Spring Valley Trustee Arrested, Charged with Corruption

Spring Valley trustee Vilair Fonvil was arrested and charged with corruption. Rockland’s D.A. Thomas Zugibe said Fonvil and co-conspirator Jermika Depas face Money Laundering, Grand Larceny and other charges in a scheme that was supposed to pay for kids’ transportation to summer camp. The charges stem from a lengthy probe by the D-A’s Public Corruption Task Force, which includes members of federal and local law enforcement agencies. Fonvil and Depas both pleaded not guilty. Defense attorney, former Rockland D. A. Kenneth Gribetz, said Fonvil won’t be stepping down from his trustee position and is running for mayor. Both are due back in court on June 27th. Each faces up to ten years in state prison if convicted.

Day 3: St. Lawrence Trial

The Chris St. Lawrence fraud and corruption trial continued Tuesday in U.S. District Court in White Plains with the underwriter of the $25 million stadium bond still on the stand. Published reports said Jefferies LLC managing director Ned Flynn wrapped up his testimony, then attorney Thomas Myers, who worked with the Ramapo Land Development Corporation on the stadium bond, took the stand. Both reportedly explained that the Ramapo Supervisor was the one they primarily dealt with and he was their main contact for estimated financial information about the town. St. Lawrence is charged in a 22-count federal indictment with wire and securities fraud, and conspiracy. Meyers will be under cross-examination when the case resumes today.

Hearing for Suspended Clarkstown Police Chief

With about two dozen charges hanging over his head ranging from insubordination to improper surveillance operations, suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan returned to court yesterday for a disciplinary hearing to answer the accusations leveled against him by town supervisor George Hoehmann. A special prosecutor reportedly questioned Sullivan over various emails. Sullivan has called the charges a witch-hunt orchestrated by the supervisor, and Sullivan has launched his own campaign for the supervisor’s job. The hearing is expected to continue on Thursday.

Haverstraw Man Still Missing

Haverstraw Police are still looking for a 61-year-old Haverstraw man. Juan Figueroa was last seen on April 14th at the Green Hills Home for Adults on Route 9W. If you have seen him or have information on his whereabouts contact Haverstraw Police at 845-354-1500.

Reps Discuss Kindergarten for State

While there is a handful of school districts across the state, including North Rockland, that do not have full- or half-day kindergarten for four and five year-olds, two local state representatives are hoping to make it easier for those districts to get it. Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and State Senator David Carlucci were on the Morning Show yesterday. Zebrowski said while the Governor is already pushing for three year-olds to be in pre-K, there’s still some work to be done first…

Audio Clip: Ken Zebrowski      

Carlucci said while Kindergarten is not mandated in the state, he believes kids that do not have a structured education by the time they are five years-old could find themselves lagging behind their peers…

Audio Clip: David Carlucci      

Carlucci has a bill pending in the Senate and Zebrowski has one in the Assembly that attempt to establish full-day Kindergarten for the state.

Chris St. Lawrence Trial Update

The Chris St. Lawrence fraud and corruption trial continued in U.S. District Court in White Plains with an underwriter on the $25 million stadium bond continuing his testimony yesterday. Published reports said Jefferies LLC managing director Ned Flynn testified about town financial issues and concerns over whether funds were phony or not and the 2013 FBI raid on Ramapo’s offices. Flynn’s testimony continues today. Ramapo’s Supervisor is charged in a 22-count federal indictment with wire and securities fraud, and conspiracy.

Road Resurfacing in Rockland County

You may notice more roads in your town being resurfaced and repaired in the near future. Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann was on the Morning Show yesterday, and said about ten percent of the town’s nearly 300 miles of roads will be redone this year…

Audio clip: George Hoehmann  

Hoehmann said the town is looking into different methods of road repair as a way to save money and get to more roads three times faster than could be previously accomplished.

Haverstraw: Missing Person Alert

A 61-year-old Haverstraw man is the subject of a Missing Person Alert put out by the Town of Haverstraw Police Department yesterday afternoon. Police say Juan Figueroa (pictured below)  was last seen on April 14th at the Green Hills Home for Adults on Route 9W. If you have seen him or have information on his whereabouts contact Haverstraw Police at 845-354-1500.

Photo courtesy: Haverstraw Police

Rockland County to Offer Free Narcan Training

Rockland County is offering free Narcan training and a Narcan rescue kit to anyone over the age of 18. The county is holding a free training session from 10 to noon this Saturday at the Legislative Chambers in New City. County Executive Ed Day says heroin and other drugs “are stealing too many young people.” He added the free Narcan training is one response to a “complicated issue that requires action on many fronts” in order to save lives. The County Medical Examiner said in 2015 there were 25 opioid-related deaths and last year there were 37. To register for the free training session, click here.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemorated

A number of events around the county commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day yesterday. Congresswoman Nita Lowey honored the lives lost and said “the deeply troubling surge of anti-Semitic hatred and violence in recent months cannot be ignored.”

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.