Schlisser Arrected for Wire Fraud

The Journal News is reporting that 57-year-old Michael “Mickey” Schlisser of Pomona, who has served time for securities fraud faces a new federal charge of wire fraud for allegedly misspending money from a $1.2 million account given to him by investors to buy and sell companies. According to FBI Special Agent, Michael Savona, Schlisser used the money personally, including credit card payments, checks to his wife’s unnamed Rockland bakery, his son’s schooling and payments on loans previously made involving another investment. A December 6 complaint to US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office alleges that through a wire fraud Schlisser devised a scheme to obtain money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and obtained $1.2 million for the scheme from investors by interstate wires and other means. The FBI arrested Schlisser on December 7. Bail has been set at $1 million. (Source: The Journal News)


Rep. Maloney Passes Dam Repair Act

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has worked hard for the Hudson Valley to get the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act passed in the House and establish a federal investment program to allow states and local governments to seek funding for the rehabilitation of high-hazard publicly owned dams. Under Maloney’s plan, part of the Water Infrastructure investment for the Nation Act, the federal government would invest $445 million over the next 10 years, providing 65 percent of funding, while state and local jurisdictions would provide the other 35 percent. There are close to 100 dams in the Hudson Valley that are considered high-hazard, something that is according to Maloney “pretty scary for families and businesses throughout our area.” New York State has 403 high-hazard dams, the eighth most in the nation. (Source: Mid-hudson News).

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

Adoptable Pets 12-22-16

These loving animals are looking for “Forever Homes” if you are looking to add a member to your family contact or give to their Urgent Needs List by calling 845-354-7900 — thanks to our sponsor — Learn CPR be a Lifesaver!

Hi, my name is Dallas. I am a 2 year old male pit mix.My dream family is one with older kids or adults where I can be your one and only pet.I am young and energetic so I need an experienced dog owner who is patient, calm & assertive. I know how to sit, lay down, give paw and walk well on a leash. I am also house trained . Because I am young I will need you to continue my training to keep me well behaved so I can grow into a fine young man.  My owner should also like to take long walks & play fetch, if you have a fenced in yard that would be ideal. But after exercising, cuddling next to my humans & giving gentle kisses is one of my favorite things. I’ve been told I am a goofy silly boy and have the funniest expressions that will make you laugh. I love car rides & am a well behaved passenger so I can be your copilot.  I have a lot of love to give & am a good boy but the shelter is overwhelming for me. Would you be the family to give me a second chance?

Darla is a 2 year old female pitbull who came to the shelter as a stray. She would possibly do well in a home with other dogs but would just depend on the dog. She has not been tested with cats yet. Darla is an active dog who would do well in a home with teens and older. She is a very sweet lovable dog who is also be house broken. Come meet Darla to find out for yourself how very special she is.  (on a side note you saw that Darla was adopted but then she was returned the next day thru no fault of her own, it was a family issue)

Jade is a 2-3 year old female Terrier Mix who was surrendered to the shelter because her owner could no longer care for her. Jade starts out a bit shy at first but then will warm up nicely. She becomes very friendly and affectionate once she gets to feel comfortable. Jade is also housebroken. Jade should be the only pet in the house and would do best in a home with older teens and adults who can give her the quiet home she deserves.

Hazel is a 4 year old domestic short hair. Hazel would do best in a quiet low traffic home with adults as it does take her some time to warm up to new people. She has not been around dogs and would probably be best being the only cat in the house. Once Hazel knows you she does enjoy attention and pets.

Halo – 1 yr Female..Halo is a calm and quiet girl. She came to the shelter after being found as a stray this past summer. Halo would do best in a home with teens and older as she can start off shy and prefers a quiet environment. She enjoys the company of other cats too. Halo is one of our FIV cats, which stands for feline immunodeficiency virus. FIV positive cats can live long and healthy lives.

Betty is a one and a half year old domestic short hair. Betty was brought to HiTor as a stray kitten last summer and has been with us since she was 6 weeks old. She does take some time to warm up but is very sweet once she gets to know you, she would do best in a quiet low traffic home with teens and adults. Betty would be very happy to have a feline companion as she does enjoy the company of other cats.

