The results came in for the Orangetown Supervisor race, incumbent Andy Stewart won the position by two votes, with 6,163, while Republican challenger Walter Wettje received 6,161. Wettje won the general election by thirty- six votes, until six of the twelve absentee ballots were released by Rockland County Supreme Court Judge Victor Alfieri to be counted.
The sale of Colton Elementary School will be returning court after documents were filed with the state Supreme Court Wednesday showing a handwritten addition to the rental agreement stating that rent agreement stating that rent credit will be added to the sales contract. Paul Savad, the attorney for the religious groups who are interested in buying the building, stated that a letter from an attorney for the East Ramapo School District shows that the district signed off on reduced rent payments, which they are claiming are owed by the Congregation Bais Malka and the Hebrew Academy for Special Children. A judge will decide in 60 days whether or not to count the documents in the case.
According to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe a former Pearl River man was found guilty of two felony counts of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child a Rockland County jury on Wednesday. 33- year old Ashley Quiroa, of Waldwick, New Jersey, became a person of interest to New York State Police and the Rockland County Sheriff’s office in June 2010 while he was living in Pearl River, and was discovered to be viewing pornography involving children as young as 7- years old. In October of 2010 Quiroa admitted to downloading pornography and was indicted on twenty-nine felony counts in March. He will be sentence to up to four years in state prison in February and when released he will be required to register as a sex offender with state police, who will determine what level.
On Wednesday Spring Valley Police announced that they arrested the mother of the baby found dead at a Westchester recycling plant on November 12. 23- year old Maria Olivia Guaman- Guaman was arrested and arraigned on Tuesday on a charge of second- degree murder for the death of her newborn son. According to police Guaman- Guaman hid the pregnancy from her family and she killed the baby because she did not want him. Her family stated that they don’t understand why she didn’t tell them, as they would have helped her with the child. At a press conference held at the Police Headquarters Wednesday morning Police Chief Paul Modica stated that Guaman- Guaman has a 2- year old daughter, who was placed in foster care after the arrest, and may not have thought she could afford to raise the baby. According to Modica the woman was in the United States illegally and was deported to her home country of Ecuador in 2008 but came back to teh U.S. shortly after. DNA confirmed that Guaman- Guaman is the baby’s mother police stated she would not identify the father. She is being held at the Rockland County Jail without bail and will return to family court January 16, where the placement of her daughter will be decided.
The New City Volunteer Fire Department evacuated the Chase Bank on New Hempstead Road on Tuesday morning, after responding to a call that people were smelling gas on the street outside. After Orange and Rockland crews searched the building and found no gas trapped they allowed workers back into the bank. According to O&R spokesman Michael Donovan, crews did find a leak underground and began repairs yesterday.
According to Rockland County Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Louis Babcock the final six ballots in the Orangetown Supervisor race will be opened and counted today at 11:30. On Tuesday State Supreme Court Justice Victor Alfieri ruled that six of the last twelve ballots that had been counted were invalid due to signatures that did not match, an unsealed ballot, a stamped ballot that couldn’t be signed due to a health issue, and a ballot that arrived past the deadline. Current Democratic Supervisor Andy Stewart is in the lead by three votes, and needs just two ballots of the six to win the race, while Republican candidate Walter Wettje would need to win five.
Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica announced Tuesday that an arrest has been made in the “Baby angel” case. In November an employee at a Westchester recycling plant discovered the body of a newborn baby boy and police traced the crime back to a deli in Spring Valley, where it had appeared that the mother of the baby murdered him and hid his body in a dumpster behind the building. Police have spent nearly a month searching for any information on the case, releasing flyers in English, Spanish, and Yiddish with photos of clothing items found at the scene. Officials stated that all necessary information will be released to the public at a press conference today at 11:00 AM at the police headquarters on North Main Street.
New City reached an accumulation of 1 inch at 9:45 Tuesday morning. That means that our winner for the snow estimation contest is Ernest from Spring Valley. Congratulations, Ernest!
East Ramapo School District
North Rockland School District
Clarkstown early dismissal beginning at 10:00 AM
Albertus Magnus High School
Pearl River Kindergarden AM and PM classes
Camp Venture Day Programs
Jawonio Adult Day Programs for Westchester and Rockland Counties
West Nyack Two Senior Dance scheduled for 12:00 PM
North Rockland Senior Meeting
Stony Point Senior Meeting
Meals on Wheels Senior Center Programs
Saint Thomas Aquinas College closing at 9:45 AM
Dominican College- classes and exams rescheduled for Friday
Meals on Wheels Bobby Lewis Center
Meals on Wheels Home- bound Meal Delivery
The Ramapo School Board is looking for a new member to replace Trustee Clarke Osborn, who is also the Suffern Police Chief and resigned on December 3. Osborn served on the board for ten years and stated that due to personal reasons and other commitments he had to give up his seat, he is working towards obtaining his masters degree and teaching part- time at Rockland Community College. Osborn is the second member to resign this fall, following Pam Frederick in September, who was offered the position as Executive Director of the Rockland County School Boards Association. Frederick’s replacement, Marlyse Haward of Suffern, was sworn in on December 3 and according to President Craig Long will help the board get back to full power after the resignation of two veteran members. The board will meet next on December 17 to further discuss issues in finances that arose after the state Comptroller’s audit stated that the district has been saving more that 16.3 million dollars since 2011 which could have been used to lower taxes for residents.