According to Ramapo Town Attorney Michael Klein a state Judge ruled that a religious school that was illegally housing students in a single family home be shut down. Judge Margaret Garvey stated Friday that the Congregation Lizensk violated several building codes, including having a dormitory, cafeteria, worship rooms, and classrooms, and was operating the school on Carlton Road with about twenty students residing there in January, despite a certificate of occupancy as a single- family home. Klein stated that if the congregation refuses to vacate the building they will be charged with contempt of court.
Parents, teachers, and lawmakers met Thursday to share their thoughts on the upcoming Common Core changes that will affect students throughout New York. Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, and Assemblyman James Skoufis met Thursday at Rockland Community College along with over seventy people to discuss the approach to education that requires students to go through testing and standard comparison between their peers. Lawmakers have proposed a two- year delay on the Common Core testing program and a one- year delay on the beginning of InBloom, a statewide data site where New York students information can be shared and viewed. Mary Neils, a teacher in East Ramapo and a representative of the Central Hudson Region PTA stated that the delays are a good start but students should not have to suffer from these changes and lawmakers should go further to stop Common Core since it does little to support children with special education needs, such as ESL and learning disabilities. The Legislators told attendees that they will take their concerns to the Governor an a Board of Regents Committee is discussing the feedback received from different states participating.
The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Monsey car dealership after discovering a car parked at Rockland Community College with an outdated Vermont license plate. The car led to Leaseland Auto Leasing on Route 59 in Monsey and its owner Yoel Goldberg, 47 of Spring Valley. Goldberg was arrested after officers searched the dealership and found a copy of the forged Vermont license plate that they had assigned to the car. The man was arraigned in Ramapo Town Court and released on $450 bail after he was charged with second- degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. According to Sheriff Louis Falco the office is working with State Police to further investigate.
- CLOSINGS AND DELAYS – Updated 1:00pm
-Lafayette Theater 7:15pm show cancelled
-St. Aedan, Pearl River – closed
-Rockland Community College
-Dominican College Day & Evening Classes
-Defensive Driving Class, Finkelstein Library rescheduled 3/19&20
-Clarkstown Central School District
-Ramapo Central School District closed
-South Orangetown School District closed
-Pearl River School District closed
-Nyack Public Schools closed
-East Ramapo School District closed
-Nanuet School District closed
-North Rockland School District closed
-Rockland County Department of Health clinics are closed, staff must report
-Rockland BOSCES cancelled today
-A Starting Place Pearl River closed
-TOR buses 45 minute delays Tappan Zee Xpress on an hour delay, Spring Valley Transit Station closed
-TRIPS buses are suspended until after 9:00 AM
-Robin Hill Nursery Suffern closed
-St. Catherines Early Childhood Center closed
-Foster Grandparent Program cancelled
-Suffern Senior Meeting cancelled
-Camp Venture Day Programs cancelled
-Dominican College day classes cancelled
-Rockland Community College day & Evening classes cancelled
-Jawanio all programs and Health Centers are closed, all staff are on a 3 hour delay. Check for further updates.
-New City Library closed
-Both offices for Rockland Independent Living Center are closed
-St. Anthony’s Nanuet Senior Meeting cancelled
-Airmont Village Hall closed
-VA Hudson Valley Health Care Systems Community Based Outpatient Clinics closed
-Upper Nyack Senior Club meeting cancelled
-Finklestein Library open at 1:00 PM
-Meals on Wheels home delivery, senior center programs, Bobby Lewis adult daycare, adult learning center programs closed, offices open at 11:00 AM
Rockland County Executive Ed Day will give his first state of the county address today. Meeting with the Legislature, Day’s speech will focus on the financial status of the county, the deficit was just certified by New York State Comptroller, Thomas Dinapoli, as 125.6 million dollars, and his plans to solve the fiscal crisis. Day stated that he will discuss three points, restructuring county level government, getting the economy working for everyone again, and preserving the county. Also today the Legislature will be voting to authorize the 96 million dollar bond that the state government will be lending to go towards a piece of the deficit. Legislator Joe Meyers stated that he hopes Day will talk about other topics from his campaign as well as the fiscal crisis, such as Patrick Farms in Ramapo, the chicken slaughterhouse in New Square, and the threat of overdevelopment within the county. For those who cannot make the meeting the speech will be aired live by News 12 at 7:02 tonight.
