Spring Valley, New York

Coordinates: 41°6′52″N 74°2′52″W / 41.11444°N 74.04778°W / 41.11444; -74.04778
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Spring Valley, New York
North Main St.
North Main St.
Official seal of Spring Valley, New York
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York.
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York.
Spring Valley, New York is located in New York
Spring Valley, New York
Spring Valley, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°6′52″N 74°2′52″W / 41.11444°N 74.04778°W / 41.11444; -74.04778
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
IncorporatedJuly 9, 1902
 • MayorAlan M. Simon (D)[1]
 • Deputy MayorAsher Grossman
 • TrusteesEudson T. Francois, Zack Clerina, and Yisroel Eisenbach
 • Total2.01 sq mi (5.21 km2)
 • Land2.01 sq mi (5.20 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
 • Total33,066
 • Density16,467.13/sq mi (6,357.63/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code845
FIPS code36-70420
NWS SAME code036087

Spring Valley is a village in the town of Ramapo and Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Chestnut Ridge, east of Airmont and Monsey, south of Hillcrest, and west of Nanuet. The population was 33,066 at the 2020 census,[3] making it the second most populous community in both Clarkstown and Rockland County, after New City.

Spring Valley spans the border of two towns, occupying an eastern portion of the town of Ramapo and a small western portion of the town of Clarkstown. The village is next to the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and is served by a New Jersey Transit train station at the terminus of the Pascack Valley Line.

Spring Valley is 22 miles (35 km) north of Manhattan and 5 miles (8 km) north of the New Jersey border.


Former North Main Street School, now a satellite campus of Rockland Community College

Before the opening of the railroad, there were no homes in Spring Valley.

In 1842, the New York & Erie Railroad called this part of the territory "Pascack", after a stream by the same name. The residents of the area decided to call the place Spring Valley – one certain large spring in the Valley Pond being responsible for the name. Prior to naming the territory Spring Valley, it was called Scotland, named after their homeland, by Scotsmen who had settled in the area.

In 1885, E. P. Lespenasse, of Spring Valley, walked from Haverstraw, New York to Washington, D.C. to settle an election bet. He carried a live pig and a rooster on his month-long journey. Lespenasse sold over 600 copies of picture post cards of himself and the animals he carried before the start of his walk and along the way as souvenirs and to support his journey. [4]

In 1914, President Theodore Roosevelt, visited Spring Valley to discuss the political issues of the day, speaking at Lyceum.

On July 21, 1919, the Valley Theatre was first opened.

In 1923, the Edwin Gould Foundation was incorporated. The Lakeside School for Girls and the Kingsland Industrial Schools for Boys opened on South Main street.

In 1929, Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the principal speaker at the Fourth of July celebration in Spring Valley.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman stopped at Spring Valley while touring the country in the last whistle-stop campaign by train.

Around World War II, Spring Valley had summer resorts that had many New York City Jewish people as customers. After World War II large resorts in the Catskill Mountains and other areas began to attract Jews instead, leaving the Spring Valley hotels empty. William Casey, Rockland County historian, said that many Hasidic groups began to settle during this period.[5]

The final steam locomotives on the Erie Railroad were commuter engines that ran between Jersey City and Spring Valley. Steam last operated on the Erie on March 17, 1954, when the fires were dropped on K-1 class Pacific locomotive No. 2530.[6]

In 2007, Spring Valley Mayor George Darden was elected vice president of the World Conference of Mayors during the organization's 23rd annual mayors' conference held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The organization includes mayors from the National Conference of Black Mayors and the Union of African Villages, whose goal is to foster constructive relationships among mayors around the world.

Revitalization measures are currently underway in the downtown area of the village, including a mass demolition of abandoned buildings on Main Street and the construction of new mixed-use commercial/residential buildings in its place.[7]

For over 50 years, Spring Valley was the site of a military parts distributor, Sarafan Auto Supply, which supplied military parts all around the world. This third-generation business became part of the community; as business expanded, it grew to take up a large portion of the industrial section of the downtown area. Recently the business moved out of Spring Valley, but the lot which it occupied still has many of the original buildings built by Jacob Sarafan in the early 1900s.

