Rockland Legislator: Overturning County Executive’s Vetoes Won’t be Easy

Rockland’s Legislature may not have the votes to overturn the county executive’s line-item budget vetoes from earlier this week, but one Democrat is holding out for the slim possibility that it can happen. Clarkstown legislator Harriet Cornell told “The Morning Show” yesterday it won’t be easy…

Rockland County Executive Ed Day vetoed 95 of the legislature’s amendments to the proposed 2019 county budget. The Legislature has until December 20th to override Day’s vetoes or else the amended version with his vetoes becomes the budget. As proposed, the $709 million spending plan includes a 2.9 percent property tax increase, which, for the average Rockland homeowner, comes to about $37 a year.

Rockland Hits 94 Confirmed Measles Cases; 9 Private Schools Reportedly Face Fines for Not Sharing Vaccination Info

There are 94 confirmed cases of measles within Rockland County and four suspected cases. The Health Department gave out 47 free MMR vaccines at its clinic at Palisades Center earlier this week and 11,000 have been given out since the beginning of the outbreak. If you need the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. If you need information on the measles, click here, or call the State Department of Health’s toll-free Measles Information line at 1-888-364-4837. Meanwhile, Lohud.com reports nine private schools in New Square, Spring Valley and Monsey face fines up to $2,000 a day since November 16th for not providing health officials with their students’ vaccination records. Hearings on the issue are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

Report: Orangeburg Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Charges

An Orangeburg financial adviser, known as a business and community leader, pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $11 million from his clients. Lohud.com reports 77 year-old Hector May faces nearly 20 years in prison, fines of up to $400,000 and restitution over $8 million after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and investment adviser fraud in federal court in White Plains. He’ll be sentenced in March.

Head of ESD Corp. Talks up Sloatsburg Project; Harmony Hall to Host Winter Solstice Celebration Sunday

The Sloatsburg-Tuxedo Corridor revitalization project in western Ramapo is a great example of a burgeoning tourist destination. That’s according to Meghan Taylor, the Regional Director for the Empire State Development Corporation. At yesterday’s Rockland Business Association luncheon, Taylor said Tuxedo-Hudson Management invested 5.5 million dollars for phase one of the project, which renovated vacant and under-used properties, and phase two is coming soon…

Speaking of Sloatsburg, the “Friends of Harmony Hall – Jacob Sloat House” is hosting a free Winter Solstice music celebration on Sunday. Andrea is on the board of directors and says the event features Cindy Fountain delivering a Ramapough Lenape Nation Winter Blessing, archaeologist Edward Lenik will be talking about Timber Rattlesnakes, and Geoff Welch on keyboards playing the tunes…

Refreshments will be served and, again, the event is free. It’s at the Harmony Hall at 15 Liberty Rock Road in Sloatsburg on Sunday from 2-4. For more information visit FriendsOfHarmonyHall.org

Santa Claus is Coming to the Town of Stony Point

Santa Claus is coming to town – the town of Stony Point, that is. Supervisor Jim Monaghan says he’s heard directly from the North Pole that Santa will be at a special breakfast tomorrow at the Clubhouse at Patriot Hills…

To book a spot at the buffet tomorrow with Santa call the town’s Recreation Department at 845-947-5261.

New City Church to Display Live Nativity Saturday 12/15 (*postponed due to weather)

*Note: this event has been postponed due to the weather. We will update again when it has been rescheduled.

The Park Evangelical Free Church in New City will have its live Nativity Scene tomorrow night. Dorothy says you can drive through different setups featuring live people and animals depicting the birth of Jesus…

Park Evangelical Free Church is on Roosevelt Place just off South Little Tor Road in New City. That’s tomorrow from 5 until 8:30.

NWS Forecast for Rockland / LHV – Fri., Dec. 14, 2018

Here it is — Click here for the CORRECT video version of Mark Hanok’s long-range forecast for the winter, 2018-2019!

Today
A chance of drizzle or light rain, mainly between 7am and 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight
A slight chance of drizzle or light rain before 9pm, then a chance of light rain between 9pm and midnight, then rain likely after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 40. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday
A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 48. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night
A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
Sunday
Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday Night
A chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow between midnight and 3am, then a chance of snow showers after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday
Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 38.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Hi Tor List of Adoptable Pets 12/13/18

You can’t walk by her kennel without stopping to say hello to Belle. Belle’s name appropriately reflects her quiet beauty but wiggly personality. 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. To get to know more about Belle, please visit Hi Tor Animal Care Center.

This girl can work a crowd, for sure. Remy is almost two years old and available for adoption. This gorgeous brindle baby is active and friendly. Her favorite thing to do at the shelter is visit adoption events to meet and greet any human who will be her new friend! She’s friendly around new people. Everyone who handles her describes her as sweet. Remy is working on her basic commands. She knows sit and is beginning to learn down and stay. She would prefer to be the only fur kid and live in the company of adult sized people. For further information on Remy, please contact Hi Tor at (845)354-7900.

Rocky is a pit/reindeer mix. I know, I know! It’s a very rare breed! Very few people have even heard of it. Rocky would love an active family who will take him on walks and cuddle with him. Rocky is pretty anxious at the shelter and would really like to get outta there. He is a pleasure to walk and is a complete gentleman taking treats. Do you have room in your home for Rocky the Pit-Reindeer?

Here’s Coco!!  She’s warm and cuddly and loves people! Without fail, Coco hops up on your lap to snuggle after her meals. She’s the cuddliest kitten ever!  She was everyone’s favorite at Thanksgiving, where she charmed the grandparents as well as the grandkids.  Coco handles very easily for things like nail trims and taking medications.  She’s extremely easygoing and gets very attached to her human caregivers.  She’s the perfect companion you’ve been looking for! Coco is being fostered in Nyack, NY, and she can’t wait to meet you.  Please contact Nixie at gentlesouls@aol.com to schedule a visit, Coco is not at the shelter.

How cute is this little boy? Smokey is a playful young male looking for a family of his own. He is litter trained, and enjoys being in the company of his foster family. 

Violet was brought in today to Hi Tor, sadly another stray. This absolute stunning female Rex is just exquisite. Her fur is the softest you will ever touch. She is enjoying all the attention she is getting and eating up quite a storm! She absolutely LOVES head rubs and melts in your hands. For more information on Smokey or Violet please email us at Hitorbunnytrain@gmail.com.  

95 Amendments Scratched from Legislature’s Amended Budget by Rockland County Executive’s Veto Pen

Rockland’s county executive has vetoed 95 of the legislature’s amendments to the proposed 2019 county budget. Among them, $3.5 million to fund employee contract settlements, and new positions in multiple departments. On Friday, County Executive Ed Day, in discussing the legislature’s changes to his $709 million spending plan, said the state comptroller’s office had reviewed his budget and called it reasonable…

The Legislature has until December 20th to override Day’s vetoes with a two-thirds vote or else the amended version with the county executive’s vetoes becomes the budget. As proposed, the spending plan includes a 2.9 percent property tax increase, which, for the average Rockland homeowner, comes to about $37 a year.

Report: SV DPW Chief Arrested After Accident in Sloatsburg; Charged with DUI

The head of Spring Valley’s Department of Public Works was reportedly arrested over the weekend in Sloatsburg after a DUI accident. The Journal News says 56 year-old Robert Johnson of Sloatsburg rear-ended a 2004 Honda with his Ford SUV on Route 17 Sunday evening. The other driver, a 22 year-old Suffern man, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Johnson reportedly failed field sobriety tests and then refused to take a breath test.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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