Investigations into Tappan Zee Bridge Silo Collapse

According to a spokeswoman for Tappan Zee Constructors, the company working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge, Carla Julian, concrete production remains suspended after two silos containing building materials fell when hit by a third silo that collapsed on Tuesday morning. Spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Conservation, Wendy Rosenbach, stated to the Journal News that $1,000 gallons of stone and sand were released into the air from the silo, which collapsed onto the floating barge that holds the concrete production plant at 6:45 AM. The DEC closed their side of the investigation, but the investigation by the company and state are continuing to uncover how the first silo went down. No injuries were reported from the first incident, or when the two silos fell shortly after at 10:00 AM and construction on other parts of the project has continued.

Spring Valley Apartment Building Proposal Resurfaces

A Wednesday plans to build affordable apartments in Spring Valley were once again brought up, after being shelved since May. Mayor Demeza Delhomme stated that the former owner Alan Gestetner of Cole Levy LLC, owed $75,000 to the village, after the site was auctioned off for $3 million in June. According to Delhomme, Gestetner paid back the money and discussion can begin on the plan to build 124 apartments, with a price range of $800 to $1,300, in the Senator Eugene Levy Municipal Plaza. Some residents have expressed concern about traffic flow in the area and on Route 45 if a residential site is put in. The new owner of the property, Valley Square LLC, which is head by Eric Newhouse, stated that they will be pursuing permits for the towers and a study showed that traffic would not become a problem during or after construction. There will be a village board meeting on Monday at 8:00 PM at Village Hall where the proposals will be further discussed.

Threatening Letter and Photo Sent to RC Legislator

According to Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder, a threatening photo was sent to him at his county office. Wieder stated to the Journal News that he opened the letter on Monday night during the Legislature’s session and brought it to Sheriff Louis Falco, who was also there at the time. The photo shows Wieder’s face edited onto a man in an orange outfit kneeling before another manin all black, much like the recent ISIS prisoner beheadings, with the ISIS flag in the background and Wieder’s name and Arabic writing across the bottom. The sheriff stated that the department will be working with the law enforcement and the FBI to find out who sent the letter and why.

Convicted Sex Offender Causes Concern

Sloatsburg residents expressed concern this week after it was learned that a convicted sex offender would be moving to Stony Brooke Road, which many state has playgrounds and swimming pools in the area, as well as several children living there. 50-year old Edward Bott was paroled on monday, after serving 11 years on his 15-year sentence for his arrest in 2001. Bott was accused of attacking an 11-year old girl and was charged with attempted sodomy and sexual abuse. Sloatsburg mayor Carl Wright released a statement including an announcement that the village would be holding a meeting tonight at 7 pm at the Sloatsburg municipal building on Route 17 with the sheriff’s office and the Ramapo Police Department to discuss questions and concerns that residents have presented. According to the New York State registry of sex offenders Bott is registered as a level 2 sexually violent offender, and residents are worried for the safety of children in the area, though Bott is legally able to live on the street without harassment from neighbors. The Rockland County Times reported on Tuesday that Bott is now expected to move to a new area, though the meeting will still take place to address concerns.

O and R Impersonator Attempts Invasion of Home

According to Clarkstown police, a man attempted to get into a home in Congers on friday evening, by pretending to be an employee of Orange and Rockland Utilities. Police stated that a 22-year old woman answered the door of the home to find a man about 40-years old about 5 feet 8 inches in height, wearing an orange jacket, with an orange van parked outside asking her to let him inside to check the meter. The woman reported that she told the man where the meter was located outside of the house and locked the door, after which the man left. Police are warning residents that they should always be aware of who is at the door and ask to check the employee ID’s that every O and R worker is required to wear, with a picture, name, and logo on it, and if the resident is still suspicious, call the police or company.

Teens Commit Hate Crime in the Palisades Center Mall

According to Clarkstown police, two teens were arrested this week for assault and hate crimes from an incident that occurred on Black Friday. Police stated that Chris Bujaj of Tuckahoe and Ardijan Mehaj of Yonkers, both 17, were arrested and charged with misdemeanors third-degree assault and third-degree assault as a hate crime after it was discovered that they were behind attacks on various people at the Palisades Center Mall, leaving five with injuries ranging from bruising to a broken wrist. The two teenagers’ actions have been charged as hate crimes because two of the victims were orthodox jewish and according to police, were called “dirty jews” during the attacks. Police are looking for a third young man who took part in the incident, who is described as white 5 feet 6 to 8 inches tall wearing a gray hoodie with a black vest over it. Anyone with information on the third member should call Clarkstown police at 845-639-5840 or the tips line at 1-877-639-6233.

Rabbi Accused of Sexual Assault Seen in Court

Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld, who was accused of sexually assaulting a nine-year old boy over five-years beginning in 2001, was seen in court on Monday. Taubenfeld was accused by the boy this past year, who stated that the rabbi was counseling him when the assaults occurred. Taubenfeld originally denied the claims and according to his lawyer Gerard Damiani the statute of limitations has expired anyway. A police officer who investigated with the District Attorney’s Office and another with the Ramapo Department testified against the man, as well as the father of the boy. Another hearing will take place on January 28.

Fatal Accident in Stony Point

According to Stony Point Police, a car accident at 4:30 on Monday afternoon resulted in the death of one man. Police stated the accident occurred on North Central Highway and Sullivan Drive when 24-year old Stony Point resident Thomas Greco was driving South and swerved into the Northbound lane, colliding head-on with another car. Both Greco and the 75-year old woman driving the other vehicle suffered head injuries, Greco succumbed to his injuries at Nyack Hospital and the woman was reported in to be in serious condition.

Legislature Overrides County Executive’s Vetoes

At the Rockland County Legislature meeting on Monday night members voted 15-2 to override County Executive Ed Day’s decision to veto the adopted 2015 budget vote. Last week the Legislature voted to approve a revised version of Day’s $772 million proposal, amending the Deficit Reduction Act to allow payback of $4 million towards the county debt rather than $10 million. By amending the law the Legislature provided money to save 36 positions within the Sheriff’s Patrol Units and funding for the nonprofit organizations. On Friday Day vetoed parts of the plan, cutting funding for ten nonprofits, as well as the mounted patrol unit and the position of captain in the Sheriff’s Office. Joseph Meyers and Chris Carey both voted no on the override with the other 15 members voting yes. Day stated on Monday night, “My original proposal made the hard decisions on spending while following the law. But, the Democratic-controlled Legislature voted to amend it’s own Deficit Financing Act to continue the status quo and avoid the same hard decisions I faced.” The adopted budget will raise taxes for Rockland residents by $20 a year.

Young Boy Cornered by Man

According to Clarkstown police a boy was followed an cornered by a man outside of his home in Bardonia in what appears to be an attempted luring incident. The fourteen-year old boy was dropped off by the bus at his home and was approached by a man he described to police as black, 5-feet 9-inches tall, medium build, with bloodshot eyes, wearing jeans, boots and a red and black checker patterned button down short under a black jacket. Police stated that the teenager made it to his door and locked the man out, after which the man sat out front in a red van with New Jersey license plates for ten minutes. The incident took place around 2:50 in the afternoon and was reported to police at 8:00 PM, investigations are continuing, anyone with information should call Clarkstown Police at 845-639-5840.

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