The Rockland Boulders finished up their away series against Les Quebec Capitales over the weekend. On Friday after an incredibly close game with both teams tied in the ninth inning and the Boulders fighting for the chance to extend the game or break into the lead, Quebec came out on top 4-3. On Saturday the Boulders held the lead with 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Capitales tied up the game. Fortunately the Boulders broke their losing streak, beating the Capitales 2-1. Sadly their luck didn’t last, and on Sunday the Boulders lost the final game to Quebec 3-2. The Boulders continue their travels with a three-game away series against the Ottawa Champions starting tonight at 7:05.
County Executive Ed Day and Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack spoke at the graduation of fourteen Clarkstown Police officers from the newly initiated Crisis Intervention Training on Friday. Joined by Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan and Mental Health Commissioner Michael Leitzes at the Fire Training Center in Pomona, the officials thanked David Carlucci for obtaining a grant that provided funding for assistance of mental health patients in emergency situations. Carlucci stated that the $900,000 in funding allows first responders to use long-term mental health services in the county and de-escalation techniques to reduce arrests as a first resort. In March the County also announced the new Behavioral Health Response Team to respond to emergencies involving people suffering with mental health problems. Officials stated that the Crisis Intervention Training is the first step to ensure safety and long-term assistance for those involved.
According to state officials the New York State Assembly approved the controversial East Ramapo oversight bill on Thursday. In February following a report submitted by a temporary appointed fiscal monitor, Senator David Carlucci, Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee wrote and presented the legislation that would allow a permanent state monitor to veto decisions made by the school board, especially in regards to fiscal matters and friction between residents and officials about public and private school funding. Many Republicans in the state Legislature, as well as the East Ramapo school board have expressed opposition to the bill and fear that it could lead to further restrictions on decision making for officials throughout New York, stating that it takes away power from elected board members. With the bill now approved by the Assembly it will have the chance to move on to Senate, if officials approve a vote. Those in support of the bill are attempting to work with opposition to move forward with the vote, many stating that it looks hopeful, and the oversight is needed to ensure that each student gets a fair education.
On Thursday many leaders and members from Jewish organizations met at the West Side Jewish Center in Manhattan to rally in support of the East Ramapo oversight bill that is waiting to be approved by the Legislature. The rally and news conference was held by the Rockland Clergy for Social Justice, the American Jewish Committee, Reform Jewish Voice of New York and Uri L’ Tzedek and was organized to express to state officials that the bill would ensure that East Ramapo provides an equal and fair education to all students. Supporters of the bill have come out in huge force in recent weeks, as the Legislative session ends on June 17. On Wednesday the state Assembly Education Committee approved the legislation, which can now move on to the Assembly and then the Senate. Those who oppose of the bill stated that it’s main point of a state appointed fiscal monitor who would have the power to veto board decisions takes away the democratic power given to board members through the election process. All of the leaders at Thursday’s press conference agreed that the oversight is the best option for the culturally divided district that has been brought forward so far.
A man accused of attempting to file fraudulent papers in 2013 settled with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office after pleading guilty on Wednesday. Shimon Sontag, the former president of the Rose Ocko Foundation, which provides assisted living housing in Ramapo, plead guilty to charges of third-degree forgery for filing false paperwork with the town, claiming that improvements had been made and construction could begin on the 34 acre of property in order to continue receiving tax exemptions. According to prosecutors in the case the property was tax exempt for years, though no building had been taking place. In Sontag’s deal with the DA’s office he was ordered to repay the town of Ramapo $55,129 for 2013, and he received no jail time.
According to Ramapo Police two men were arrested this week after being accused of breaking into cars in the area last month. Police stated that on May 7, 24-year old Michael Saul of Suffern, and 22-year old Maury Pagen of Airmont allegedly broke into cars in the Bon Aire section of Suffern, and stole a GPS and various other items, including credit cards believed to have been used in purchases in the Ramapo and Mahwah New JErsey areas. Both men were arrested and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stole property, as well as a felony charge of fourth-degree possession of stolen property for Saul. Both were released without bail following their arrests.
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According to Clarkstown police two Spring Valley men were arrested after officers conducted an investigation into stolen material that was taken from a construction site on monday. Officials stated that 33- year old Antonio Antonetti and 31-year old Adolphe Fedler stole parts belonging to Orange and Rockland gas meters around 2 PM and brought them to a scrap metal site in Nanuet to attempt to sell them. Prior to the men’s arrival an officer had decided to stake out the scrap yard where he arrested them on charges of criminal possession of stolen property.
The Rockland County Department of Social Services announced that their plan to crackdown on welfare recipients has been successful. In 2014 the DSS began looking closely at residents who may have been cheating the program, resulting in 291 applicants being removed from the program or prevented from joining. Using the front end detection system the department was able to identify applications before they were approved by registering red flags regarding incomes and household members. According to county executive Ed Day the fraud detection is good for the county, stating “we want people to stop gaming the system or go elsewhere. When the target hardens, they do”. The crackdown saved taxpayers more than 1.4 million dollars since it began in 2014 by lowering the cost the county would have had to pay in food stamps and medicaid benefits as well as recovering 304 thousand dollars from those who cheated the system.
New reports surrounding this morning’s accident on the thruway are coming in and according to police, it was two tractor trailer trucks that collided. Reports state that just before 6 AM a truck pulled over on the side of the road for a flat tire, and the second one struck the stationary vehicle, crashing into the wall of the overpass and bursting into flames. The fire was put out, but started again just after 9 AM, causing more traffic problems for commuters. The fire is now out and officials did not release the condition of the drivers, but did state that they left the scene unharmed. Traffic remains heavy on both the north and south bound sides as well as Route 59.