“A Spring Valley building official has testified in court that the mayor directed him to issue a certificate of occupancy for a school at 50 Commerce St., despite the official’s concerns that safety inspections weren’t completed. Assistant Building Inspector Jackenton Lavalasse testified that he documented what happened by writing a memo in August describing how the mayor gave the order under pressure from political donor Alex Goldberger, who was a contractor for the school. It’s “very apparent” Mayor Demeza Delhomme interfered with the CO at Yeshiva Oholei Shem D’nitra, said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. Before the CO was revoked and the property ordered vacated in September, students were seen entering and exiting the building.” Complete Journal News story here.
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