“The Spring Valley Board of Trustees has hired felon Anthony Mallia on a six-month contract at $50,000 to serve at the pleasure of Mayor Alan Simon, an ally dating to their days with the Ramapo Building Department.
The decision marked the third time Mallia has become employed with the village since Simon won election to a four-year term as mayor in December 2017.
Mallia resigned as Ramapo building inspector in August 2017 as part of his guilty plea to felony charges involving undercharging contractors for permits and shortchanging taxpayers by $150,000. Mallia worked as chief building inspector for Simon at the Ramapo Building and Zoning Department.
Mallia worked for the village during 2018 at $125,000 annually but the Rockland Personnel Department never approved his application. His 2018 hiring went unnoticed by personnel when the village didn’t submit the proper paperwork for months that the mayor had hired Mallia as his confidential assistant.
Mallia was forced out when personnel officials ruled he was ineligible because of his conviction.
The mayor and two trustees then rehired Mallia in March 2019 as a contractual employee at a salary capped at $75,000. When the $75,000 mark was reached in September 2019, Mallia lost his job. Simon proposed contracting with him several times but lacked the three votes on the five-member board.”
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