Judge Declares Former Spring Valley Mayor To Be Tried Alone

On Friday Judge Kenneth Karas decided that former Mayor of Spring Valley, Noramie Jasmin, would be prosecuted seperately from the three New York City officials who are facing charges in connection to a bribery scheme that took place last year. Jasmin was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe, along with Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret, in exchange for allowing the building of a kosher catering hall on village property. In January Desmaret pleaded guilty to accusations that he accepted $10,500 from an FBI informant, Moses Stern. He will be sentenced to up to nine years in prison on May 22. Jasmin is accused of wire fraud and extortion charges after allegedly demanding fifty percent of the ownership of the catering hall. She will be seen in court after Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens, former Republican Chairman Vincent Tabone, and Republican Councilman Daniel Halloran sentenced during their trial beginning June 2.

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