On Sunday Morning residents rallied outside of East Ramapo School District Superintendent Joel Klein’s home in New City, where they asked the school official to resign his position. The crowd held handmade signs and chanted “Klein must Resign” to express their frustration of what many believe are bad decisions made by the Orthodox Jewish controlled school board. Many parents have stated that public school students are being ignored when it comes to funding for transportation and programs such as art and music, because the board favors private schools. Last week the State Legislature failed to pass the East Ramapo oversight bill that would have allowed a monitor to veto the boards choices and required the district to follow an improvement plan. The Assembly passed the bill, but the Republican leaders in the senate stated that wary of the legislation because it would set a precedent for other New York districts to take power away from elected board members. Senator David Carlucci, one of the sponsors of the original bill wrote a new bill that took away veto power of the monitor and and gave the comptrollers office more authority while also lowering the time frame from five years to two. The majority of residents and state officials including Assembly members Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski were disappointed in the new bill, and fought for a revised version of the original, which the senate decided to forgo voting on. On Thursday the Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch stated that Klein should resign from his position as Superintendent. And on Sunday parents and students of the district expressed their agreement of those statements, urging Klein to resign.
Ramapo officials will be holding a meeting Wednesday to discuss residents concerns surrounding the Orange and Rockland rate increases. The utility company is requesting to the Public Service Commission that electric rates go up by $18.1 million through 2017 and that gas rates go up by $49.2 million through 2018. This means that residents will be paying $11.52 more per month for both services. The hearing will take place at Ramapo Town Hall in Airmont this Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm and will be open to the public.
In the series against the Ottawa Champions the Boulders won Friday Nights game 9-5 before beginning their series against the Quebec Les Capitales. On Saturday, Rockland won the first game 5-4 and on Sunday they did it again beating Quebec 7-4. The Boulders return to Provident Bank Park to play the Kansas City T-Bones in a three game series beginning tonight at 7:00. You can listen to the game live here at WRCR 1300AM or at WRCR.com
And the Boulders were victorious in their final two games against the Sussex Miners on Wednesday night. After Tuesday’s game was rained out the teams played two seven-innings games yesterday. In the first game pitcher Alex Gouin led the Boulders a 6-0 win over the New Jersey team, and in the second Mike Denhardt took over the role, giving up zero runs, and leading the Boulders to a 4-0 win. The Rockland team now travels to Ottawa for a three-game series against the Champions starting tonight at 7:00.
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Clarkstown Police are searching for a suspect involved in the theft of copper wires from a utility pole. According to police they are seeking any information on the crime that occurred a few weeks ago, during which it is believed that someone dug up and stole 43 copper wires from South Mountain Road in New City, that run electricity to the power lines. The wires protect workers from the risk of electrocution and though no injuries have been reported police and Orange and Rockland are working to solve the problem for safety reasons. The cost of fixing the wires is estimate at $10,000. Anyone with information or spotted people working on the poles within the last few weeks can call Clarkstown Police at 845-639-5840.
Police stated on Wednesday that they arrested a Spring Valley man for attempting to rape a woman earlier this month. According to Spring Valley Police 22-year old Sheldon Innocent was accused of luring a 29-year old sales woman to his home where he and another man assaulted her, before she managed to escape from them and report the incident to police. Innocent was charged with first-degree sexual assault and first-degree attempted rape both felonies, and is being held in county jail on $15,000 while police continue searching for the second man who Innocent has refused to identify.
Hundreds of people gathered at Memorial Park in Nyack on Wednesday night to hold a candle vigil for the nine victims of the Charleston Church shooting that took place last week. Organized by the Nyack Clergy Association, Rockland residents said prayers and sang in memory of those killed when 21-year old Dylan Roof, who has been arrested, allegedly shot and killed members of a bible study at the Emanuel AME Church. The murders are being charged as hate-crimes, according to investigators the young man had multiple ties to white supremacy platforms. People from different religions and backgrounds met in the Nyack park and stated that remembrance is only the first step to healing the problems of hate in the country.
According to Spring Valley Police a 27-year old Monsey man was arrested earlier this month for molesting a young boy. Police stated on Wednesday that Shlomo Erps was working as a bus driver for a private school when he was accused in May of touching the unidentified four-year old boy in an inappropriate and sexual manner. According to officials Erps was arrested on felony charges of first-degree sexual abuse after an investigation into complaints and was released on $10,000 bail.
According to the Village Board there will be a “water service interruption” from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Wednesday 6/24.