The Boulders played their opening night on Thursday, winning against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles 5-1. Following a ceremony where the team was presented with their rings for last year’s win as champions, the two teams took the field at 7:00 PM in front of nearly 4,000 fans, with the Aigles taking the lead with the first run. The Boulders soon caught up, winning the game. They will play the Aigles again tonight at 7:00 PM, the second game in their four-game series at home in Provident Bank Park.
Rockland officials teamed up this week to send a letter to state leaders in support of the East Ramapo oversight bill that was proposed by Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski in February. The bill would allow a state appointed fiscal monitor to watch the school board and override decisions that they make. The bill was introduced following temporary monitor Hank Greenburg, who was appointed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo, submitted a report stating that the board continuously made bad decisions when it came to spending. If the bill were passed the permanent monitor would create a five-year improvement plan for the district to follow. The legislation has garnered the support of many local officials, no including Nyack Mayor Jenn Laird-White, the Nyack School Board, and Superintendent of the district James Montesano, who signed a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Tuesday. State law makers have yet to show support for the bill, and residents and county officials, including the School Board Association, have urged its passage in recent months. On Wednesday the County Legislature voted 14-1 to approve a resolution that asks state officials to pass the bill as a temporary solution and to provide the district with assistance to solve the fiscal and cultural issues that it faces.
According to a statement released from the office of the County Executive Ed Day, he is undergoing treatment for a recent diagnosis for prostate cancer. Representatives of his office stated that County Executive Day will be undergoing surgery this morning to fight the early stage of cancer, which is the second common cancer in American men with about one in six men diagnosed in their lifetime. Day stated, “Because of my family history of this disease, I am a firm believer in the importance of early detection.” Day’s father died from prostate cancer and the County Executive went on to urge residents to get regularly checked to ensure that if anything is found, it would be in the earliest stages. The surgery is expected to cure the County Executive, and his office stated that the prognosis is excellent.
On Wednesday the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a meeting on their review of Indian Point Power Plant, following the transformer failure that led to a fire and one of the reactors shutting down. Nearly 400 residents attended the meeting in Westchester where NRC officials stated they determined the power plant was, “operated safely, consistent with its license conditions.” Officials also assured attendees that the investigation has begun that was launched into what caused the electrical equipment to fail and why there was water in the supply room where it was housed. Many residents on Wednesday night raised concerns about the Spectra Pipeline, which was recently approved and was deemed safe by the NRC, many stating that it is too dangerous to put a possibly combustible natural gas pipeline within 2,000 feet of the nuclear plant.
The environmental group Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over new regulations for oil trains. Paul Gallay, the President of the group, stated that they decided to file a law suit with the court of appeals after the various train accidents that have led to fires and explosions. According to the suit, Riverkeeper is claiming that under the new rules the DOT doesn’t inform communities when oil tank cars are traveling through their areas, freight trains carrying Bakken crude oil are allowed to go too fast when not in areas with higher populations, and many of the cars are outdates and remain in service for ten years. The environmental group also claims that the regulations are too weak and will take too long to enact change. Nearly 3 million gallons of crude oil travels through Rockland County a week, carried by over thirty trains along the CSX Railroad line. Recently Senator Charles Schumer proposed a bill that would require DOT cars to be slowly removed from service within two years. The DOT would not respond due to the active case.
Westchester Medical Center and Bon Secours Charity Health System announced on Wednesday, a joint venture that was described by officials from the Westchester Hospital as the beginning of a longterm investment in the Hudson Valley, to ensure that residents can obtain high quality medical care as close to home as possible. Mark Nantz, the Executive Vice President of Bon Secours, stated in a recent release that the partnership will allow both parties to provide innovative health care to all residents of the Hudson Valley. Bon Secours Charity Health System is made up of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffer, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, as well as several health programs and agencies. The hospitals and care centers were sponsored by the Sisters of Charity in 2000 and is run by Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic not-for-profit organization. Westchester Medical Center was first founded in 1977, and is an 895 bed center with advanced care and includes the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. No dates have been stated for the official partnership but both parties expressed that the joint venture will allow each of them to build on the existing foundation of Bon Secours to provide the best care.
Following a recent transformer failure at Indian Point nuclear power plant, that resulted in nearly 3 thousand gallons of transformer oil leaking into the Hudson River. 8 thousand gallons burned or cleaned up before reaching the river, and plant operators are continuing to contain the remaining 13 thousand gallons, which according to officials with the plant will most likely be underground. The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission stated that they will be launching an investigation into the May 9th incident, where water in a supply room caused a power failure to equipment that controls plant safety measures. The inspection is set to determine what caused the fire and explosion that shut down reactor 3, and why water was in the room, NRC officials stated that the equipment was not sustain any water damage, but it will be included in the investigation to be sure.
The New York State Department of Health has responded to Senator David Carlucci’s request for a standing order for pharmacies to make the heroin antidote, known as Naloxone, more accessible to the public. Director of the Health Department’s aids institute, Dan O’Connell, stated in a letter to Senator Carlucci that the department will be working to expand training to pharmacists to allow anyone to buy a Naloxone kit, which includes two doses of the drug and a prescription to use it. Currently there are 55 thousand New Yorkers that have the required training to administer the antidote; Carlucci argued in april that as the overdose rates rise in the state, so must the availability of the drug. O’Connell stated in his response that training will be necessary for the prescriber of the drug, but the department has agreed to improving accessibility to regular people by working on issuing a standing order.
Election results are in for Tuesday’s vote on school budgets. Voters passed all budgets for the districts and for the Board of Trustee election results Clarkstown Tamara Bierker, George Ballane, and incumbent Michael Aglialoro won seats on the board. In Nanuet, incumbents Christine Camillieri, Sarah Chauncey, and Ed Dingman, in Nyack incumbents Karen Hughes and Dan Kaplan, in Pearl River incumbents Jackie Curtiss and Bruce Bond, in North Rockland incumbents Mary Romano and Richard Fernandez, in South Orangetown Kenneth Malpeli, and in Ramapo Clarke Osborn, and incumbents Teresa Monahan and Theresa Difalco were elected. In the most talked about election in recent weeks East Ramapo brought out an amazing number of voters, passing the budget 5 thousand 200 votes yes to 4 thousand 193 votes no. Yonah Rothman, Jacob Lefkowitz, and Juan Pablo Ramirez were elected to seats on the board. In Nanuet the library budget was also passed, and in Pearl River the proposition on the ballot to approve spending for maintenance repair was passed. The much argued about proposition to approve 850 thousand dollars to repair suffern middle school’s two artificial turf fields was shot down by voters in the Ramapo Central District.