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.

Police Search for Tennessee Fugitives Continues

Two fugitives on the run from an attempted murder and kidnapping charges in Tennessee have reportedly been spotted since committing a home invasion early Saturday in the Hudson Valley. Jarret Cole Heitmann and Makayla Danielle Stilwell reportedly were seen late Sunday afternoon at a Walmart just outside Port Jervis in Matamoras, Pennsylvania, just hours after a home invasion in Orange County Saturday morning. Police believe Heitmann and Stilwell to be armed and extremely dangerous. State Police are asking the public to report any information to them at 845-344-5300.

Nyack High School Senior Remembered at Vigil, Graduation Moved to Friday Night

Nyack High School’s graduation ceremony last night became a candlelight vigil instead as the community mourned the tragic death of a graduating senior who died yesterday morning. In a letter posted on the district’s website, school superintendent James Montesano said graduating senior Kailana Koether died Thursday morning. Details surrounding her death were not available. The District has professional counseling and bereavement support services available to students and staff who need it. The graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place tonight.

Traffic update:  Route 340 N/S in Sparkill Closed

Traffic update:  Route 340 N/S near the Sparkill firehouse is closed between Van Terrace & Highland Ave…closure could be up to 8 hrs – downed tree and power lines. 

Spring Valley Judge with 40 year-old Felony Resigns from Bench

A Spring Valley Village Court judge has resigned after it was determined that a four-decades-old felony conviction would have disqualified him from serving on the bench in the first place. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said Jacques Michel resigned effective June 5th. Documents posted by the commission show Michel agreed to never seek or accept a judicial office again, unless his felony is overturned. Michel was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Spring Valley Village court last fall, when Alan Simon was removed after years of complaints about him were received by the commission. Michel was reportedly convicted in 1978 of immigration fraud while helping Haitian immigrants legally stay in the United States.

Ramapo Shuffles Board Again

Remember how yesterday we reported that the Ramapo Town Board had named New Hempstead Mayor Fred Brinn as interim supervisor Monday? Well, after a bit of reshuffling, Deputy Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman is back as interim supervisor and Brinn is now a member of the board. A number people, a Republican and two Democrats, have announced their candidacy for the top spot, with a Democratic primary possible in September.

Ramapo Supervisor Race Heats Up

The race for Ramapo supervisor is starting to take shape. The Journal News reports the Ramapo Town Board named New Hempstead Mayor Fred Brinn as interim supervisor last night. The move came hours after Deputy Town Attorney Michael Specht indicated his interest in running for supervisor. Brinn has reportedly decided he’ll only be serving as the interim supervisor and won’t run for any of the open spots on the board. Local businessman Scott Goldman has already has announced he’s running for supervisor, and that could set up a primary come September.

Police: Investigation of Death at Palisades Center Mall

Clarkstown Police say a woman was killed after falling from the Palisades Center’s fourth-floor level Monday. The incident occurred around 1:33 p.m.. It is under investigation and may have been a suicide.

PIP Construction Update

Construction work on the Palisades Parkway is slated to shift from the southbound to northbound lanes starting today through August 10. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays, all northbound lanes will be closed between exit 15 Old Gate Hill Road and exit 18 Route 6. Work may also occur between 6 a.m. and noon on certain weekdays.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.