County Executive Ed Day Undergoing Treatment for Prostate Cancer

According to a statement released from the office of the County Executive Ed Day, he is undergoing treatment for a recent diagnosis for prostate cancer. Representatives of his office stated that County Executive Day will be undergoing surgery this morning to fight the early stage of cancer, which is the second common cancer in American men with about one in six men diagnosed in their lifetime. Day stated, “Because of my family history of this disease, I am a firm believer in the importance of early detection.” Day’s father died from prostate cancer and the County Executive went on to urge residents to get regularly checked to ensure that if anything is found, it would be in the earliest stages. The surgery is expected to cure the County Executive, and his office stated that the prognosis is excellent.

Westchester Medical Center Announces Joint Venture with Bon Secours

Westchester Medical Center and Bon Secours Charity Health System announced on Wednesday, a joint venture that was described by officials from the Westchester Hospital as the beginning of a longterm investment in the Hudson Valley, to ensure that residents can obtain high quality medical care as close to home as possible. Mark Nantz, the Executive Vice President of Bon Secours, stated in a recent release that the partnership will allow both parties to provide innovative health care to all residents of the Hudson Valley. Bon Secours Charity Health System is made up of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffer, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, as well as several health programs and agencies. The hospitals and care centers were sponsored by the Sisters of Charity in 2000 and is run by Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic not-for-profit organization. Westchester Medical Center was first founded in 1977, and is an 895 bed center with advanced care and includes the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. No dates have been stated for the official partnership but both parties expressed that the joint venture will allow each of them to build on the existing foundation of Bon Secours to provide the best care.

Luring Incident In Mahwah, Rockland Residents Warned

The Town of Ramapo Police Department released information regarding a luring incident reported by the Mahwah Police Department that occurred in Mahwah, New Jersey on Margaret Court, steps from the New York State border and the neighboring town of Suffern. Monday evening at around 7:30pm, a 9 year-old girl was by herself for a short time when her two friends walked to a different location. She went into her home and upon exiting a few minutes later, she observed a dark sedan parked outside the home. The girl stated that the male inside the vehicle asked if she would like some candy and reached out and grabbed her arm when she said ‘no.’ He left a red mark on her right arm, consistent with the alleged grabbing attempt. The girl ran into her home and reported the description of the suspect to responding officers as, a dark skinned male with a scar on his face and a gold or silver front tooth. Residents who may have additional information on the suspect or the vehicle are asked to call the Mahwah Police at (201) 529-1000 or email tips@mahwahpd.org.

Identity of Sloatsburg Crash Victim Released

Police have released the identity of an Orange County man that was killed in an accident between his pickup truck and a garbage truck on Monday morning. According to officials around 2:40 AM 40-year old Stefan Connolly was driving on Sterling Mine Road in Sloatsburg when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and collided with an Interstate Waste Management truck, destroying the driver’s side of his white pickup truck. Police began investigating at the scene Monday morning, closing the road for several hours in both directions as they reconstructed the accident to determine the cause. Police stated that the driver of the garbage truck was taken for required testing, but there were no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved. Police are still trying to determine what caused Connolly to cross into the opposite lane.

One Dead in Sloatsburg Car Accident

Early Monday morning police responded to an accident in Sloatsburg after a pickup truck collided with a garbage truck, leaving one person dead. At 2:40 AM police and ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident on Sterling Mine Road, which was closed for some time while investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing. Police have not released the cause or the identity of the driver that was killed.

Victim Name Released from Deadly Accident In W. Nyack

Police released the name of the victim killed in Thursday afternoon’s crash on Route 303 in West Nyack as Vincent Careccio, 48, of Pomona. Police responded to a 2:30 p.m. call of an accident between an ambulette and a Brega Transport minibus at the exit of the Palisades Center Mall onto Route 303. The ambulette was struck on its left side as the driver attempted a left turn with the minibus heading southbound on Route 303. The major accident left four others injured, sent to Nyack Hospital for treatment and closed off a portion of Route 303 South until 10 p.m. as authorities investigated the accident. Evidence from the scene indicate the impact of the collision pushed both cars 100 feet from the original crash site. Reportedly, firefighters had to cut both drivers from their vehicles due to the severity of the impact. Police continue to investigate the accident and summonses have not been issued.

