SOUTH BLOOMING GROVE - The Village of South Blooming Grove is mourning the death of one of its founders, current Trustee James Mullany, who died Tuesday at Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill.
Mullany, 70, was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, and was an officer with the 24th Precinct of the NYPD. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, and two sisters.
Mullany was one of the first four trustees who served with then-Mayor Robert Jeroloman when the Village of South Blooming Grove was founded in 2006, and had served as trustee ever since.
“I am very saddened to hear of Trustee James Mullany’s passing,” Jeroloman said Tuesday afternoon. “Jim’s years of public service in the Village of South Blooming Grove will be remembered for decades to come. In July 2006, when the Village of South Blooming Grove was incorporated, Jim became one of the first members of the board. I had the honor to serve with him on that board from 2006 until 2018. I will always remember him as a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
In November 2019, Mullany was one of 16 veterans inducted into the 99th Assembly District’s inaugural Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Mullany’s two-year seat on the Board of Trustees was up for election next month. His name was on the People First slate, along with incumbent Mayor James LoFranco and incumbent Trustee Sue Anne Vogelsberg. Their petition is currently being challenged in Orange County Supreme Court by two members of another three-person slate running against them. Yet another three-person slate has filed a petition to be on the ballot next month as well.