NJT Train Derails in NYC; Service Should be Back to Normal for Morning Commute

New Jersey Transit service into the city should be back to normal after what’s being called a “minor derailment” occurred last night. An NJT car jumped the tracks at 31st Street and 7th Avenue around 9pm last night. 180 people were on board, no one was injured.

Police: Ramapo Road Rage Victim, 3 Month-Old Boy, Dies

The three month-old boy critically injured in last month’s road rage incident in Ramapo died early this morning at Westchester Medical Center. The victim’s name is still being withheld. The accident is still under investigation. Rockland’s District Attorney is reportedly considering upgraded charges.

Accidents Jam Traffic During Holiday Break

Two Westchester residents had to be airlifted to Westchester Medical Center Monday night with burns after fireworks they were carrying in their car ignited and caused their car to burst into flames. The incident lead to the closure of I-87 southbound between Exit 15A and the Harriman tolls. Three other passengers in the car received minor burn injuries. The incident is under investigation.

And a crash in Tarrytown Tuesday afternoon caused major delays across the Westchester-bound Tappan Zee Bridge. Three lanes were closed as the crash was cleaned up. No word on any injuries in that incident.

NJ’s Budget Approved — Beaches and Parks Open Again!

NJ Governor Chris Christie signed the $34.7 billion budget sent to him by the Legislature after midnight, early this morning. The state beaches and parks that were closed to the public over the weekend have been re-opened. Normal government operations return Wednesday.

Bicyclist Struck in Airmont, Suspect Charged

Ramapo police say a bicyclist was struck by a car yesterday morning while riding near Cherry Lane and Heather Drive in Airmont. Police say the car fled the scene, but thankfully a Fire Chief from the Tallman Fire Department happened to be in the area, and helped track down the suspect. She was found on North Airmont Road. The 59 year-old unidentified driver, an Airmont resident, was arrested and charged with assault, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and DWI Drugs. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Route 59 Improvements Coming (Audio)

DOT Regional Director Todd Westhuis says several steps are being taken in the wake of last week’s road rage incident in Ramapo. Beginning this month signs will be installed on Route 59 that caution drivers not to pass or drive on the shoulders. Special striping will also be added near the area where the accident happened. Rockland County Executive Ed Day said on Friday’s Morning Show that the “road rage” incident didn’t have to happen and emphasized both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of each other at all times…

Audio clip: Ed Day

Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder called the improvements to the Route 59 corridor “a great beginning” but wants a comprehensive study on the widening of Route 59 that would accommodate increased pedestrian and car traffic in recent years. The $92 million Lower Hudson Transit Link, which includes a new bus system and numerous improvements between Suffern and Port Chester, would add sidewalks on both sides of 59 between Route 306 and Spring Valley High School. That project is slated to begin next year.

Officials Meet to Discuss Safety Issues for Route 59

Ramapo officials met privately yesterday with State and other officials to figure out what can be done to make the scene of Monday’s tragic car accident safer. State Senator David Carlucci says a comprehensive plan is needed to solve the area’s problems…

Audio Clip: David Carlucci

The four people injured in Monday’s accident in Ramapo, including two children and a 3 month-old baby, reportedly remain hospitalized at the Westchester Medical Center.

Ramapo Accepts Building Inspector Anthony Mallia’s Resignation

The Ramapo Town Board has approved an agreement accepting the resignation of Chief Building Inspector Anthony Mallia. That’s according to the Journal News, which reported that the move is effectively immediately, though Mallia gets four months of pay and 350 hours of accrued time off. He’ll also avoid potential town disciplinary charges. Mallia still faces 188 felony charges of stealing $150,000 from taxpayers by undercharging contractors and falsifying building permits and other records.

Ramapo Official: Road Rage Caused Monsey Crash

Road rage is being blamed for the crash that injured four family members who were walking on the shoulder of Route 59 near Robert Pitt Drive in Monsey on Monday. Ramapo’s interim supervisor Yitzchok Ullman told the Journal News that the driver, 62 year-old Albert Gomez of Spring Valley, was angered after being cut off by a cab. After an exchange, Gomez drove on the shoulder around the cab, striking two girls, 13- and 9 years-old, their 3 month-old brother and 38 year-old mother. State Senator David Carlucci was a guest on the Morning Show yesterday and called the accident area a bottleneck that desperately needs to be improved …

Audio clip: David Carlucci

Gomez, meanwhile has been charged with Assault and Reckless Endangerment and sent to jail on 150-thousand dollars bail. The crash remains under investigation. Prior to the accident, Ramapo Police had announced plans to begin a Pedestrian Safety program that would involve using decoy officers to act as pedestrians in an intersection. Drivers who fail to yield to the pedestrian will be stopped and ticketed. That program is to begin today.

Accident in Monsey Hospitalizes Four

Four people, including three children, were hospitalized with various injuries after an accident on Route 59 in Monsey yesterday afternoon. Ramapo police say four unidentified family members were walking on the westbound shoulder of Route 59 in the area between Robert Pitt Drive and Kennedy Drive just west of Spring Valley High School. 62 year-old Albert Gomez of Spring Valley struck the family, including the 38 year-old mother, two daughters, age 13 and 9, and a 3 month-old son in a stroller.  They were brought to Westchester Medical Center. Gomez was charged with Assault and Reckless Endangerment and sent to jail on 150-thousand dollars bail.

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