Weather Sends Brick Façade Crashing into Nanuet Apartment

No injuries reported after a brick wall came loose at a Nanuet apartment complex yesterday, sending bricks onto a lower roof and breaking through the wall of an adjacent apartment. Clarkstown Police Public Information officer Peter Walker says the façade at 80 North Middletown Road came loose from its foundation due to the combination of snow, ice and wind…

Audio: Peter Walker

One resident was put in a nearby hotel until repairs could be made.

Stony Point Judges: If you do Drugs, Get Treatment

NARCAN has been used many times to help save the lives of Rocklanders who overdose on opioids, but some local officials would rather treatment also be a component of the punishment, particularly for repeat offenders. Sheriff Lou Falco is an advocate of that, and Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan says the town’s judges often include treatment as part of their sentences…

Audio: Jim Monaghan

Over in New Jersey earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie announced $35 million in funding for intensive services to those with severe opioid use disorders, and pregnant and postpartum mothers and older adults with opioid painkiller dependencies.

UPDATE: Friday 1/5/18 School Closings and other Cancellations

Friday Closings (if you have an announcement to add to this list, please send an email to jeff@wrcr.com or call us at 845-429-1700):

CLOSED: Clarkstown Central School District

2-HOUR DELAY: East Ramapo Central School District, Nanuet School District, North Rockland Central School District, Nyack Public Schools, Pearl River School District, South Orangetown Central School District, Suffern School District: “There will be no afternoon pre-kindergarten at Viola Elementary, and the morning pre-kindergarten class should report to Viola at 12:15pm.”

Also: Albertus Magnus High School (Scholarship testing is being rescheduled for Monday, January 8th); Rockland BOCES (all programs)

OTHER (Thursday, 1/4/18)

TOR routes #59, 91, 97 & TZx buses begin LIMITED service at 5:30 pm. Expect delays. All other routes closed today.

TOR route #93 begins LIMITED service at 5:30 pm, with routes #59, 91, 97 & TZx. Other routes remain suspended due to road conditions.

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TOR Loop 3 service into all apartment complexes is suspended until further notice due to road conditions. Expect delays on other routes also.
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The Town of Clarkstown remains officially open today, January 4, 2018.  The Clarkstown Highway Department is working tirelessly to keep our roads cleared.  Residents are asked to please be patient as they work to do so.  Residents are reminded to please remove any vehicles from the roadway, as this slows down the snow removal process.

 Please note the following for Thursday, January 4, 2018:

  • Town remains officially open.
  • Justice Court is OPEN.
  • The following court sessions are still scheduled: Small Claims Court at 9:30AM, Traffic Court at 1:30PM and 7:30PM. Please call the court if you need to reschedule at 845-639-5960.
  • Mini Trans is operating on normal schedule today, except the A bus is using Rt. 303 instead of Mountainview Ave. and Christian Herald Rd. in Valley Cottage.
  • All Senior club meetings and programs are cancelled today.
  • Pre-school is cancelled today.
  • Parks Board and Recreation Commission Meeting is cancelled tonight.
  • All Parks and Recreation programs for today are cancelled.
  • At this time, all Clarkstown Recreation Community Centers will open as normal at 2pm.  However, please call the centers before arrival to confirm.
    • Central Nyack Community Center, 358-2500
    • Congers Community Center, 268-9700
    • Pascack Community Center, 371-6650
    • Street Community Center, 639-5705
  • If your garbage and/or recycling were not picked up, it will be picked up on your next regularly scheduled pick up.

Residents should contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 639-5800 for any emergency.

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TOR Loop #1 and Loop #2 bus routes are suspended until further notice due to road conditions. Go to www.rocklandbus.com for updates.

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Stony Point Justice Court for 1:30 cancelled today

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Tonight’s Haverstraw Reorganization meeting is cancelled and re-scheduled for Monday night 1/8 at 7pm.

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Orangetown Jewish Center’s afternoon religious school is closed.

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TRIPS bus service is suspended until 9 am today Thursday 1/04. Rides scheduled before 9 will not be picked up.

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Jawonio is open, however, some programs will be impacted today: there is a 2 hour delay for PreSchool, Early Intervention classes and Rockland Day Services Transportation

All Rockland school districts were closed today, including, Rockland BOCES (all programs) and Albertus Magnus High School.

