State Apppoints Monitors to Ramapo & Spring Valley

The state has announced that is appointing monitors with investigative authority to oversee the building departments in Ramapo and Spring Valley after years of fielding complaints from officials and first responders about the potentially dangerous lack of fire safety and zoning enforcement in those communities. The state acted after several years of pressure from Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, Rockland County exe Ed day and the rockland illegal housing task force leaders.

Two Winning TAKE5 Tkts Unclaimed

Two people are about to have a lovely holiday – if only they would check there Take5 Lottery tickets. The New York Lottery, yesterday announced two top prize winning tickets for the December 17 and December 18 Take 5 drawings. The Rock Cut Deli & Gas at 735 Albany Post Road in Cortlandt Manor sold the December17th winning ticket for $15,218 the winning number was 6-9-10-19-25. The United Express Corporation at 230 West Lincoln Avenue in Mount Vernon sold the December 18th winner for $56,337 and that winning number was 23-25-33-34-35. Winners may claim the tickets Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway at 810 Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers or any of the Lottery’s Customer Service Centers statewide.

Second Ave Subway to Open Dec 31

The gifts just keep coming this holiday season – Governor Cuomo announced yesterday the schedule for the on-time opening of the new Second Avenue Subway. Keeping his promise to modernize the MTA and open the subway line on time, the inaugural ride will take place on December 31st and service will begin at noon on January 1 and then start at 6 a.m. each day for the rest of the first week. Governor Cuomo said, “New Yorkers have waited nearly a century to see the promise of the Second Avenue Subway realized, and after unrelenting dedication from thousands of hardworking men and women, the wait is over and the subway will open on December 31st.”

Good Samaritan Save TZ Bridge Jumper

There was an angel on the Tappan Zee Bridge yesterday afternoon when a Good Samaritan stopped a woman from jumping off the bridge. State Police said the passing motorist was able to hold the woman until troopers arrived and she was detained. Police said, the suicidal woman was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. (soucre: MidHudson.com)

Doo Wop Dream Machine – December 16, 2016

TWA Flight Center at JFK Breaks Ground

The New York-based hotel investment firm MCR, yesterday broke ground on the legendary TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport. The much-lauded conversion plan will transform the storied Saarinen terminal into the centerpiece of a world-class 505-room hotel serving millions of travelers each year. The Landmark facility that has been closed to the public since 2001. The intention now is to preserve Eero Saarinen’s Midcentury Modern design. JFK is one of the few airports without an on-site hotel and this $265 million construction project, completely funded by the private sector, will change all that. The project will generate 3,700 jobs, including union construction and hotel jobs. The project is expected to open in 2018.

(Source: Governor’s Site)

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Begins Today

New York State is participating in the “Drive Sober or get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign to crackdown on impaired driving this holiday season. Drivers can expect sobriety checkpoints and an increased number of State Troopers and local police officers patrolling New York roadways. State and local officers will enforce the national campaign starting today through Sunday, January 1, 2017. Law enforcement are watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the “Move Over Law”, which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.

(Source: The Patch, The Journal News)

HV Real Estate Developers Arrested for Voting Fraud

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced yesterday that Kenneth Nakdimen of Monsey, Shalom Lamm of Bloomingburg and Volvy Smilowitz of Monroe all face charges of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process to advance their real estate development project in Bloomingburg called Chestnut ridge, a planned 396-unit Hasidic community, where the men anticipated making hundreds of millions of dollars. They are accused of an elaborate scheme to add phony voters to the rolls. On Thursday, the three Hudson Valley real estate developers were arrested and accused of rigging a local election that included putting toothbrushes into empty apartments to make them look occupied so they could pack the voter rolls with false registrations. According to Bharara, a fourth man, Harold Baird, a former town supervisor of Mamakating, entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to submit false voter registrations. Bharara said, “Profit-driven corruption of democracy cannot be allowed to stand no matter who does it or where it happens.”

(Soure: The Patch, Journal News, AP)

Deadline Extended for Health Coverage Until Saturday

The health insurance marketplace in New York has been extended. The original deadline was yesterday but has now been extended to Saturday for coverage beginning January 1. If you are looking to enroll in a health insurance program or renew coverage you already have through NY State of Health, the state’s marketplace for insurance plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act. Donna Frescatore, executive director of the state’s marketplace said in a statement, “NY State of Health is having the busiest open enrollment period yet and we want consumers to have a little more time to select a health plan for January 1, 2017.”

Reclaim NY Surpasses 100,000 FB Followers

Reclaim New York has announced that they have surpassed 100,000 Facebook followers showing the rising tide of New Yorkers ready to engage at every level of government to demand a more affordable, transparent state. The organizations social media presence has grown exponentially since it started, hitting this landmark figure in under two years. Reclaim now has more Facebook support than the official accounts of Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and state legislative leaders, among others. Reclaim New York Executive Director Brandon Muir said, “We’ll continue to grow this wonderful, passionate voice, making it heard from Village Hall to the Governor’s office.” The intention of Reclaim is to drive “more active and direct conversation between New Yorkers and public officials. Online interaction is key to creating a more transparent future where public information is easily accessible, and pulled out of the shadows by consistent citizen-driven oversight.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.