Ramapo Councilman Continues Questioning New Position

Ramapo Town Council member Daniel Friedman recently called out, for the second time, an employee of the town who also holds a job within the village of Spring Valley. Bernard Charles Jr. was hired as the Public Affairs consultant, with the town board voting 4-0 to approve the position. Charles’ wife, Brendel Charles is a member of the board as well, though she abstained from the vote. Friedman stated that he voted yes to the hiring, but he had thought that would mean Charles would leave his position as Spring Valley’s Parks and Recreation Director, which pays him $35,000 a year. In order to keep the position Friedman stated that Charles would be required to work at least 30 hours a week, and he questioned how the man could work 65 hours a week as well as sit on the board of the East Ramapo School District and have time to do a complete job. According to Charles’ time sheets for the village he works there from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, and stated that he works for the town after 4:00, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. The position for Ramapo pays Charles $5,000 dollars a month for developing programs for youth and other members of the community, and running the town’s food pantry, all in the Cultural Arts Center.

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