Union Workers Protest Palisades Mall’s Choice of Out-of-State-Workers

On Saturday, several hundred union workers walked around the Palisades Mall in a silent protest.

The union workers wore bright neon yellow shirts that read “Shame on you Palisades Mall” in the front and “For Hiring Out-Of-State-Construction Workers” On the back. The Palisades Center is allegedly paying the out-of-state workers $13-25 an hour for tiling, without benefits.  The local union workers would get paid around $45 per hour for tiling with benefits.

Their silent protest which included the Rockland Building Trades and Laborers Local 745, Local 7 Tile, Marble and Terrazzo Union walked around the mall protesting that since the community spends their money at the mall, the money should stay in Rockland.

The Palisades Mall’s facelift comes as the Nanuet Mall rebuilds and looks to take on the megamall.  The renovation should be complete this fall.

Petition Pushes for Harsher Sentence for Monsey Drug Suspect

About 130 people from the Hasidic Community signed a petition urging Rockland County prosecutors to charge a Monsey man with selling drugs and include jail time. Change.org

The petition was organized on the website Change.org and features a photo of Shlomo Ettlinger with signatures signed by local residents of the Hasidic community and a dozen Rabbis.

Ettlinger was charged in April with Possessing 2 pounds of marijuana, 370 grams of hashish oil, a handgun with ammunition and $2,000.

District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said the petition would not influence how the case will be prosecuted.

Ettlinger, an ordained Rabbi has pled not guilty.  He is due back in Ramapo Town Court July 9.

Boulders Sweep Trois Rivieras: Bring on the Jackals

The Boulders ended their series against three rivers, defeating them 9-5.

CanAm RBI leader Chris Edmonson went 4-5 with a homerun, two runs scored and two more RBI’s – 25 for the season so far.

The Boulders head to New Jersey today to play the Jackals at 7 pm.  You can listen to that game here live on WRCR.

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