Some charges dropped in Spring Valley mayor impeachment trial
Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme won a small victory Friday after lawyers on both sides agreed to eliminate some of the numerous misconduct claims that threaten his job.
The attorney representing Spring Valley residents who want to oust the mayor, says he willingly dropped a few of the charges, but the most serious accusations remain. Those include allegations of religious discrimination and using a village-owned vehicle, gas card and E-ZPass to pay for out of town trips.
"They threw a pot of spaghetti against the wall to see what would stick. They realized and basically discontinued them," said Delhomme's attorney Kenneth Brown.
Petitioner's attorney Kenneth del Vecchio says there are still dozens of counts against the embattled mayor.
"We're just talking about a few different personnel matters and a couple minor matters that I decided not to proceed with," he told News 12.
Chief Building Inspector Walter Booker spent Friday morning testifying that he was demoted, suspended and almost fired by Delhomme for refusing to carry out what he felt were illegal orders from the mayor.
The defense painted Booker as a vindictive village employee, who was suspected of misappropriating village funds and giving preferential treatment to certain developers.
His impeachment trial will continue on April 19.