Firefighters responded to a call in Pearl River on Tuesday night, to find a home in flames. According to officials, Pearl River, Nanuet, and West Nyack departments arrived to the Orchard Lane house around 10:00 PM, and found most of the flames were in the basement area. A woman and two teenagers were home at the time, but made it out unharmed, though the building was deemed uninhabitable due to smoke damage. Investigators believe that the fire was accidental, possible starting due to clothing placed too close to a water heater or furnace. The flames were controlled within a half-hour and one firefighter suffered minor injury while fighting the flames.
22 Arrests have been made for drug-sales in Haverstraw, Clarkstown, Orangetown, and Ramapo. The two-month long operation uncovered the sale of heroin, cocaine, Oxycodone, methamphetamine, and marijuana after Police raided seven locations. Included in the arrest are 25 year old Brian Lora, and William and Marlena Daberkow all from New City. In a statement, District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said, “These arrests are just the latest results of a coordinated law enforcement and prosecutorial anti-drug initiative that has produced long prison sentences for dangerous criminals and safer neighborhoods for our residents.”
According to an audio recording made by a former teacher’s aide for the Hilltop school special education program, the principal can allegedly be heard verbally abusing students at the school during a group rehearsal for graduation in 2011. Kenneth Egan released the recording as a part of a lawsuit he filed against the Rockland Bosces run institute after he was allegedly fired just before his tenure for raising complaints against Principal Kimberly Taylor, who he stated has had several incidents of abuse against the children, at one point in 2009 physically hurting them by throwing them onto the floor and into the walls. In the recording, Taylor is heard yelling profanities at two children in front of the group of 250 students, calling one a “retard” and an embarrassment while children laugh. Egan’s attorney Randolph McClaughlin stated that they will be suing to ensure that proper actions are taken against Egan’s former employers and the principal, and that his client believes that there is a definite connection between his loss of a job and coming forward with complaints of abuse. Officials for Rockland Bosces stated that Taylor was suspended for a week at the time of the incident, and has remained in her position since then.
All Rockland County School Districts – 2 HR Delay
St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Progran – 2 Hr Delay
Jawonio Children’s Programs open at 11AM – Operating on a regular schedule – No AM Session – Day Transportation on 1 Hr Delay
TRIPS Bus Service is suspended until 9AM
New City Library will open at 1PM due to Heating Issue
The Tax Program in New City Library is cancelled
Stony Point Seniors Club 1 is cancelled
57 year old Vincent Cordaro was found dead early Sunday Morning inside a New City home after an evening long exchange with Police. Earlier in the night, the armed man reportedly had a confrontation with a relative who tried to wrestle the gun from him with other family members also in the home. They managed to escape while the tense situation carried on. Police closed off New Hempstead Road and Phillips Hill Road where up to 20 officers and SWAT responded. The man threatened officers and shots were fired from within the house and one bullet hitting a nearby home but no additional injuries were reported. It is unknown whether the death was self-inflicted or otherwise. Roads remain closed and a staging area for press was established at the Rockland County Office complex at 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.
All Rockland County School Districts are closed.
St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Center is closed.
Rockland BOCES is closed.
TRIPS bus service suspended until 9am.
Dominican College opens at 2pm.
Rockland Community College is now closed. All day and evening classes are cancelled.
Jawonio, Children’s programs opening at 11am. No adult transportation. Call 708-2000 and Press 8 for inclement weather messages.
New City Seniors 3 is cancelled.
Nanuet Seniors 2 is cancelled.
Camp Venture Day Programs are now cancelled.
Meals on Wheels home delivered meals programs, Senior Center Programs, Adult Daycare Programs at the Bobby Lewis Senior Center are all closed.
Foster Grandparent Program of Rockland is closed.
TOR, Tappan Zee Express, and Clarkstown Mini Trans are running on or close to schedule.
Finkelstein Library Opening at 12pm.
At a Clarkstown School Board meeting on Thursday night members voted 6-1 to approve Superintendent J. Thomas Morton’s proposal to close one of the ten elementary schools in the district. The board announced that Congers Elementary School will remain closed, a little over a year after residents approved to pass a $6.5 million bond to repair the historic building’s structure. The work is continuing to fix cracked walls and asbestos, but the students who were moved to New City and Lakewood Elementary Schools this year will stay in their new schools, with officials stating that Congers will not be sold, but likely rented out in the future. According to officials, keeping the school closed will save the district $1.5 million for the 2015-16 district budget, preventing the need to cut programs and staff in the high schools.
The Harlem line resumed regular service this morning after the fatal metro North Railroad crash between a northbound train and an SUV on Tuesday night that left six dead and fifteen injured. At a press conference on Wednesday the National Transportation Safety Board stated that they are continuing to investigate the crash at an intersection in Valhalla in Westchester County and are looking into problems with the signals, the crossing arms, or if it was a problem with the train’s speed. The six victims who were killed when the train collided with a vehicle stopped on the tracks were identified as Ellen Brody, the female driver, and five male passengers on the train, Eric Vandercar, Walter Liedtke, Joseph Nadol, Robert Dirks, and Tomar Aditya. The investigation is focusing on why the third rail broke through the bottom of the first car, leading to the damage and injuries onboard. Officials stated that often in these types of accidents only the passengers of the vehicle are harmed, and their crews will conduct interviews and review the data collected from the train to discover what may have caused the accident.
This week’s list of adoptable pets is sponsored by Tristate Aquariums located on Route 59 in Suffern
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.