Police have released the identity of an Orange County man that was killed in an accident between his pickup truck and a garbage truck on Monday morning. According to officials around 2:40 AM 40-year old Stefan Connolly was driving on Sterling Mine Road in Sloatsburg when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and collided with an Interstate Waste Management truck, destroying the driver’s side of his white pickup truck. Police began investigating at the scene Monday morning, closing the road for several hours in both directions as they reconstructed the accident to determine the cause. Police stated that the driver of the garbage truck was taken for required testing, but there were no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved. Police are still trying to determine what caused Connolly to cross into the opposite lane.
Early Monday morning police responded to an accident in Sloatsburg after a pickup truck collided with a garbage truck, leaving one person dead. At 2:40 AM police and ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident on Sterling Mine Road, which was closed for some time while investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing. Police have not released the cause or the identity of the driver that was killed.
Police released the name of the victim killed in Thursday afternoon’s crash on Route 303 in West Nyack as Vincent Careccio, 48, of Pomona. Police responded to a 2:30 p.m. call of an accident between an ambulette and a Brega Transport minibus at the exit of the Palisades Center Mall onto Route 303. The ambulette was struck on its left side as the driver attempted a left turn with the minibus heading southbound on Route 303. The major accident left four others injured, sent to Nyack Hospital for treatment and closed off a portion of Route 303 South until 10 p.m. as authorities investigated the accident. Evidence from the scene indicate the impact of the collision pushed both cars 100 feet from the original crash site. Reportedly, firefighters had to cut both drivers from their vehicles due to the severity of the impact. Police continue to investigate the accident and summonses have not been issued.
The 47 year-old bicyclist hit late Saturday evening has died from injuries he sustained when 32 year-old Robert Faist of New City allegedly hit him with his Jeep and left the scene of the accident. The victim whose name has not been released, died at Nyack Hospital, admitted in critical condition with head injuries, as well as injuries to his torso and leg. Officers responded to an alleged hit and run at around 2AM on Route 304 in New City, to find the victim the side of the street, suffering from serious injuries and the driver no where to be seen. Using pieces of the car as evidence police tracked down a black Jeep and arrested Faist later that evening for their part in the accident. Police will determine whether to charge Faist with a greater charge, initially receiving a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.
Rockland County officials and religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities met together at an interfaith summit at Rockland County Community College on Wednesday. The two-hour meeting was set up by County Executive Ed Day’s office following rising tensions between religious communities, including the release of a video by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, that compared Rockland to Nazi Germany, and expressed the fear many members of the Jewish Community face living in the county. Residents and local officials reacted strongly to the video, many coming out against it, stating that hateful speech from anyone is unacceptable. Most recently a Holocaust Memorial banner was vandalized at a local temple, and four teens were arrested for throwing eggs and cursing at Jewish residents in New Square. At a small press conference after the summit those who attended stated that the discussion was a good place to start, and they felt listened to while in the room. Day spoke toward the idea that conversations sparked at the meeting will allow communities to work together in the face of hatred and cultural rifts, stating ” When one group is attacked the other will join in to condemn those attacks.”
In a Press Release on the New NY Bridge website, New York State Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert Megna declared the location of the much contested bike/pedestrian path will no longer be at the corner of South Broadway and Cornelison Avenue but at Interchange 10 along I-287 away from the residential community. Routine public meetings have been held since last year to inform residents about location scouting and financial costs to construct the path’s terminus, many voicing opposition to building so close to neighboring homes preferring instead the lot at Interchange 10. Contractors had originally cited impractical high costs associated to moving the terminus there. A $250,000 grant by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program for the Village of South Nyack will research designing and developing interchange 10 on I-87/287 to accomodate the 54 parking spaces and amenities required for expected pedestrian traffic due to the new bridge. Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian expressed her approval of the outcome, “This decision is a victory for the residents of South Nyack who voiced their concerns about the impact of the shared-use path on their quality of life and we couldn’t be happier. I’d like to personally thank Governor Cuomo and his entire team for listening to our concerns and taking action on our behalf.” Congresswoman Nita Lowey, County Executive Ed Day along with Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and local town officials all voiced support for the relocation thanking Governor Cuomo and his team for cooperation on state and local levels.
Diana Nadell, 51, of Cutler Bay, Florida, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on charges of first degree murder and attempted witness tampering in the stabbing death of Peggy Nadell from January of last year. Andrea Benson, 25, of Washington D.C., a hired accomplice to the murder, received 20 years to life for her part the death of Peggy Nadell. In 2014, 80-year old Nadell was stabbed multiple times in her home after which police found her 51-year old daughter-in-law, Diana Nadell, along with Benson to be responsible. Benson had testified in the case that she was paid $10,000 and the two women tricked the older woman into letting them into her house early in the morning on January 25, choking, beating, and stabbing her until she was dead. Nadell was allegedly attempting to gain access to her mother-in-law’s $4 million estate through her husband and was charged with first-degree murder in March of this year. Benson was charged with second-degree murder in June and was portrayed as an abused victim, defense attorney James Crean noting her mother was a crack cocaine addict.
At a recent Suffern Village Board meeting many residents raised concerns about a conflict of interest regarding the sale of the VFW Post 2973 building, which board members voted to buy for $150,000 in February 2014. The deal would allow the VFW to stay on as tenants, but the building, which has a market value of $500,000 and brings in revenue with 36 parking spaces rented for $1,600 a month, would be owned by the village. In the past few months Trustee Robert Morris allegedly worked to convince the board that the purchase doesn’t make sense financially, and soon after the realty company David Hirschman of Paramus, New Jersey made the same $150,000 offer to the VFW. Residents are upset because Morris’s son is the Vice-President of Hirschman Realty, some claiming that the actions of board members Morris and Frank Hagen, who brought the company’s offer to the VFW, broke the Open Meeting Laws by discussing the village’s spending plans. Suffern Mayor Patricia Abato stated that she has asked the village’s Ethics Board to review the situation.
A transformer fire at Indian Point 3 at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York caused black smoke to billow into the air Saturday evening around 6PM which was extinguished by a sprinkler system. The transformer holding tank in place to hold oil from the transformer, overflowed from the fire, releasing thousands of gallons into the Hudson River. Emergency crews arrived on the scene to try and contain and clean up the transformer fluid. Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press briefing Sunday afternoon saying exactly how much oil was discharged into the river is yet unknown. The fire caused an automatic shutdown and Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi claimed that the adjacent reactor, Unit 2, is unaffected, remaining in operation. Cuomo said cleanup efforts could take up to two days with commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Protection, Joseph Martens, declaring booms had been set up in a 300ft diameter to keep the oil from spreading. It is not clear yet what caused the transformer failure and Nappi said it could be weeks before Unit 3 is reopened again. Unit 3 of the Energy Center uses energy created by the plant to supply power to the state. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay, expressed sentiment felt by many residents in a press release from Sunday stating that, “The plant should not be operated under its current fire safety regime. It is not cheaper, it’s not safe, and it’s not necessary. It’s time to close Indian Point and move on.”
According to police a man was arrested after attempting to rob a woman in her front yard in New City. Around 12:00 PM on Wednesday afternoon 44-year old Michael Deleo approached the woman, who was playing in her front yard on Pleasant Hill Drive with her three year old son at the time, and allegedly told her that he was armed and he wouldn’t hurt her if she took him to her money and jewelry. After Deleo lifted his shirt to show a gun, the woman’s husband answered the front door and the man fled. Police reported that they caught the 44-year old suspect and discovered a baton, gravity knife, can of mace, and two unloaded pistols in his vehicle. He arrested on four felony charges and is being held in Rockland County Jail.