Corruption in Spring Valley[edit]

  • On August 4, 2014, Mayor Demeza Delhomme was locked up in the county jail after a state Supreme Court justice found him in contempt of a court order to open the village's civic center to host its summer camp.
  • In 2015 the former mayor of Spring Valley, Noramie Jasmin, was convicted in federal court in the Southern District of New York of taking kickbacks to push through a community center and catering hall. She was also convicted of extortion and wire fraud and for selling her vote for $5,000 and a 50-percent ownership stake in the building. She served out a four-year prison term at Federal Prison Camp Alderson in West Virginia.[8][9]
  • In June 2015 former Spring Valley deputy mayor Joseph Desmaret was sentenced to three years in federal prison for his part in a corruption scheme involving a proposal to build a village-owned catering hall on Route 45 in Spring Valley.[10]
  • In November 2017 Spring Valley trustee Vilair Fonvil was found guilty of corruption charges that accused him of stealing $11,000 from a summer camp program, which ended his career as a village official.[11]


Pascack Valley Line train at the Spring Valley Transit Center

Spring Valley is located at 41°6′52″N 74°2′52″W / 41.11444°N 74.04778°W / 41.11444; -74.04778 (41.114445, −74.047771).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.10%, is water.[13]

The village is approximately 5 miles (8 km) north of the New Jersey border.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[14] 2020[3]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 31,347 people living in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 39.4% White, 36.8% Black, 0.6% American Indian, 3.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 15.6% from some other race and 3.7% from two or more races. 30.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[15]

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 25,464 people, 7,566 households, and 5,523 families living in the village. The population density was 12,122.7 inhabitants per square mile (4,680.6/km2). There were 7,812 housing units at an average density of 3,719.1 per square mile (1,436.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 32.23% White, 59.98% African American, 0.40% Native American, 5.56% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 5.33% from other races, and 6.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.40% of the population.

There were 7,566 households, out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 21.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.79.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 32.1% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,311, and the median income for a family was $42,097. Males had a median income of $31,182 versus $26,350 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,861. 18.7% of the population and 15.2% of families were below the poverty line, 24.2% of those under the age of 18 and 16.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Spring Valley has the highest African American and Caribbean population in Rockland County. Spring Valley has a large Haitian and Jamaican population, along with a large and growing Hispanic population.


Historical markers[edit]

  • United States Post Office – 7 North Madison Avenue

Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

U.S. Post Office, Spring Valley, NY, USA
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Finkelstein Memorial Library – 24 Chestnut Street – Built in 1940. Books, maps and news-clipping files on Rockland County history and local newsworthy events.
  • Holocaust Museum & Study Center – 17 South Madison Avenue – Permanent exhibit combines graphics, montages, artifacts, and audiovisual displays to detail every phase of the Holocaust. Changing art exhibits.
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church – 26 South Madison Ave – The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The first service took place in 1868, four years before the first service in the new church was held December 18, 1873. (NRHP)
  • Spring Valley's Columbian Fire Engine Co. No. 1 celebrated its 150th anniversary with a county fire parade on September 10, 2011.[17]
  • Spring Valley (Metro-North station) – Municipal Plaza, 1 North Main Street
  • Spring Valley High School – Route 59.
  • U.S. Post Office – North Madison Avenue (NRHP)
  • Spring Valley Memorial Park[18] - Memorial Park Dr - Large park in the middle of Spring Valley that contains a pool, tennis court, football/soccer field, and basketball courts.


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York operates Catholic schools in Rockland County. St. Joseph Parish School in Spring Valley closed in 2005.[19]

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Spring Valley village, New York
  4. ^ "In Honor of National Poultry Day March 19 Enjoy" March 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Zeliger, Robert. "Culture clash." Rockland Magazine. August 31, 2007.
  6. ^ Ball Jr., Don, "America's Colorful Railroads", Bonanza Books, a division of Crown Publisher's, Inc., Bonanza 1979 Edition, (Don Ball copyright 1978), Library of Congress card number 79-54682, ISBN 0-517-30488-0, page 53.
  7. ^ http://www.communityp.com/press_releases_detail.php?id=53 [dead link]
  8. ^ "Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Extortion and Fraud Charges". August 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Siemaszko, Corky. "New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith corruption case: trail leads to probe of real estate dealings by Spring Valley, New York, Mayor Noramie Jasmin, Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret". New York Daily News.
  10. ^ Lerner, Jane. "Spring Valley: Desmaret gets 3 years for corruption". The Journal News.
  11. ^ Lieberman, Kim Redmond and Steve. "Spring Valley corruption trial: Trustee Vilair Fonvil found guilty". The Journal News.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  13. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Spring Valley village, New York". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Spring Valley, NY Population - Census 2010 and 2000 Interactive Map, Demographics, Statistics, Quick Facts - CensusViewer". censusviewer.com.
  16. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  17. ^ Demarest, William (September 8, 2011). "Volunteer Firefighters Get Set For Convention, Parade". patch.com. Patch. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  18. ^ "A photographer bears witness to the gentrification of his childhood home". www.1854.photography. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  19. ^ "St. Peter's supporters in Haverstraw use Facebook, YouTube in bid to save school". Lower Hudson Journal News. December 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  20. ^ Samuel Reshevsky is Dead The New York Times. April 7, 1992.

Further reading[edit]

  • Penford, Saxby Vouler. The first hundred years of Spring Valley; Written in commemoration of the Spring Valley Centennial, 1842–1942 (Social Science Research Foundation Publications)

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