BY MICHAEL RICONDA
Spring Valley – Shortly after his swearing in by County Clerk Paul Piperato, newly-elected Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme proceeded with the first meeting of the Spring Valley Village Board, an assembly consisting largely of new appointments and the swearing in of new village personnel.
The Board of Trustees has three new members. Emilia White and Asher Grosman were elected to the Board, while Vilair Fonvil was appointed to the board as Deputy Mayor by Delhomme. Alan Simon was appointed Spring Valley Justice, replacing former County Executive candidate David Fried. Kathryn H. Ball was appointed to serve as Village Clerk, with Herby Jean-Charles serving as her deputy.
Other appointed officials include Village Attorney Jerrold W. Miles, his deputy William A. Gerard, Village Assessor Laurence Holland, Village Court Clerk Elsie Cheron, and Village Historian Leonard Binder. The new board faces a raft of challenges, most notably the continued fiscal troubles of the East Ramapo School District. Delhomme proposed a resolution declaring the School District’s condition an emergency situation.
Though the proposition was largely symbolic, it received some opposition from board member Anthony Leon and on the grounds that the Village Board could not compel action from another independent body.