Adoptable Pets 4-23-15

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Sport is a 3-yr old male Labrador/Pit Bull Mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Sport was found tethered to a tree. A pleasant dog with a sweet temperament, he is an excellent walker. He knows and executes his commands and loves to take long walks. Sport is good with dogs but it will depend on the other dog. He is not good with cats. Because sport is active he needs a home with kids who can handle his energy.

Sport is a 3-yr old male Labrador/Pit Bull Mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Sport was found tethered to a tree. A pleasant dog with a sweet temperament, he is an excellent walker. He knows and executes his commands and loves to take long walks. Sport is good with dogs but it will depend on the other dog. He is not good with cats. Because sport is active he needs a home with kids who can handle his energy.

Alice is a 2 1/2 yr old female terrier mix. She was surrendered along with her sister Coco due to landlord issues. She is house trained, already spayed and although used to living with other dogs but at this time she would do best as an only pet. An active girl, she would love to join you on walks or jogs. Alice would do well in a house with teens.

Alice is a 2 1/2 yr old female terrier mix. She was surrendered along with her sister Coco due to landlord issues. She is house trained, already spayed and although used to living with other dogs but at this time she would do best as an only pet. An active girl, she would love to join you on walks or jogs. Alice would do well in a house with teens.

Petie is a 7-year old male pit bull mix who was surrendered to the shelter over landlord issues. Although he’s a fairly large boy, he’s a total gentleman while walking on a leash. He is house and crate trained. Petie would do best in a house as an only pet and because of his size he would do best in a home with kids 10 and older. He’s friendly, playful and affectionate. He enjoys car rides and would love to accompany you when you do your errands.

Petie is a 7-year old male pit bull mix who was surrendered to the shelter over landlord issues. Although he’s a fairly large boy, he’s a total gentleman while walking on a leash. He is house and crate trained. Petie would do best in a house as an only pet and because of his size he would do best in a home with kids 10 and older. He’s friendly, playful and affectionate. He enjoys car rides and would love to accompany you when you do your errands.

Byron is a 4 1/2 yr old male DSH who came to the shelter as a stray. He gets along well with other cats and children. Byron is a happy go luck boy who's very friendly and a little on the chubby side, just more of him to love!!!

Byron is a 4 1/2 yr old male DSH who came to the shelter as a stray. He gets along well with other cats and children. Byron is a happy go luck boy who’s very friendly and a little on the chubby side, just more of him to love!!!

Nikita is a 7-year old female DSH cat who was returned to the shelter thru no fault of her own. See Nikita is a special needs cat, in that she'll need to be on prescription diet C/D cat food for the rest of her life. She is a very, very sweet cat who loves to be held and pet. Nikita is very friendly. She's very laid back, a couch potato, as we like to call them.

Nikita is a 7-year old female DSH cat who was returned to the shelter thru no fault of her own. See Nikita is a special needs cat, in that she’ll need to be on prescription diet C/D cat food for the rest of her life. She is a very, very sweet cat who loves to be held and pet. Nikita is very friendly. She’s very laid back, a couch potato, as we like to call them.

Tinkerbell is a 3-year old DSH cat who was surrendered to the shelter because she was not working out with the family. She is good with other cats. Tinkerbell is very sweet and a little on the shy side so she would do best in a quiet home with older children. She loves to be held and pet.

Tinkerbell is a 3-year old DSH cat who was surrendered to the shelter because she was not working out with the family. She is good with other cats. Tinkerbell is very sweet and a little on the shy side so she would do best in a quiet home with older children. She loves to be held and pet.

They're waiting for you!  From left to right: Katrina – Mom (One year old Rex rabbit) Katrina has been spayed, and is ready for a family of her own. Kimberly – white/grey female, 9 weeks old Kayla – black female, 9 weeks old Kassie – brown female, 9 weeks old Kody – white/tan male, 9 weeks old Kyle – brown male, 9 weeks old

They’re waiting for you!
From left to right:
Katrina – Mom (One year old Rex rabbit) Katrina has been spayed, and is ready for a family of her own.
Kimberly – white/grey female, 9 weeks old
Kayla – black female, 9 weeks old
Kassie – brown female, 9 weeks old
Kody – white/tan male, 9 weeks old
Kyle – brown male, 9 weeks old

County Executives Urge Infrastructure Aid

Rockland County Executive Ed Day has joined Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Putnam County Executive Ellen Odell in asking the state for aid to go towards infrastructure repairs. New York received about $5 billion dollars from legal settlements in this year’s budget and much of the recent negotiations surrounded what to do with the large sum of money. All three County officials stated that the roads in the Lower Hudson Valley are in desperate need of repair after the rough winter and Governor Andrew Cuomo misused the money by not setting some aside for local roadways. State officials agreed to spend $1.5 billion for upstate economic development, and $1.3 billion will go to the Thruway Authority to keep tolls down for drivers. Infrastructure and increased $10 million statewide to assist in repairing state owned roads and the County Executives stated that it might not be enough for the amount of damage that needs fixing.

Algonquin Pipeline Company Urges No Rehearing

Algonquin Gas Transmission, the company hoping to expand their gas pipeline through Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam Counties, is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ignore officials’ requests for a rehearing on the proposal. United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, as well as Congresswoman Nita Lowey are just some of the officials who wrote to the FERC for a rehearing, asking that the agency take back their approval of the pipeline, stating that the environmental impacts, especially on Westchester’s Blue Mountain Reservation, are too great to move forward. Algonquin Gas responded in a letter to the FERC as well, stating that the reasoning was not enough to prevent the expansion project from moving forward, since the plans meet all federal and state requirements. Many residents in Rockland County have joined with others in the Lower Hudson Valley to express opposition to the pipeline, which will begin in Haverstraw and run through Stony Point, under the Hudson River, and continue through Westchester into Connecticut.

