapo and his felony conviction is a step in that direction.Mallia will never again be employed in that capacity anywhere in Rockland County and the fact that he will receive no jail time does not diminish his removal.
If there is anything to question, it might be the agreement that the Ramapo Town Board reached in accepting Mallia’s resignation by rewarding him with four months of pay, benefits and accrued time off.
The bigger issue that still needs to be addressed is the atmosphere in Ramapo government that allowed an Anthony Mallia to exist and operate at all. It is our hope that the next administration in Ramapo will learn from those mistakes.
Finally, the Task Force finds interesting the statement by Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe in Monday’s Journal News, to wit: “We still have much work to be completed.”
We could not agree more.
Rabbi Justin Schwartz
The writer is chairman of the Rockland Illegal Housing Task Force