RC Legislature to Discuss TZ Bus Service Tonight

The Rockland County Legislature’s Special Committee on Transit will be hosting a meeting tonight focusing on bus service, in particular to and from Tarrytown and the Nyacks. Legislator Harriet Cornell heads up the Committee and says several riders of the TZ Express are concerned about the quality of bus service…

Audio: Harriet Cornell

The meeting is being held tonight at 7 in the Legislature’s Chambers in New City.

Orangetown Holds Public Hearing on Conference Center’s Rental Increase Request

The HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center is looking to boost room rental capacity. Formerly known as the IBM Conference Center, HNA wants to be able to rent its rooms to traditional tourists. The previous owner had always done that, but when the new owners applied for an expansion, they realized that they should not have been doing that. Orangetown supervisor Chris Day says they’re only allowed to rent to those attending events, so a public hearing was held earlier this month to see about changing that…

Audio: Chris Day

The center sits on over 100 acres between Route 340 and Route 9W in Palisades and pays about $1.6 million in property taxes each year to the town. Another public hearing will be held next month.

Garner Arts Center to Host Annual Brick Alley Block Party in Garnerville Saturday

The Garner Arts Center is hosting its annual Brick Alley Block Party in Garnerville Saturday. Haverstraw supervisor Howard Phillips says the party will celebrate East Village Performance Art and its origins…

Audio: Howard Phillips

The Brick Alley Block Party is Saturday night starting at 7:30 at the Garner Arts Center in Garnerville. For more information visit http://garnerartscenter.org.

Run/Walk Sunday at Rockland Lake to Help Local Memorial Foundation

The Rockland Council on Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependence has partnered with the Kyle Goldberg Memorial Foundation for Rockland’s 11th Annual Recovery Rally on Sunday. Kathleen Katt-Bennie is a Prevention Service Coordinator with RCADD and says the 5K Run/Walk marks September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month…

Audio: Kathleen Katt-Bennie

The Kyle Goldberg Foundation was created after his death in July 2004. Kyle suffered from substance use disorder and the foundation’s goal is to help other young adults who struggle with the disease. The event is being held at 8 o-clock Sunday morning September 23rd at the north parking lot of Rockland Lake State Park. For more information about the event click here. To learn more about the foundation, go to www.2-save.org.

 

Haverstraw Supervisor Calls for New Safety Features at Dangerous Train Crossing

Haverstraw’s Supervisor is calling for increased safety measures in the wake of a fatal train accident earlier this month. 60-year-old Guy Dure was struck and killed near the intersection of New Main Street and Conger Avenue. Supervisor Howard Phillips says the intersection can be made safer if the area is made a so-called “quiet zone” but the state and the federal government have been arguing for years over ‘who is’ going to pay for it…

Audio: Howard Phillips

According to accident reports from the Federal Railroad Administration, the crossing has been the scene of seven prior accidents since 1979.

Rockland’s CE: Gov Race too Early to Call

So, what does the county executive think of the governor’s race, now that Andrew Cuomo soundly outspent and defeated Cynthia Nixon last week? Rockland county executive Ed day, a Republican, told “The Morning Show” last week fellow Republican, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, can make it a race, but it’s too early to call…

Audio: Ed Day

Cuomo topped Nixon in the primary by ‘about’ a two-to-one margin. Molinaro had called for an investigation into the new Tappan Zee Bridge debacle, suggesting Cuomo had tried to speed up the construction process for political gain.

Rockland CCE: Don’t Flush the Flushable Wipes

You know those flushable wipes? Well, don’t flush them! Mike Wilson of the Cornell Cooperative Extension and host of the Storm Water Consortium’s program here on WRCR says they do more damage to the pipes than to the landfills…

Audio: Mike Wilson

Since 2016 Rockland has had over 30 of those overflows. Wilson says the best bet is to throw flushable wipes in the trash.

Free, 6-Week Program from Rockland NAMI Launching Next Week

The Rockland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is launching a free, six-week educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Rockland president Sandra Wolf says “NAMI Basics” covers the fundamentals of caring for one’s family, one’s child and oneself…

Audio: Sandra Wolf

The NAMI Basics program runs Tuesdays nights from 7-9pm beginning September 25th at St. Dominic’s Family Services in Blauvelt. The course, related materials and snacks are free. Pre-registration is required and attendees must make a commitment to attend all 6 sessions. For more information visit www.namirockland.org/namibasics.

People Prepare: “Porch Pirates” Pilfering Packages, Police

Ramapo Police are warning residents to be aware of so called “Porch Pirates” – those who stake out a home and steal packages that are left on the front porch after being ordered online. Supervisor Michael Specht says the advice applies to everyone, it’s not more of a phenomenon in his town…

Audio: Michael Specht

Police are also warning residents in the Route 202 area of recent suspicious incidents including a burglary. Police urge you to keep doors and windows locked when you aren’t home, keep exterior lights on after dark or add motion detectors, and do not post information on social media telling everyone when you will or will not be at home. Above all, they ask you to report suspicious people or vehicles in the neighborhood.

Former Spring Valley Trustee Gets a Year in Jail on Fraud Conviction

A former Spring Valley Trustee was sentenced to a year behind bars following his conviction last November on fraud charges. Vilair Fonvil was convicted of stealing $11,000 from a village day camp program. Fonvil had faced up to 15 years from Judge Kevin Russo on the several fraud charges of which he’d been found guilty. He was a Spring Valley trustee from 2013 until his conviction last year.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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