Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin said Wednesday she will fight a felony mail fraud charge levied against her, asking the members of her community not to “pre-judge” her.
Jasmin was one of two Spring Valley officials swept up in a far-reaching corruption case outlined by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office Tuesday, which centered around state Sen. Malcolm Smith and his alleged attempts to buy his way onto the Republican ballot line in the New York City mayor’s race.
Both Jasmin and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret are accused of selling their vote in favor of selling village land to an undercover agent and cooperating witness who were acting as real estate developers. According to the criminal complaint, Jasmin sought an ownership stake in the project, while Desmaret was paid $10,000.
Speaking to the media Wednesday, Jasmin was brief and took no questions. Here’s her full statement as delivered:
“Good morning. I’m Mayor Noramie Jasmin. To the media and the residents of the village of Spring Valley, on the advice of my counsel I cannot discuss the case or allegations against me or as long (as) there are outstanding charges. We will vigorously defend against those charges to restore my good name. I’m asking the community not to pre-judge me, rather to keep me in your prayer for my good name to restore.”
She abruptly left the podium and ignored questions that were shouted at her.
Courtesy of LoHud.com, here’s raw video of the news conference. Jasmin’s remarks begin around the 7:45 mark: