Traffic on the New York State Thruway is at a standstill this morning due to an accident involving a tractor-trailer. According to officials around 6:40 AM a truck heading north on the Tappan Zee Bridge collided head on the car. Police stated that the driver of the car suffered minor injuries. With no reports on the condition of the truck driver. Cleanup resulted in the closure of all Northbound lanes, as of 8:20 AM all lanes were reopened and are moving slowly, and traffic on side roads and exits was reported as slow.
All Rockland school districts are closed
St. Thomas Aquinas College closed
Dominican College closed
Rockland Community College closed
St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Learning Center in Blauvelt closed
Camp Venture Day Programs closed
Stony Point Senior Club 1 meeting cancelled
Clarkstown Senior Show Rehearsals cancelled
Finkelstein Memorial Library closed
Rockland County Department of Health Clinics closed including Pomona and Spring Valley and WIK Sites in New Square and Spring Valley- you can call a site to reschedule if needed. The department will remain open for staff.
Transport of Rockland and Tappan Zee Express buses will attempt service at 1:00 PM, weather permitting
TRIPS Buses are suspended
Clarkstown Minitrams will begin services at 8:40 AM
Jawanio is cancelled today and staff with transportation issues should call their supervisors
Rockland Independent Living Center closed today, the food pantry scheduled for today will take place tomorrow from 12-3
The Village New Hempstead will be closed today and the Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM
According to officials for Orange and Rockland Utilities, they have filed a lawsuit against contractors responsible for an explosion in West Haverstraw in 2012. The law suit states that Fidel and Christian Padilla and their crews were installing Verizon FIOS cable lines on Zariello Lane in West Haverstraw when they hit and ruptured a gas line, leading to an explosion that injured four emergency responders. O&R is suing the contractors for damages, and are a part of a suit by seven individuals against the utility company and Verizon. O&R is accusing the Padillas of violations of public service laws and negligence in the explosion, which caused about $1.4 million in damages.
According to a spokesperson for the FBI, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was arrested at 8:00 Tuesday morning on accusations of corruption. Serving as Speaker since 1994, Silver was faced with charges after a federal investigation began in 2014, when Governor Cuomo disbanded the Moreland Commission, an anti-corruption task force. The FBI and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara are heading the investigation and have continued looking into the income of state officials over the past year, leading to the claims that Silver has received payments from the Manhattan lawfirm Goldberg and Iryami for nearly ten years, without listing the work that he may have done for clients, as well as failing to list the payments on required forms. Silver and his attorneys have declined to comment on the case at this time.
Residents Spring Valley have filed a suit with the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court against Mayor Demeza Delhomme in an attempt to have him removed from office. The suit, filed by Tommy Booth, Heyward Reed, and Yvette Teal Tynes, claims misconduct against Delhomme, including allegations of hiring and firing employees without following proper laws, harassment of village officials, religious discrimination, and using village funding for personal expenses. Attorney William Gerard, who is representing the three residents, held a press conference on Monday, where he stated that he is financing the law suit. Delhomme had no comments on the case, and it is unclear who will be representing him, as Village Attorney Jerrold Miles resigned in december, stating that the dysfunction between the village board, mayor, and residents was too much to take on in his position. Delhomme must respond to court by February 9.
According to the financial group, Moody’s Investment Services, they recently withdrew ratings for 25 municipalities in New York state due to a policy set in place in 2013. The policy from Moody’s requires that towns and other municipalities must have an annual audit completed or verified by a consultant outside of the state. Officials for Airmont stated that private consultants cost about $20,000 and the village chose to save money to keep below the tax cap. The village’s rating was released as an upper-medium grade, but without a 2013 independent audit, the rating has been withdrawn.
According to Clarkstown Police a credit card skimming device was found on a Citibank ATM at the 7-Eleven on Route 59 in Nanuet on Thursday. Police stated that they received a call from a man claiming the ATM’s card slot seemed tighter, leading officers to check the machine. While searching they found a tiny camera placed so that it was viewing the PIN key pad, and a skimming device, which was used to steal user’s information from the card’s magnetic strip. Police stated that they removed both devices and urge anyone who used the ATM to call their bank and check if their accounts were compromised while they continue to investigate surveillance footage from the scene to find the thief.
Around 5:00 on Wednesday night firefighters responded to a house fire in Haverstraw. According to officials the flames had started on a mattress on the second floor of the multi-family home and took about twenty minutes for volunteers to put out completely. The fire, which destroyed the apartment building, displaced fifteen residents, though no one was reported injured, and the Redcross will be assisting the thirteen adults and two children. Investigators are looking into the possibility that a candle may have sparked the flames, though arson investigators were also inspecting the scene. Also on Wednesday night firefighters in Nanuet responded to a fire at an auto shop. Officials stated that the small amount of flames started by a fault in equipment within the garage and they were able to be put out quickly.
According to an annual report released by the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors on Monday, the Hudson Valley housing market is on the upswing. In the report it’s stated that the cost of a single-family home in Rockland County has risen by 3.4 percent, at an average cost of $400,000, and it was the best selling year since 2008. According to the group, in 2014 more than 14,000 homes were sold in Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, and Orange Counties, with all areas’ percentage of sales increasing in the last four years, except for Orange, which saw a decrease of .8 percent. The rise in the housing market has led experts to believe that the coming years will continue to show an increase in sales.
On Tuesday the Legislature held their annual reorganization meeting, conducting elections for positions on the board. Aaron Weider was reappointed as majority leader, with Toney Earl as Deputy Majority Leader and Chris Carey was reelected as Minority Leader. New Legislator Lon Hofstein was appointed as Deputy Minority Leader. Alden Wolfe was reelected as Chairman of the Legislature, stating that the successes of 2014 include opposing United Water’s Desalination plant and the budget approval, which saved jobs and put public safety first, as well as voters passing the charter reform. According to Wolfe 2015 will focus on the economy and CSX train safety regulations, and concerns of food shortages in the county.