Convicted felon’s job with village draws scrutinyPosted: Updated:
News 12 uncovered last week that a convicted felon was working for a village, and now some are saying his new job could land him behind bars.
Spring Valley Mayor Alan Simon says Anthony Mallia works as his confidential assistant. One of his duties includes working on village-owned buildings with the Public Works Department.
"In essence, make sure they're in proper shape and need inspections. Inspections are made by third parties. He's assisting us with organization -- it has nothing to do with the Building Department,” says Simon.
Mallia, who is the former Ramapo building inspector, is on probation for tampering with public records and misconduct.
The Rockland County Department of Probation says it has advised Mallia not to take a job with the village.
"He's been told by probation that if we find you are working in a building-related function for Spring Valley, you will be violating and that opens up the possibility of you going to jail,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
News 12 asked Mayor Simon if he thought the work was violating Mallia’s, probation and he said he didn’t want to make a determination about it, but he didn’t think so.
County officials say Anthony Mallia did not tell his probation officer about his employment. He is required to write a description of his responsibilities for the village before officials can decide if it violates his probation.
Mayor Simon says he spoke to the district attorney's office about Mallia's employment, and no one voiced any objection.
News 12’s calls to the district attorney have not been returned.