Afternoon News Update 9/23

This morning, authorities charged 25 people and confiscated more than 13 million dollars’ worth of heroin. Officials have yet to release all the identities of those involved, however, of the 25 people charged, three of them were Westchester residents. The DEA has stated that this is the largest heroin bust in the state’s history. (Source: LoHud)

Mandatory water restrictions have officially been lifted for Rockland County as cooler temperatures move into the area. The water restrictions, which were mostly concerned with outdoor water use, were put into effect in July. However, County officials have stated that they will continue to monitor rainfall and water resource levels. (Source: LoHud)

Police and village detectives in the Bronxville area are investigating a string of home break-ins that were reported on Wednesday. Authorities have stated that break-ins or attempted break-ins were also reported in Harrison, North Castle, and White Plains. Two men driving a long black sedan were seen at multiple break-ins. (Source: LoHud)

In Major League Baseball news, The New York Mets won on a walk-off homerun curtesy of Asdrubal Cabrera and beat The Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 in 11 innings. The New York Yankees were shut out by the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Nutritionist Mary Manning Joins Shoprite

The Health and Wellness movement has come to ShopRite in Pearl River, where customers can receive health and wellness advice, counseling and meal planning compliments of the grocery store. ShopRite is announcing the addition of Registered Dietitian, Mary Manning. As a nutrition specialist, Manning offers customers a range of services from walking the aisles with you and teaching you how to shop for healthy meals, nutrition for specific conditions and dietary needs, recipes, and pantry makeovers. Manning is partnered with local hospitals, non-profits and schools where she conducts free health and wellness workshops. To make an appointment: Mary.Manning@wakefern.com or call 201-600-4031

DEC Gives Pilgrim Pipeline Positive Declaration

 

According to The Daily Mail, The State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a statement on the environmental assessment of the controversial Pilgrim Pipeline project, which could see the construction of two buried and parallel pipelines from Albany to Linden, New Jersey. One pipeline would carry crude oil south from Albany, while the other one would carry refined petroleum products like gasoline and diesel north from Linden. According to Sean Mahar, the DEC’s Director of Communications, the project received a positive declaration, meaning that there are potential issues that the project could face that need to be looked into. A negative declaration would mean that there are no issues with a project and it could move ahead. “Ultimately, if they are not addressed, it cannot go through,” Mahar said. “There are significant environmental impacts.”

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Nine Indictments on Fraud, Bribery and Corruption

Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara announced the unsealing of a Complaint charging nine defendants with federal public corruption offenses. The charges arise from two separate but overlapping schemes involving bribery, corruption, and fraud in the award of hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other official state actions. Notably, Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s former deputy secretary, Alain Kaloyeros, the President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute were indicted. In addition, Todd Howe, a consultant hired by Kaloyeros, pled guilty and is cooperating with the Government. A link to the indictment is listed here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/nine-defendants-including-joseph-percoco-former-executive-deputy-secretary-governor-and

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Hudson Valley Boy’s Letter Read by President at U.N. Summit

The Patch is reporting that President Obama singled out a 6-year-old boy named Alex from Hudson Valley in his address to the U.N. on refugees this week. Alex wrote a letter to the President in regards to Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian child who moved so many around the world when seen sitting bloody and alone in an ambulance after his home was bombed. Alex said in his letter to the President, “Can you please go get him and bring him to (my home)? Park in the driveway on the street and we’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers and balloons.” He added, “We can all play together.” Obama requested the summit to imagine “the notion of treating somebody that is like him with compassion, with kindness.”

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Investigator Needs Help in Fraud Case

State Police are requesting help in identifying a fraud suspect. August 29th the suspect, in a black Hyundai Santa Fe with New Jersey plates attempted to cash a check at the M&T in Mohegan Lake. The plates were stolen from Linden, NJ. August 25th the check had been listed as stolen in Wayne, PA. The NYS driver license presented to the teller had been reported stolen May 4 from a car in the Town of Newburgh. If you have information contact Investigator Peter Ciacci 914-788-8044 or Peter.Ciacci@troopers.ny.gov

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TZ Bridge Main Channel Closed Today

This is a reminder to boaters that the main navigational channel under the Tappan Zee Bridge will close today from 6:00AM – 4:30PM. Bridge officials urge boaters to stay away from the bridge today. Crews will be doing critical work to install girders and the road deck between the main span towers. This is the first of 70 closures that will take place through 2017. You can hear up-to-date closures broadcast on Marine Channel 22A.

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NYS Obesity Rates Decline Again

The Center for Disease Control released their annual report of obesity rates throughout the U.S. and New York State was one of five states where obesity levels are declining year to year. Between 25%-27% of New Yorkers rate as obese  —  moving our ranking from 41st to 47th this year. People who are obese are at a higher risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and some forms of cancer. Learn more about New York’s Obesity Prevention Programs at: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/obesity/prevention_activities/

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Flu Shot Clinic Open Today 1-4 PM

The flu shot clinic is open today 1-4 PM at the Robert Yeagar Health Clinic, 50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona, Building A, 2nd Flr, Rotunda Clinic. Shots are $30 and Free to adults over 65.

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Afternoon News Update 9/22

Legislators in New Jersey want the state to do further testing on a cancer causing metal that has been found in all 25 water providers in Bergen and Passaic counties. Senators Raymond Lesniak and Kevin O’Toole are calling for a legislative hearing to determine what needs to be done to ensure the safety of New Jersey residents. It isn’t clear how much of the cancer causing metal, which is known as hexavalent chromium, needs to be consumed before health effects are noticed. (Source: NewJersey)

Police are in the process of identifying a woman, from an M&T Bank surveillance video, that shows her attempting to use a stolen check and driver’s license. The incident occurred back in August at Mohegan Lake bank in the Cortlandt Town Center. The woman was seen driving a black Hyundai Santa Fe with a stolen license plate from Linden, New Jersey. Anyone with information on the woman in question can call investigators at 914-788-8044. (Source: LoHud)

On Wednesday, a 70-year-old Rye man was seen throwing guns he didn’t want into the Long Island Sound. The man was seen at the Playland boardwalk when police were called to the scene. The man told police that he didn’t want the guns in his house and didn’t have any other way to get rid of them. Police did not charge the man with any crimes and were able to recover the guns that were thrown into the water. (Source: LoHud)

The Mets and Yankees were both back in action last night; The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves last night 4-3, after a late inning comeback fell short. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.

-Patrick Flood

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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