Energy Conservation Urged During Heatwave

Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging all residents to take precautions against heat related illnesses and limit strenuous outdoor physical activity.  New York State is being asked to consciously use energy as the heat wave is putting extra stress on the power grid. State agencies have been directed to reduce power usage, and you can too, by taking the following actions: Close your drapes, turn off A/C, lights and appliances when not at home. If purchasing an air conditioner look for the Energy Star qualified model that uses 25 percent less energy. Turn on fans and use microwaves when possible (they use 50 percent less energy than conventional stoves). And take note of water usage. All of Rockland is still on mandatory water restrictions for watering lawns. Go to Rockland.gov for more information.

Yonkers man recovering from face slash

According to news 12 Hudson Valley, a man was slashed in the face in Yonkers New York overnight. Police are currently searching for his attacker. After arriving at the area of New School Street and Palisade Avenue at about 10:15 p.m.,Yonkers police swarmed the area. During their search, they discovered a sidewalk covered in blood and a man on the ground, trying to stop the bleeding on his face. The victim was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, and police say his injuries were not life threatening.

Hit and Run driver released on $10,000 Bail

According to News 12 Hudson Valley,A pedestrian, Luis DeJesus,33, of New Windsor is dead after being struck by a intoxicated hit-and-run driver in Orange County Monday evening, according to authorities. The hit-and-run occurred around yesterday at 6:30 p.m. on Route 300, just east of the New Windsor Cantonment State Park.First responders found DeJesus unconscious by the side of the road. He was found holding shopping bags. DeJesus was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. According to Police the driver, Michael Rule, 33, of Pine Bush, fled the scene, but was later captured in Newburgh.They say Rule was spotted by another driver a few miles away. New Windsor Police Chief Rick Hovey stated “He actually observed the vehicle drive by at a high rate of speed with substantial damage to the front of the vehicle.” Rule is being charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and driving while intoxicated. He has been released on $10,000 bail.

Two Rockland Men Accused of Bank Theft

After allegedly committing bank heists and mail fraud schemes that county prosecutors say netted $250,000, two Rockland men were indicted Thursday. Fabrice Stinfil, of 5 George St. in Spring Valley, face Grand Larceny and Criminal Facilitation charges.His partner, Lawrence Lazard, of 229 Route 202 in Haverstraw was charged in Rockland County Court,Thursday, with three counts of Grand Larceny and 25 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. According to Lohud, 14 financial institutions in Rockland including Sterling National Bank, First Niagara Bank and Capital One Bank were impacted by the scam, losing over $300,000 according to prosecutors. According to the charges, Lazard deposited altered United States Postal Service Money Orders into bank accounts and then withdrew the money prior to the fraud being detected by the banks or the USPS. Lazard photocopied larger dollar amounts onto the money orders. He also used debit/ATM cards and PINs associated other individuals’ bank accounts to deposit the altered USPS Money Orders into the bank accounts of those individuals via an ATM.If convicted, Lazard could serve up to 15 years in state prison. Stinfil, 21, could serve up to 4 years in state prison, if convicted.

Illegal prostitution Case in Montrose Spa

According to Lohud News, CORTLANDT – Police have accused two women of prostitution while working at an illegal spa in Montrose. Brooklyn residents Gaukhar Jetbayeva and Olena Stepaniuk were arrested Friday by state police after an undercover investigation into a spa at 2153 Albany Post Road. Both Gaukbar and Olen were acused of giving unlicensed massages and sexual favors in exchange for money. Both women are being charged with unauthorized practice of a profession, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of prostitution and second-degree criminal nuisance. According to Lohud news, they were arraigned in Cortland Town Court and released from the Westchester County jail on $7,500 bail. They are due back in court this morning.

