Ramapo Consultant Receives New Position

The town of Ramapo recently addressed the challenge of town board member Daniel Friedman against the decision to hire Bernard Charles, husband of board member Brendel Charles, as a consultant and Melinda Malia, the daughter of town Building Inspector Anthony Malia, as a temporary Clerical Assistant. According to Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Antosca, Charles was recently chosen from three applicants as the new assistant recreation activities coordinator for the town, pending passing a civil service exam. Charles resigned from his position as Parks and Recreation Director with the Village of Spring Valley and the controversial $5,000 a month position as Ramapo Affairs Consultant, which was questioned by Friedman in January was terminated on May 30. The new full-time job pays $45,973 and was approved in a town vote 4-0, with Brendel Charles abstaining, at a May 28th meeting. At the same meeting the board approved the creation of a Town Attorney’s Office Service Aide position to be filled by Melinda Malia, with a salary of $41-42,000 a year. Her original temporary contract as clerical assistant was terminated. Friedman stated that he is happy with the outcome of the situations and called it a victory for taxpayers.

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