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.
No dummy, Simon decided to run and became a Ramapo judge. He was elected as a thank you from the builders and landlords who appreciated his work for the building department and looked forward to more sympathetic treatment from him as a town judge.
But Simon, once again, was too arrogant even for our remarkable local political system. He lost both his job as a Ramapo judge and as a Spring Valley judge in an almost unique decision by the higher court that he had abused his authority.
So once again, he looked for a political solution. He ran for Spring Valley mayor, and the same landlords and developers who had supported him as head of Ramapo building saw to it that he became mayor of Spring Valley.
It’s not surprising that as mayor of Spring Valley he then recruited Mr. Mallia, his old colleague in arms, as his deputy. These are two who trust each other and know how to work the system for their mutual benefit.
It is important to note that while Mr. Mallia was convicted of felony tampering with records and official misconduct, Alan Simon, his predecessor as head of Ramapo building, has never been convicted of anything.
Years ago, Preserve Ramapo carefully documented many of Alan Simon’s most outrageous actions while working as a Ramapo employee and sent the documents on to state authorities. As usual, nothing changed. We live in an a state that has many laws and ethical imperatives that are carefully ignored by our virtually worthless state authorities..
Robert I. Rhodes, Chairman, Preserve Ramapo