New York state Unanimously Voted To Approve Legislation That Changes The Process For Becoming An Organ Donor

The state unanimously voted this week to approve legislation that changed the process for becoming an organ donor in New York, which remains one of the lowest ranked states in donor registration numbers. Lauren’s law, named after a Stony Point 12-year old, Lauren shields who was the recipient of a donated heart in 2009, has been approved for a four-year extension by the senate. The assembly will now need to approve the legislation, As well as governor Andrew Cuomo. Residents were previously given the option of passing over the organ donor section while applying for a New York license, now with Lauren’s law, the application requires you to select yes or to skip this question, forcing you to read the area and reconsider selecting yes or no. Officials stated that over the lat few months the number of organ donors have increased from 11 to 17 percent, in large part due to the legislation
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Man Faces Less Charges for Allegedly Killing West Nyack Resident

According to officials on the case of Dylan Lentini, the 19-year old accused of killing West Nyack resident Michael Wimbert, is facing less charges than he was originally arrested for. Starting on November 27, Lentini was staying with Wimber after he accepted a craigslist ad to rent a room in the 66-year old’s apartment. On December 1st Police discovered Wimbert’s body at the address on Demarest Avenue when they responded to a call placed by Lentini, who was found in the front yard of the home with blood on his clothing and a knife wound on his right hand. Defense Lawyers for the teen, who had previously been living at a homeless shelter in New York City, claim their client was acting in self-defense after the older man had sexually assaulted him. When first seen in court Lentini pleaded not guilty to all charges and this week Supreme Court Justice William Kelly opted to dismiss allegations that Lentini had robbed Wimbert, stating to the court that there was insufficient evidence to support the claim. The teen now faces a charge of second-degree murder, for which he could receive 15 to 25 years to life in prison.
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Three men break into Weschester home

On Monday police released surveillance footage of a break-in that occurred at a home in Weschester County on Sunday. Police stated they are searching for three armed men shown in the video breaking into an apartment at 523 Fifth Avenue in Pelham, and assaulting the man that lives there, pistol whipping him in the head. The suspects, who were masked at the time of the attack also assaulted a female friend of the man, after she was caught attempting to hide her possessions from them. She refused medical attention, and the 24-year old resident who was pistol whipped needed to be transported to a hospital for stitches for his head wound. Police are continuing to investigate the raid, stating the address appears to have been targeted, though nothing was stolen, and warned resident that the men are armed and on the run
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Clarkstown police arrested Man for towing stolen property

Clarkstown Police stated on Monday that they arrested a man on Saturday, who had Allegedly stolen a trailer from the East Ramapo School District. According to officials 52-Year old Jose Deleon-Cotto of the Bronx was stopped by an officer on Middletown road around 10 pm for a broken tail light. Earlier that day the school district had reported a trailer missing that was carrying a mini-excavator, which Deleon-Cotto was found towing behind a construction truck. Clarkstown Police are further investigating whether or not the man was in fact attempting to steal the trailer or just move it, as well as if the truck belongs to him. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stole property, possession of a forged instrument, both felonies, as well as traffic violations.
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Governor Andre Cuomo Addresses Issues Regarding Work Interfering With Family Obligations

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Rockland County on Monday, speaking to residents and officials about the need for paid leave for family obligations. At a conference held at the West Haverstraw community center Cuomo stood with representative Nita Lowey and addressed a proposal in his budget that would give new parents and family caregivers 12 weeks paid leave when needed. In the plan private-sector workers would pay 60 cents a week to go towards a fund that would then benefit employees who need time off. Cuomo stated to the crowd about worker’s without the chance to take time from work to care for their families, Quote, “This lack of mobility, lack of opportunity, breach of the American promise, That’s what’s causing the anger.” End quote. The legislature has until June to pass the proposal, though Cuomo’s intention is to have it available to employees for the beginning of the new fiscal year in April. With the 60 cents a week charged to employees, they and their coworkers would be able to receive 35 precent of the weekly salary starting in April 2018 and then 50 percent of their salary in 2021.Public employees would be eligible for family leave through government and union contracts.

