A state Supreme Court Appellate Division released its decision on Wednesday disbarring Simon immediately. Simon had been admitted as an attorney on Dec. 18, 1968, according to the decision.
The court’s decision stated: “Ordered that the respondent, Alan Michael Simon, is disbarred, effective immediately, and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.”
Simon didn’t return a request for comment on Wednesday. The disbarment doesn’t affect the 75-year-old Simon’s job as mayor.
Until being booted from the bench, Simon had served as a Spring Valley judge since 2005 and Ramapo Justice Court since 2011. He was appointed acting Hillburn village justice in 2016.
His indiscretions occurred in Spring Valley, a government known for its dysfunction during the past decade.
The disbarment decision cited the findings of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and a state Court of Appeals upholding the commission’s recommendation removing Simon as a judge in Spring Valley and Ramapo in 2016.
The courts upheld professional misconduct charges claiming Simon’s “actions reflect a pattern of calculated misconduct that mitigates against [his] assertion that the misbehavior complained of will not be repeated if he is allowed to remain on the bench.”
He also has lost his temper as mayor, firing employees and, at one time, cursing at a trustee and employee.
Simon has had a long career in government, serving as a Bronx prosecutor and public defender in Rockland County before working for more than a decade as Ramapo’s town attorney.
He also served a controversial stint as the town building and zoning administrator, leaving under a cloud of allegations that he overstepped his authority by signing and overriding engineering reports.”
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