Rockland County Highway Workers Prep for Snowstorms

We won’t be getting any today, but Rockland’s highway crews are ready for the snow. County Executive Ed Day says area Highway Department workers and road crews attended a two-day “snow school” to prepare for winter’s onslaught. Day says everyone was given refresher courses about snow-removal techniques, safety, equipment maintenance and other issues…

Audio: Ed Day

Snow plow drivers each took dry runs of their routes as well. County Highway Superintendent Skip Vezzetti said Rockland has never had to close County roads due to snow and he wants it to stay that way.

Former Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence Faces Sentencing Monday

Former Ramapo supervisor Chris St. Lawrence is expected to be in court Monday for sentencing after being found guilty last May of 20 of 22 counts of fraud and conspiracy. He was accused manipulating the town’s finances to get better bond rates for the town’s ballpark and other projects. Acting U-S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon Kim, at the time he was convicted, said St. Lawrence, “lied repeatedly to the investing public about the state of Ramapo’s finances.” Former Ramapo Assistant Town Attorney Aaron Troodler, who pleaded guilty and testified against St. Lawrence, will be sentenced next month.

Hungry Hollow Road Thruway Overpass in Chestnut Ridge Re-opens

The Hungry Hollow Road Thruway overpass in Chestnut Ridge has been partially reopened following the completion of emergency repairs. It reopened Wednesday to alternating one-way traffic, including traffic lights to control the flow of vehicles using the bridge. Pedestrians can also use a four-foot shoulder on the east side of the bridge, which was damaged in October when a truck traveling on the Thruway crashed into it.

USPIRG Survey IDs Toys that could be Hazardous to Children

The holiday shopping season is getting started, and a new report can help consumers avoid toys that can be hazardous to children. The Public News Service’s Andrea Sears has more.

Audio: Andrea Sears

The full “Trouble in Toyland” report is available online at www.uspirg.org.

Port Jervis Hospital Worker Charged with Sex Assault on Patient

A Middletown man is accused of sexually assaulting a patient at the Bon Secours Community Hospital’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit in Port Jervis where he worked. City Police Department Detectives arrested 56 year-old Nathan Oglesby and charged him with Third Degree Rape. Oglesby was a Mental Health Technician at the facility at the time. He has since been suspended from his job. He was arraigned in Port Jervis City Court and released on his own recognizance.

Bronx Teen Faces Manslaughter for Killing of Yonkers Teen

A Bronx teen faces manslaughter and weapon possession charges after a gun he was showing to a Yonkers teen went off, killing the boy. 16 year-old Joseph Kuaffo was struck in the chest in September by a single gunshot that the Westchester D-A says was being handled by 17 year-old Horace Allen. He pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $100,000 cash. He is due back in court next month. He faces 15 years in state prison.

Clarkstown Police Search for Acura Driver Believed Responsible for Hit-and-Run in Congers Tuesday

Clarkstown police are searching for the driver of a 4-door black Acura caught on surveillance video and photos, accused of yesterday’s hit-and-run in which a 7 year-old girl suffered an apparent broken leg. The accident happened around 8:05 yesterday morning at the intersection of Lakewood Drive and Lakeland Avenue in Congers, just off Route 9W. Police say the driver fled the scene without stopping, and was last seen travelling eastbound on Lakewood Drive. The Clarkstown Police Department is asking for anyone who may have been in the area and has additional information to contact the police department at 845-639-5800.

Pearl River Man Heads Back to Prison for Violating Probation

A Pearl River man who injured five people in a DWI crash two years ago is reportedly heading back to prison. News 12 reports 52 year-old Matthew Beckerle was on probation when he was arrested for shoplifting. He’ll spend the next 1-3 years in state prison for violating his probation.

Area Lawmakers Want Stronger Penalties for Fire Inspectors

With a Ramapo fire inspector accused of turning a blind eye toward violations, local officials are hoping the governor makes it easier for such inspectors to have their licenses revoked. State senator David Carlucci says right now state-licensed barbers could have their licenses revoked but by law a safety inspector could not. Carlucci said legislation has already passed the Assembly and Senate and he’s hoping the governor will sign the bill into law…

Audio: David Carlucci   

Carlucci said the bill was born after Ramapo Fire Inspector Adam Peltz was reportedly cited by the state and demoted to assistant fire inspector for failing to report violations at area private schools. Ramapo councilman Pat Withers said the problem goes deeper than Ramapo issues, in particular, the recent revelation that a New Hempstead school had to temporarily use office space at the town’s ballpark for its 400 students…

Audio: Pat Withers          

There has been no indication from the governor’s office as to whether he will sign the bill or not.

Rocklanders Want President to Reconsider Ending TPS for Haitian Refugees

Immigrants, advocates and elected leaders held vigils and press events Tuesday evening to protest the end of Temporary Protected Statues for thousands of Haitian refugees. Public News Service’s Andrea Sears reports.

Audio: Andrea Sears        

Rockland County Legislators are asking the Trump administration to reconsider the decision to end temporary protection status. Legislators Toney Earl, Nancy Low-Hogan and Aney Paul noted Haiti is not yet able to welcome these refugees back following the massive 2010 earthquake. They point out some refugees came to Rockland to live, work and go to school. The Haitian community in the county is estimated to be around 25,000.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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