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Rockland County, NY - 100 Felonies And 1 Misdemeanor In Arrest Of Ramapo Building Inspector

Published on: September 15, 2016 09:56 PM
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Rockland County, NY - The dominoes continue to fall tonight in Ramapo, as the town’s chief building inspector was arrested tonight on a whopping 101 charges.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe charged Anthony Mallia, the town’s director of building, planning and zoning, with falsifying building permits and giving contractors bargain basement prices on housing permits, reported the Journal News. 

Zugibe estimated that Mallia’s actions cheated the town out of over $100,000 based on the estimated costs of 33 new residential projects constructed in the 2015 calendar year.

While the investigation found no proof that Mallia profited personally from his actions, Zugibe said that the building inspector’s actions undermined public safety and he criticized Mallia for breaching the public trust by succumbing to the lure of corruption.

“Such self-serving criminal behavior severely undermines public confidence in the government and will not be tolerated,” said Zugibe. 

A June lawsuit found Mallia at the center of a controversial housing project on Viola Road that had been granted drastic zoning changes, allowing the builder to quadruple the number of houses constructed on the property.

The lawsuit, which charges the builder with building habitable basements in violation of the approved plans allowing for even more apartments, faults Mallia for allowing construction to continue and giving conditional approval to the units despite the violations.

Mallia was originally hired as a part time inspector for the Town of Ramapo in 2008 at a salary of $24,127.  Over the years he has climbed the ranks in Town Hall and currently works full time at a salary of $169,618.  His Airmont home, which is listed for sale for $1.29 million,  includes a $200,000 addition constructed by the builder of the Viola Road housing development.

Mallia was hit with 33 felony counts on each of three charges: first degree tampering with public records, first degree falsifying business records and offering a false record for filing.  He was also charged with one count of second degree grand larceny and a misdemeanor, misdemeanor official misconduct and theft of services.

Mallia was brought in handcuffs tonight to be arraigned in Ramapo Town Court by Judge Karen Riley.  Asked how much bail he could afford, Mallia answered “very little.”

Riley said that based on the number of charges and the possibility that he could be a flight risk, she could not release Mallia without bail.  She set bail at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.  Mallia declined to comment on his arrest and is due back in court on October 6th.

A statement issued by Rockland County Executive Ed Day said that events in Ramapo resonate throughout the county.

“When one official responsible for carrying out the taxpayer’s business applies the rules unfairly we all suffer,” said Day. “There is one set of rules, one set of laws that everyone is expected to follow.”


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 Sep 15, 2016 at 10:11 PM Anonymous Says:

He is now turning in many hasidic builders. Oy vezmeer he can ruin dozens of frum.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 02:36 AM Sholi-Katz Says:

There are 2 villains here:
1 - This guy Mallia and St. Lawrence, I don't have an issue with the builders, they are looking o maximize their profit. If a town would let them build a 16 story apartment build on 1/2 acre, why shouldn't they. Let's be honest, we would all do the same. That is why we have laws and zoning to keep a balance of growth and retain the way of life of the community. The town has to enforce the zoning. If they don't - Throw them in jail where they belong.

2 - The so called "Rabbonim" - Here are guys that are ruining our community. We did NOT come here to live like slums the way we lived in Brooklyn. These "paid off" bums are destroying our way of life. How can they do it? Simply, the Rabbonim say vote for them, using one of 2 arguments:
A- Claim the other are Anti Semites
B- We Rabbonim "know better" and we are Dass Torah and nonsense like that.

Who is a BIGGER Anti Semite then then Christopher St. Lawrence....You Jews want to come here to live in comfort & peace, fresh air, raise your families in a laid back suburban lifestyle, NO I WILL NOT LET YOU!! The Rabbonim say "vote for the guy who is destroying our neighborhood and the sad part is we do so.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 04:47 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

I have no toleration for any violation of safety-of-life codes in buildings.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 06:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

He is now turning in many hasidic builders. Oy vezmeer he can ruin dozens of frum.

the dozens of frum you are talking about ruined themselves, and in the process have also destroyed the Town of Ramapo, and subsequently have caused huge amounts of hatred towards Chasidim and frum Jews in Rockland County

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 08:26 AM LionofZion Says:

#1,can't do the time, don't do the crime.
Can they cancel the approvals?

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 08:30 AM LuckyStrike Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

He is now turning in many hasidic builders. Oy vezmeer he can ruin dozens of frum.

If they broke the law they ruined themselves, that's all.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 09:08 AM Secular Says:

We bring this on ourselves
....

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 09:23 AM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

He is now turning in many hasidic builders. Oy vezmeer he can ruin dozens of frum.