Hit And Run Victim Dies, Suspect May Receive Greater Charge

The 47 year-old bicyclist hit late Saturday evening has died from injuries he sustained when 32 year-old Robert Faist of New City allegedly hit him with his Jeep and left the scene of the accident. The victim whose name has not been released, died at Nyack Hospital, admitted in critical condition with head injuries, as well as injuries to his torso and leg. Officers responded to an alleged hit and run at around 2AM on Route 304 in New City, to find the victim the side of the street, suffering from serious injuries and the driver no where to be seen. Using pieces of the car as evidence police tracked down a black Jeep and arrested Faist later that evening for their part in the accident. Police will determine whether to charge Faist with a greater charge, initially receiving a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Interfaith Summit at Rockland Community College

Rockland County officials and religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities met together at an interfaith summit at Rockland County Community College on Wednesday. The two-hour meeting was set up by County Executive Ed Day’s office following rising tensions between religious communities, including the release of a video by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, that compared Rockland to Nazi Germany, and expressed the fear many members of the Jewish Community face living in the county. Residents and local officials reacted strongly to the video, many coming out against it, stating that hateful speech from anyone is unacceptable. Most recently a Holocaust Memorial banner was vandalized at a local temple, and four teens were arrested for throwing eggs and cursing at Jewish residents in New Square. At a small press conference after the summit those who attended stated that the discussion was a good place to start, and they felt listened to while in the room. Day spoke toward the idea that conversations sparked at the meeting will allow communities to work together in the face of hatred and cultural rifts, stating ” When one group is attacked the other will join in to condemn those attacks.”

New NY Bridge Bike/Pedestrian Path Will Not Be Constructed Near Homes

In a Press Release on the New NY Bridge website, New York State Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert Megna declared the location of the much contested bike/pedestrian path will no longer be at the corner of South Broadway and Cornelison Avenue but at Interchange 10 along I-287 away from the residential community. Routine public meetings have been held since last year to inform residents about location scouting and financial costs to construct the path’s terminus, many voicing opposition to building so close to neighboring homes preferring instead the lot at Interchange 10. Contractors had originally cited impractical high costs associated to moving the terminus there. A $250,000 grant by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program for the Village of South Nyack will research designing and developing interchange 10 on I-87/287 to accomodate the 54 parking spaces and amenities required for expected pedestrian traffic due to the new bridge. Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian expressed her approval of the outcome, “This decision is a victory for the residents of South Nyack who voiced their concerns about the impact of the shared-use path on their quality of life and we couldn’t be happier. I’d like to personally thank Governor Cuomo and his entire team for listening to our concerns and taking action on our behalf.” Congresswoman Nita Lowey, County Executive Ed Day along with Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and local town officials all voiced support for the relocation thanking Governor Cuomo and his team for cooperation on state and local levels.

Nadell Receives 23 Years In Prison, Benson, 20 Years In Murder Plot

Diana Nadell, 51, of Cutler Bay, Florida, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on charges of first degree murder and attempted witness tampering in the stabbing death of Peggy Nadell from January of last year. Andrea Benson, 25, of Washington D.C., a hired accomplice to the murder, received 20 years to life for her part the death of Peggy Nadell. In 2014, 80-year old Nadell was stabbed multiple times in her home after which police found her 51-year old daughter-in-law, Diana Nadell, along with Benson to be responsible. Benson had testified in the case that she was paid $10,000 and the two women tricked the older woman into letting them into her house early in the morning on January 25, choking, beating, and stabbing her until she was dead. Nadell was allegedly attempting to gain access to her mother-in-law’s $4 million estate through her husband and was charged with first-degree murder in March of this year. Benson was charged with second-degree murder in June and was portrayed as an abused victim, defense attorney James Crean noting her mother was a crack cocaine addict.

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