Ramapo Board Members Question New Hires

Two Ramapo Town Board members are questioning the appointment of two new positions within the town. Councilman Daniel Friedman released a letter on Monday stating that the details of the hirings were different when he voted with the board to hire Bernard Charles to the position of public affairs consultant and Melinda Mallia as a temporary clerical assistant. Friedman stated that he was told Mallia’s job would be part-time, paying 10- 20 dollars an hour. She was hired for a 35 hour work week, making $22 an hour. Friedman claims that he voted for a $5,000 a month salary for Charles because it was believed that he was going to leave his $35,000 a year job in Spring Valley. Board member Patrick Withers stated his agreement with Friedman, commenting that the current positions are not what the board voted to approve. Both members of the bard are requesting an investigation into the hirings, stating that a violation of the vote is at the expense of taxpayers.

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