Former Haverstraw Mayor, Anthony Bosico, Dies at 94

North Rockland is mourning the loss of the former mayor of the village of Haverstraw. Anthony Bosico died Saturday. He served as mayor from 1971-75 and 1979-83. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a 68-year member of the Haverstraw Fire Department, where he served as captain. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the George M. Holt Funeral Home on Main Street in Haverstraw. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Saturday morning at Saint Peter’s and Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Broadway. He was 94 years old.

Rockland Assemblyman Jumps into D.A. Race

Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski announced earlier this week that he is running for District Attorney now that Tom Zugibe has been elected as a judge and the acting D-A has said he’s not interested in the job. Zebrowski told “The Morning Show” one of his goals is to take on corruption at all levels, including illegal housing…

Former prosecutor Patricia Gunning of Grandview-on-Hudson was the first to enter the race when she announced her candidacy last fall. Retired judge Victor Alfieri, a former assistant district attorney and assistant public defender, has already announced his plan to run for D-A.

Confirmed Cases of Measles in Rockland Hits 135

There are now 135 confirmed cases of measles within Rockland County as well as three suspected cases that are under investigation. If you think you may have the measles or need the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. For information on the measles, click here, or call the State Department of Health’s toll-free Measles Information line at 1-888-364-4837.

Rockland Assemblyman says Amazon Dough Should Have Been Distributed Upstate

An area Assemblyman says the state would have been better off taking the $3 billion Amazon incentive package and distributing it upstate instead. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took questions at a state budget hearing earlier this week about the online retail giant’s new headquarters in Queens. North Rockland assemblyman Colin Schmitt says Queens is already doing just fine without Amazon…

Many in Queens have rallied against Amazon moving into the neighborhood. The governor has defended the deal.

Area Lawmakers, Officials Take Different Approaches to Legalized Marijuana

Marijuana is a hot topic, as states nearby and around the country legalize it for recreational use, New York is considering doing the same. Rockland State Senator David Carlucci says avoiding making it legal also avoids taking care of those who suffer from the ills of the drug…

Last month, Westchester’s D-A said he wouldn’t prosecute people caught with less than two ounces of marijuana. That hasn’t happened here, where Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco says he and many other police agencies have experts on staff to detect the presence of marijuana, though there is no “Breathalyzer Test” equivalent to determine specific levels of the drug in a person’s system……

Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann, whose town became the first in Rockland with a medical marijuana dispensary, says he’d like to make a local law that would prohibit recreational marijuana sales near kids…

Last month, the governor proposed creating the Office of Cannabis Management, which would regulate pot and create a program to review and seal past marijuana convictions. His proposal wouldn’t let legal sales begin until April 2020 at the earliest.

Palisades Center: “We Want to be Treated Like Everyone Else.”

While the county executive has asked the town of Clarkstown and Palisades Center to come to an agreement on their expansion dispute, legal action between the two parties drags on.Pyramid Management Group LLC director of government affairs, David Aitken, says expansion will help them compete in a new and challenging retail climate…

Aitken says they just want to be treated like every other business in the town. 17 years ago, Clarkstown voters rejected the mall’s request to be released from the “Restrictive Covenant” that prohibits expansion.

Report: New East Ramapo Clerk Steps Down

East Ramapo’s district clerk, on the job just a few days, has stepped down. Catherine Navarro-Steinel was appointed by the school board last week, but board president Harry Grossman told The Journal News she stepped down for personal reasons. Former district clerk Catherine Russell retired after more than ten years on the job. The district is searching for a replacement.

AARP Hosts Free Income Tax Prep for Seniors in North Rockland

Free income tax preparation is available for those 50 and up in North Rockland thanks to the AARP. Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says, with the changes made to the tax code last year, help for some may be necessary…

The help is available at North Rockland High school starting this afternoon from 2:30 to 6:30. Future help sessions are being held Wednesday, February 27th, and every Wednesday in March at the same time.

NY Governor and President Meet to Discuss SALT, New NY Laws

New York’s governor met with the president yesterday to discuss a full repeal of SALT. That’s the part of the president’s 2017 tax cut package that capped the deductibility of state and local taxes. In a speech last week in the city, Governor Andrew Cuomo called SALT a political attack on New York…

Bloomberg News reported a Trump spokesman said the president “listened to the governor’s concerns” but offered no assurances on any changes. TheHill.com reported the president suggested opening the state up to fracking to improve its economy, and also expressed concern about the recently-passed abortion legislation. Cuomo has called the federal tax law a redistribution of wealth from richer, blue states to poorer, red states.

Should New York State be Split into Two? An Upstate Assemblyman says “Yes”

An upstate New York assemblyman wants a referendum to split the state into two. Republican Stephen Hawley, whose district borders Canada between Rochester and Buffalo, told the CBS TV affiliate in Albany that “the New York City voting bloc has forgotten upstate and is imposing their radical left-wing agenda” on everyone else. Assemblyman Colin Schmitt’s 99th district covers North Rockland and parts of Orange County, and while he’s not for dividing the state, which would cut right through his district, he says the true focus should be on reversing the actions of what he calls the New York City “liberal political machine.”…

Hawley is hoping to bring the proposal to the Assembly floor.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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