HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate whose main businesses are leasing and financial services, has bought the IBM Conference Center in the Palisades which will no longer be run by Dolce Hotels and Resorts. The Dolce website clarifies that, as of today,”…the property will no longer be affiliated with Wyndham Hotel Group or the Dolce Brand, the Conference Center will be independently branded and under new ownership and management.” The HNA Group has chosen Crescent Hotel & Resorts to manage the property which will be renamed, HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center and will serve as a training center for the brand’s executive team. According to a prepared statement, the property first struck interest with the global group because of its proximity to New York City and its educated, surrounding community.
Emergency officials responded to Oprandy’s Fire and Safety in Orange County this morning when a fire extinguisher explosion seriously injured two people. According to reports, Frank Buono and Christopher Foust were transported via helicopter to Westchester Medical Center for medical treatment. Wallkill Town Supervisor Daniel Depew credits first responders with quick thinking to stop bleeding on the two men by using the tourniquet method. The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are on the scene to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire extinguisher explosion.
According to Ramapo Police, they are investigating a shooting in Ramapo that apparently left one person dead and another in the hospital. Officials stated that officers from the Ramapo Police Department and the Sheriff’s as well, responded to a home in Wesley Hills following reports that a man allegedly shot his wife while she was in bed in their home on Deerwood Road. The man then allegedly shot himself at the home and was rushed to the hospital.
New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia toured three public schools in the East Ramapo School District on Wednesday and spoke with officials about what she witnessed. Elia participated in classes, sitting with students and asking questions, later stating that she was impressed with the instruction of students she was seeing. In the afternoon the Commissioner also visited a private Yeshiva in the district. Even with the positive areas in the education of students, Elia stated there is still a ways to go with improvements, including physical repairs of the buildings, and the recommendation from two reports, to have a monitor appointed with the ability to veto decisions made by the school board. Elia stated she is hoping to find resources from the state, for the district to make such improvements, and used some of the time to inform residents and teachers that she is continuing to make changes to the state testing standards.
A second school in Rockland County has stopped showing a video that allegedly portrays antisemitic ideas. Last week the Clarkstown School District sent home a letter of apology to parents of 9th graders in the high school who were shown a video of the Roman Empire released by study.com, that spoke about Jewish vs Christian people, and referred to Jews in a negative light. On Wednesday Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski wrote a letter to the company that created the website, urging them to make changes to their videos, and recommended that every district in New York stop using them until then. This week Nyack pulled two videos that were shown to sixth graders in the Middle School and Superintendent James Montesano released a statement apologizing and informing parents that the school has been in touch with the company.
Mutulu Shakur, the so-called ringleader of the 1981 Brinks truck robbery in Nanuet, was released today, 30 years after he was captured. The incident took the lives of two police officers and a security guard. Shakur was serving a 60 year sentence at a federal prison in Victorville, California however he allegedly convinced federal parole authorities to grant an early release, a condition under the law at the time of his sentencing. The event from October 20, 1981, claimed the life of Brinks guard Peter Paige at the Nanuet mall where the robbery took place, and Nyack Police Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Brown in Nyack at a police roadblock leading onto the New York State Thruway. Shakur was arrested five years later after being captured on the run. John Hanchar, a nephew of Nyack Police Sgt. O’Grady expressed disappointment in the parole judge’s decision but hoped Shakur’s remorse was real so, “no one else has to suffer.” Shakur was once the leader of the radical Black Liberation Army and is stepfather to renowned rapper, Tupac Shakur.
An unnamed 50 year-old man has died this morning after suffering a cardiac episode and crashing the ambulette he was driving, into two other cars in Yonkers. The passenger claimed to have seen the driver’ head slump before the early morning crash but was not injured in the accident. Detective Lt. Patrick McCormack said he was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers where he was pronounced dead.
According to Ridgewood Police, two 20-year old Bergen County men have been charged with carjacking, kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon after an incident with a Paterson taxi driver. Wilber Jonathan Barahona, of Ridgewood, and Jostin Vidal Soriano Reyes, of Waldwick allegedly assaulted the driver and robbed him in Ridgewood last December after hailing the cab in Paterson and leaving him by the New York State Thruway entrance. Both suspects are being held at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $400,000 bail apiece.
State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia and Regent Judith Johnson will be visiting the East Ramapo School District today. According to her office Elia will be touring the troubled district, especially focusing on the buildings, which many parents and students claim are in desperate need of repairs. Currently Ramapo High School is waiting for $1 million in funds found by Senator David Carlucci to repair a leaking roof, which school officials stated a recent inspection determined does not have mold. Elia will visit the high school and two elementary schools. This will be her second time in the district and when appointed she stated to parents that East Ramapo would remain a focus for the Board of Education.
The Greenburgh Police department is warning residents of a luring attempt which took place this passed Saturday in the White Plains area. The alleged incident took place around 3 p.m. in the afternoon when a 9 year-old girl was approached by an African-American woman in her 50s in a beige sedan who asked if she wanted to play with puppies in her car’s back seat. The girl ran away before the woman drove away from the scene. The car was described as dented in the front and rear passenger sides with tinted windows. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call (914) 989-1736.