Rockland County, NY – Hours after New York State authorized Rockland County officials to inspect close to fifty private schools that were found to have code violations, the Town of Ramapo appointed two new inspectors that would take charge of both building and fire safety.
The Journal News reported that Michael Lepori was named as the town’s new fire inspector, a position that comes with a $64,073 salary and Ian Smith will earn $74,173 as deputy building inspector.
A new position of assistant fire inspector was created for former town fire inspector Adam Peltz who was demoted by the town to assistant fire inspector after the state discovered numerous violations at schools that he had been inspected. As assistant fire inspector, Peltz will earn $85,865.
The new appointments were made today by Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and the town board. St. Lawrence said that the new positions will help the town work through any backlog in inspections.
St. Lawrence continues to refuse calls for his resignation after his arrest for violating federal financing laws in the construction of a minor league ballpark, as previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/XPqJ0k). He said today that he had no knowledge of the state’s decision to fire send inspectors into 49 private schools, located mostly in Ramapo and Spring Valley.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced at a press conference today that the state inspections will begin on Friday. The inspections will be conducted by four man teams of state certified code enforcement officials who will work together in some cases with local fire inspectors, and will be completed by the end of June.
“This is a great victory for children of Rockland County, who will now be safe when they are at school,” said Day. “We have been asking for a long time for the authority to do these inspections and it took a bipartisan effort to make this a reality.”