According to Clarkstown Police, an officer used a newly released Heroin antidote to a woman to save her life on Tuesday. Police stated that a 50 year old New City resident went into respiratory distress after usually a Fentanyl Patch as pain relief, which is more potent than Heroin or Morphine. Around 4:45 in the Morning, an officer administered Narcan, which was distributed to various New York police departments this summer and is made from the drug Naloxone. The woman was able to start breathing on her own after two doses.
Clarkstown and Rockland County officials are speaking up about Monday’s arrest of legislator Frank Sparaco on accusations that he submitted forged petitions. In the Journal News, Democratic Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner stated that Sparaco should resign from his elected position due to the 40 charges he faces and constituents deserve a legislator who can focus solely on them. Sparaco faces felony charges for false information in petitions as well as falsely claiming he rented a room in his house to two of his cousins to allow them to vote in Clarkstown. Rockland Republican Committee Chairman Lawrence Garvey stated to the Journal News that election reform needs to be implemented now more than ever, and the Republican Party is taking steps to fight corruption. Sparaco was released without bail on Monday and is set to return to court on December 8th.
According to the former Treasurer of Suffern, Thomas Zordan, who retired in late September, the village is refusing to pay his health insurance now that he isn’t working for them. Zordan stated to the Journal News that he believed he would be on the village’s health insurance for free for the rest of his life, and was surprised when it expired on November 1. The 55–year old worked for Suffern for the last ten years and according to a village attorney, Lance Klein who spoke with the Rockland newspaper the interim Treasurer Michael Genito found discrepancies and errors in the financial report. Zordan stated that the village is attempting to find reasons to avoid paying his health insurance and he did nothing wrong. Klein stated that retirees are required to pay an unspecified amount to receive coverage and a forensic accountant will be hired to look into claims of financial errors.
According to reports the District Attorney’s office arrested Rockland County Legislator Frank Sparaco on Monday afternoon on multiple felony counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instruments and first-degree filing a false instrument and misdemeanor misconduct charges. The 38-year old Republican Legislator filed petitions this past summer in an attempt to have his supporters elected to the Clarkstown Republican Committee, in the end losing control of the party to supporters of County of the party to supporters of County Executive Ed Day. According to the District Attorney’s investigation into claims of petition irregularities, they also discovered that Sparaco claimed to be renting a room in his home in Valley Cottage to his cousins, though allegations state that he was falsely doing so to allow the two men to vote in Clarkstown. Sparaco stated during his arraignment that he will be hiring a lawyer and the Judge ordered him to return to court on December 8 and that he be released without bail.
According to the Clarkstown town board and reports from the Journal News, members unanimously voted at their November 5 meeting to pass a resolution that would fight the town of Ramapo’s building between Spring Valley and Nanuet. Owners of the property along North Pascack Road are looking to change the zoning from medium density housing to multifamily housing, which would mean, instead of three homes per acre there would be 12 units per acre, including 190 apartments on 18 acres on 27 on another 3. Members of the Clarkstown Town Board approved the resolution to oppose the zone change, Supervisor Alex Gromack stating that the new complexes would bring about 2,000 residents, causing problems for Clarkstown’s drainage systems, which the board will fight to prevent. A public hearing will be held at Ramapo Town Hall on Wednesday at 8:00 PM where the building sites will be discussed.
An accident in Airmont on Sunday led to slight traffic backup and injured the driver of a Kia Sorento. According to police 21-year old Stony Point resident Amanda Mann was trapped inside her car after she hit a utility pole on Route 59 around 4:48 in the morning. First responders worked to get the woman out of her car, which broke the pole, and took her to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The extent of her injuries was not reported and the cause of the accident was unknown at the time, though an investigation team was working to find out.
Police responded to a call around 4:00 PM Friday after an SUV lost control and crashed into a building. According to officials a Ford Explorer lost control and crashed into another car that was being moved at an autorepair shop on Route 9W in West Haverstraw. The SUV seriously damaged the building and firefighters responded to save the roof from collapsing. There has been no news on the condition of the driver who was taken to Nyack Hospital, and no one inside the garage was injured.
According to Robert Romanowski and Michael Parietti, activists who filed petitions with the state Supreme Court bringing to light possible improprieties with the Ramapo ward referendums, a judge ruled this week that the town needs to file appeals by December 3. The town of Ramapo announced that they would be filing to appeal Justice Margaret Garvey’s decision to throw out the votes from a special election held on September 30, that would decide whether or not town residents would choose representatives based on where they live and change the number of board members from four to six. Garvey ordered a permanent hold be put in place on the votes from the special election and that the official appeal must be filed by December 3.
A Sparrowbush man accused of killing a man, who Ramapo Police were searching for on charges of rape, had his charges dropped by an Orange County Judge on Thursday. Judge Robert Freehill ruled that charges against David Carlson be dropped after he claimed statements made to the Grand Jury could lead to a biased decision. In October 2013 Carlson shot Norris Acosta-Sanchez, who was accused of raping a teenage girl in Ramapo, claiming he was planning to turn Sanchez in to police after discovering the accusations against the Rockland man. According to Carlson’s court statements he was using the weapon to lead Sanchez to his property when the man confronted him about his plan turn him in to police. In his defense Carlson stated that Sanchez lunged at him, leading him to fire out of fear that the man was grabbing for his weapon.
The Legislature met on Thursday night to review County Executive Ed Day’s proposed $772 million budget for 2015. The proposal would cut 111 county employees to save $6.8 million, including 37 within the Sheriff’s Patrol Units. Thursday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting drew hundreds of residents and sheriff’s officers to the county office building in New City to protest the County Executive’s decisions and express their support for Sheriff Lou Falco, who has continuously voiced his disagreement with the cuts. According to Falco the layoffs would be done by seniority, which would disrupt county operations provided by specialized units such as arson, mounted, marine, an street patrols, and the bomb unit. Town Supervisors have worried over the past few weeks that the extra cost of losing Sheriff’s officers would fall on their residents. With Day’s budget proposal property taxes in the county would increase by two percent. Over the last three year taxes have increased by the double-digits, and Day stated that though unfortunate, cuts are necessary to get the county in check by paying $10 million dollars as part of the Deficit Reduction Law passed by the Legislature in 2012.