As the weather warms and construction continues on the Hudson River, residents’ concerns that a repeat of last summer’s excessive noise coming from the new Tappan Zee Bridge site are being raised. Tappan Zee Constructors, the company responsible for putting up the new bridge, stated on Monday that as they begin pile driving and installing metal sheets to the structure once more they will be using a newly implemented noise mitigation system. First there will be a noise barrier placed over the sheets of metal that have already been installed to reduce vibration, as well as over the vibratory hammer, and a 40 by 30 foot temporary barrier will be put up to protect residents from both the loud processes. To ensure that residents get a break, pile driving will take place from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays only, for 30 minutes an hour.
Police have released the identity of an Orange County man that was killed in an accident between his pickup truck and a garbage truck on Monday morning. According to officials around 2:40 AM 40-year old Stefan Connolly was driving on Sterling Mine Road in Sloatsburg when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and collided with an Interstate Waste Management truck, destroying the driver’s side of his white pickup truck. Police began investigating at the scene Monday morning, closing the road for several hours in both directions as they reconstructed the accident to determine the cause. Police stated that the driver of the garbage truck was taken for required testing, but there were no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved. Police are still trying to determine what caused Connolly to cross into the opposite lane.
On Saturday evening Ramapo Police responded to an accident on Route 202 involving a vehicle and a bicyclist. Police stated that around 5:10 PM a 52-year old man was riding his bicycle westbound on the eastbound side of the road, and was struck by a car pulling out of a driveway at the intersection of Camp Hill Road and 202. It was not released whether the 46-year old driver received a summons, and the bicyclist was taken to Nyack Hospital by Spring Hill Ambulance, where he was treated for a head injury as well as injuries to his shoulder, leg, and ribs. Just last week 47-year old Alfred Zaldivar was killed from injuries he sustained after he was hit by a car while riding his bike on Route 304 on May 9. The driver fled the scene and now faces charges after being tracked down by police.
Residents in the Ramapo Central School District will vote to replace two artificial fields at the Suffern Middle School, used by physical education classes and sports teams. Some residents and board members have responded negatively to the proposal, which would provide $850,000 to replace the fields, but does not state a specific material to be used. Those in opposition have stated that there are links between certain rubber materials used for fields such as these and cancer, though not proven many say that the possibility should be enough to warrant the use of another material. On Tuesday voters will head to the polls to approve a $131 million dollar budget for the district and the board stated at a meeting last week that they will be looking into safer options for the field repairs.
On Saturday police released the identity of a 69-year old Suffern woman who was killed when she was hit by a car on Friday afternoon. Police stated that around 4:00 PM Claire Horskey was struck by a Pontiac Grand Am on Wayne Avenue, after she apparently ran into the street, possibly unable to see the car due to sunglare. Horskey was taken to Westchester Medical Center by Ramapo Valley Ambulance, where she was treated, and later pronounced dead due to her injuries. Police were investigating the accident, and stated that the 51-year old driver will not be charged.
County Executive Ed Day announced on Friday that Standard and Poor’s rating services upgraded the county’s bond rating from BBB- to BBB with a positive outlook. Day stated in a release from his office that the upgrade represents all the county has accomplished in stabilizing finances over the last year. The BBB rating means that the county has a good chance of meeting financial commitments. The rating from S&P is added to last year’s upgrade from Moody’s Investor’s Service from BAA-2 to BAA-3 with a positive change in the county’s original $138 million deficit, “We’ve made the tough decisions to cut government spending, improve management and tighten procurement processes. Our work isn’t done, and we will continue to make substantive, fiscally responsible reforms to improve the county’s finances.”
Early Monday morning police responded to an accident in Sloatsburg after a pickup truck collided with a garbage truck, leaving one person dead. At 2:40 AM police and ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident on Sterling Mine Road, which was closed for some time while investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing. Police have not released the cause or the identity of the driver that was killed.
Two women arrested in connection to the murder of 80-year old Valley Cottage resident Peggy Nadell, were expected to be seen in court this week, but a judge has rescheduled their sentencing for July 10. Prosecutors in the case stated that the reason for postponing was because they have not completed the presentencing reports necessary to move forward. 25-year old Elita Grant and 26-year old Tanisha Joyner were arrested in early 2014 for their roles in the plot to murder Peggy Nadell, and pleaded guilty to second-degree hindering prosecution after making a deal to testify against Diana Nadell who was sentenced on Tuesday to 23 years to life in prison, for killing her mother-in-law last year. Also sentenced to 20 years to life in prison was Andrea Benson of Washington D.C. for assisting Nadell in the crime. Grant, who is Diana Nadell’s niece, was arrested for setting her aunt up with the other two women involved and Joyner was arrested for using Nadell’s cellphone from Washington D.C. to provide an alibi for the woman.
Police responded to a stabbing in Spring Valley on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials around 3:00 PM a black Honda Civic carrying four men drove up to a man outside of Hickory Food Mart on West Hickory Street, and confronted him. Reports state that a man jumped out of the car with a knife and chased the victim, stabbing him in the lower chest when he caught up. Witnesses called 911 when the victim collapsed near the deli, but the men in the car had driven off before paramedics and police arrived. Police are continuing to search for the suspect, whom they identified, and the victim remains in Nyack Hospital in serious condition. They believe the suspects and victim knew each other.
Rockland County officials and religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities met together at an interfaith summit at Rockland County Community College on Wednesday. The two-hour meeting was set up by County Executive Ed Day’s office following rising tensions between religious communities, including the release of a video by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, that compared Rockland to Nazi Germany, and expressed the fear many members of the Jewish Community face living in the county. Residents and local officials reacted strongly to the video, many coming out against it, stating that hateful speech from anyone is unacceptable. Most recently a Holocaust Memorial banner was vandalized at a local temple, and four teens were arrested for throwing eggs and cursing at Jewish residents in New Square. At a small press conference after the summit those who attended stated that the discussion was a good place to start, and they felt listened to while in the room. Day spoke toward the idea that conversations sparked at the meeting will allow communities to work together in the face of hatred and cultural rifts, stating ” When one group is attacked the other will join in to condemn those attacks.”