Senators seek to enact delay on National Flood Ins. premium increase

A bi-partisan group of Senators are teaming up to enact a four year delay on premium increases with the National Flood Insurance Program – providing time for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete an affordability study. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are part of the group looking to enact legislation to prevent current increases in flood insurance premiums.

The hikes were originally passed in June 2012 as part of a large transportation bill, which Schumer and Gillibrand both voted to approve. If enacted, Homeowners who have been hit with higher rates would see their premiums fall back on renewal,the bill does not include any refunds for what they’ve already paid.

Fare boxes for Rocklands TOR & Tappan Zee Express

Rocklands TOR and Tappan Zee Express Buses are making some changes, that include… not making change.

Electronic fare boxes are being installed. Riders will have the option of paying exact change or receiving an electronic charge card that will apply any overpayment to their next trip. Spokeswoman for the Rockland County Department of transportation, Susan Meyer, says the fare boxes are funded by a $2.4 million dollar Federal Transit Administration grant and this project costs approximately 1.3 Million.
Data will also be collected from the fare boxes, such as popular pick up times and locations, that can help improve the bus services.

The bus driver will still continue to verify Metro-North Railroad UniTickets, discounted SuperSaver tickets, college bus passes and transfers.

Woodbury Commons Employee struck and killed

A 23 year old Woodbury Commons employee, Jason Rutkowski was struck and killed on his way to work early Sunday morning around 7am. Rutkowski parked across the street from the Commons at Central Valley Elementary school and was wearing dark clothing when hit by his coworkers husband who was driving her to work. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

The Boulders’ Big Win

The Boulders played a fantastic game on Friday, winning 6-4. Coming out victorious in the series against the New Jersey Jackals, by winning three out of the four games played. Stephen Cardullo started with two hits, leading the team into a strong position, while Billy Alvino’s double broke the seal on the scoreboard. Nick Serino pitched two scoreless innings and the team took the lead in the bottom half of the sixth. The Boulders will now spend eight days on the road, first playing the Trois- Riveres Aigles in a four game set starting this past weekend, losing Saturday 8-12, but winning 8-1 at Sunday’s game. They will play again tonight in the 4 game set.

Higher Tuition For Local Community College

There will be an increase in tuition next year for Rockland Community College Students. County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and County Legislators have backed a spending plan that increases tuition Seventy-five dollars per semester. This rise is due in part to a decrease in expected enrollment. Students taking twelve credits per semester will have their tuition raised One Hundred and Fifty dollars for the academic year. The budget was approved by the legislators and the college’s board of trustees on Tuesday after being vetted by the budget and finance committee. Rockland County’s contribution to the budget will be the same as last year’s, 16.4 million dollars and is seeking 16.74 million from the state.

Rally Tonight For East Ramapo School District

East Ramapo parents and citizens are planning a rally for tonight’s school board meeting, demanding action for last Tuesday’s outbreak from the school board’s attorney, Christopher Kirby from the Long Island based firm, Minerva & D’Agostino. Many are calling for the firing of Mr. Kirby for his tirade, which included multiple obscenities, many of which were directed at parents. Erika Travan, a member of the Save Our Schools Coalition says that the group’s goal is to have the state become involved in the East Ramapo District. “From the moment they were hired, they’ve been disrespectful to the public community and no lawyer should behave like that.” Travan said about the topic. The rally will be held before tonight’s school board meeting, during which the Board of Education will decide what steps to take moving forward.

Ramapo’s Liberty and Pride Celebration

Fourth of July Fireworks kick off this weekend at one of the largest Fourth of July events in Rockland, the Town of Ramapo’s Liberty and Pride Celebration this Sunday at Rockland Community College! Gates open at 5:30 – so Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to watch the show -featuring: Skydivers, live music and of course fireworks! If you can’t make it out to RCC, tune into the live simulcast with WRCR’s own Steve and Priscilla!!

Boulders storm the Jackels

The Jackals fell with the rain last night as the Boulders won the series finale against the New Jersey team at Yogi Berra Stadium with a score of 11-1. Stormy weather cut the game to only six innings. The Boulders return home to Provident Bank Park for a three game series against Quebec tonight at 7PM.

Opportunity for vote on noise barriers

Ballots were sent from the NYS Thruway authority to 268 people in Rockland and 106 in Westchester residing near the Tappan Zee Bridge giving the them the chance to vote on whether 2 million dollar noise barriers should be part of the replacement project. A meeting was held yesterday at the Best Western in Nyack to discuss the barriers and their appearance. For the barriers to go up, at least 50 percent of the ballot holders must vote, and a simple majority must vote in favor of building them.

Hospital Commissioner Suspended

Rockland County Hospital Commissioner Richard Maloney has been suspended with pay effective today as he faces unspecified disciplinary charges. Maloney’s responsibilities include overseeing the County’s Summit Park Hospital & Nursing Care Center.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.