An energy company from Monsey is fighting a lawsuit filed by a customer in Pennsylvania and about 100 other plaintiffs, who claim that they were scammed when offered cheaper prices but were trapped into rate increases after signing. According to the lawsuit the lead plaintiff began using HIKO Energy as her provider, and in the first six-months saw her bills reduce 1 to 7 percent, but after that period of time the cost increased 70 percent, and when she tried to cancel her plan with the energy company they made it difficult to do so, the suit stating that it would take a customer at least two billing cycles to leave the company. The company stated in their response to the court that they made it clear from the beginning that rates are subject to change. The suit has been moved to Federal Court and will continue in White Plains.
Senator David Carlucci held a press conference on Friday, where he announced a proposal for prepaid college credits in New York State. According to the proposal a parent can place money into a savings-like account that will earn interest over the years, and will be applicable to SUNY, CUNY, and participating private schools. Senator Carlucci stated that he sponsored the bill to give parents the opportunity to have their child’s college tuition paid off by the time they are ready to attend, and with prices rising steadily through the years, the interest earned on saved money would be applied to the additional costs. The deposits would be tax-free and cost New York State about $2 million a year.
A group of New York State advocates met in Westchester on Friday on Friday to urge lawmakers to change the age at which teens are charged as adults. The current age that a child can be charged as an adult is 16, and advocates from the Lower Hudson Valley would like to see that increased to 18-years old. New York officials are being urged to separate those who are charged with violent and non-violent crimes, advocates stating that in many situations 16-year old shoplifters face the same prisons and time as violent adults.
Clarkstown officials presented an idea to the county that would allow villages and towns to share information when it comes to increased development and zoning issues along the borders. Clarkstown is currently fighting to gain more information on the Pascack Ridge development in Ramapo, a slaughterhouse in New Square, and the Anellotech plant in Pearl River, three projects that many residents are opposed to. According to officials the town has to wait for freedom of information requests to be approved before they are allowed information that the County Planning Department is given instant access to, such as traffic studies and air quality reports. Supervisor Alex Gromack stated that he has reached out to state officials to change the laws to allow individuals to change the laws to allow individuals within 50 feet of development to obtain information that the county has. Clarkstown officials have proposed that the other towns and villages work together to provide information that will protect the environment and communities from overdevelopment and negative side effects to various proposed plans.
Officials reported to the Journal News on Thursday that a fire that destroyed a Hillcrest auto shop is being investigated as suspicious. The fire began around 3:00 AM on Thursday and burned through the Hillcrest Service Center, officials stating that the flames reached a heat strong enough to soften steel beams within the building, as well as destroy cars. There were no explosions on the property and the fire did not spread to any neighboring buildings. The service station was closed at the time and according to officials they are investigating the cause, which at this time is unknown, so arson has yet to be ruled out.
According to Ramapo Police a Pomona man was sentenced on burglary charges this week. Officials stated that 50-year old Jude Bonneau was arrested in July after was arrested in July after he attempted to rob a home in Airmont and was caught by the homeowner, who reported his license plate number. According to the District Attorney’s office after the first attempt Bonneau was caught in a second house in the area, when he broke in, found the homeowner, and fled. Bonneau received 12 years to life in prison for the charges of attempted burglary and breaking parole for previous convictions of assault and burglary.
According to officials work has resumed on the New Tappan Zee Bridge, which took a hiatus during the rough winter the lower Hudson Valley has faced this year. Ice and snow on the river forced much of the construction to slow or stop completely, including pile driving, which has also begun once again. Many South Nyack residents have complained that the noise created by the process is overwhelming and Mayor Bonnie Christian stated that the village should be given at least 48-hours notice to inform residents that pile driving will be happening. Also this month Tappan Zee Constructors, the company working on the new bridge, began replacing silos used for concrete storage on the two floating mixing plant, after one collapsed in December. The officials stated that an investigation into the cause of the fall is continuing and without the barges trucks have to drive in mixed cement from an outside site. Along with pile driving, crews will also resume work on the areas where the bridge reaches land. Noise from the site is meant to be kept below 90 decibels, which is monitored by equipment 50 feet from the work, and in response to various complaints Mayor Christian stated that she has requested the monitors be moved closer to the site.
North Rockland- early dismissal
East Ramapo- early dismissal
Clarkstown- early dismissal
Pearl River- High School and Middle School dismissed at 10:30. Elementary dismissed at 11:30
Rockland BOSCES- dismissing students at 11:30. No adult programs tonight.
The Clark Seniors meeting- cancelled
St. Augustine’s Church Lenten Soup to Stations cancelled
Rockland Community College is closing at 3:00pm
Lafayette Theater is cancelling tonight’s showing of ‘Cinderella’
Brought to you by Tristate Aquariums located at 191 Route 59 in Suffern. (845)918-1707.
There is still time to buy your tickets for the first annual Furball, which is on Friday March 27 at 6:30 to 11:00 PM and is honoring Christopher Puzio, the founder of Rockland Veterinary; Gordon Wren and the Fire Training Center; and Valley Cottage Animal Hospital. The event will take place at Nyack Seaport, tickets are $75 per person or $700 for a table of ten and you can purchase them by visiting hitor.org or calling the shelter at (845)354-7900. All proceeds got to Hi Tor’s campaign for a new shelter or the animals and the evening includes dinner, dancing, raffles, and a silent auction.
The case against Spring Valley High School student Christopher Bermeo is quickly moving forward, going before a grand jury on Monday. The 16-year old was arrested after stabbing a 17-year old student four times with a penknife last Monday. The victim was taken to a hospital and appears to have recovered successfully and Bermeo claimed that he was being bullied by the other student and was defending himself. On Monday afternoon the grand jury indicted Bermeo on felony charges of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault. He remains held on $500,000 bail and faces 25 years in prison, as he is being charged as an adult.