Baltimore, MD – Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and one of the front-runners in the Republican Presidential field, said in a statement that he is declining to participate in Fox News Thursday debate in Detroit. “Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America. I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results. “ He ended by assuring his supporters that “We the People” a grassroots movement would continue.
Yesterday, while a guest on WRCR’S The Morning Show, assemblyman Ken Zebrowski stated that he had just been informed East Ramapo Monitor, Dennis Walcott had been named the new President and CEO of the Queens Library. According to the library, the new position would begin March 14th. The East Ramapo School District has had a long history of trouble and it was concluded that a team of three monitor’s would be brought in to examine the system. In August 2015, Walcott, a former New York Schools Chancellor, was appointed by the state to head the team. By December, Walcott and his team submitted a report outlining their recommendations. One of the recommendations was to appoint a permanent monitor with veto power. The Journal news reported this morning in a statement from the state Department of Education, “Walcott has agreed to be available pro bono while his successor is being chosen and to help with a transition plan“.
In Suffern – preliminary talks continue about the proposed building of a LEGOLAND theme park at 25 Old Mill Road, the site of the former Novartis Plant. Recently, it was announced that Merlin entertainments, a UK-based company is in talks with Ramapo officials to construct a $250 million dollar mega amusement park. Once the announcement was released there began a flurry of conversation between local residents and officials as to the impact of such a project on the economy and quality of life issues. The 150-acre LEGOLAND amusement park will include over 50 attractions, rides and a water park. There will also be a 152-room hotel with themed rooms. The benefits of LEGOLAND include the creation 1800 permanent jobs, increased tax revenue, a boost to local tourism and retail shops. Some residents in Suffern are concerned about the size of the park, increase in traffic, and commercialization diminishing Rockland’s small town country feel. Media reports state LEGOLAND’S Florida theme park hosts over 2 million visitors per year. The final approval of planning and zoning is in the hands of Suffern and Montebello authorities. Officials stress the talks are preliminary. Orange County and New Jersey are also in talks with Merlin. Recently, an Italian cosmetics company in Rockland opened talks with officials regarding the empty Novartis property. In February, Ramapo town Supervisor, Democrat, Christopher St. Lawrence, and the Town Board delivered a memo of understanding to inform LEGOLAND they have their full support for the project and offering unspecified income-tax credits as an incentive to purchase the property. In opposition to the tax incentive, newly elected, Republican, Suffern Mayor Edward Markunas wrote, “Suffern/Ramapo taxpayers should not be expected to pay millions of their hard earned dollars on a parcel which is currently being pursued by two interested private sector businesses.”
In Greenburgh, construction has started on the $17.9 million dollar Ashford Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project. The work covers the Saw Mill River Parkway, New York State Thruway, a road and a walking trail near the villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry. A second project just north, in Pleasantville, is where the state Department of Transportation is scheduled to rebuild two bridges crossing the Saw Mill River Parkway. Residents are gearing up for heavier traffic, loud noise, and lower business revenue that typically follow large construction projects of this nature. Pleasantville plans to shut off the highway in April five nights a week from 9pm to 6am and in June between Exit 27 and Grant Street. There will be detours to Marble Avenue. Over the course of numerous scheduled nights this summer, roadway traffic will be brought down to a single lane in each direction. A public information meeting will be held on the projects in Village Hall at 7pm on Monday. Completion of the project is planned for 2018.
Yesterday, the state Department of Health announced a “Don’t Eat” fish consumption warning in regards to walleye fish captured between the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in the Hudson River near Catskill. In addition, the department of health warns that residents not eat walleye fish caught near the Rondout Creek just below the Eddyville Dam. Testing revealed that walleye fish near these locations display increased amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. These chemicals have been proven to be cancer causing in animals and are connected to serious health problems, causing harm to the reproductive system, the nervous system and the immune system. The state Department of Health recommends limiting walleye fish consumption to one meal per month.
WHILE SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER IS FAVORED TO WIN A FOURTH TERM, WENDY LONG, REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY WILL MOST LIKELY BE SCHUMER’S STRONGEST CHALLENGER IN THE NOVEMBER RACE FOR THE SENATE SEAT. ON MONDAY THE NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE ENDORSED SCHUMER. IN 2012, WENDY LONG LOST HER CAMPAIGN FOR SENATE TO KRISTIN GILLIBRAND. THE PRESENT SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, SENATOR, HARRY REID, IS SCHEDULED TO RETIRE. IF SCHUMER IS RE-ELECTED HE WILL REPLACE REID AS SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER IN 2017 WHEN REID’S TERM ENDS. SCHUMER STATED HIS NO. 1 ISSUE WILL BE “THE DECLINE OF MIDDLE CLASS INCOMES”.
THE OSCAR AWARD-WINNING CHARACTER ACTOR, GEORGE KENNEDY HAS DIED AT AGE 91. ACCORDING TO HIS FAMILY KENNEDY DIED SUNDAY IN BOISE, IDAHO. KNOWN FOR HIS PORTRAYALS OF BLUE-COLLAR MEN, COPS, AND SOLDIERS KENNEDY WILL BEST BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ROLE IN “AIRPORT” “NAKED GUN” AND “COOL HAND LUKE” OPPOSITE PAUL NEWMAN. KENNEDY SERVED IN WW2 AND SERVED FOR OVER 16 YEARS IN THE U.S. ARMY (MANY OF THOSE YEARS WITH ARMED FORCES RADIO).
AT APPROXIMATELY 3:30PM MONDAY, A VEHICLE HIT A UTILITY POLE ON SAW MILL RIVER ROAD IN MILLWOOD TEMPORARILY CLOSING A PORTION OF THE ROADWAY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. ACCORDING TO POLICE, A DUMP TRUCK VEERED IN ORDER TO AVOID A COLLISION WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
ON MONDAY AFTERNOON IN OSSINING, AN AMBULANCE STRUCK A TELEPHONE POLE WHILE TRAVELING ON SOMERSTOWN ROAD. THE IMPACT CAUSED THE POLE TO FALL ONTO THE ROADWAY. THERE WERE NO INJURIES ACCORDING TO A NEW CASTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SARGEANT.
NORAMIE JASMIN, THE FORMER MAYOR OF SPRING VALLEY, HAS SURRENDERED TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES AND BEGUN SERVING HER SENTENCE SINCE HER GUILTY VERDICT IN APRIL OF 2015. SHE WAS EXPECTED TO BEGIN HER 4-YEAR SENTENCE IN NOVEMBER, HOWEVER IT WAS DELAYED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST AND THEN AGAIN DELAYED FOR SURGERY. JASMIN WAS CONVICTED FOR ACCEPTING KICKBACKS TO FORCE THROUGH A CATERING HALL AND COMMUNITY CENTER, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. SHE HAD PARTNERED WITH REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER TURNED FBI INFORMANT, MARK STERN, IN REGARDS TO A $12M PROJECT ON A 30-FOOT DEEP DITCH ON ROUTE 45 OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. JASMIN SOLD HER VOTE FOR A 50% OWNERSHIP IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND $5000. SHE WAS CONVICTED OF EXTORTION AND WIRE FRAUD. JASMIN WILL SERVE HER SENTENCE AT FEDERAL PRISON CAMP ALDERSON IN WEST VIRGINIA. ALONG WITH NORAMIE JASMIN, STERN GARNERED DEPUTY MAYOR JOSEPH DESMARET’S VOTE FOR $10,800 AND IN APRIL DESMARET WAS SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR 3-YEARS. THE CASE AGAINST STERN REMAINS SEALED.