The Indian Point nuclear power plant will close by the year 2021 after the state and the plant’s owner were able to reach a verbal agreement. Reports suggest that the official agreement could be signed at some point in the coming days. The plant’s impending closing has been seen as an environmental victory, however some reports state that the plant’s closing could reduce reliability and increase electric rates. (Source: LoHud)
We have a missing vulnerable adult alert issued Thursday. Authorities are seeking 78-year-old Kenneth Byrne who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. He may be in need of medical attention. Byrne was last seen on Park Lane in Yulan, Sullivan County 1 pm Wednesday. He was driving a 2011 gray Ford Escape with NY registration 612866. There has been some indication that he was in Greenport area of Brooklyn at 3 a.m. Thursday. He may possibly be traveling to Farmingdale. Byrne is a white male, 5’10” inches tall and weighs 180 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes. If you have information contact NYS Police at Liberty: 845-292-6600 or 911. (Source: Pearl River Patch)
Breaking news – Fatal accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway near Jerome Avenue at about 6a.m. 3 fatalities are reported when a vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer on the eastbound side of the expressway. Traffic in both directions is closed. The George Washington Bridge is now stalled. Traffic is being diverted to Tappan Zee Bridge. Drivers should consider alternate routes.
The County Executive Ed Day is reporting this morning that his 2017 Budget was approved last night by the legislature in a vote of 11-6 with Legislators, Carey, Hofstein, Falciglia, Moroney, Santulli, and Tyer all voting in favor of the budget. The Legislature failed to override Day’s vetoes with the necessary 12 votes, or a two-third majority. The budget meets the state-mandated 1.17 percent property tax cap. According to Day most taxpayers will see no increase in their tax bill due to a decrease in sewer fees for residents of Clarkstown, Ramapo and parts of Orangetown. The budget takes effect January 1. Day asks the legislature to “immediately declare the dilapidated Sain Building as surplus, the first step for sale.” There is a buyer that has offered $510,000 over the asking price and they have been waiting almost a year now for the legislature to move forward with the sale. Day says, “I will work with the Legislature to see if we can use some of the proceeds of the sale to fund our “224” non-profits. I challenge the majority to back up their stated commitment to them with action.” If you would like to encourage the legislature to move towards the sale of the Sain Building to support “224” non-profits before they suffer significant damage you can call Chairman Wolfe at 845-638-5100.
Clarkstown has opened warming centers for those residents looking for a place to keep warm over the next few days as extreme cold temperatures are expected to hit Rockland County. Central Nyack, Congers, Pascack, and Street Community Centers are all open to keep you comfortable and safe. Contact your local community center and let them know you are coming. If you are having other issues with cold you can contact Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800. Here are centers in Rockland:
The locations are:
Central Nyack Community Center
58 Waldron Avenue, Central Nyack
Congers Community Center
6 Gilchrest Road, Congers
Pascack Community Center
87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet
Street Community Center
81 Zukor Road, New City
In a statement, the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs has called upon Governor Cuomo and the New York Legislature to enact new laws toughening the penalties for making illegal conversions to existing buildings. This proposal is especially relevant in light of the “Ghost Ship” fire in Oakland that took the lives of 36 people last Friday. According to Joseph Fahd, the President of NYAFC, “While New York may not see warehouses being used to hold illegal parties, we are faced with the problem of one family homes being converted into multi-family homes and commercial facilities being converted to residences without permits. This may sound like a technical violation but, these conversions place residents and firefighters in risk of serious injury or death.” The Fire Chiefs along with members of the Fireman’s Association of the State of NY, the NYS Association of Fire Districts, The NYS Fire Coordinators Association and the NYS Fire Police Association met on December 3rd in Albany and adopted a list of legislative changes they are seeking in the 2017 Session. On of the six items agreed upon by the group, known as the Issues of United Concern, is the need to strengthen the laws governing the illegal conversion of buildings without building permits and oversight from fire and code enforcement officials. The fire service has been advocating for changes since a 2005 fire in New York City on what is known as Black Sunday, claimed the lives of three veteran members of the New York Fire Department. The firefighters were trapped in a building that had been illegally converted into multiple apartments and an illegal wall that had been erected blocked their anticipated means of exit. Jerry DeLuca, Executive Director of the NYSAFC, said, “Throughout the state unscrupulous landlords are converting one family homes into two, three or more units to maximize the rental income.” He added, “the penalties are often viewed as a cost of doing business.” DeLuca said, “Our members want the state of New York to address these issues through legislation, education and enforcement, before we experience a situation like the Ghost Ship.”
Highway 202 is closed from Thiels Mount Ivy Road to Route 45 in Haverstraw – for approximately 6 hours. A car hit a fire hydrant and that has caused a sink hole. According to the Pearl river Patch the closure has caused bad traffic tie ups for the commute. Stop and go between Route 202 and the Palisades Parkway. And in other news if you live in Monsey many items were stolen from cars last night near Herrick, Decatur, and N. Cole. Residents are reminded to lock your cars and take your possessions with you.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) by limiting the appeal window following a judgment. Brandon Muir, Reclaim New York executive director said, “By signing legislation to strengthen the state’s transparency law, Governor Cuomo has taken a step in the right direction, improving transparency for all New Yorkers. Now it’s time to force the State Legislature out from the shadows by making them subject to the Freedom of Information Law that protects our citizens” he added, “There is no way for our state to clean up the widespread corruption that has shattered faith in our government when important entities exempt themselves from citizen oversight.”
If you would like information on the services for Harper Ayva Fried you can call the funeral directors at Hellman Memorial Chapel at: 845-356-8600. If you would like to leave a message in the Memory Book for the family visit this link: http://www.dignitymemorialjewish.com/hellman-memorial-chapels/en-us/index.page
Today is the Great American Smokeout. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commission Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage residents to use the event as the day you commit to quit. Dr. Ruppert encourages smokers to “Take an important step towards a healthier future by choosing this day to go smoke-free. You can more than double your chances of being successful at quitting by using nicotine replacement products, such as the patch, gum or lozenge, along with a behavior change program like the Health Department’s Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program.” Smoker’s can find support at the New York State Smokers’ Quitline: 866-697-8487 to order a free two-week supply of nicotine replacement patches or visit nyssmokefree.com for quitting assistance. The Health Department offers a combination of support, behavior modification, and nicotine replacement products to help you stop. Here at WRCR we wish you great success today in taking control of your health by putting out the cigarette. For more information: rocklandgov.com/departments/health