NYS Legislature Passes Bill Ending Religious Exemption from Immunization

Both houses of the New York State legislature have passed a bill that would end non-medical vaccine exemptions to help stop the spread of the measles. Rockland County Executive Ed Day called the bill “a great step forward” and Rockland’s Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said the bill will make a world of difference for those who need it the most.” Rockland State Senator David Carlucci says a separate bill was also passed that would require a state-funded vaccine awareness campaign.

Hi Tor’s Adoptable Pets – 6/13/19

Teddy is a two-year-old shepherd mix who was surrendered to us about two weeks ago. He is a playful pup who has done well with other friendly dogs in his old home but will chase cats if given the chance. He is looking for a home with older teens (16+) or adults. He is house-trained and knows most of his commands. Please help Teddy find his forever home soon. 

Hello, meet Hennessy. She is a six year old Rottweiler who was surrendered by her family. She is super sweet with humans. The staff and volunteers love her. She is easy to walk on a leash and completely trained. She knows all her basic commands. Hennessy was on hold for a while because she has a large bump on her elbow that the shelter was concerned about. The vet gave her a clean bill of health so she is now available. It’s only a calcification! She is now looking for my forever family at six. She is an amazing looking pure breed dog who will be the perfect girl in your home. She should be the only female dog in the house. 

This happy girl is Ellie. She came in as a stray from Spring Valley weeks ago. She appears to be about a year old. She is a very friendly, gentle dog and has proved herself to be great with kids! She is sociable, likes being dressed up and walks well on a leash. She is a family dog who would love a house full of kids to play with. She would need a meet and greet with any other dogs but so far has been very good with friendly dogs her size. For more info on Teddy, Hennessy or Ellie please email Doug@hitor.org!

Chocolate Chip and Tink were surrendered together by their owner in August 2018 when a family member developed allergies. They are both seven and a half year old females. They are bonded so we would like to keep them together. Their adoption fees have been sponsored by a generous donor so as long as a potential adopter meets all the adoption requirements, there would be no cost to adopt both. 

Cici is a 4-year-old female cat who is active and energetic cat. She needs a home where she can get plenty of exercise that she needs. Cici has not known an interest in the other cats but might be okay living in a home with cats, or just as an only cat. Cici needs an adult only home with adopters who have had experience owning cats. She has been at the shelter since 2015. For more info on Cici , Chocolate Chip and Tink call the shelter and speak to Amber! 

Rocklanders to Gather Saturday for Silent Candlelight Protest of NYS Parole Board’s Vote to Release Pearl River Teen’s Killer

It’s being billed as a “peaceable demonstration.” Rocklanders will gather at the Pearl River Library Saturday night and march silently from the Pearl River Library to the park near the train station to protest the New York State Parole system that’s released one of Paula Bohovesky’s killers and may release another any day now. Former Orangetown Legislator John Murphy says they should both remain behind bars…

“Our Town News” publisher Art Aldridge covered the trial back in 1980…

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said the parole board seems to have ignored the horrific nature of their crime…

People will start gathering at the Pearl River Library at 80 Franklin Avenue Saturday night around 8:15 and start walking towards the park on South Main Street around 8:30.

Rockland Honors Pearl River Veteran with First “Veteran Pride Award” Award

A Pearl River veteran yesterday became the first to be honored with the Rockland County Veteran Pride Award, which recognizes distinguished LGBTQ veterans. Damaris Trinidad joined the Navy in 1986. She was Company Commander of her boot camp, attended A-School in Pensacola to become a Cryptologic Technician, and served at Guantanamo Bay. At the award presentation ceremony yesterday, Trinidad said being forced to keep who she was a secret made a hard job even tougher…

Rockland Veteran Service Agency Director Susan Branam says over the years, she’s heard many similar stories from many LGBTQ veterans…

Trinidad has become a mentor for the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program, where she helps other veterans through outreach and counseling. Rockland County Executive Ed Day called Trinidad a role model who makes us proud.

House Committee Passes 9/11 VCF Bill

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is set to expire next year. The fund supplies first responders with healthcare, but it’s running out of money and payouts have been slashed, leaving many with large health care bills. Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco told “The Morning Show” yesterday he’s disappointed at Congress’ inaction…

Congress got an earful Tuesday from former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill that would permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund yesterday, the day after Stewart testified. The bill now goes to the House for a full vote. It’s not clear yet whether the Senate will get the chance to vote on the bill.

NJ Looks to Implement its Own Version of “Harper’s Law”

New Jersey is taking a cue from New York, trying to pass a bill that would make furniture safer. Harper’s Law recently passed in the New York State legislature and just needs the governor’s signature to become law. It was named for the granddaughter of “Morning Show” friend Sandy Fried. Three-year old Harper was killed while playing in her room and a piece of furniture toppled over onto her…

In New Jersey’s version of the bill, furniture sellers would have to post a notice stating furniture can tip over and restraint devices may prevent accidents. Retailers would also have to sell safety fixtures for their furniture.

NWS Forecast for Rockland / LHV – Thurs., June 13, 2019

Rain, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Areas of fog after 8am. High near 60. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A 20 percent chance of showers before 3am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph after midnight.
A slight chance of showers between 8am and 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.
A 40 percent chance of showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.
Sunday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.
A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.
Monday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.
A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

FBI Releases Video of Stony Point Murder Suspect on Top Ten List

The FBI has released a YouTube video describing the Stony Point man who’s
been on the run for almost 7 years since he allegedly killed his
daughter-in-law. Eugene Palmer has since been added to the bureau’s Ten
Most Wanted list. In the video, a physical description of Palmer is
revealed, as is part of the 9-1-1 recording from the day Tammy Palmer was
That was Molly Halpern with the FBI. They believe he is alive, possibly
using an alias, armed and dangerous, and possibly living in upstate New
York, Florida or another country. The FBI’s reward for Palmer is now up to
$100,000. Palmer’s sons say their father likely died in the woods of
Harriman State Park. 

Orangetown PD Charges Three With “Gang Assault”

A 17-year-old was sent to the hospital with injuries after what police
describe as a “Gang Assault” Monday night. Orangetown Police say
20-year-old Ziad Cecunjanin of Tappan and two 17-year-olds attacked the victim on the Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail near Greenbush Road in Orangeburg. The suspects were charged with second-degree gang assault and released on bail. They are due back in court next month.

Rockland Newspaper Publisher Arrested on Drug Charges

The publisher of a weekly Rockland newspaper was reportedly arrested last
month and charged with drug possession. 39-year-old Dylan Skriloff of the
Rockland County Times was arrested in Edison, New Jersey, May 28th after
he was allegedly caught sitting in his car with LSD, Xanax and
unprescribed Adderall. He is due in court in Middlesex County June 20th.
He did not respond to a request for comment.

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