Heat Advisory issued August 16 at 3:14PM EDT until August 17 at 6:00PM EDT by NWS NYC

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT FRIDAY…
* HEAT INDEX VALUES…In the mid 90s.
* TIMING…This afternoon and Friday afternoon.
* IMPACTS…Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-
risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity
may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended
exposure.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and
humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees
for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any
length of time.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 9 1 1.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued Aug 17 at 3:42PM until Aug 17 at 11:00PM by NWS Storm Prediction Center

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 340 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

NEW YORK COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
ORANGEO PUTNAM ROCKLAND 
WESTCHESTER

Issued By: NWS Storm Prediction Center

Rockland Legislator Weighs in on Shared Services Initiative Controversies

The first Shared Services Initiative public hearing was held Wednesday night in Blauvelt, and speakers primarily focused on the inclusion of county retirees’ health care coverage. Legislator Lon Hofstein told “The Morning Show” yesterday that he was disappointed that some of his colleagues have been whipping up senior’s fears unnecessarily…

Audio: Lon Hofstein

The next hearings on the Shared Services Initiative will be held on Tuesday in Stony Point and September 5th in Suffern.

NJT Officials: We Underestimated Agency’s Issues

New Jersey Transit executives were grilled yesterday by state lawmakers for the authority’s poor performance of late. Published reports said NJT Executive Director Kevin Corbett admitted he misread the scope of the issues there when he took office with governor Phil Murphy in January. At a press conference at the Pearl River train station Wednesday, County Executive Ed Day blasted NJT and the MTA for failing to provide adequate services to Rockland riders…

Ed Day                  “…back and forth to work.”                  :14

Riders on the Pascack Valley line have had to cope with cancelled trains, engineer shortages, fewer express lines, delayed safety installations and fare increases. Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti testified no immediate fix is in sight. Already a decade behind schedule, NJT is spending the next four months or more installing the positive train control safety braking feature. It was announced earlier this month that the original end-of-year deadline likely won’t be met.

State Senate Candidates Take Different Approach to Film Industry

Lately, Rockland towns have been eager to do more to lure film and TV productions to their areas, with the hope and promise of big crews spending money at area shops and restaurants. State Senate candidate Republican Tony Basille wants to take the tax breaks given to Hollywood productions and give them instead to middle class families to help them defray the cost of child care…

Audio: Tony Basile

Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Democrat, is Basille’s opponent, and says while he supports the notion that big movie houses don’t deserve tax breaks, he argues that the smaller production companies do…

Audio: James Skoufis

Both are running for the 39th Senate District, currently occupied by Bill Larkin, who is retiring.

Hi Tor to Hold “Clear The Shelters Adoption Drive” Noon to 5 in Pomona Saturday

If you were in the market for a new pet you might want to check out Hi Tor tomorrow. They’re holding another “Clear The Shelters Adoption Drive” from Noon to 5 at the shelter in Pomona. Adoption fees will be reduced for all animals over 6 months of age but donations are always appreciated and there will be a $75.00 adoption fee for kittens. All adoptions include vaccinations, rabies shots, microchipping, spaying/neutering and a complimentary veterinarian visit with a participating veterinarian. There will also be a bake sale, a special pet boutique, and a jewelry booth. For more information, call Hi Tor at 845-354-7900 or visit https://www.hitor.org.

Sports Gambling Good for New Jersey Pocketbook

The month of July was good for New Jersey’s pocketbook. Now that sports gambling has been legalized, and New Jersey became one of the first state to welcome that with open arms, they reportedly took in $40.7 million last month. NJBIZ.com reported the state’s Gaming Enforcement Division said the addition of in-person sports betting at Bally’s and the Meadowlands racetrack helped boost the numbers.

9th Annual Haverstraw Air Show Saturday

The Hudson Valley Radio Control Club will be putting on a show at the 9th annual Haverstraw Air Show tomorrow. Supervisor Howard Phillips says about 3,000 people attended last year’s free event…

Audio: Howard Phillips

The event is being held at 585 Beach Road in West Haverstraw. You can watch people fly these models or you can even try it yourself. The Town is providing FREE refreshments and Haverstraw Transit provides FREE shuttle service from the Haverstraw Bay County Park. For more information visit the club’s website.

NWS Forecast for Rockland / LHV – Fri., Aug. 17, 2018

Today
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 96. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 73. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 85. West wind around 6 mph.
Saturday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday
A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Northeast wind around 7 mph.
Sunday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Monday
Partly sunny, with a high near 77.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.
Tuesday
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.
Tuesday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Wednesday
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Hi Tor List of Adoptable Pets 8/16/18

Belle’s name appropriately reflects her quiet beauty. Belle is a 2 – 3 year old terrier mix. Belle is quite gentle with her people once she gets to know you. She is a bit scared and shy at first but, when she gets comfortable gives endless affection. Give this little beauty a chance.

This sweet girl is Dakota. She is about 4 1/2 years old and was surrendered by her owner.  She is quite shy and learning how to get used to shelter life, which is not an easy task for this sweet girl. Dakota wants to be an only dog. She comes out of her shell when she gets comfortable with her people.

This handsome guy is Puff. He is about 1 1/2 years old and his playful nature reflects his young age. He appears to be an American Bulldog or terrier mix. Puff is a wonderful boy but very strong. He will need an owner who can handle this strength. But, talk about a big goofy love! For more information on Puff, Dakota and Belle, please visit the shelter.

Check out this blue-eyed beauty rabbit! Etta, (formerly known as Louise), had a very rough start in life. Rescued from a broken down hutch in the dead of winter, she and her sister combined their two litters to try to save their babies from the bitter cold. They were severely neglected, with no hay and no water. Within weeks of being rescued, (and 32 days after having her first litter), Etta gave birth to another litter of babies. She was so depleted, we weren’t sure she would survive. Thankfully, with proper medical care, and great care by her foster home, she pulled through. Etta was spayed July 11th and is doing very well! She is completely litter trained, eats well, and loves her toys. She would do best in a home with adults or older children. Etta is 4.4 pounds of pure joy! For information, please email us at Hitorbunnytrail@gmail.com.

Amber is a two-year-old all black cat who came to the shelter as a stray from Tompkins Cove after she was found hiding under a trailer. She is described by staff as a feisty girl who would need a home with older children and no other cats. She has been at the shelter since July 2017.

Dusty is a five-and-a-half-year-old domestic short hair. Dusty came to us after being found as a stray underneath a parked car. Dusty would do best as an only cat in a home with adults who have had experience owning cats. He can start off aloof and does need some time to warm up to new people. Amber and Dusty are currently at the shelter, not the Annex.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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