A town meeting in Spring Valley, New York, turned into an episode of Scandal on Wednesday when a resident named Reginald Alfred accused mayor Demeza Delhomme of sleeping with his wife. Delhomme denies the allegations, stating that he thinks this is part of a smear campaign by two village trustees.
Alfred took the microphone at the Rockland County village meeting and claimed that the Spring Valley mayor ruined his 12-year marriage. “Mr. Delhomme is trying to use his power to get into my house,” Alfred said. “He destroyed my house. He destroyed my family. I have two daughters.”
Someone else in the meeting yelled out and asked Delhomme if he knew Alfred’s wife, to which he responded, “I know everybody in this community. I don’t know this person.”
Following this denial, Alfred returned to the podium and called the mayor a “liar.” Adding, “I saw him in my house for Thanksgiving with the food inside.”
The meeting quickly turned into chaos as the crowd turned on the mayor. “If you really did this, you should be ashamed of yourself,” one person yelled, while another added, “You are supposed to be a counselor, man, to take care of families, not destroy them.”
Following the meeting, Delhomme denied Alfred’s allegations to the New York Post, saying that he had filed a police report. “I wish that man would get some kind of psychiatric help. I feel so bad for these kids involved,” he said, referring to Alfred’s two daughters.
To make matters even more insane, Delhomme says he believes Alfred’s statements are an attempt at a smear campaign by two of the city’s trustees, Asher Grossman and Vilair Fonvil.
This is not the first time that Delhomme has been involved in scandal, however. Not by a longshot. In November, secret tapes were released which had the mayor saying that he would cut any Jewish developer projects as revenge for their lack of support in his 2013 election. Last January he ordered the Department of Public Works to install a generator at his girlfriend’s house. In the summer of 2014, he was jailed for contempt of court charges when he refused to carry out a judge’s request to open a Spring Valley summer day camp. And most recently, at a June 8 government meeting, he was caught on camera saying that he is “the king of the village.”
Delhomme became mayor in 2013 when he beat out the incumbent who was under federal investigation for corruption.
Watch the town meeting madness below:
(Photo: Lohud, the Journal News)