NY Governor Presents 2019 Budget Plan

New York’s Governor is looking to overhaul the state’s tax code in the wake of the new federal tax plan that was voted on last month. In his 2019 budget presentation yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is doing everything possible to thwart the effects of the new federal tax plan…

Audio: Andrew Cuomo

Assemblyman James Skoufis, who represents Stony Point and parts of Orange County, says there were some parts of the $168 billion budget he didn’t like and some parts he did, including the attempted work-around on the state income tax issue …

Audio: James Skoufis

Skoufis said, however, he is concerned about the congestion pricing plan for New York City, which would likely hurt suburban commuters.

Strike Possible for Indian Point Union

A contract for a union that represents 400-plus employees at Indian Point Energy Center could expire if a deal isn’t worked out today. Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 has authorized a strike if a pact isn’t reached. The Hudson Valley Business Journal reported the union wants a collective bargaining agreement with Entergy Corp., the plant’s owner and operator, that would extend to the plant’s planned 2021 closure. The union represents operations, radiation protection, chemistry and maintenance workers at the plant.

Pearl River Family Needs Help Finding Pet after Fire Destroys Home

Photo courtesy: Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co#1 , via Facebook

A Pearl River family that lost their home in a fire last week is asking for help locating their dog who disappeared during the devastating blaze. The fire occurred last Monday at the Loughran family’s 314 Orangeburg Road home. According to DailyVoice.com, “Barrett” is described as a brown, 140-pound American bullmastiff. He is usually shy and scared, so if you see him you shouldn’t approach him, but you are asked to call Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700. Two people were reportedly injured in the blaze that possibly started in a wood stove pipe.

New Jersey’s New Governor Takes Over

Democrat Phil Murphy has taken over the top job in New Jersey. The Garden State’s new governor took over yesterday, and wants to legalize marijuana, promote criminal justice reforms, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, provide sick leave for workers and strengthen gun laws. He also promised to continue former Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

Tompkins Cove Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

A Tompkins Cove woman was arrested Sunday on drug possession charges after a car she was a passenger in was stopped on I-87 in Yonkers for an equipment violation. State police reportedly charged 41 year-old Tanisha Jacobs after she was found with nearly 4 grams of cocaine and about 33 grams of marijuana. She was arraigned in Yonkers Court and sent to the Westchester County Jail on $2,000 cash or bond.

New Rochelle Men Charged in Attempted Murder of Yonkers Police Officer

Two New Rochelle men face charges stemming from the attempted murder of a Yonkers police officer. Westchester’s D-A said 18 year-old Frank Valencia was indicted by a grand jury and charged with attempted aggravated murder following a September incident in which the officer was shot in the jaw. An accomplice, 22 year-old Jerry Reyes, faces weapons charges stemming from the incident. Both have pleaded not guilty. Valencia faces life in prison if convicted, and Reyes faces up to 15 years behind bars.

UPDATE 8:03am: All Rockland Schools are closed

TRIPS buses – no pickups before 9am

Jawonio: Children’s programs will start at 11AM. There are no El or Pre-K morning sessions.

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Storm Coats Rockland with 5-8″ of Snow

The first winter nor’easter with near-blizzard conditions pummeled the county yesterday, with about 25-hundred O&R customers losing power early in the afternoon. County executive Ed Day said the county and town road crews handled the storm well…

Audio: Ed Day

Depending where you are in the county you probably saw between 5 and 8 inches of snow, but measuring the powder was difficult as the wind blew it all over the place.

Haverstraw Supervisor Backs NY Governor’s Plan to Sue Feds over Taxes

Haverstraw’s supervisor supports the governor’s bid to sue the federal government over the recently-signed tax bill. Howard Phillips told “The Morning Show” yesterday that with local governments dependent on the federal government for funding, major swings can affect how services are provided…

Audio: Howard Phillips

In the State of the State address, Cuomo said he plans to sue the federal government over the new tax law, claiming it’s unconstitutional because it discriminates against New York and other states that voted against President Donald Trump. Cuomo is also reportedly considering reducing the income tax and funding more of the state through payroll taxes instead, the cost of which is shared by workers and employers and which are still deductible.

Weather Sends Brick Façade Crashing into Nanuet Apartment

No injuries reported after a brick wall came loose at a Nanuet apartment complex yesterday, sending bricks onto a lower roof and breaking through the wall of an adjacent apartment. Clarkstown Police Public Information officer Peter Walker says the façade at 80 North Middletown Road came loose from its foundation due to the combination of snow, ice and wind…

Audio: Peter Walker

One resident was put in a nearby hotel until repairs could be made.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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