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Students Stabbed During Fight

Officials were forced to lockdown Ramapo High School on Friday after police received reports that two teens were stabbed during a fight. Around 1:00 PM, first responders arrived at the school and transported two boys, aged 17 and 18, to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern for non-life threatening injuries, one for a stab wound to the back and the other for a slash wound. They were later released, and police are continuing to investigate the cause of the fight and how the students may have brought the weapons into the school. The school was shut down until 2:00 PM, students not in a classroom at the time were held in the auditorium until the scene was cleared and school was dismissed.

Accident on Route 303

According to Orangetown Police two people were injured when their vehicle crashed on Route 303 over the weekend. Around 7:40 on Sunday morning police discovered a gold Mitsubishi hidden from view of the road, and determined the single car accident occurred hours prior, around 4 AM. The driver and passenger were taken to Nyack Hospital for serious injuries where they were in critical condition, and police are investigating the cause, which officials stated was likely related to the use of alcohol. Anyone with information on the accident can call Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700.

Adoptable Pets 2-18-16

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For more information in adopting, donating, or volunteering contact Hi Tor Animal Care Center, 65 Fireman’s Memorial Drive in Pomona at (845)354-7900 or visit www.hitor.org.

Maddie is a 4 year old female pit bull mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Maddie is a super sweet and gentle little gal. She has not been tested with cats yet but seems to be ok with other dogs. Maddie walks very nicely on leash and enjoys going on her walks with the volunteers. Come meet this little gem.

Maddie is a 4 year old female pit bull mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Maddie is a super sweet and gentle little gal. She has not been tested with cats yet but seems to be ok with other dogs. Maddie walks very nicely on leash and enjoys going on her walks with the volunteers. Come meet this little gem.

Sugar is a 3-4 year old female Pit Bull Mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Actually this sweet girl was running around loose for awhile and we were trying to catch her and finally caught her in one of our humane traps. And as the name goes, Sugar is an absolute sweet heart!!!. We are still working with her to see how she does with other dogs but have not tested her with cats yet. She just loves everyone and would make a great family pet. After running loose for so long lets get this girl into her forever home soon!!!

Sugar is a 3-4 year old female Pit Bull Mix who came to the shelter as a stray. Actually this sweet girl was running around loose for awhile and we were trying to catch her and finally caught her in one of our humane traps. And as the name goes, Sugar is an absolute sweet heart!!!. We are still working with her to see how she does with other dogs but have not tested her with cats yet. She just loves everyone and would make a great family pet. After running loose for so long lets get this girl into her forever home soon!!!

Diamond is a five year old Shar Pei Retriever Mix. She is a wonderful girl that had a rough beginning at life. She was brought to the shelter with siblings whom all found their forever homes, yet poor Diamond has been overlooked. Diamond knows her basic commands and responds well to treats. It takes her time to get to know her friends humans and dogs alike. Once one gets to know her she will reveal a wonderful personality and show she is a ton of fun. She would do best in a home with adults because she would prefer a calm quiet environment. Diamond is a beautiful girl who deserves a second chance.

Diamond is a five year old Shar Pei Retriever Mix. She is a wonderful girl that had a rough beginning at life. She was brought to the shelter with siblings whom all found their forever homes, yet poor Diamond has been overlooked. Diamond knows her basic commands and responds well to treats. It takes her time to get to know her friends humans and dogs alike. Once one gets to know her she will reveal a wonderful personality and show she is a ton of fun. She would do best in a home with adults because she would prefer a calm quiet environment. Diamond is a beautiful girl who deserves a second chance.

Tommy is a 2 year old male DSH cat. He was surrendered to the shelter due to a family member having allergies. Tommy is good with other cats and all kids. Tommy was surrendered along with his sister Tula and they are quiet bonded. He is very out going and friendly. he enjoys being held and pet and loves to play!

Tommy is a 2 year old male DSH cat. He was surrendered to the shelter due to a family member having allergies. Tommy is good with other cats and all kids. Tommy was surrendered along with his sister Tula and they are quiet bonded. He is very out going and friendly. he enjoys being held and pet and loves to play!