- CLOSINGS AND DELAYS – Updated 1:30pm
-Finkelstein Library, Spring Valley – Closed
-St. Aiden, Pearl River all classes & Confirmation mtg. canceled
-A Starting Place Pearl River closed
-Dominican College closed all day
-Rockland Community College Closed
-East Ramapo closed
-Pearl River closed
-South Orangetown closed
-North Rockland closed
-St. Catherine’s Early Education Center closed
-Robin Hill Nursery School closed
-Jawanio EI, Dayhab Programs closed, the Pros Program and Health Center are open no transportation all staff must report
-Meals on Wheels all programs and centers are closed and administrative offices are closed
-TRIPS buses are delayed, first pickup will be after 10:00 AM
-Haverstraw Senior Meeting cancelled
-Suffern Seniors arts and crafts classes cancelled
-Foster Grandparents cancelled
-Finkelstein Memorial Library will open at 12:00 PM
-New City 3 Seniors meeting cancelled
-West Nyack 1 Seniors meeting ccncelled
-Nanuet 2 Senior group meeting cancelled
-Rockland County Community College Senior Book Club cancelled
-Rockland Independent Living Center is closed
-All Rockland Health Department Clinics are open except for WICs Clinic at Nyack Center
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office former Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret could face seven to nine years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to Federal charges of mail fraud and extortion. Desmaret admitted to taking $10,500 from a real estate developer undercover for the FBI, and was caught on camera and audio surveillance discussing the bribe, which he took in exchange of his support of a kosher catering hall to be built in the village. Former mayor Noramie Jasmin is also under investigation and is accused of asking for fifty percent of the business in exchanges for her support for the same catering hall. According to her attorney they will be fighting the wire fraud and extortion charges against her. Desmaret’s lawyer Kenneth Gribetz stated that his client was remorseful about his role in the bribe and he will be requesting a lesser sentence. Desmaret will be sentenced on May 22 by Judge Kenneth Karas.
Westchester Police are working with the Ramapo Police Department to investigate the death of a young Chestnut Ridge boy, who was admitted to Nyack Hospital for a stomach virus and was transferred to Westchester Medical Center where he died on January 16. The Westchester District Attorney’s office stated that the Medical Examiner completed an autopsy and they are waiting for toxicology reports, though as of now there are no physical signs of foul play. According to matt Uppenbrink, the Assistant Administrator of the Fellowship Community where five- year old Garnett Spears was living for the past year with his mother, 26- year old Lacey Spears who worked with the seniors there, the boy was lively but suffered from chronic dietary and ear problems. Police have no potential suspects, but according to the child’s aunt it is procedural for police to investigate these situations and her sister is a loving mother whose son was quote, “Her whole life.” End quote.
According to Rockland County Executive Ed Day the county received a letter from the New York State Comptroller’s office on Monday stating that the deficit has been certified as 125.6 million dollars. This means that the county is able to begin the process of decreasing the deficit, through the 96 million dollar loan that was recently passed by the Governor, to be paid over a ten- year period. Day stated that his certification is not an instant solution, but a first step in the long process of relieving the county’s fiscal stress. According to the Journal News without the Comptroller’s certification the county would have had to borrow an additional 100 million dollars to cover loan repayment and cash flow. The remainder of 2013′s financial books are yet to be closed, so more issues may be expected, though officials are hopeful that the sale of the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Home and the transfer of the In- Patient Mental Health Clinic to Nyack Hospital, will help keep things smooth in new year.
According to Clarkstown Police on Saturday morning the body of an eighty- year Valley Cottage woman was discovered by her daughter at her home at 644 Andover Road. The body of Peggy Nadell was found a little after 9:00 AM, police stated that she had been stabbed and suffered from traumatic injuries sustained from a knife wound between Friday night and 9:15 AM Saturday morning. Nadell was a resident of Valley Cottage for fifty- years and was an active part of the political community, serving as a Rockland County Democratic Committee member and an activist for many causes, especially environmental and woman’s rights, and served on the Keep Rockland Beautiful Board. Police had initially called the death suspicious but are now ruling it as a homicide. Clarkstown Police will be working with the District Attorney’s office and are asking that anyone with information please call 845-639-5800.