No Confirmation on What Caused Nyack College Explosion

South Nyack-Grandview Police continue to investigate the cause of the explosion at Nyack College.  Top officials in the department are still not able to tell what the cause of the accident was.

On June 4, five college employees and two students were injured in an explosion at Sky Island Lodge on the college’s campus.  No one was seriously injured.  That same night Orange and Rockland Utilities said it found evidence of fresh excavation work on the grounf above the 2-inch pipe they found that may have been struck and pulled by heavy equiptment.

Nyack Police Chief Brent Newbury said that the nyack college groundskeepers could have caused the pipe break but that the department is also looking at other causes.

Son of Ramapo Councilwoman Arrested for Burglary

Ramapo Police arrested the son of Ramapo Councilwoman Brendel Logan in connection with a burglary at a Hillcrest grocery store.

Krystafer Johnston, 23, was charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal mischief Monday for a September burglary at the Bravo Supermarket.  Details of the burglary are not available, but investigators did say that there were no reported injuries during the incident.

Johnston was released on bail pending a future court appearance.  Logan who was sworn in as councilwoman in January 2012, is married to Bernard Charles Jr.  and East Ramapo Board of Education Trustee and Spring Valley mayoral candidate.

16-Year-Old Boy Drowns at Bear Mountain State Park

A 16-year-old boy drowned in Hessian Lake in Bear Mountain State Park yesterday during a school outing.

State Parks Department Spokesman Dan Keefe confirmed the boy’s death saying that witnesses saw the boy diving off a rock into the lake, but would not provide information about the events leading up to the incident.

Authorities arrived at the scene at about 3 pm. The teen was recovered by a member of the Thiells Fire Department Dive Team and pronounced dead by paramedics minuets later.

The boy, whose name was not released was on a class trip with the Brooklyn International High School.

Boulder’s Beat Trois Rivieres in Final Game of Series 10-6

Rockland defeated Trois Riveires yesterday in the final game of their series.

They started from behind but managed to get their act together and take down Trois Rivieres 10-6.  The Boulders made their comeback in the seventh with Chris Edmonson doubling to centerfield and Stephen Cardullo hitting a two-run homer.

The starting pitcher for yesturday’s game was Dan Sausville.  He pitched six innings and gave up six runs and eleven hits with two strikeouts.  Garret Johnson went on to replace him in the seventh, giving up one hit in his two innings pitched.

The Boulders are off today.  They are currently in 2nd place behind Quebec one and a half games.




Both Houses OK Lottery “Spin-Up” Money for East Ramapo

East Ramapo may see that advance of $3.5-million dollars in state lottery money if Governor Andrew Cuomo Ok’s the bill.

On Friday, both the assembly and senate voted in the bill that will hopefully bring the struggling district closer to restoring programs for next year.  Normally, East Ramapo would receive that money September 2014, but district officials asked Senator David Carlucci this Spring to draft legislation to relese the money earlier to June 2014.

The money would be deducted from future lottery allocations over a 30-year period.


Home-Rule Request to Borrow $96-Mil Passes in Senate

Home-rule request passed by the New York Senate at 1:30 am this morning that would allow Rockland County to borrow up to 96-million dollars to cover its deficit.

The request is pending Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature that would permit 10-year bonds to cover the county’s growing budget gap.

If the Governor approves the bill, the county would be required to submit its proposed budget to the state comptroller 30 days before a vote is scheduled.    The comptroller would then send back binding changed at least 10 days before the vote.

Boulders Comeback in Last Game of Double Header

Just when you thought the Boulders were going to lose their second game of the night in a double header against Trois Rivieres, the Boulders made a comeback in the last inning.

With the rally starting off with Nick DelGuidice driving a double and with the next two batters walked, Danny Bomback comes up to bat and drives in Mike Gedman with a no-out single.  Chris Edmonson made his way to the bag and hit a sac-fly to bring in his brother Jerod to make it a tie game.  Johnny Welch went on to hit on down the third baseline scoring in Donnie Webb and winning the game 7-6.

The Boulders face Trois Rivieres again tonight at 7pm here at Provident Bank Park.  You can listen to that game here live on WRCR.

State: Ramapo Second Most “Fiscally Stressed”

The Ramapo town finance employee who the town claims sent misleading information to the State Comptroller’s office is speaking out.

Melissa Reimer, the Town’s Supervisor of Fiscal Services is being accused of sending information that indicated that Ramapo faced “certain fund deficits”, omitted $3.5-million in anticipated revenue and did not have the forms authorized by the town board members and Supervisor St. Lawrence.  According to the Comptroller’s Office, the Town Supervisor is legally required to file and certify the forms.

According to the town, her report led to State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli’s determination that Ramapo is on the hot list of municipalities in “significant fiscal distress.”

Reimer defended herself in an interview with the Journal News saying in her 10 ½ on the job.  She sent the correct information the same way she always has and that that the information on the anticipated revenue wasn’t made available to her.  She also claims that the Supervisor never reviews the forms and the Town Board has never passed a resolution to authorize it.

Ramapo is currently ranked the second-most fiscally stressed community in the state.

Orangeburg “Tops Off” Bloomberg Data Center

In Orangeburg yesterday, the town held a “topping off” ceremony officially announcing the arrival of the new $710-million Bloomberg data center.

The facility will be one-story and will provide an estimated 7 megawatts of critical capacity.

The topping off is a traditional construction milestone that marks the point when the building’s frame is complete.

The data center is set to open in the middle of next year.

Boulders Lose Last Game of Series Against Le Capitales


The Boulders didn’t sweep the Capitales last night, but they still remain in first place.  The boys lost 7-3 against Quebec.

They are home tonight to play Trois Riveries for a five game series.  Today’s game will be a double header with the first game starting at 5.

You can listen to both games here on WRCR.