Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme held a press conference Wednesday afternoon where he released an explanation for his decision Tuesday to send the drivers of the snow plows home during the storm. According to Delhomme the village was following union regulations to give the drivers a three- hour after they had been working for eight hours since six AM. He stated that after the three- hour break workers spent the entire night cleaning the streets and were finished by five Wednesday morning. The order to take plows off the street came as a shock to most of the officials and residents of the village, many questioning the decision and others Delhomme has made in his mayoral term so far. According to Village Trustee Emilia White, she learned of the decision after receiving calls from concerned residents, and contacted the Department of Public Works and was informed of the order. At Wednesday’s press conference Village Trustee Anthony Leon stated that the problem came from a lack of communication, and the plow operators were told to take a break and return later that evening.
SNOW CLOSINGS AND DELAYS 1/22/14
-East Ramapo Central School District 2 HR- Am Kindergaten/ before school activities cancelled
-Nanuet School District 2 HR
-Pearl River School District 2 HR- no AM Kindergarten
-Ramapo Central School District 2 HR
-South Orangetown Central School District 2 HR
-North Rockland School District 3 HR
-Rockland BOSCES 3 HR
-CLarkstown Central School District 2 HR
-Rockland Community College Opening 10:00 AM
-Dominican College opening 11:00 AM
-Camp Venture Day Programs Delayed Opening
-St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Center 2 HR
-Jawanio Adult Programs 1 HR for program members and staff- Early Intervention and Preschool 2 HR, no AM classes
-Robin Hill Nursery 1 HR delay, opening at 10:00 AM
-Nyack School District CLOSED
-Upper Nyack Senior Club cancelled
-Suffern Seniors Meeting Cancelled
- CLOSINGS 1/21/14
Tutor Time, Congers – Closing at 4:00pm
St. Aedan, Pearl River – All religious classes canceled
-South Orangetown Schools
-Ramapo Central Schools
-East Ramapo Schools- no AM/PM Kindergarden
-North Rockland School District- no AM/PM Kindergarden
-A Starting Place Pearl River closing at 11 AM- no transportation
-St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Center closing at 11:15- tonight’s open house moved to Thursday
-Jawanio Dayhab, Preschool, and EI closing at noon- no transportation, HEALTH CENTER IS OPEN
-Rockland County Community College closing at noon
-Pearl River Schools
-Foster Grandparent Program
-Suffern Senior Meeting Cancelled
-TOR: Operating a normal weekday schedule with 15-20 minute delays.
-TZx: Operating a normal weekday with 15-20 minute delays.
-TRIPS: Operating normal weekday service.
For the most up to the minute updates on all TOR and TZx bus services please call 845-364-3333 or visit www.rocklandbus.com.
Remember to check rocklandbus.com for changes in Rockland Transportation schedules
The brother of a New Square sex offender was arrested on Friday after being accused of molesting a boy from 2001 to 2206. According to the victim, who’s name was not reported, he went to Moshe Taubenfeld, a 55- year old teacher and father of twenty children, looking for support after the 2001 September 11 terrorist attacks, when the sexual abuse began. The victim stated that it ended in 2006 when he turned thirteen and he and his family reported the man to New Square’s Grand Rabbi David Twersky, though community officials told them not to go to police. In July, after nothing had been done by the community, the victim went to police leading to an arrest on charges of second- degree sexual conduct against a child. According to Ramapo Detective Lt. Mark Emma it was difficult to find Taubenfeld because he also goes by the name Mendel Zarkowsky, but he was arrested and released on $25,000 bail on Friday and is due back in court on January 27. In 2011 Taubenfeld’s older brother Herschel was reported to police by a victim who goes only by Yossi, though he avoided jail time, even after admitting to the abuse.
Senator Carlucci will be hosting his own radio show on WRCR, The Albany Report, focused on giving an up close look perspective on happenings in our State Capital. Each month he will have guests from around the State and county covering a variety of issues that affect Rocklanders. The show will air on the third Friday of every month starting at 10:10am right after the Steve and Meredith Morning Show.
WRCR welcomes in the Senator, his first show debuted today!
The fog and Icy Road conditions most likely are to blame for a head on collision yesterday morning that lead to one fatality and sent several to the hospital which occured around 7:25am on route 202 in Pomona. Firefighters took approximately 45 minute to extricate the victims after an Acura sedan (carrying three men) was hit by a Dodge Caravan (carrying one man & two woman) as it slide over the double yellow line. One 50 year old woman was killed, another woman is in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center. Two passengers from the Acura were taken to the hospital and released while one remained with non critical injuries.
A Nanuet man has been arrested on sexual assault charges involving several young children at Palisades Center in West Nyack. Police investigators say twenty-two year-old David Chardon is accused of exposing himself to two of the children, who were age 8 and 9, and accused of performing a lewd act near a ten year-old girl. The three incidents took place in November and December of 2013. In one of the incidents, police say the girl was in the children’s section of Barnes & Noble, sitting on a bench as her mother shopped nearby, when a man walked up from behind, performed a lewd act near her and left.
Surveillance video taken from the Barnes & Noble store on the fourth floor of the shopping mall where two of the incidents occurred helped nab the suspect. Chardon is charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child. Chardon was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court and sent to the County Jail on $25,000 cash bail. He is due back in court on January 15th.
A 23 year old Woodbury Commons employee, Jason Rutkowski was struck and killed on his way to work early Sunday morning around 7am. Rutkowski parked across the street from the Commons at Central Valley Elementary school and was wearing dark clothing when hit by his coworkers husband who was driving her to work. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced Thursday that he is seeking five to twenty percent pay cuts for commissioners, directors, and deputies within his administration. Day stated that the cuts will affect both those who have been told that they will be rehired, as well as the departments that are still under review and he will be working with the Rockland Association of Management union to find appropriate salaries. Day, as well as new members of the administration such as new County Attorney Thomas Humbach, received a ten percent pay cut in the 2014 budget. Last week Day asked for letters of resignation from twenty- five officials and as of Thursday twelve had been told that they still maintained positions within the county and the rest will know within sixty days. Day stated that the pay cuts are a message of what to expect from the county government for 2014, a more efficient, cheaper model for tax payers.
According to the Ramapo Land Co. a section of land on the border of Sloatsburg may be purchased by a development group, Woodmont Properties of Fairfield, New Jersey, for the purpose of building a condominium complex with 384 units. Ramapo’s building inspector and the town’s director of building, planning, and zoning Tony Mallia stated that the site will be eligible for both residential and commercial use, since the land will include Auntie El’s Farm Market. Owner Karl Schlademan’s stated that he is looking forward to the plans, as it will bring more business to the store. Though Mallia stated that the project appears to be what the town has been looking for, for the location, several concerns have been raised about developing the area. According to Patsy Wooters, leader of the Torne Valley Preservation Association, that section of land is frequently populated by the threatened species of Timber Rattlesnakes, and is one of their foraging spots in the valley. Mayor of Sloatsburg Carl Wright stated that there have been road closings for that part of Route 17 due to flooding in the past and developing the land around it can lead to further problems. The project also adds to the threat of overdevelopment, according to Ramapo Central Board of Education President Craig Long. Without knowing for sure how many children the new condos could bring into the county, it is unknown how pressured the district could become. The plan will most likely be seen and reviewed by the Ramapo planning board next month.