The unofficial results from Tuesday’s election are in- New York State Governor Democrat Andrew Cuomo was reelected with Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Asterino conceding the race. The comptroller race results show Thomas Dinapoli as the winner over Robert Antonacci. New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman won against Republican Candidate John Cahill, and Senator David Carlucci was reelected as well, facing off against Republican Donna Held. Senator Bill Larkin was reelected as well over Gay Lee. For Congress, the much anticipated race between Republican newcomer Chris Day and Democratic incumbent Nita Lowey resulted in Lowey’s win. Democrat Ken Zebrowski won reelection for the 96th Assembly District over Matthew Brennan, for the 97th Assembly District Ellen Jaffee won over Robert Romanowski, for the 98th District Elisa Tutini won over Karl Brabenec, and James Skoufis won the 99th Assembly District over Richard Cocchiara. For Suffern Village Trustee, Edward Markunas and Robert Morris were elected, for Spring Valley Trustee, Vilair Fonvil and Eudson Tyson Francois were elected. David Stein won the Ramapo town Justic race and for Suffern Justice, Ernest Buonocore won. For State Supreme Court Justice, Montgomery Delaney beat James Hubert. Democrat Rolf Thorsen won County Court Judge over Republican Mike Koplen and taking County Executive Ed Day’s former seat in the legislature is Republican Lon Hofstein beating Democrat Barry Kantrowitz, who was appointed to the position in January. Proposition One was passed with 140 to 90 votes, Proposition Two passed 158 to 71, Proposition Three passed 121 to 114, and the controversial Proposition Four passed 113 to 110 votes.
Stony Point Police have identified the body of Pomona resident who was found dead underneath the James Farley Memorial Bridge in Charles S. Eccher Park around 6:45 PM on Sunday. The Rockland County Medical Examiner is working with detectives to discover the official cause of death of 27-year old Daniel Hansen. Authorities stated there were no signs of foul play at the site and they recovered Hansen’s car in the parking lot of a local business, though it remains unclear how he died.
Changes in the Rockland County public transportation schedules for Tuesday, November 11, Veteran’s Day have been released. TRIPS buses will be running only A.D.A. Services, TOR and Tappan ZeeXpress will be operating regular weekday schedules. The offices for TRIPS and the Transit Information Center will be closed, along with most county offices. On Tuesday November 4th, Election Day, all public transportation will run on a regular weekday schedule.
According to police a 54-year old disabled man was killed in a fall at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack on Thursday. Police stated that the man, whose name has not been released as of yet, was on a trip with a staff member of the adult home he was a resident of as well as other residents. Around 10:20 AM the man fell 30 to 40 feet from an escalator on the third floor of the building and was killed in the fall. Police are investigating the cause, but stated they are led to believe it was an accident.
According to the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, Police and FBI arrested multiple suspects in a long running investigation into bank fraud in Rockland and Bergen Counties. District Attorney Thomas Zugibe stated that early Wednesday morning, Police began arresting the 35 people named in warrants, completing 26 individuals by the afternoon. All suspects were involved in buying money orders for between one and three dollars and fraudulently changing them to between 850 to 1,000 dollar valued before depositing them into bank accounts. Zugibe stated that the crimes were conducted as part of a national scam and the quick opening and closing of accounts led them to discover the local ties. The 26 suspects were taken into custody on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of forged instruments, and criminal facilitation of bank fraud. Thirteen were arraignmed Wednesday morning before being released on bail.
Officials have released the identities of the couple caught in a house fire in New City on Monday night. 67-year old Luis Fernandez was killed when the home he shared with his wife, 65-year old Ruth Fernandez, caught fire after neighbors heard some sort of explosion around 11:30 PM. Fire officials stated that Mr.Fernandez had gone to the garage searching for the cause of a gasoline smell and became trapped in there with the blast and fire. Mrs.Fernandez managed to escape the house, but was injured and taken to Columbia University Medical Center’s burn unit in Manhattan. The couple has a daughter and grandchildren. Officials are continuing investigation into the cause of the explosion.
Firefighters responded to a call in New City at 11:30 Monday night. According to New City Firechief Jim Avaras the fire started in the attached garage and quickly spread through the three story home to the roof. Firefighters searched the building despite the dangerous conditions and when they were finally able to put out the fire they discovered the body of a man in the garage. The man was pronounced dead, his wife had managed to escape the blaze and was in the yard when first responders arrived. She was taken to Columbia University Medical Center’s burn unit for treatment of unknown injuries. Officials stated they are still investigating the cause, though neighbors reported hearing an explosion.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Attorney’s Office have fined a chicken slaughterhouse in Kyrias Joel for polluting the Ramapo River, which provides drinking water for Rockland and Bergen Counties. Regional Administrator for the EPA Judith Enck stated to the Journal News that various forms of pollution, including animal parts and waste were dumped into storm drains and sewers and the company, Kyrias Joel Poultry Processing Plant Inc, violated the Clean Water Act. The operators were fined $330,000 for violations and stated that there was no intentional pollution going on since, in 2011, they installed a treatment facility that solved waste overflow problems. Federal prosecutors set up guidelines for the company to follow to protect the river, or they could be fined again, anywhere from $100 to $2,000 a day.
On Wednesday morning officials reported that a 3-month old girl who has family in Monsey was killed in Jerusalem when a car drove onto the platform where she and her parents were waiting for a train. Israeli authorities reported that the crash was intentional and are calling it a terrorist attack by a Palestinian man. The baby, Chaya Braun, was in her stroller when the car drove into a crowd of people, and she died later at a local hospital, where her mother Chani Halperin-Braun formerly of Monsey, and father were also taken for injuries along with seven others. Chani’s parents still live in Monsey and residents as well as county officials have expressed condolences and sadness for the family in the aftermath of the tragedy.
According to county and health officials a Rockland resident who returned to the United States from Liberia on October 5 was held in quarantine for 21 days while waiting for potential Ebola symptoms. On her arrival back to Rockland County woman was released to her home for a voluntary monitored isolation period of three weeks and after not showing symptoms was cleared of any Ebola risks. County Executive Ed Day defended the decision not to inform the public until yesterday of the unidentified woman’s quarantine, stating that the county’s plan was put in place even though, at the time, there was little to no chance that she had been exposed, as she was not showing symptoms, and it was best to avoid county-wide panic.