 

Legislature Chooses Leadership for 2018

Legislator Toney Earl was unanimously selected in a 15-0 bipartisan vote last night to serve as chairman of the legislature again. Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan was also unanimously selected to serve as Vice Chair for 2018. Democrats chose Legislator Aney Paul as Majority Leader. She named Legislator Alden Wolfe as Deputy Majority Leader. Republicans chose Legislator Lon Hofstein as Minority Leader and he named Legislator Vincent Tyer as Deputy Minority Leader.

O&R Cold Weather Advisory

With the first bad storm currently hitting our area, Orange & Rockland Utilities is urging residents to be safe and report issues when they happen. Some basic safety tips include:

  • Stay at least 50 feet from downed wires and assume all downed wires are live. Touching them poses a risk of serious injury or death.
  • Contact emergency personnel in case of any downed wire.
  • If you experience a power outage, report it to O&R.
  • Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car. Consider having extra cash on-hand, in case ATM machines don’t work.

O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says in addition to emergency preparedness, it’s important to have a qualified heating contractor or plumber clean and inspect your heating system…

Audio: Mike Donovan

For additional information and tips, you can visit O&R’s Storm Center at www.oru.com/storms.

Governor Cuomo Delivers 8th State of the State Address

In his 8th State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would mount a legal challenge to the new tax code, and launch its own “repeal and replace” effort. Everything would be subject to funding availability, of course, which the governor said would be a challenge in the wake of the new federal tax package passed last month, which he called an “assault on New York.” Cuomo touted a strong economy and said the state was the nation’s beacon for social progress…

Audio: Governor Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo said he wants to improve the New York City subway system, promised cashless tolling for the Thruway by the end of 2020, and called for the addition of better-trained police and more state-of-the-art surveillance equipment. Part of his anti-crime strategy is to work with at-risk youth in social and educational programs to stem the recruitment of kids into gangs such as MS-13. Sheriff Lou Falco told “The Morning Show” yesterday that the group has been expanding from its New York roots in Nassau and Suffolk counties…

Audio: Lou Falco

Former federal prosecutor Richard Donoghue was named yesterday as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, covering Long Island. Donoghue was praised by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as having “tremendous experience prosecuting MS-13.”

Small Fire on Clintons’ Chappaqua Property

No injuries were reported after a fire at the Westchester home of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the former president and former presidential candidate tweeted that the fire occurred in a building used by the Secret Service on the property. He said the fire was “small” and the Clintons were not at their Chappaqua home at the time.

Storm’s a-comin’…Rockland Schools Announce Delays for Thursday 1/4/2018

[If you have an announcement to add to this list, please send an email to jeff@wrcr.com or call us at 845-429-1700]

As of Wednesday night, the following school districts in Rockland were on a…

Two Hour Delay

Clarkstown Central School District

East Ramapo Central School District

Nanuet School District

North Rockland Central School District

Nyack Public Schools

Pearl River School District

South Orangetown Central School District

Albertus Magnus High School

Rockland BOCES (all programs)

OTHER

Suffern School District: “We are watching the weather reports and will evaluate if a school delay or cancellation is required. We will communicate this by Thursday morning, 5:30 am.”

Former Ramapo Assistant Attorney Sentenced to Supervised Release, Fined

Ramapo’s former assistant town attorney was sentenced to 18 months of supervised release and a $20,000 fine for his role in the fraud and conspiracy case that toppled former Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence. Aaron Troodler testified against St. Lawrence, who was found guilty in May and sentenced last month to 2-and-a-half years in prison in the case that stemmed from the financing of the Boulders’ baseball stadium and other projects.

NY Governor to Present “State of the State” Today

The Governor is set to deliver his State of the State address today in Albany. Area legislative leaders expect the governor to focus on taxes, sexual harassment in the workplace, and a $34 million project to expand Stewart Airport. State Senator David Carlucci told “The Morning Show” yesterday the speech is important, but next week he expects the governor to explain how he plans to pay for everything he talks about today…

Audio: David Carlucci

Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski says some of those priorities include beefed-up campaign finance disclosure laws and infrastructure projects. Zebrowski says he’s optimistic, though he recognizes there are challenges ahead…

Audio: Ken Zebrowski

The governor makes his presentation today at 1pm. We’ll have coverage of the governor’s speech on tomorrow’s WRCR News.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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