MTA to Host “Proposed Fare and Toll Change” Public Hearing at Palisades Center Tonight

The MTA is holding a “Proposed Fare and Toll Change” public hearing tonight at Palisades Center that anyone who commutes by train into the city will want to attend. The meeting comes amid word that the positive train control installation, which has been blamed for excessive delays and cancellations for the last six months, has gotten a two-year deadline extension by the Federal Railroad Administration. Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day, who is trying to build a stronger downtown Pearl River around the train station, says officials who think Rockland ridership is low — so therefore no improvements need to be made — are looking at it all wrong…

Brian Campbell is the head of the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce, and he says reliable rail service in the hamlet is critical for downtown revitalization…

Tonight’s public hearing is being held in the Adler Community Room on the 4th floor of Palisades Center near the ice rink. Registration starts at 4:30, the hearing begins at 5:30 and will run until about 8:30.

Eagle Bay Project to be Discussed at Tonight’s Stony Point Planning Board Meeting

The Eagle Bay project in Stony Point, which includes more than 260 condo units, a marina and retail, is on tonight’s town Planning Board agenda. Supervisor Jim Monaghan says the project’s site plan will be under review…

George Potanovic is the president of the Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment, and he encourages all town residents to attend the meeting to hear what is being discussed…

The planning board meeting is being held tonight at 7 at the Rho building on the Patriot Hills campus.

Clarkstown Hosts 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland at Congers Lake Memorial Park Tonight.

Clarkstown is opening its second annual Winter Wonderland at the Congers Lake Memorial Park tonight. Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann says Clarkstown residents can experience the Recreation Department’s LED light displays near the Congers Community Center and enjoy festive music…

The Winter Wonderland will be open through January 1st from 5-10 each evening. Tonight’s opening night ceremony begins at 6.

“Donate Life Rockland” to Hold Planning Meeting Today in New City

A new group that promotes organ donation will be holding a planning meeting today in New City and they’re looking for your ideas and assistance. Heart transplant recipient Roxanne Watson of Nanuet, who alone has signed up more than ten-thousand people for the organ donor registry, is an active member of Donate Life Rockland, and urges people to get involved not only in the group but as a donor…

The Donate Life Rockland meeting is being held today at 4:30 at the County Clerk’s office in New City.

Report: Bardonia Doctor Convicted of Sexually Abusing 12 year-old

A Rockland County eye doctor has been convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old. News 12 reports Dr. Hiten Lakhani, whose office is in Bardonia, inappropriately touched and took photos of the victim six years ago. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

Pearl River H.S. Teacher on Administrative Leave After Drug-Related Arrest Over the Weekend

A Pearl River woman – a teacher at Pearl River High School — is scheduled to appear in Clarkstown court today on various drug charges in connection with an incident in which a friend of hers was stabbed under circumstances that are not yet clear. 53 year-old Denise Christensen drove 29 year-old Carl Mason of Sparkill to Montefiore-Nyack Hospital’s ER on Saturday to take care of stab wounds Mason had suffered, but Clarkstown Police Detective Peter Walker says neither of them would explain what had happened…

Christensen was taken to Clarkstown police headquarters for processing and Mason remained in Nyack Hospital in protective custody with non-life-threatening injuries. Christensen was arraigned, bail was set at $2,000 and she was taken to the Rockland County Jail. She is due back in court this afternoon. A letter was sent to Pearl River High School parents yesterday, explaining Christensen’s been placed on administrative leave until the matter is resolved. School Superintendent Marco Pochintesta emphasized the incident did not involve students and it did not take place on school property.

Rockland School Bus Big Sentenced in Rockland County Court

Former Rockland school bus executive Richard Brega was sentenced in Rockland County court yesterday to a year in jail. He pleaded guilty in May to falsifying business records to make campaign contributions under other people’s names to former Ramapo Legislator, Ilan Schoenberger. LoHud.com reports the 50 year-old Stony Point resident’s sentence will run concurrently with the 50-month sentence he got Monday on federal charges of bribery and theft for knowingly allowing schoolchildren to ride in buses that were unsafe. Brega will reportedly check into jail on February first.

Stony Point Letchworth Sale Could Take Months

The development targeted for the Stony Point portion of Letchworth Village is creeping along – and it may be Spring 2019 before the sale even goes through. Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says the recreational activities that the area is currently used for, will remain…

The 25-acre site could see a hotel, a conference center and some retail. There also could be a 55-and-over community. The golf course would be part of the deal but would remain operational.

Area Lawmakers Get New Committee Assignments

Some area lawmakers have new assignments as the tide of government has changed in Democrats’ favor. North Rockland’s State Senator-elect James Skoufis yesterday was made Chairman of the Investigations and Government Operations Committee, which investigates waste, fraud, and abuse. Skoufis says government needs to be more transparent and responsive…

Senator David Carlucci was appointed chairman of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee. Carlucci says he’ll work to combat the opioid epidemic, end school bullying, reduce gun violence, and help veterans in the battle against PTSD. On the national level, Rockland Congresswoman Nita Lowey is expected to become Chair of the full House Appropriations Committee, where she is currently the ranking member. It would be the first time a woman has ever chaired that committee.

TOUCH Gets New Executive Director

Together Our Unity Can Heal, also known as TOUCH, a Congers group that helps people living with HIV and other chronic conditions, has a new executive director. Julian Palmer says he wants TOUCH to be at the forefront in the fight against heart disease, hypertension and diabetes…

Palmer has worked with several local groups, including the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Rockland Center for the Arts, and Keep Rockland Beautiful. For more information about TOUCH, visit their website, www.touchNY.org.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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