Ramapo Hiring Relatives of Officials

The Ramapo Town Board announced recently that they would be hiring two relatives that they would be hiring two relatives of town officials. The board voted 4-0 to hire Bernard Charles of Spring Valley who is married to Brendel Charles for the position of oublic affairs consultant, which pays $5,000 a month. His wife sat out of the vote. The resolution for the position states that he will be responsible the food bank, the cultural arts center in Spring Valley, increasing participation in recreational activities, as well as an assessment for spending on fire protection. According to Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence, Charles will most likely be keeping his job as Recreation Director of Spring Valley, which pays $35,000 a year. St. Lawrence also stated that Melinda Mallia, a paralegal from Airmont, whose father is the Director of Building, Planning, and Zoning, Anthony Mallia, was hired by the board as a temporary clerical assistant at $22 an hour. According to St. Lawrence she was hired to help with legal issues, since two of the town attorneys had lost their jobs. Town Attorney Michael Klein stated that hiring officials’ relatives is not illegal since both of the individuals hired are qualified for the postitions. Michael Castelluccio, a member of the Preserve Ramapo group criticized the town’s actions, saying that Charles’ $60,000 job that St. Lawrence, “created out of the air”, was a handout.

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