The Rockland County District Attorney’s office hosted a forum along with the county NAACP, at the Palisades Center Mall on Thursday night, where they discussed the tensions between police and residents. Members of the community had the opportunity to speak out about what they feel or have seen and how to improve public relations, following police related incidents of violence throughout the nation. County officials and community leaders spoke before the crowd to bring ideas of how law enforcement and residents can work together to decrease and prevent further situations of potential discrimination in Rockland.
Firefighters responded to a home in Hillcrest on Wednesday night, to find flames in a second floor bedroom. A neighbor of the home on Harmony Drive called 911 around 9:45 PM after the family residing in the house smelled smoke, and firefighters found a closet in the bedroom had caught fire. They contained the flames in the bedroom and quickly had them out, with minor damages to the building. No injuries were reported and the family was forced to temporarily relocate. Fire Inspectors and the Sheriff’s Office are investigating what caused the closet to catch fire.
According to state officials Entergy Corp., the operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, has not been awarded a Coastal Zone Certificate, which is required for the facility to continue operating on the Hudson River. Secretary of State Cesar Perales sent a letter to Entergy, officially declining their request for the certificate, stating that the plant’s location has been draining resources from the Hudson River for forty years, as well as being in a close proximity to New York City and residential areas and two seismic faults. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a hearing to make a decision on the certificate and relicensing the plant. Entergy officials stated they don’t need the certificate to continue operating, though Perales stated in his letter if changes are not made to the facility the negative impact on the environment will continue. Governor Andrew Cuomo and various state officials have been fighting the relicensing of the plant in an attempt to eventually shut it down completely.
State University of New York officials have requested an increase in funding from the state, as the Legislature works to approve a 2016 budget by March. According to the request, the SUNY system, which consists of 64 schools, is seeking a 14% increase in aid, as well as approval to continue to raise tuition by $300 a year. Working with a $1.6 billion budget for 2015, SUNY schools saw a decrease in enrollment by 3.5% over the past five years, and a continued increase in tuition. Chairman of the SUNY board H. Carl McCall stated that with the increase in funding schools will be better able to serve faculty and students. If the request is approved state aid would increase to $1.8 billion dollars, and the budget for SUNY would increase to $8.8 billion.
Police responded to an accident in Stony Point on Wednesday afternoon, after reports of a turned over tractor trailer. Around 1:15 PM an overweight truck carrying logs was making a turn on Route 9W near Tomkins Avenue and Walnut Street, when it rolled and struck a utility pole, spilling it’s contents as well as diesel fuel. No injuries were reported and the Stony Point Fire Department and Rockland Hazmat Unit responded to assist in cleaning the scene. It is unclear if the road has been reopened, as crews work to repair the poles, and investigations continue into what caused the tractor trailer to flip.
The Village of Nyack will be opening the newly finished skatepark next week, after years of planning and construction. In 2010 residents began a petition for a park, which was later approved by Village Trustees and received grants from the Tony Hawk Foundation and New York State New York State totaling $125,000. Construction on the 5,000 square foot project in Misano Skateparks. There is going to be an opening day celebration on November 21 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM with contests, music, and food.
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A New York City developer has proposed a new shopping plaza on Route 17 in Tuxedo that would extend into Sloatsburg. The Village Planning Board will continue looking at the proposal at a meeting on Tuesday, where they will discuss the 63,000 square foot project that will include a supermarket and retail stores, and will connect to the Tuxedo Farms housing development being built there. The residential project will have homes and rental units, parks, playgrounds, and a YMCA in Tuxedo. Though Sloatsburg Mayor Carl Wright stated to the Journal News that the Planning Board has begun approvals for the zone change required to build the shopping center, many have voiced concerns about the effects development would have on the environment in the area, especially because it is in the Ramapo River watershed.
The Rockland County Department of Health is investigating claims made over the weekend by a customer of Pizza Hut in West Haverstraw, who complained on Facebook that they received a pizza that was soaked in urine. The customers stated on the North Rockland Community Facebook page that they were delivered a pizza from the Pizza Hut on 9W, and were told they could not pay for it at their home. The restaurant came out against the claims, denying them and saying that the employee actually returned to the store saying the customer had no cash and intended to use a credit card over the phone, though they never did. The customer has not made any statements following the allegations on Facebook, and according to the restaurant they have passed 100% of their inspections.
According to State Police, they are investigating the death of a woman in Westchester, whose body was discovered on Monday evening. Around 5:30 PM police arrived at the North Salem home of 83-year old Lois Colley, the wife of Eugene Colley, a millionaire owner of multiple McDonald’s franchises. Officials stated that a caretaker at the couple’s estate found the woman dead, having suffered blunt force trauma. There appeared to be no signs of forced entry and the caretaker was ruled out as a suspect. Colley was last known to have spoken to someone around 3:00 PM, two hours before she is believed to have died at 5:00 that day. Police are searching for clues regarding the socialite’s murder, including looking for a fire extinguisher that was missing from the home, which may have been discarded near the property on Titicus Road.