Well, you play with fire you get burned.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 11:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
PaulinSaudi Says:

I have no toleration for any violation of safety-of-life codes in buildings.

I own a small home improvement business for 20 years in Rockland. Mallia has made non frum builders remove 2 inches of a deck and hold off giving a CO if you don't pay him off. Meanwhile frum builders can build entire complexes with an illegal permit. He has pocketed millions since he started working. I refuse to do business in Ramapo because of his demands. Ask any non frum builder.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 12:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Sholi-Katz Says:

There are 2 villains here:
1 - This guy Mallia and St. Lawrence, I don't have an issue with the builders, they are looking o maximize their profit. If a town would let them build a 16 story apartment build on 1/2 acre, why shouldn't they. Let's be honest, we would all do the same. That is why we have laws and zoning to keep a balance of growth and retain the way of life of the community. The town has to enforce the zoning. If they don't - Throw them in jail where they belong.

2 - The so called "Rabbonim" - Here are guys that are ruining our community. We did NOT come here to live like slums the way we lived in Brooklyn. These "paid off" bums are destroying our way of life. How can they do it? Simply, the Rabbonim say vote for them, using one of 2 arguments:
A- Claim the other are Anti Semites
B- We Rabbonim "know better" and we are Dass Torah and nonsense like that.

Who is a BIGGER Anti Semite then then Christopher St. Lawrence....You Jews want to come here to live in comfort & peace, fresh air, raise your families in a laid back suburban lifestyle, NO I WILL NOT LET YOU!! The Rabbonim say "vote for the guy who is destroying our neighborhood and the sad part is we do so.

Why bring St. Lawrence into this? He may or may not have done anything wrong, you may or may not like him, but building permits are the domain of the building inspector. This is a bit like accusing the President when somebody far down the line does something wrong. St. Lawrence's job is not to inspect buildings. As far as I can see, he works pretty hard. He's at Town Hall during the day, and he's at various dinners almost every night. I agree with you that some of these buildings should never have been built, and some should be forcibly torn down. I just think there's a "get St. Lawrence" mindset running.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 01:46 PM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Why bring St. Lawrence into this? He may or may not have done anything wrong, you may or may not like him, but building permits are the domain of the building inspector. This is a bit like accusing the President when somebody far down the line does something wrong. St. Lawrence's job is not to inspect buildings. As far as I can see, he works pretty hard. He's at Town Hall during the day, and he's at various dinners almost every night. I agree with you that some of these buildings should never have been built, and some should be forcibly torn down. I just think there's a "get St. Lawrence" mindset running.

You've got to be kidding. In this case the fish stinks from the head down.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 02:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Why bring St. Lawrence into this? He may or may not have done anything wrong, you may or may not like him, but building permits are the domain of the building inspector. This is a bit like accusing the President when somebody far down the line does something wrong. St. Lawrence's job is not to inspect buildings. As far as I can see, he works pretty hard. He's at Town Hall during the day, and he's at various dinners almost every night. I agree with you that some of these buildings should never have been built, and some should be forcibly torn down. I just think there's a "get St. Lawrence" mindset running.

You know nothing about the building process in Ramapo. St. Lawrence and Mallia split many of the kickbacks. It's all on tape for a year. Fees were dictated to Mallia via St. Lawrence. St. Lawrence is pretending to know nothing, but it's too late now.

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 Sep 16, 2016 at 02:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Why bring St. Lawrence into this? He may or may not have done anything wrong, you may or may not like him, but building permits are the domain of the building inspector. This is a bit like accusing the President when somebody far down the line does something wrong. St. Lawrence's job is not to inspect buildings. As far as I can see, he works pretty hard. He's at Town Hall during the day, and he's at various dinners almost every night. I agree with you that some of these buildings should never have been built, and some should be forcibly torn down. I just think there's a "get St. Lawrence" mindset running.

Why bring St. Lawrence in? The zoning laws that are a travesty in Ramapo were done by him and he also pocketed Millions.

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 Sep 18, 2016 at 01:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Guy's calm down, take a deep breath, don't get so excited yet.
He's being accused of lowering permit fees, nothing in the article about any building violations etc.
All of you complaining about high density housing for the chasidim, isn't it better for you to keep the chasidim contained in their self made getto ?
Would you rather have them take over all neighboring villages ? That's exactly what will happen if you restrict new construction, the chasidim will slowly ( maybe not so slowly) buy out all of chestnut ridge, airmont, spring valley, and even Wesley hills, it's already happening!
And no individual will refuse to sell their house for a hefty price, maybe a few stubborn haters, so it's in all of your best interest to let the chasidim build in their existing neighborhoods, or get ready to pack your bags and leave ramapo.

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