The Chris St. Lawrence fraud and corruption trial continues today in U.S. District Court in White Plains. Opening arguments from the defense and prosecution began last Thursday and the first witness has taken the stand. Ramapo’s Supervisor is charged in a 22-count federal indictment with wire and securities fraud, and conspiracy.
Meanwhile the ballpark that’s at the center of the supervisor’s court case may still get a hotel as a new neighbor. St. Lawrence was on the Morning Show last Friday and said the company looking at the property across from Palisades Credit Union Ballpark off Route 45 and Pomona Road isn’t looking to build another Hilton the size of the one in Pearl River, it’ll be smaller than that…
Chris St. Lawrence audio clip
St. Lawrence said in addition to the hotel, the project could include an outdoor shopping mall and walking trails.
Nearly seven million dollars in Medicaid fraud has been saved thanks in part to an aggressive county program run through the Rockland Department of Social Service’s Special Investigations unit. That’s according to County Executive Ed Day, who spoke about the issue during his Friday segment on the Morning Show. Day said the unit has, over his first three years in office, identified numerous cases of people receiving benefits when they did not meet income-eligibility guidelines…
Audio clip #1: Ed Day
Day is also working with county executive across New York to get the state to change its policy of requiring counties to pay for Medicaid. Meanwhile, Day expressed frustration that CSX, the train operator that got into an accident earlier this month in Haverstraw that could have been a disaster, continues to drag its feet on implementing safety precautions that he and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer have suggested…
Audio clip #1: Ed Day
Day said right now there is no timetable for CSX to make any of their suggested safety adjustments.
Some tense moments in Mahwah Saturday night. Police say they were able to subdue an armed 66-year-old Mahwah man out to commit “suicide by cop.” That’s according to the Daily Voice, which reported that the man’s daughter had notified police he was going to kill himself. The Bergen County SWAT Team was called in as township police evacuated nearby homes. The man emerged from his house and police say he began making gestures towards the officers, yelling for them to shoot him. Police tackled him, taking him into custody after he refused to comply with their instructions. He was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment and weapons from inside the home were seized.
The New York state Parole Board denied Judith Clark’s bid for parole on Friday even after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with Clark in prison and made the decision to commute her sentence.
Clark has served 35 years of a maximum 75-year sentence for her role in the 1981 robbery.
Various published reports say a 3-year-old Spring Valley boy was attacked by a pit bull yesterday. The dog reportedly bit the child in the face and neck areas, according to the Spring Valley Police. the incident was captured on a security video camera from across the street. When Spring Valley Police arrived on scene at North Cole Avenue around 6 p.m., the child was being attended to by an Hatzolah ambulance crew and there was no sign of the dog, said Chief Paul Modica. There is no word on the status of the child’s injuries.
Opening arguments from the defense and prosecution began in the Chris St. Lawrence fraud and corruption trial yesterday in U.S. District Court in White Plains, where the jury does not feature a single juror from Rockland County. The Journal News reported the defense attorney told the jury St. Lawrence is a victim of politics who should not be held accountable for actions that were approved by town auditors and passed by the town board. The prosecutor, the Journal News reported, called St. Lawrence a politician who orchestrated an agenda-driven scheme to build a baseball stadium, no matter what. Ramapo’s Supervisor is charged in a 22-count federal indictment with wire and securities fraud, and conspiracy. Court is not in session today, the case resumes Monday with Jefferies LLC managing director Ned Flynn on the stand. Jefferies was the underwriter for a $25 million bond for the baseball stadium.
The status of the Sain Building in New City is still to be determined, but it could come up for a vote in the Legislature soon. That’s according to one Rockland County legislator, who says parking and other issues are still undecided. Jay Hood says he’s all for selling the building, and the issue will before the budget and finance committee next week, with a vote on its status could come in the next week or two…
Audio clip: Jay Hood
The Sain building has been at the center of a political tug-of-war between the county executive and the legislature for about a year-and-a-half.
Stony Point is getting a new dog park, thanks to a new grant and local donations. The grand opening of “Patriot Paws” at Veterans Memorial Park on Turkey Hollow Road is Sunday at 1pm. The park is divided into two sections, one for small dogs and another for large dogs. Supervisor Jim Monaghan said an annual pass for the park costs $15 for town residents and $30 for out-of-towners…
Audio clip: Jim Monaghan
For more information visit www.TownOfStonyPoint.org.
Rockland County’s “Trash Angel” has been honored with a “serviceberry” tree at Kennedy-Dells County Park. Suffern’s John LaPlaca received this year’s County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award for spending the last quarter-century cleaning up around the county. For each of the last 19 years, he has collected 1,000 bags of trash from Rockland’s roadways and parks.