Former Speaker of the New York Assembly Sheldon Silver, who was arrested in January for alleged extortion, was indicted on those charges on Thursday. Interest in Silver’s financial relationship with outside law firms spurred an investigation into money he was receiving for “referral fees”, on cases, which officials claimed he used his power as speaker to obtain equaling about $4 million for the assemblyman. A grand jury indicted Silver on charges of extortion, mail fraud, and wire fraud for the alleged briberies. Silver’s position of Speaker was passed to Carl Heastie shortly after his arrest, though he remains a member of the assembly. He will be arraigned in court on Tuesday.
According to Ramapo Police a family in Chestnut Ridge all suffered from Carbon Monoxide poisoning in their home on Thursday morning. The nine family members ages ranging from an infant to 42-year old were all taken to Westchester Medical Center after they reported suffering from symptoms caused by the odorless and colorless gas filling their home on Beckett Court. Police stated that it appears the Carbon Monoxide was backed up into the house because of a problem with the furnace and heat. It also seems the home did not have a Carbon Monoxide detector, which officials stated are incredibly important and will detect andy level of the gas in a home. All the family members are expected to be fine after the incident.
According to a recent court decision, the Clarkstown Board of Trustees was not following state law in 2012 when they reassigned a group of mechanics in an attempt to save money by consolidating the care of equipment for the Highway Department, Mini Trans, and police moving them to a separate garage that was under the control of fleet manager Dennis Malone. Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard filed a law suit against the board, claiming that creating the new law to consolidate violated the highway laws put in place by the state, which require that all equipment remain under the care of the superintendent. The judge ordered that the law was not created properly and it gave control over mechanics and equipment to the fleet manager, who doesn’t have to answer to the people, since he is appointed unlike the superintendent who is elected. Officials stated that the mechanics were transferred back to the Highway Department, and until discussion can continue, six remain with the Mini Trans and town garage and are under the supervision of Malone.
According to Clarkstown Police, a vehicle accident on Route 59 in West Nyack on Wednesday resulted in the death of Emmanuel Estriplet, 56 of Central Nyack. Police stated that around 12:30 PM, Estriplet and his passenger, Marie Cherimond were traveling on Route 59 when their 2004 Hummer hit a sign and drove off the road, hitting a snowbank and flipping upside down. Estriplet was pinned beneath the car, and officials reported that he went into cardiac arrest after he was taken from the vehicle and had to be transported to Nyack Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Cherimond was not seriously injured and police are continuing to investigate the crash, which lead to the closure of two Eastbound lanes and heavy traffic for about two hours.
Rockland County representative are pushing for more regulation from New York State when it comes to the East Ramapo School District. Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski announced on Wednesday that he and fellow Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee and Senator David Carlucci have been working to draft legislation that will allow a monitor for the district to veto decisions made by the board. The bill, which has been introduced to the legislature, follows the recommendations stated in the report submitted by the temporary state-appointed fiscal monitor Hank Greenburg and would require an improvement plan be put in place that will measure progress in academic and fiscal stability in the district, as well as an annual report from the appointed monitor. All three officials behind the bill agreed that the students are in need of a district that can be trusted, and the placement of a fiscal monitor will ensure that more programs and funding will be possible in the future. The legislation will now move on to the Education Committee in the Senate and Assembly.
Don’t forget for the month of February you can “Meet Your 4-ever Friend”! Animals 4-years and older are available for adoption this month for just $14! Take advantage and bring a home a new loving member of the family!
Senator David Carlucci will be hosting a Senior Advisory Council meeting today at the Nanuet Library. The meeting is the senator’s first for 2015 and will take place from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and all seniors are welcome to attend.
According to Suffern Treasurer Michael Genito who spoke at a recent village board meeting, the deficit is larger than originally stated by the Comptroller’s Office last year. Genito was appointed in July of 2014 and has since been investigating the reasons behind the village’s shortfalls, reporting at the meeting that the deficit is now closer to $2.5 million rather than the Comptroller’s calculated $1.3 million and much of the problems have been presnt since 2010 when Suffern officials borrowed money on a revenue anticipation note, and the new treasurer blames his predecessor Thomas Zordan’s monthly reports and accounting. The village has yet to find a solution, with the board voting no on Mayor Patricia Abato’s proposal to borrow $1.5 million in short term notes, and Abato shutting down Trustee’s proposals to receive help from the state Financial Restructuring Board. Genito stated that recently approved bank notes will be used only for necessary spending and taxes will most likely go up next year while the village restructures their financial patterns.
Firefighters from the South Spring Valley, Pearl River, Orangeburg, Tallman, Monsey, and Hillcrest departments responded to a call Monday morning to find a house engulfed in flames. Officials reported that just before 8:00 AM reports came in that the refrigerator in the Chestnut Ridge home on Manis Avenue had caught fire and the flames quickly spread to the rest of the house, breaking through the roof of the building. All those in the home were able to get out without injury, though the home was lost to the damage. Firefighters spent a long time battling the flames, due to the freezing temperatures throughout the morning, which often cause problems with hydrants. Investigators are continuing to look into the officials cause of the fire.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived at the Pascack Ridge Community Center in Rockland County on Friday to discuss his state of the state address for 2015. Cuomo began by praising the momentum of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, and a proposed tax credit for households making below $250,000 a year. In response to a question regarding the report submitted by fiscal monitor of the East Ramapo School District Hank Greenburg, Cuomo stated that legislation is expected between the budget deadline of April 1 and the end of the Legislature’s session in June. The proposed bill would increase oversight on the decisions made by the school board, and would be largely based off of Greenburg’s report, which stated that the board acted recklessly when it came to fiscal decisions.