Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme has been an advocate during his first month in office for stopping waste and mismanagement, but that didn’t stop him from buying a $47,000 SUV, The Journal News/lohud.com reports today.
The mayor said he drove his own car for work during his first three weeks in office because he didn’t want to drive a “beaten-up” car used by the former mayor, Noramie Jasmin.
Vehicles used by the Spring Valley mayor have been handed down to the Department of Public Works or the Police Department in the past, but Delhomme traded Jasmin’s 4-year-old Ford Expedition for $27,700, leaving the bill for his 2014 Ford Expedition Limited at $19,787. The new SUV was priced at $56,990, but the dealer had a $9,600 discount.
“I did what I was supposed to do to save the taxpayers’ money,” said Delhomme, a trustee since 1999 who won a crowded election in November to become Spring Valley mayor.
Jasmin is under indictment in a federal corruption case. She could not be reached for comment.
Delhomme’s to-do list includes fixing the Village Hall phone system, which he said hasn’t worked properly for three years and has cost thousands of dollars for unused lines. He said his staff had to scramble to file personnel applications that were sitting around for months. The mayor said he also wants to crack down on absenteeism in the Department of Public Works.
(Journal News photo of the Spring Valley mayor’s new SUV.)