Tula is a 2 year old DSH cat who was surrendered along with her brother Tommy due to a family member having allergies. She is great with other cats, she's pretty bonded with her brother Tommy and good with all kids. Tula is a bit on the shy and quiet side, but she still enjoys being held and pet.

Tula is a 2 year old DSH cat who was surrendered along with her brother Tommy due to a family member having allergies. She is great with other cats, she’s pretty bonded with her brother Tommy and good with all kids. Tula is a bit on the shy and quiet side, but she still enjoys being held and pet.

Dora is a 7 yr old female DSH who was surrendered to the shelter.She has been at the shelter for almost 2 years now.She is good with other cats and would do well in a house with kids 10 and older. Dora is a full figured gal who tends to be on the shy side and just needs a little time to warm up.

Dora is a 7 yr old female DSH who was surrendered to the shelter.She has been at the shelter for almost 2 years now.She is good with other cats and would do well in a house with kids 10 and older. Dora is a full figured gal who tends to be on the shy side and just needs a little time to warm up.

Orange County Officials Respond To School Bomb Threats

OFFICIALS IN ORANGE COUNTY ARE CALLING FOR NEW SECURITY MEASURES IN THE MIDDLETOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT, FOLLOWING MORE THAN A DOZEN BOMB THREATS AT THE MAPLE HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOCATED THERE. CITY MAYOR JOSEPH DeSTEFANO STATED THAT STUDENTS AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND NEARBY MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE TERRIFIED TO ATTEND CLASS, AFTER THE SCHOOLS WERE FORCED TO LOCK DOWN THIRTEEN TIMES IN THE LAST 9 MONTHS DUE TO ANONYMOUS BOMB THREATS ON THE BUILDINGS. NOW HE AND OTHER CITY OFFICIALS ARE ASKING THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HIRE FOUR SAFETY OFFICERS TO PATROL THE SCHOOLS AND HELP KIDS FEEL SAFER WHILE INVESTIGATIONS HOPEFULLY LEAD TO STOPPING THE THREATS, KNOWN AS SWATTING INCIDENTS. DESTEFANO ALSO STATED HE HOPES THE STATE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP FIND FUNDING FOR THE OFFICERS. SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL KEVIN EASTWOOD STATED TO NEWS 12 THAT THE IDEA WOULD COST ALMOST 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS, SOMETHING THE DISTRICT SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD AT THIS TIME.

Federal Officials demand New York State Department of Transpotation Look Into Safety Conditions Surrounding RailRoad Crossings

FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE URGING THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO LOOK INTO SAFETY CONCERNS SURROUNDING RAILROAD CROSSINGS. THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION SUBMITTED A LETTER TO THE DOT, ASKING THAT OFFICIALS TAKE INTO ACCOUNT RECENT ACCIDENTS INVOLVING DRIVERS AND TRAINS IN RECENT YEARS, INCLUDING ONE LAST YEAR AT COMMERCE STREET IN VALHALLA, WESTCHESTER COUNTY THAT KILLED SIX PEOPLE AND INJURED FIFTEEN. THE DRIVER, ELLEN BRODY, WAS STOPPED ON THE RAILS WHEN THE CROSSING BAR CAME DOWN, AND HER FAMILY HAS RECENTLY STATED TO INVESTIGATORS THAT THEY BELIEVE SHE DID NOT REALIZE HER SUV WAS ON THE CROSSING BECAUSE OF THE SNOW AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE FRA REFERENCED SUCH INCIDENTS, REQUESTING THAT THE DOT MAKE FURTHER CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SAFETY OF DRIVERS AND TRAIN RIDERS AT CROSSINGS SUCH AS THE COMMERCE STREET ONE. THE DOT RESPONDED,STATING THAT THEY CHECK CROSSINGS THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH THE FRA TO CONTINUE STUDYING TRAFFIC PATTERNS AND SAFETY MEASURES THAT CAN BE TAKEN.
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Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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