Former Spring Valley Mayor Sentenced to Prison Time

A former Rockland politician was sentenced on Friday on charges of wire fraud and extortion. Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin was arrested in 2013 for accepting a $5,000 bribe in exchange for political favors from a business man who was working as an informant with the FBI. In April Jasmin was found guilty of those charges, and on Friday was sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to four years in prison, which will begin on November 2. She was also charged a fine of $20,000. Judge Colleen McMahon stated that the prosecution’s requested ten years in prison was excessive, but prison time was necessary for the crimes committed.

Repaving in Rockland County

Crews will be repaving Western Highway in Blauvelt. From Mountain View to Erie Street the Southbound lanes will be closed today.

Repaving in Rockland

Crews in Rockland will be repaving Townline Road in Nanuet today. From Middletown Road to Ehrhardt Road the Westbound lane will remain closed.

Rockland Repaving

Crews in Rockland County will be repaving Congers Road from the reservoir to Kings Highway.

Suffern Bonds Approved to Reduce Deficit

According to officials for the Rockland County Village of Suffern, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed off on the approval of bonds. Treasurer Michael Genito stated that the loan will allow the village to pay off a $5 million deficit over the course of ten years. Before they are able to issue the millions of dollars in serial bonds, the 2014 and 2015 audits must be completed. Village officials are working on a new fiscal plan that would require them to send quarterly financial reports to the state Comptroller’s office. According to information compiled in the Journal News residents recently received a 16% property tax increase as well as a 4.5% in sewer charges and 5% in water charges. Genito stated to the news paper that the village will likely have to issue a bond anticipation note to begin lowering the deficit now.

New York State Medical Marijuana Sites Announced

New York state officials have released the companies approved for the sale and growth of medical marijuana. According to the state Department of Health, the Hudson Valley has three of these locations. The five companies awarded permits statewide are Bloomfield Industries, Columbia Care NY LLC, Empire Health in White Plains. Orange County officials stated they are excited for the possibility of job creation, and proponents of the Compassionate Care Act that was signed by Governor Cuomo last year, are looking forward to the availability of marijuana to those with health issues such as epilepsy and cancer. The locations could be up and running by the end of the year.

Rockland Town Receives Bond Downgrade

Standard and Poor’s released a report this month, in which they detailed a Rockland County town’s financial standing. According to analysts at S&P Clarkstown has two years to improve their rating before it is too late to fix. The report lowered Clarkstown’s bond rating AAA to an AA+, but continues to hold a stable outlook, officials stating the reason is the expected improvement and the town’s upcoming move to issue $9.8 million in public improvement bonds. The outlook could get worse, however, if the town doesn’t begin to make changes regarding the deficit in the budget. Town Councilman George Hoeman, who is challenging incumbent Alex Gromack in the election for Supervisor stated that the rating downgrade should be taken as a warning for the town and is a direct result of failed fiscal policies. Gromack stated that the lower rating is still one of the highest in New York, and past budgets have all been unanimously approved by the town board.

East Ramapo Board Meeting Cancelled

As tensions grow between residents and the board in the East Ramapo School District, nearly 200 people arrived at the school board’s meeting on Tuesday night, a majority there to continue pushing for the resignation of Superintendent Joel Klein. At the time the meeting was set to begin, only four members of the board had arrived, leading to the anticipated meeting being cancelled. According to officials at least five members are needed to hold a meeting. Board President Yehuda Weissmandl apologized on Wednesday and stated that several members contacted the clerk last minute informing they could not attend. Seating was increased for the rise in attendees, though Weissmandl stated that the district is working to arrange holding the meetings in the gymnasium to accommodate everyone. Parents and activists have been protesting for months, at the meetings as well as at Klein’s home, after he made comments many found disrespectful toward the large Hispanic population in the Rockland district, which he has since apologized for.

Air Quality Health Advisory Heat Issued

Orange and Rockland has issued a Heat Watch Advisory for the area today, as the high temperatures and heavy humidity continues. The company recommends that people be as conservative as possible with their energy consumption today, to help prevent heat related issues. Rockland County government officials issued an Air Quality Health Advisory as well, and recommended that residents remain indoors as often as possible and limit strenuous physical activity while outdoors.

Cuomo Announces Airport Upgrades

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that upgrades will be made to multiple airports in the area. At a press conference Cuomo stated that LaGuardia Airport would be completely redesigned and rebuilt, allowing for an upgraded system that will expand the cramped, inefficient terminals there currently. The plan was presented after Vice President Joe Biden criticized the dated airport last year and worked with the governor’s office to come up with a solution. Work will begin next year, with private funding providing half of the $4 billion needed, including Delta Air Lines who is a partner in the terminal. Cuomo also announced that Republic Airport on Long Island and Stewart Airport in New Windsor have been approved for Start Up New York, which will allow them to act as start up businesses tax free for ten years. John F. Kennedy Airport will also have one of its existing buildings turned into a hotel. According to Cuomo and Biden the unified terminal at LaGuardia will create jobs and provide the airport with much needed room for concessions and security screenings.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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