Larchmont Cop injured in Car Chase

According to Lohud news, a Larchmont police officer was taken to Westchester Medical Center, after suffering minor injuries in a car chase. The police officers car struck a stone wall. According to Lohud The Larchmont cruiser slammed into the barrier around the Cherry Lawn Farm parking garage at Weaver Street and Quaker Ridge Road, sending debris as far as 15 feet from the impact area. According to authorities The suspect’s car was a white BMW, and was stolen in New York City. The car has yet to be attained

Nyack school Fountains Being tested

Five sinks were shut off in Nyack after testing revealed levels ” slightly above” the safe water standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to Louhud news Superintendent James Montesano sent an email Friday afternoon updating the school community on the district’s ongoing effort with Rockland BOCES Health and Safety to conduct water tests. All drinking fountains and sinks in kitchens, classrooms or ones “known to be used for water consumption” were tested, for a total of 201 samples drawn throughout the district, he said. According to the superintendent 97 percent of our samples were within the 20 parts per billion EPA standard,”

A Battle for Fire Inspections at Private Schools

The battle for fire inspections at certain private schools continues this morning. Rockland County fire inspectors began Friday and will be back at work this morning, inspecting 49 private schools that either failed to comply with regulations or were given questionable grades, according Rockland County Executive Ed Day. The inspectors are looking at 26 schools that have not filed safety reports despite being asked repeatedly to do so. The state has also requested re-inspection of 23 schools that had been improperly inspected. According to Day, “we have a core team of four inspectors making sure these buildings are safe. They are working in conjunction with town fire inspectors in some cases.” All the inspectors are current or former fire chiefs and all are state certified. There has been recent controversy from an organization representing themselves as the School Religious Freedom Coalition an association of schools in Rockland County concerned about religious civil rights and safety of all children in school. The coalition sent a letter to New York State Department of Education Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia through their attorney, David Lynch, requesting a meeting in regards to the county’s approach to the inspections. They seek a formal plan approved both by the county and school administrators. If a formal agreement is not reached they have threatened to sue the county. On Thursday, there was a standoff between certain private schools denying access to inspect until the county contacted their attorney. Lynch told the Journal News, “My argument is the county is not entitled under the statutes to conduct inspections without permission to enter.” Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski has written to Commissioner Elia asking her to stand firm in the position that she legally deputized the county to conduct inspections. Rockland County Attorney Thomas Humbach informed Lynch in a letter that 16 inspections are scheduled for today. Lynch told The Journal News, “Sending a letter near the close of business on Friday for inspections on a Monday is unreasonable.” Day told WRCR this morning, “If any school administrator prevents or otherwise interferes with this state sanctioned effort, it is the intention of the administration to apply to the courts for warrants to gain entry.

Attorney, Wendy Long Challenges Schumer’s 4th Term Bid

WHILE SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER IS FAVORED TO WIN A FOURTH TERM, WENDY LONG, REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY WILL MOST LIKELY BE SCHUMER’S STRONGEST CHALLENGER IN THE NOVEMBER RACE FOR THE SENATE SEAT. ON MONDAY THE NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE ENDORSED SCHUMER. IN 2012, WENDY LONG LOST HER CAMPAIGN FOR SENATE TO KRISTIN GILLIBRAND. THE PRESENT SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, SENATOR, HARRY REID, IS SCHEDULED TO RETIRE. IF SCHUMER IS RE-ELECTED HE WILL REPLACE REID AS SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER IN 2017 WHEN REID’S TERM ENDS. SCHUMER STATED HIS NO. 1 ISSUE WILL BE “THE DECLINE OF MIDDLE CLASS INCOMES”.

Actor, George Kennedy, Dies at 91

THE OSCAR AWARD-WINNING CHARACTER ACTOR, GEORGE KENNEDY HAS DIED AT AGE 91. ACCORDING TO HIS FAMILY KENNEDY DIED SUNDAY IN BOISE, IDAHO. KNOWN FOR HIS PORTRAYALS OF BLUE-COLLAR MEN, COPS, AND SOLDIERS KENNEDY WILL BEST BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ROLE IN “AIRPORT” “NAKED GUN” AND “COOL HAND LUKE” OPPOSITE PAUL NEWMAN. KENNEDY SERVED IN WW2 AND SERVED FOR OVER 16 YEARS IN THE U.S. ARMY (MANY OF THOSE YEARS WITH ARMED FORCES RADIO).

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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