Eat @ BJ’s Donate 20% to HiTor Animals

HiTor Animal Care Center wants to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season – and if you are looking for a great way to help the animals of Hi To while you enjoy a delicious meal – BJ’s located the The Shops at Nanuet, on Thursday Dec. 29th from 11 am to 11 pm will donate 20% of food and soft beverage sales to Hi tor’s General Operating Fund, which goes directly to help all the animals at the shelter. You will need to print out a copy of a flyer and present it to you serve. Contact and get on their mailing list to get your flyer. Remember its for the animals!

RC Executive’s 2017 Budget Passes

The County Executive Ed Day is reporting this morning that his 2017 Budget was approved last night by the legislature in a vote of 11-6 with Legislators, Carey, Hofstein, Falciglia, Moroney, Santulli, and Tyer all voting in favor of the budget. The Legislature failed to override Day’s vetoes with the necessary 12 votes, or a two-third majority. The budget meets the state-mandated 1.17 percent property tax cap. According to Day most taxpayers will see no increase in their tax bill due to a decrease in sewer fees for residents of Clarkstown, Ramapo and parts of Orangetown. The budget takes effect January 1. Day asks the legislature to “immediately declare the dilapidated Sain Building as surplus, the first step for sale.” There is a buyer that has offered $510,000 over the asking price and they have been waiting almost a year now for the legislature to move forward with the sale. Day says, “I will work with the Legislature to see if we can use some of the proceeds of the sale to fund our “224” non-profits. I challenge the majority to back up their stated commitment to them with action.” If you would like to encourage the legislature to move towards the sale of the Sain Building to support “224” non-profits before they suffer significant damage you can call Chairman Wolfe at 845-638-5100.

Fire in Haverstraw, Three Injured

According to The Journal News three people were injured when a fire ripped though a village apartment shortly after midnight Monday. The blaze broke out in a second-floor apartment at 1 Broad Street at 12:!0 a.m. according to Haverstraw Fire Chief Robert Drexler. A spokesperson for the Red Cross said that more than 36 residents – including 8 families with 26 adults and 10 children – were displaced from the building. The building has second- and third- floor apartments that sit above three stores on the ground level at the corner of Broad Street and Broadway. The fire started in an apartment and took about 20-25 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control. The fire was contained to one apartment, while a few other units and the three stores below had water or smoke damage. Three people were hospitalized with smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire was not immediately known as Rockland County’s arson investigation team responded. Chief Drexler confirmed that firefighters from West Haverstraw, Stony Point and Thiells responded, while Congers Firefighters where on standby.

State Apppoints Monitors to Ramapo & Spring Valley

The state has announced that is appointing monitors with investigative authority to oversee the building departments in Ramapo and Spring Valley after years of fielding complaints from officials and first responders about the potentially dangerous lack of fire safety and zoning enforcement in those communities. The state acted after several years of pressure from Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, Rockland County exe Ed day and the rockland illegal housing task force leaders.

Two Winning TAKE5 Tkts Unclaimed

Two people are about to have a lovely holiday – if only they would check there Take5 Lottery tickets. The New York Lottery, yesterday announced two top prize winning tickets for the December 17 and December 18 Take 5 drawings. The Rock Cut Deli & Gas at 735 Albany Post Road in Cortlandt Manor sold the December17th winning ticket for $15,218 the winning number was 6-9-10-19-25. The United Express Corporation at 230 West Lincoln Avenue in Mount Vernon sold the December 18th winner for $56,337 and that winning number was 23-25-33-34-35. Winners may claim the tickets Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway at 810 Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers or any of the Lottery’s Customer Service Centers statewide.

Second Ave Subway to Open Dec 31

The gifts just keep coming this holiday season – Governor Cuomo announced yesterday the schedule for the on-time opening of the new Second Avenue Subway. Keeping his promise to modernize the MTA and open the subway line on time, the inaugural ride will take place on December 31st and service will begin at noon on January 1 and then start at 6 a.m. each day for the rest of the first week. Governor Cuomo said, “New Yorkers have waited nearly a century to see the promise of the Second Avenue Subway realized, and after unrelenting dedication from thousands of hardworking men and women, the wait is over and the subway will open on December 31st.”

Good Samaritan Save TZ Bridge Jumper

There was an angel on the Tappan Zee Bridge yesterday afternoon when a Good Samaritan stopped a woman from jumping off the bridge. State Police said the passing motorist was able to hold the woman until troopers arrived and she was detained. Police said, the suicidal woman was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. (soucre:

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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