Morning News Update

New York State Police from Troop F are also investigating yesterday’s multi-vehicle fatal accident on I-84 near exit 5 in Montgomery. The westbound lanes were closed for hours following the crash. One was killed and several others hurt in the 6-vehicle pile-up that reportedly involved two tractor-trailers. The incident occurred just a few miles east of another big crash that also shut down the westbound lanes for four hours on Monday.

Clarkstown Police say an 84 year-old New City man was backing out of a parking spot Tuesday evening at the Burger King on Main Street in New City when he lost control of his car and crashed into a commercial and residential building located at 11 Third Street. The man’s 2003 Toyota ended up in the northwest corner of the building. There were no injuries and no tickets issued.

A casino expansion constitutional amendment goes before New Jersey voters this November, but a new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind suggests you might want not want to bet that the plan will pass. FDU says only thirty-five percent of respondents are in favor of the plan that would allow two counties in northern New Jersey to each have one new casino. Fifty-seven percent are opposed to the amendment. It reportedly requires tax revenue from any North Jersey casino be shared among the eight remaining Atlantic City casinos. The survey was conducted by phone from June 22-26 using a randomly selected sample of 712 self-identified registered voters in New Jersey.

The Village of Rye Brook will hold a public hearing next month to consider a law banning the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats. If passed, Rye Brook would join the Village of Mamaroneck and Mount Pleasant in prohibiting puppy mills. New Rochelle and Harrison have discussed similar legislation.

Afternoon News Update

In Middletown last night, police were involved in a confrontation, that lead to the death of one man. A 56 year old man threatened to shoot his girlfriend and responding officers if they tried to enter the residence. Police were then able to save the woman and take out the armed assailant. No other people were harmed in the incident.

A 19 year old Bronx man was taken into custody last night after he robbed store on Marble Avenue. Police aren’t releasing many details, but they stated that the suspect displayed a gun and stole merchandise from the store’s owner. Authorities were called at around 4 pm on Tuesday, and by using a description of the suspect, were able to arrest the man.

Bergen County freeholders have voted for a ban on exotic or wild animal shows on county property. The vote, which was a unanimous decision, happened on Wednesday night after years of protests. This decision comes after growing concerns for exotic animals across the country including outcries over Orca whales at SeaWorld and elephant performances at various traveling circuses.

The Rockland Boulders won big yesterday in an 11-4 rout of the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium. David Fischer earned the win for Rockland while James Stokes took the loss for New Jersey. Tonight the Boulders will play the Jackals again at Palisades Credit Union Park, game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Afternoon News Update

In Hillcrest, a man has been charged with attempted murder after shooting a female friend in the leg. 22 year old Junathan McNeil fired at least 5 shots at the victim on Sunday morning during an apparent argument. The woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while McNeil was sent to county prison on a 500 thousand dollar bail.

In Spring Valley on Saturday, a man was arrested a third time for driving while intoxicated. 37 year old Luis Gomez-Pichisaca was driving erratically on route 59 early Saturday when police pulled him over. Pichisaca was released from the Rockland County Jail after posting 9,000 dollar bail.

The State University of New York System has tasked weatherman and Today show host, Al Rocker to help with the search for a new chancellor. Al Roker, who graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1976, will be one of twenty two members vetting candidates to replace the current chancellor, Nancy Zimpher. The committee held its first meeting this Monday.

The Rockland Boulders lost 10-6 in a slugfest yesterday against the New Jersey Jackals at Palisades Credit Union Park. Jason Byers took the loss for Rockland while Matt Parish earned the win for New Jersey. Tomorrow the Boulders will play the Jackals again at Palisades Credit Union Park, game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Afternoon News

WRCR News – Tuesday June 21st

Police have identified the two victims of that deadly car crash which occurred Sunday night off of I-287. Sam Cali and Leo Vagias, both 19 years old, were thrown from the vehicle after it went off the highway and into the woods. Cali and Vagias were childhood friends, as well as, former football teammates at Don Bosco Prep. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

In Sloatsburg this morning, Police are investigating the death of a man who was found outside of a burning car off of I-87. The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was discovered around midnight after firefighters reported the burning car. The investigation continues as police have yet to identify the victim or the cause of the fire.

Yesterday, a twin engine plane had to make an emergency landing at Republic Airport on Long Island. The plane, which took off from a Westchester airport, landed with its gear up at an estimated speed of 125 MPH. The pilot, 68 year old Jan Nerud, and his passenger were not harmed during the incident.

The Rockland Boulders continue their home stand tonight at Palisades Credit Union Park as they look to move ahead in the standings and take one from the first place New Jersey Jackals. Coverage begins at 6:30 pm here on WRCR.

Employees & Union to set date for strike

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.

DOT failed to report travel expenses

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 Directors Reinstated

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 launches “The Albany Report” on WRCR

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!

Medicaid breakdown on property tax bill

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.

Indian Point – potential strike?

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

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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