Mary MuellerSep 13, 2017, 11:21 amSep 13, 2017, 11:52 pm

Spring Valley incumbent mayor loses Democratic Primary to former village judge

Former Justice Alan Simon, who was recently removed from the bench, defeated embattled Mayor Demeza Delhomme

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Spring Valley will likely have a different Democratic candidate for mayor in the upcoming general election after incumbent Mayor Demeza Delhomme was beaten by his challenger, Alan Simon in the primary on Tuesday.

Delhomme says that he is not yet accepting defeat, as there are still many absentee ballots to be counted from senior citizens.

Delhomme's tenure as Mayor has been controversial, and he blames his loss purely on the village trustees.

"I believe Emilia White is the cause of the tragedy," Delhomme said in a phone call with FiOS1 News. White ran in the primary against Delhomme, and Delhomme alleges that she took roughly 300 votes from him based on lies.

Delhomme had nothing to say about the political insider expected to win the race, former Spring Valley Justice Alan Simon. Delhomme has actually testified against Simon to help get him removed from the bench at the Ramapo Justice Court last year.

A State Commission on Judicial Conduct found Simon guilty of misconduct including bullying and harassing his staff, fellow judges and village officials.

"I think the commission was misled by Mr. Delhomme," Simon said.

When asked how he would assure people he would work well with others going forward, Simon said, "All they have is my word."

Simon says that he has managed large staffs in his career and is not intimidated by the fighting that currently exists at village hall. If elected in November, he says he would make board meetings more orderly and efficient, and create a much-needed after-school program in the East Ramapo School District.

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