Nyack Implements 15 Minute Free Parking

NYACK OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT A NEW PROGRAM IS BEING IMPLEMENTED IN THE VILLAGE TO ALLOW DRIVERS FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FREE PARKING. MAYOR JENN LAIRD-WHITE STATED THAT THE NEW INITIATIVE IS AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE PARKING, WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LITTLE RISKY IN NYACK, EASIER FOR RESIDENTS, SHOPPERS, AND BUSINESS OWNERS. THE HOPE IS THAT MORE ROCKLAND COUNTY VISITORS WILL FEEL COMFORTABLE SHOPPING AT BUSINESSES ALONG MAIN STREET AND BROADWAY WITHOUT THE FEAR OF GETTING A TICKET. WITH THE PROGRAM, DRIVERS CAN PRINT A TICKET GOOD FOR FIFTEEN FREE MINUTES FROM A PARKING METER BY PRESSING THE GREEN BUTTON. THE TIME WILL BE ENFORCED, AND CARS PARKED FOR LONGER THAN FIFTEEN MINUTES WILL LIKELY FACE FINES TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM REPRINTING THE TICKETS OVER AND OVER.
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US Senator Schumer Promotes Bill to Fight Drug Abuse

United States Senator Charles Schumer has requested that Congress seriously consider passing a bill proposed by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, that would provide $600 million to fight drug use in the country. Schumer spoke at non-profit Student Assistance Services in Tarrytown on Tuesday, stating that the bill would help combat what he calls the “national emergency” of opiod addiction.The $600 million would be divided between organizations to allow them to participate in another potential legislation, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, which would help prevent addiction, make treatment more available to those suffering, and increase programs of education of people incarcerated on drug charges. Schumer stated that the act is lacking funding and so Shaheen’s bill would greatly assist in the fight.

Spring Valley Teen Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Classmate

According to officials a 17-year old Spring Valley teenager was seen in court this month following accusations that he stabbed a classmate during a robbery. In March 2015 Christopher Bermeo was arrested when he robbed two teenagers, putting one in the hospital with stab wounds and beating the other up. He was charged with attempted murder, but on February 8 pleaded guilty before a grand-jury to second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He will be sentenced in May and since he was 16 at the time of the crime; he could be granted youthful offender status by a judge.

Rockland State of The County Address

Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivered his State of the County address this week, speaking about the future of the economy, housing safety, and business plans. Presenting to the Legislature and other county officials, Day stated that the economy is improving and the unemployment rate of 3.8% represents that, in part thanks to his administration’s work to consolidate local government. Day also spoke about the Summit Park Hospital, which closed at the end of 2015, after a $32 million sale fell through. In his proposals the County Executive recommended turning the empty buildings into a center that will house Health and Human Services. Day’s address also referred to the continuation of the Rockland Codes Initiative, which will add to the already existing regulations against illegal housing, by having properties with more than three renters register with the county. Along with continuing to tackle the county’s fiscal issues, including fighting welfare fraud, Rockland will be putting more money into tourism to attract new visitors.

Shooting in Ramapo

According to Ramapo Police, they are investigating a shooting in Ramapo that apparently left one person dead and another in the hospital. Officials stated that officers from the Ramapo Police Department and the Sheriff’s as well, responded to a home in Wesley Hills following reports that a man allegedly shot his wife while she was in bed in their home on Deerwood Road. The man then allegedly shot himself at the home and was rushed to the hospital.

NYS Education Commissioner Tours E. Ramapo

New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia toured three public schools in the East Ramapo School District on Wednesday and spoke with officials about what she witnessed. Elia participated in classes, sitting with students and asking questions, later stating that she was impressed with the instruction of students she was seeing. In the afternoon the Commissioner also visited a private Yeshiva in the district. Even with the positive areas in the education of students, Elia stated there is still a ways to go with improvements, including physical repairs of the buildings, and the recommendation from two reports, to have a monitor appointed with the ability to veto decisions made by the school board. Elia stated she is hoping to find resources from the state, for the district to make such improvements, and used some of the time to inform residents and teachers that she is continuing to make changes to the state testing standards.

Schools Urged to Stop Using Company Releasing Alleged Antisemitic Video

A second school in Rockland County has stopped showing a video that allegedly portrays antisemitic ideas. Last week the Clarkstown School District sent home a letter of apology to parents of 9th graders in the high school who were shown a video of the Roman Empire released by study.com, that spoke about Jewish vs Christian people, and referred to Jews in a negative light. On Wednesday Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski wrote a letter to the company that created the website, urging them to make changes to their videos, and recommended that every district in New York stop using them until then. This week Nyack pulled two videos that were shown to sixth graders in the Middle School and Superintendent James Montesano released a statement apologizing and informing parents that the school has been in touch with the company.

NY Education Commissioner to Visit East Ramapo

State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia and Regent Judith Johnson will be visiting the East Ramapo School District today. According to her office Elia will be touring the troubled district, especially focusing on the buildings, which many parents and students claim are in desperate need of repairs. Currently Ramapo High School is waiting for $1 million in funds found by Senator David Carlucci to repair a leaking roof, which school officials stated a recent inspection determined does not have mold. Elia will visit the high school and two elementary schools. This will be her second time in the district and when appointed she stated to parents that East Ramapo would remain a focus for the Board of Education.

Snow Closings/Delays

    Closed

-North Rockland
-Nyack
-Pearl River
-Nanuet
-South Orangetown
-Clarkstown
-Ramapo Central
-East Ramapo
-Rockland BOSCES
-Nyack Headstart
-St. Katherine’s Early Childhood Education Center
-Adolf Shriver Hebrew Academy
-Jawanio AM and PM Preschool, Early Intervention
-Meals on Wheels- Home Delivery, Adult Learning Center, Programs at the Bobby Lewis Adult Daycarer programs
-Foster Grandparent programs
-Village of Suffern Chair Yoga Class at 10AM cancelled

    Delays

-Transport of Rockland and Tappan ZEEXPRESS buses are operating, expect delays of about 15 min
-Finkelstein Memorial Library open at 11AM
-Dominican College open at 11AM
-Jawanio day camp transportation two-hour delay
-Camp Venture day programs delayed opening schedule

State Finds Money for Leaky Roof

New York Senator David Carlucci and local officials, including interim Superintendent Deborah Wortham, were at Ramapo High School on Monday, where they looked into complaints that a leaky roof is creating dangerous situations for faculty, staff, and students. Parents and students have frequently complained in the past year that the roof is leaking and the school is facing several similar issues, though voters turned down a $40 million bond last year, that would have helped pay for many of the repairs. Those in opposition to the bond stated until there are regulations on how and where the East Ramapo School Board uses money, they did not want to approve spending. On Monday Carlucci stated that his office has obtained $1 million to fix the leak, but again the district is facing opposition from residents saying it is not a solution but a quick fix.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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