Eighteen employees who handle the day-to-day recycling responsiblities at the Rockland County Recycling Center in Hillburn (through a private contractor), have voted to strike, According to teamsters Local 445 representative Jerry Ebert. Employees are seeking a raise and additional time off. Nearly half of the employees make about $9 per hour and get 7 holidays per year with little vacation. The employees and the Union will set a date for strike to begin.
According to an audit released on Tuesday by the New York State Comptroller, Thomas Dinapoli, eight state employees received nearly $321,000 for travel expenses between 2007 and 2011. According to Dinapoli, the Department of Transportation violated IRS Guidelines by failing to report $227,000 of the money that was paid to employees working on plans for the new Tappan Zee Bridge to cover their commute, which is about 55 miles from the designated project offices in Tarrytown. A spokesman for the Department of Transportation, Beau Duffy stated that the DOT makes all their reimbursements with the State’s best interests in mind and that the payments are from the previous administration. According to the audit, they continued nine months into the first year of the current one. Both the Comptroller and the DOT agreed that the issues would be addressed and cleared up.
County Executive Ed Day and the Legislature approved the reinstatement of 5 Directors from the previous administration on Tuesday. Day stated that the action to keep the 5 people in their positions does not mean that he won’t continue rebuiliding the county government, if members of the administration are willing to work with the new structure, they will be given the opportunity to do so. The five that have been re-appointed are Highway Superintendent – Skip Vezzetti, Office for the Aging Director – June Molof, Health Commissioner – Dr. Patricia Schnabel Rupper, Human Rights Commissioner – Ram Nagubandi and Director of Veterans Services – Jerry Donnellan. Day also appointed Myrnia Basshargrove from the Personnel Department as the Community Relations Director. The County still needs to name someone to the position of Economic Development Director.
Senator Carlucci will be hosting his own radio show on WRCR, The Albany Report, focused on giving an up close look perspective on happenings in our State Capital. Each month he will have guests from around the State and county covering a variety of issues that affect Rocklanders. The show will air on the third Friday of every month starting at 10:10am right after the Steve and Meredith Morning Show.
WRCR welcomes in the Senator, his first show debuted today!
It’s almost the end of the month,time to mail that tax payment! Property tax bills in Rockland have traditionally included a breakdown of services but, for the first time this year, it also includes a breakdown of the Medicaid portion. Property owners in Rockland will pay a total of $105.96 million in property taxes. More than half, $68.3 million dollars is the medicaid portion. Federally mandated, New York and Michigan are the only ones that pass on a portion of the state’s share of Medicaid to local governments.
The current labor agreement for The Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2, Indian Point’s largest Union, will expire at midnight tonight. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, an independent U.S. government agency, has been involved since Tuesday, Jan, 14 to help Entergy, the power plant owner and the Union reach an agreement. Meanwhile, the NRC – Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a statement on Thursday, that it would ensure Indian Point continues to operate safely and in accordance with federal regulations during a potential strike
Former Supervising Chemist at Indian Point, Daniel Wilson 57, was sentenced in Federal Court in White Plains yesterday. Wilson was arrested for deliberately falsifying critical safety records and lying to federal regulators last year while in charge of ensuring compliance in critical safety areas at the nuclear power plant. In October, he pleaded guilty and faced a potential sentence of 7 years in prison. U.S. District Judge, Nelson Roman decided Daniel Wilson was basically a good employee that made a bad mistake – he was sentenced to pay a $600 fine and serve 18 months of probation
Senators Jeff Klein, Diane Savino and David Calucci gathered in Suffern yesterday to propose nearly $200 million in day care subsidies to help New York working parents with the high cost of child care. The Senators, all members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, have made affordable child care a cornerstone of their 2014 legislative agenda known as Affordable New York. The initiate is intended to help families, who in some cases spend almost half of their paycheck towards child care. The plan includes support of Universal Pre-K, Childcare tax credits and up to six weeks of family leave.
Pomona Middle School, in the East Ramapo School District, has been awarded with a $500,000 state grant that was enacted by Governor Cuomo last year. “The Community School Grant initiative” is intended to empower schools in distressed communities to give students extra help through health care services, family counseling, and employment assistance.
The fog and Icy Road conditions most likely are to blame for a head on collision yesterday morning that lead to one fatality and sent several to the hospital which occured around 7:25am on route 202 in Pomona. Firefighters took approximately 45 minute to extricate the victims after an Acura sedan (carrying three men) was hit by a Dodge Caravan (carrying one man & two woman) as it slide over the double yellow line. One 50 year old woman was killed, another woman is in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center. Two passengers from the Acura were taken to the hospital and released while one remained with non critical injuries.