Judge dismisses criminal charges against Spring Valley building inspector

A Rockland County judge dismissed all of the criminal charges against Spring Valley's building inspector on Tuesday. Walter Booker had been indicted on grand larceny,

Walter Booker had been indicted on grand larceny, official misconduct and other charges by the district attorney's office.

Walter Booker had been indicted on grand larceny, official misconduct and other charges by the district attorney's office. (12/20/16)

NEW CITY - A Rockland County judge dismissed all of the criminal charges against Spring Valley's building inspector on Tuesday.

Walter Booker had been indicted on grand larceny, official misconduct and other charges by the district attorney's office.

It was alleged that Booker falsified documents in his capacity as Spring Valley building inspector so that a homeowner could falsely claim a tax deduction.

Judge David Zuckerman ruled there was no larceny, and the other charges should not have been filed either.

According to Booker, he's been hampered by a lack of staff to properly enforce local codes. This week, the New York Department of State announced a monitor would be assigned to investigate the workings of the Spring Valley Building Department.

County Executive Ed Day says he is just happy that the state will be monitoring the Building Department.

"We've heard promises before and they fell quite short. So, I have every belief this time that we will move forward, the state will do what has to be done,” he said.

Prosecutors say they may still appeal the judge’s ruling.

The complaints about the Spring Valley Building Department are separate from similar complaints made against the Town of Ramapo.

 

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