Spring Valley Mayor Jailed for Locked Doors

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP/Hamodia) -

The mayor of Spring Valley spent Friday night in jail because some doors to a building hosting a children’s day camp remained locked after he was ordered by a judge to open them.

Demeza Delhomme, who was elected this year, was jailed on a contempt of court charge after the youth director of the village’s summer camp got into a conflict with him and was suspended. The village attorney said that meant camp couldn’t be held.

State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Loehr ordered the mayor to open the civic center building for the camp, and Delhomme assured him he had. But two trustees said some doors were locked, and the mayor was arrested.

The Rockland County Times reported that a possible reason for Delhomme’s jailing may have been his attitude in court. He missed his first court appearance, appeared late for his second, and then banged on the wrong doors to get into the courthouse.

Once he was standing before the judge, he had “a considerable negative attitude,” the Times said.

“The mayor of Spring Valley has learned the lesson of law the hard way,” said Dennis Lynch, the attorney representing the trustees.