Orangetown Meeting to Discuss Concerns About Anellotech

There will be a hearing at the Orangetown Town Hall on Wednesday at 7:30 PM, which will be open to the public to discuss the proposed Anellotech plant that may be built at the former Pfizer campus. Since the expansion of the pilot plant was first proposed many residents have raised concerns about the company, which takes organic non-food material and turns them into usable chemicals. The major opposition group “Stop Anellotech” stated that they are most concerned with the vent pipe attached to the building that would release industrial chemicals, though officials of the company stated that the emissions pass all minimum state and federal requirements, and would consist mostly of water, carbon-dioxide, and nitrogen which are safe for the environment and residents. The Orangetown Planning Board has seen Anellotech’s proposals before, but Wednesday’s meeting is being held to further discuss the community’s opposition to the plant and time has been set aside at 7:30 on Thursday night as well in case the meeting runs over.

New Nyack Tappan Zee Bridge Viewing Site to Open Early Summer

According to Nyack officials the viewing site for the new Tappan Zee bridge could be finished by June. The village began construction on the fishing pier that will overlook construction of the new bridge last year, but needed assistance from Tappan Zee Constructors when they came across problems with the pile driving process for the structure being put up at Memorial Park. The viewing area will include telescopes and information plaques about the history of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the new one being put up. The village received $150,000 from the state and $50,000 from a community fund to build the 90 by 30 foot pier and officials stated that the remaining construction should be completed by early summer.

Two Rockland Villages on Comptroller’s List of Fiscally Stressed

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a list of fiscally stressed villages for the year of 2014 this week. The list reviews 539 villages and listed them varying levels of stress based on their balances for the end of the year. For Rockland County New Square and Pomona both made the list, both labeled as susceptible to fiscal stress. Pomona Mayor Bret Yagel stated that unforeseen legal costs played a role in the final balance. The Comptroller’s Office is still completing evaluations for ten New York State villages with fiscal years beginning in January.

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Struck by Vehicles

According to Ramapo Police two people were struck by vehicles Thursday night in separate, unrelated incidents. Police stated that around 8:25 PM a 14-year old boy was struck on Route 59 near Besen Parkway, by a 34-year old woman driving a Dodge Durango. The Airmont boy was taken to Westchester Medical Center for serious injuries following the accident. Then around 9:30 PM a 27-year old Monsey man was struck by a Dodge minivan while walking in the yellow middle section of Route 306. The 42-year old driver from Monsey was issued a ticket for driving in a safety zone and improper passing, and the pedestrian was taken to Westchester Medical Center for an injury to his leg. In the fall Ramapo Police began a new safety initiative to help prevent the more than fifty vehicle and pedestrian or bicycle related accidents that occur in the town yearly. The program placed plain clothed officers at cross walks and intersections in an attempt to catch drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians. Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence stated on WRCR Friday morning that while the community grows the town is working to build sidewalks and educate pedestrians on the dangers of being on the side of the road in the dark, as well as continuing to educate drivers.

Legislator Sparaco’s Sentencing Date Postponed

Rockland County Legislator Frank Sparaco was seen in court on Thursday was seen in court on Thursday where he was set to receive his sentence for charges of election fraud for allegedly submitting forged petitions to the Board of Elections. Instead, Clarkstown Judge Howard Gerber was forced to delay the sentencing until April 23 due to the fact that Sparaco has yet to resign from his position within the Legislature, was a part of his plea deal with the Rockland District Attorney’s Office. The deal required that he serve eight weekends in County Jail, and remain uninvolved in politics for the length of a three year probation, as well as resign from the legislature one day before his sentencing. Reluctantly Gerber recognized Sparaco’s choice to hire a new attorney, Kevin Conway of Spring Valley, and allowed the change in court ate due to the transition to the case. After threatening the maximum sentence of one-year in jail for breaking a court order by not giving up his position in the county, Gerber also ordered that Sparaco must resign by Wednesday April 22.

Holocaust Banner Vandalized in Upper Nyack

According to Clarkstown Police a banner at an Upper Nyack synagogue honoring victims of the Holocaust was vandalized on Wednesday night. Representatives of Congregation Sons of Israel stated that on Wednesday night a candlelight ceremony was held for Holocaust Memorial Day in honor of the millions of people killed by the Nazis, and a banner was hung that listed numbers of victims from the many groups of people that were targeted during the Holocaust. On Thursday morning the synagogue reported that between 10:00 PM when the security guard for the property left and 9:00 AM the banner had been torn and ripped up. The banner has been repaired and police are investigating, and seeking witnesses or surveillance footage.

NAACP Urges Sensitivity Following Yeshiva Incident

The NAACP is reaching out to local yeshivas to educate students on cultural diversity. According to the Journal News, Wilbur Aldridge, the Regional Director of the MidHudson/Westchester chapter of the NAACP, spoke out against a recent action by a yeshiva during the holiday of Purim, during which classes hung a doll with a painted black face out of the window by the neck. The Rabbi of the yeshiva, Asher Scwab, stated to the newspaper that the doll is meant to represent “Haman” from the Book of Esther and traditionally how the Jewish people overcame him when attempted to kill them. Schwab stated that the act was not meant to be offensive in any way, but according to Aldridge many members of the African-American community were offended by the incident and stated that during a meeting between the yeshiva and the NAACP, the school officials lacked any knowledge of African-American history. The yeshiva issued an official apology at the meeting and Schwab stated that the doll was immediately removed and the school will make more effort in teaching the students to be “culturally sensitive”.

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