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Former Spring Valley village attorney charged with official misconduct

NEW CITY – A former village attorney in Spring Valley is charged with one count of misdemeanor official misconduct.

Lawrence Weissman, 56, an attorney with offices in West Nyack was appointed as special prosecutor by the Spring Valley Village Board in early 2016 to handle the prosecution of traffic tickets as well as zoning violations for the village.

According to the charges, former Trustee Vilair Fonvil recommended Weissman for the position. He is accused of committing official misconduct by submitting false documentation to the village judge to justify giving favorable plea dispositions at the behest of Fonvil, who attended plea negotiation sessions, met with individuals facing traffic charges and occasionally, directed Weissman as to how to dispose of those charges.

If convicted, Weissman could face one year in jail.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said the arrest was the result of an investigation by the Public Corruption Task Force, a joint investigative unit for the Rockland County DA’s Office and the FBI.

 


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