SEC Investigating Ramapo

According to officials the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission visited Ramapo on May 21 and requested subpoenas for records on the town, Supervisor Christopher St.Lawrence, the LDC and their many projects including the $60 million baseball stadium and a housing development, and the town’s Financial Advisor and Auditor. According to records a federal grand jury has been reviewing financial reports and the FBI is also reviewing records from their raid on the town a year ago, after the U.S. Attorney’s Office subpoenaed records for the town’s deals with what used to be Provident Bank, and are looking into whether or not town officials overstated assets. St.Lawrence stated the town and all officials are working with the SEC to provide them with all necessary information.

Residents May Expect Taxes on Noise-Reducing Grant

Residents near the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site had been expecting the project to pay for noise protection by offering $1.7 million community grant set up by the Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors for noise reducing windows to those who applied in Grandview, South Nyack, and Tarrytown. According to Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor to Governor Cuomo, 24 of 57 eligible homes have taken the offer and about 13 of them have received checks. Recently the recipients have been informed that the money may be considered taxable by the state and federal governments. Conybeare stated that those who are hoping to receive a check, or already have, are informed that they should speak with their financial advisors about potential taxes. Officials stated the IRS may also be able to answer questions. Now residents are worried that they will have to pay the bill for the grant money offered to them. Three condominium complexes made a deal with the project in 2013 to get money for sound-reducing windows and doors, and now they may have to pay taxes as well.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played their final game in the four-game series against the New Jersey Jackals last night. In the third inning the Jackals pulled ahead with a 2-0 lead and the Boulders then earned their first run in the sixth inning. Unfortunately for the Rockland team the Jackals scored three more runs by the end of the game, winning with a score 5-1. The Boulders remain in first place in the league, but only by half a game ahead of the Jackals. They will return to Provident Bank Park tonight for a 7:05 game against the Lincoln Salt Dogs. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.

Pedestrians Hit By Cars on Separate Occasions Identified

Police have released the name of a man who was struck and killed by a car in Monsey on Wednesday. According to Ramapo Detective Lt. Mark Emma 76-year old Moshe Cohen died at Good Samaritan Hospital after the 9:30 PM crash on Monsey Boulevard. Emma stated that 44-year old Rachel Friedman was driving the Honda CR-V that hit the man, she remained at the scene and was uninjured, police are unsure whether or not she will face charges. On Thursday around 2:46 PM police stated that Frances Devito, a Mahwah, New Jersey resident in her seventies, was hit by 82-year old Jack Fleisher of Suffern in the Walmart parking lot in Airmont. Police reported that Devito was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for serious injuries. Police are again unsure if Fleisher will face charges and they ask any witnesses to either crash call the Ramapo Police Accident Investigation Unit at 845-357-2400.

Arrest Made in Theft of Donations; Family Receives Support After Toddler’s Death

Police arrested a 17-year old boy in the theft of a missing jar that held donations set to be delivered to the family of 20-month old Dominic Mero who was killed last weekend in the parking lot of his Rose Avenue apartment complex from an older sibling and a pickup truck hit him while backing up. Police have stated that the 33-year old driver will most likely not face charges for the accident. According to Spring Valley police the jar which held donations from the community to help the Mero family cover costs of the ffuneral and other expenses, was stolen Monday night from the Rose Avenue Deli by Daeshawn Outerbridge. The jar was recovered but the $300 it contained was not and the boy has been charged with misdemeanor petty larceny. A new jar was placed at the deli, which a clerk states now contains about $200. On Thursday the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council stated they will be delivering a check to the Maple Avenue Cemetery, where Dominic be buried, for $2,250 to cover the burial costs obtained by donations from the community.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played two games in New Jersey on Wednesday against the Jackals. The first game started at 11:00 AM and the Boulders held the lead until the sixth inning, when the Jackals took the lead with a final score of 3-1. The second game the Boulders had more luck and won with a score of 1-0. Rockland remains in first place in the league, a game and a half ahead of New Jersey. They play their fourth and final game against the Jackals tonight in New Jersey at 7:05. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.

Man Killed by Car in Monsey

According to Ramapo Police a man was hit and killed by a Honda CR-V traveling North on Monsey Boulevard. The accident occurred around 9:30 PM and officers began investigating the scene, marking evidence and stated that the site was about fifty yards before the cross-walk of the intersection of Monsey Boulevard and Maple Avenue. According to reports the man was a member of the Orthodox Jewish community. The driver was also a member of the community, a woman, who was not injured in the crash. There was no one else in the car. Police have not stated whether or not charges will be filed and will continue investigating the cause.

Summit Park Sold

Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced on Wednesday that the Summit Park Nursing Home and Care Center has been sold to Summit Park Acquisition Group, a private owner. According to the deal signed by county officials and the Rockland County Health Facilities Corp, the LDC in charge of the sale, the current county workers at the hospital can apply for positions with the new employer and all residents of the center are able to stay. Day stated that the sale will bring the necessary care to patients while helping the county’s financial situation for the long term. Legislature Chairman Alden Wolfe stated some of the $36 million made off the sale will go to reducing the $30 million deficit in the form of a resolution stating the revenue left after debt service and liabilities will go to the deficit. Susan Sherwood, the Chairwoman of the LDC stated that the new owner has experience operating nursing homes and that knowledge will be able to bring in more patients and give quality care to them as well as existing patients. The Rockland Civil Service Employees Association is attempting to block the sale, members stating workers’ jobs need to be protected.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played the New Jersey Jackals at Provident Bank Park Tuesday night, New Jersey scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the second inning, though in the bottom of the same inning the Boulders managed to tie the score 2-2. In the third the Boulders scored another run taking the lead and held the same score until the end of the game, giving them a 3-2 win over the Jackals. This puts the Boulders in first place in the Can Am League and they now head to New Jersey to play a double header to make up for Monday’s rain-out.

Donations for Family of Killed Toddler Stolen

According to police a donation jar set up to collect money for the family of a toddler who was killed by a car in the parking lot of his apartment complex over the weekend was stolen from Rose Avenue Deli on Monday night. Spring Valley residents joined together after 20-month old Dominic Mero was run over by a pickup truck that was backing up. According to the deli clerk there was about $300 collected so far for the cost of the funeral and other expenses, though police state that they don’t know exactly how much money was stolen. Police are investigating and hope that the person responsible comes forward.