23 Year-old Tess Keegan has plead guilty to one felony count of aggravated vehicular assault in the wrong-way crash from last August which seriously injured another driver. Keegan was driving southbound in the northbound lane on the Saw Mill River Parkway in New Castle when she collided with another vehicle, forcing an emergency extrication by the Pleasantville fire department. The driver was transported to Westchester Medical Center with life threatening injuries but survived the accident. Police on the scene determined her blood alcohol level to be 0.22, more than 3 times the legal limit. Sentencing for Keegan is set for June 6.
Mount Vernon – It has been determined that the employees of the Mount Vernon Police Department are not responsible for the July 2015 death of 42 year old Raynette Turner. Turner was in custody waiting to be arraigned on a shoplifting crime. The medical examiner has determined Turner’s death was attributed to be an enlarged heart compromised by chronic cocaine and morphine use.
Beacon – MidHudson is reporting the development of a solar farm slated on the Old Beacon landfill left vacant for years. BQ Solar will be named by the city council to build and operate the facility. Mayor Randy Casale says the city will save approx. $1.9M in electric bills over the life of the 20-year contract on the 11-acre solar farm.
Albany – A $500 million dollar initiative providing Internet access to under-served areas in New York is now accepting bids for state
contracts for the new Statewide Broadband Program. The program is a “reverse-auction” meaning the bidder who needs the least amount of state investment will receive the contract. April 15th is the deadline for the auction. Gov. Cuomo stated in a press release, “Through unprecedented investment, we will be expanding reliable internet access in under-served areas, helping businesses become more competitive, and making broadband available in every corner of New York.”
RAMAPO – Yesterday afternoon, councilman Samuel Tress was arrested. The councilman who sits on the Zoning Board of Appeals had signed an affidavit confirming that he would not profit from his decisions while on the board. It was discovered that he had voted to support a zoning change on a housing development where he holds a financial interest. According to the Rockland District Attorney’s Office, Tress (71), holds a prior felony conviction for federal mail fraud, and now faces a felony charge of first-degree offering a false instrument and a misdemeanor count of official misconduct. He has pleaded “not guilty” after being led in handcuffs into the courtroom of Justice Daniel Goldman. He was released without bail.
New Jersey – Rail workers of the NJ Transit are still in negotiations with Gov. Christie. A deal must be reached by 12:01 am Sunday, March 13th. As the deadline looms NJ transportation agencies throughout the region are working quickly to design a plan that would keep over 100,000 commuters traveling into Manhattan. According to sources, the plans will only provide transportation for 40,000 commuters – through the use of PATH trains, ferries, light rail, private buses, and additional NJ Transit buses — leaving 65,000 commuters seeking alternative ways of either telecommuting or driving. Richard Hammer, NJ’s acting commissioner of transportation stated, “It is important to understand that a work stoppage will not just impact rail commuters, should a rail strike occur, it will affect all of us.” Transportation agencies recommend commuters stay informed on agency websites and the traffic website 511.org.
The NY Times/NY Region – is reporting this morning that, “as early as next week NJ Transit rail workers could go on strike, requiring many of our Garden State neighbors to find alternative routes to traverse the Hudson.” The continuing standoff between the rail workers and Governor Christie is the cause of the impending strike. Later today, the agency will announce alternative plans for commuters.
Bergen County – State Health Officials reported this week that North Jersey emergency rooms and family practices are reporting high levels of flu this season. On Wednesday, the state Health Department increased the influenza activity level in Bergen, Essex, and Hudson counties from moderate to high based on last week’s information obtained from emergency departments, long-term-care facilities and schools.
Hastings-on-Hudson – Last week, a hit and run accident that has left an 11-year-old on crutches is still being investigated by police. Video camera stills from Hastings High School have been examined and it was determined they did not reveal the accident. The investigation is ongoing.