Spring Valley Post Office Square Project Stalled

Spring Valley’s Post Office Square project has been stalled after the projects developer was busted working without a formal building permit and failing to pay a $29,000 permit fee.

Spring Valley Deputy Attorney Edward Katz said that developer Larry Weinstein had verbal permission to start construction but that was based on Weinstein’s promise to deliver the $29,000 for the permit.

So far Weinstein has paid $9,000 toward the permit, which will allow him to continue construction of the foundation of the building.

The remaining $20,000 is due before work on the upper floors can begin.

Police Still Searching For Suspect of Fatal Spring Valley Stabbing

Police are still searching for a man suspected of fatally stabbing Ricardo Barrett, 22, at a child’s street party on Hickory Street on Sunday. Police-lights

Officials believe the man suspected of stabbing Barrett is a close relative of Otha Williams who was charged earlier this week with two counts of second-degree menacing.  Williams is accused of pointing a pellet gun at Barrett’s girlfriend and another man.

During this investigation Ramapo Police found a knife inside a vehicle that had been parked on Hickory Street during the fight.  The Rockland Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to determine whether that knife was used Sunday night in Barrett’s stabbing.

Boulder’s Sweep Double Header

The Boulders won both games in a double header yesterday.

The Boulders scored three runs in the top of the seventh with Kevin Fuqua pitching a scoreless bottom inning to beat Trois Riveira 6-3 in the first game of the double-header yesterday.

The Boulders went on to complete the sweep with a 5-2 win in the second game with Marty Popham pitching a complete game and getting his first win of the season.

The Boulders and Trois Riveiras will conclude their series in Quebec City tonight at 7:05 pm.

Nyack Man Faces 1,372 Felony Counts: Had $1-Million in Counterfeit Money

A Nyack man is facing 1,372 felony counts after Clarkstown Police found a duffle bag stuffed with more than $1-million in counterfeit money orders during a traffic stop.

A Clarkstown Police Officer arrested Shay Stevenson, 23, on Monday after a traffic stop.  At the stop, the officer determined that Stevenson had been driving with a suspended license which let to the officer seizing the Land Rover he was driving and find the bag of counterfeit money orders in the trunk of the car.

Stevenson is being charged on 496 counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and 875 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Stevenson was released on $5,000 bail.  He will return to court August 7.

Local Officials Upset About Route 59 Flooding

Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski and State Senator David Carlucci sent a letter to the Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald outlining their concerns about the Route 59 project that cost $31-million and only recently was completed.

The project included replacing four bridges along the stretch of the flood-prone road and raising the road 18 inches.  In the letter to the DOT, Assemblyman Zebrowski said “The flooding this past weekend is extremely concerning.  The DOT must review the project and make appropriate adjustments to avoid future flooding as we near the hurricane season.”

Before and during the project, DOT officials did note that raising the road’s elevation would not solve the flooding but only help alleviate it.

Assembly Bill Reflects Last Year’s Vetoed Controversial Special Education Bill

Public School advocates are organizing to fight an assembly bill that would make it easier for parents to have special-education students placed in religious schools.

The legislation is almost an exact replica of a controversial bill that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo, only this bill could violate federal law by weakening the process to place students in the most appropriate setting, would require that most challenges between the parents of the students and the school district’s placement be resolved within 90 days and tuition to private schools be made within 30 days.

The bill was introduced last week.  There has been no senate version of the bill introduced as of Tuesday afternoon.

Gas Stations to be Wired for Emergency Generators

In a $17-million federally funded program, the state has identified more than 300 strategically located gas stations in Westchester and Rockland counties to be wired for generators.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets has been sending out letters to these gas stations that said they must comply with the new law.  The new law plans to prevent long lines, gas rationing and price gouging which was unfortunately common post-Sandy.

Stations that sell less than $75,000 gallons a month are exempt.  The full list of stations is available at NYSandyHelp.NY.gov/fuel-ny

Ramapo: Bronx Man Surrenders Himself

The Bronx man that was being sought after by Ramapo Police turned himself in Monday night.

Otha "Lee" Williams

Otha “Lee” Williams

Otha Williams, 20, who is not believed to be the killer of the Spring Valley man Riccardo Barrett, 20, surrendered himself at around 9:30 pm Monday evening in the Bronx.

Williams was charged with two counts of second-degree menacing.  He is being accused of threatening two people with a pellet gun during an altercation at a child’s street party on Hickory Street Sunday night.

The Justice was told that Williams has an outstanding warrant charging him with attempted robbery in Binghamton.

He is being held in county jail on $5,000 bail.

Boulders on the Road: 7 PM Game


The Boulders take on Trois Rivierais tonight in Canada.  This will be the team’s first trip of the season across the border.  The Boulders come back Saturday to play the New Jersey Jackals for a 6:30 game.

Ramapo: Bronx Man “Person of Interest” in Spring Valley Murder

Ramapo Police continue their search for a Bronx man in connection to the fatal stabbing of a Spring Valley man outside a children’s party Sunday night.

Otha "Lee" Williams

Otha “Lee” Williams

Officials were originally reporting that Riccardo Barrett, 22, had been shot during an altercation on Hickory Street at around 8:20 pm.  The medical examiner’s office later concluded he died from a stab wound to the chest.

Ramapo Police are still on the lookout for Otha “Lee” Williams, 20, of the Bronx as a “person of interest” in the death of Barrett.  According to eyewitness reports, investigators believe Williams was in a fight with an unidentified man in front of the home while Barrett was fighting with two other men.  Once a gun was waved at the crowd, witnesses say Barrett staggered back to the house.  Barrett was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police describe Williams as a 5 foot 9 inch Black Male with medium completion and build, with black braided hair.  He wore a black hoodie, black hat and dark-colored pants the evening of the murder.