The Rockland County Legislature is teaming with Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson to hold a meeting for the public to discuss the risk of transporting crude oil in train cars through the Hudson Valley. Opponents and officials have stated that the oil cars are outdated and pose a hazardous threat to the environment and residents. The meeting will be Monday September 22 from 7:00-8:30 PM at 11 New Hempstead Road.
According to Ramapo Police two teenagers were arrested on Wednesday night for shooting paintballs at passing cars. Police responded to the scene at Suzanne Drive and Vincent Road in Monsey after reports came in that at least one car was hit, though it would appear no one was reported injured in the incident. Police will not release the names of the suspects due to their ages, the first is a 19-year old from Suffern, and the second is a 17-year old from Monsey.
United Water has announced that their General Manager, Michael Pointing, has left the company. According to the Rockland County Times newspaper, a source related to the company stated on Wednesday that there is currently an investigation into misappropriation of funds and misstatements of revenue by Pointing and that he and two accountants were let go. Spokeswoman for United Water, Deborah Rizzi, stated to the Journal News that the company will continue providing water services to the county, and will not discuss internal matters. Al Samuels, the President of the Rockland Business Association stated that the former executive had spoken of returning to his home country of England for a long time and that is most likely the reasoning behind his departure, while members of the activist group, the Rockland Water Coalition, have stated that United Water seems to be on the “defensive”, after creating a void between ratepayers and the company. Rizzi stated that the president of the Regulated Division, David Stanton, has been named interim General Manager.
According to Clarkstown Police they are investigating reports that a man attempted to lure a young boy into his car on Wednesday afternoon. Police stated that around 4:45 PM the boy was walking on Carrie Lane in Nanuet when a man in a white SUV, whose description was not available, attempted to draw the boy towards the car. The boy ran away and the car left. Police are investigating and ask that anyone with information call the Clarkstown Department at 845-639-5800.
According to State Police toxicology reports on the off duty police officer who caused the fatal Thruway crash on August 12 show that the man was in fact drunk at the time of the accident. Autopsy reports show that Richard E. Christopher of Suffern had a blood alcohol level of .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, when he drove his truck South in the Northbound lane around 7:00 AM, hitting Airmont resident James DeVito’s Honda CRV. According to police, 59-year old DeVito, who was also killed in the crash, had no drugs or alcohol in his system.
A law passed statewide on Wednesday, making it mandatory that home owners inform first responders when they are building with truss-type pre-engineered wood. The law was signed by Governor Cuomo and will take effect on January 1, 2015. According to Rockland’s Director of Emergency Services, Gordon Wren, truss-type roofs are especially dangerous to firefighters and homeowners because they catch fire quickly and can easily collapse. Local government will be required to inform emergency responders of construction methods used, when property owners mark on building permits that they are using truss-type lumber, and properties will be marked by a symbol on the electrical boxes.
According to Orangetown Police a waitress in Nyack accused a Monsey man of groping her while she was serving in him in late July. 46-year old Avraham Geffner was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching after the unidentified woman reported to her manager that the man had grabbed her. Police arrived at the restaurant on South Broadway after Geffner had left the premise and began a nearly two month long investigation that led to his arrest. Geffner was released without bail and is due in Nyack Village Court on September 23.
The Environmental Protection Agency stated recently that they would be rejecting seven out of twelve of the Tappan Zee Bridge related projects New York State officials had planned on playing for with a $511 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. In a letter from Joan Leary Matthews, the Director of EPA Region 2’s Clean Water Division, state officials were informed that if they use the money for projects the EPA has deemed ineligible the costs would be disallowed. This means that $481.8 million of the loan was disallowed, including $110 million to be used dredging the river, and $65 million for removing the current bridge. EPA officials and environmental advocates agreed that the proposed spending projects did not fit what the loan is meant for, which is sewer improvements and clean water projects. Governor Andrew Cuomo stated on Tuesday that they would be appealing the decision of the agency. Officials have 30 days to do so and Cuomo stated that regardless of the outcome the construction of the bridge will continue, since they were not depending on the money for the project. Government and Thruway officials have yet to inform residents of Rockland and Westchester how much they can expect tolls to cost on the new structure.
On Monday State Supreme Court Justice William Jelly ruled that Maria Guaman-Guaman, a 24-year old Ecuadorian immigrant living in Spring Valley, would receive twelve years in prison for the death of her new born son in November 2013. Guaman-Guaman was originally charged by police with second-degree murder for strangling her son and leaving his body in a dumpster after giving birth to him. Psychiatrists examined the woman and decided that she acted under extreme emotional stress and has lasting brain trauma from an accident in Ecuador and has an IQ of 53. The results led police to charge her with first-degree murder, which holds a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. Kelly stated at the hearing that the lesser sentence was decided on because of difficult conditions Guaman-Guaman faced in life and the results from the psychiatrists’ exam, stating, “I don’t think this was a deliberate, conscious decision.” The Judge’s sentence also means five years of supervision and deportation from the United States.
As Nyack Hospital continues negotiations with Montefiore Medical Center of the Bronnx, they have announced the resignation of CEO David Freed. The hospital board will begin looking for a replacement for the Chief Executive who took the position in 2001, when the hospital faced bankruptcy, and until then Vice President of support services John Volanto will serve as CEO. Nyack announced in June that they were in talks with the Bronx Medical System and have signed letters of intent. The agreement would be the first for Montefiore on the west side of the Hudson River. Currently Nyack is listed as an affiliate of New York Presbyterian, who they teamed with in 2004.