Ramapo Central School District Name Change in Works

The Journal News is reporting this morning that Ramapo Central School District would like to differentiate itself from East Ramapo School District and they are considering a name change. Ramapo Central is waiting for approval from the state to change the name to Suffern Central School District in line with their other two schools — Suffern High School and Suffern Middle School — clearly identifying the district. Ramapo Central school board president Theresa DiFalco said that too often people are confusing the two districts. She told the Journal News, “We receive inquiries from the media, from members of the public and from other school districts that are actually intended for East Ramapo,” she added “we have also observed that, at the budget vote time in May, we receive telephone calls from people looking for their polling place only to find out that they reside in East Ramapo.” There will be a public hearing regarding the name change November 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the district’s administrative office building, 45 Mountain Avenue, Hillburn.


Full Military Honors for Burial of Sgt. James Morrison

The members of the Hillcrest Fire Department are planning a final tribute for 28-year-old Army sergeant James “Jamie” Morrison of Wesley Hills. Morrison died last week in Fort Carson, Colorado serving with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry. He served three deployments to Afghanistan and was cited for heroism. He lived in Colorado with his wife and daughter and had been a member of Hillcrest Fire Department alongside his father, Richard Morrison, before beginning his military service. The death has been listed as a suicide and is presently under investigation as post-traumatic stress disorder. Sergeant Morrison will be buried with full military honors. There will be visiting hours Saturday at the funeral home 71 Central Highway from 2-5 pm and 7-9pm. The procession will leave at 11 am Sunday for the Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Brick Church Road in Hempstead. The graveside service is scheduled for noon. Rockland County Executive Ed Day is requesting flags at half-staff on county buildings from Thursday-Monday.


(source: MidHudson News)

Afternoon News Update 10/25

A new report was released today which stated that 74% of guns used in crimes within New York State originated from other states. New York gun laws are some of the strongest in the country, but the state continues to have gun issues as the flow of guns from outside the state has been steady. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has stated that the report will be released to the public later today, but believes that the data clearly points to lax laws in other states hurting New York. (Source: LoHud)

A Southeast man was arrested last week after he sold Xanax to an undercover Putnam County deputy. 20-year-old John Power was taken into custody after police got word that he was selling prescription pain killers in the area. Police were then able to setup the undercover sting operation on October 20th and arrest the 20-year-old. Powers was charged with multiple felony charges; he was arraigned in Carmel Town Court and released pending a future court appearance. (Source: LoHud)

As Election Day draws closer, Rockland County officials are urging residents that it is illegal to place campaign signs in a public-right-of-way. Some of the signs that have been taken down were campaign attack ads and were removed from multiple busy intersections in Clarkstown and Ramapo. Multiple candidates on both sides of the isle have released statements saying that they wish to remain civil on the campaign trail and do not support the placement of the signs, nor do they support the hateful messages being displayed on them. (Source: LoHud)

In national sports news, the World Series starts tonight in Cleveland as the Indians and Cubs look to break their respective championship droughts! You can catch all the action starting at 8 p.m. on Fox. And in NBA news, the Knicks will also be in Cleveland as they start their season against the Cavaliers, the Nets meanwhile will start their season tomorrow night in Boston.

-Patrick Flood

Rallies for “StopTheCuomoTax.org” in White Plains

There is a movement afoot known as Stop The Cuomo Tax and according to their latest press release they now have 15,000 supporters and growing to “stop Governor Cuomo’s unfair plan to increase our electric bills to bailout failing, old nuclear plants.” Blair Horner the founder of Stop Cuomo Tax is encouraging citizens who feel the same way to join rallies happening this week at lunch time. In White Plains on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue (near the fountains) Stop Cuomo Tax is rallying and asks that you bring your electric bill. Horner stated, “We are rallying all over the state to return our massive electric bills to Governor Cuomo. Because the governor’s plan is going to cost New Yorkers $7.6 billion, we think it’s only fair if he’s the one who gets delivered the bill.” For more information visit: stopthecuomotax.org


Warning for Placing Business and Political Signs

With just two weeks to go before Election Day, Rockland County officials are issuing a reminder that it is illegal to place campaign sings in a public right-of-way and signs that are found in public areas will be removed. Yesterday, a sign bearing a likeness to county Legislator Aron Wieder, who is running for state Assembly, with the words: “David Carlucci for Medicaid.” And in smaller lettering, “Working together, other people can carry us” were removed from public areas. There is no information as to who made or placed the signs in several intersections in Clarkstown and Ramapo on Sunday evening. Senator Carlucci told The Journal News he “can’t speak to the motives,” and he believes the person “is pushing hatred.” Carlucci added, “That’s the exact opposite of what my service to the community has been, which is trying to bridge the divide of the community.” Code-enforcement officers in Clarkstown have been removing signs business or political if they are in public right of ways.


Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert

Police need your help in locating 82-year-old Dawn Elaine Darling a missing vulnerable adult with Alzheimer’s who was last seen driving in the area of Warren Center Road in Warren Township, Pennsylvania at 9am on Monday. She used to live in Dutchess County, New York and may be traveling there. Darling drives a 2008 gray Hyundai Elantra with New York registration EHZ-1376. She was wearing a light green sweatshirt and black pants. If you have information contact your local police department.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Rockland

In order to bring public awareness to lead, a major cause of poisoning among children, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, issued a countywide proclamation declaring this week Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Rockland. Day said, “This proclamation reinforces our commitment to having every child in Rockland County grow up in a healthy, safe environment, free from the harmful effects of lead.” The Health Department is launching #RocklandLeadFreeKids and there will be posters in the community and a public information table located on the first floor of the Allison-Parris County Office Building. Most children get lead poisoning living in homes pre-1978 where lead paint has been used. When lead paint is sanded, scraped, brushed or burned it makes lead dust and can lead to poisoning. Lead is also leached into water through old pipes. Here are some of the actions you can take:

  • Get your child tested. Even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead at ages one and two. The most common test for lead is a simple blood test. In fact, New York State requires health care providers to test all children for lead with a blood lead test at age one year and again at age two years. At every well-child visit up to age six, health care providers must ask parents about any contact their child might have had with lead. If there’s been a chance of contact, providers are required to test for lead again.
  • Get your home tested. Before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection. To learn about your rights before you buy or lease visit the Environmental Protection Agency website. Remodeling your home? Contact your local town or village before renovating or remodeling to find out if a building permit is required. Renovate right with lead-safe work practices. For information about remodeling or renovating in a lead-safe way, or to find a contractor or inspector, visit the EPA website.
  • Learn about drinking water. Visit the EPAwebsite on drinking water.
  • Get the facts. The Health Department can provide you with helpful information about preventing childhood lead poisoning. Visit the website or call(845) 364-3786. (Source EPA.gov)



Afternoon News Update 10/24

In Bronxville, a 24-year-old man was arrested for supposedly stealing a car and a checkbook from the New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. According to authorities, Yonkers resident Michael Perrier illegally went into the hospital last week and stole the checkbook and car keys from a desk drawer. Police used surveillance footage from the hospital to identify Perrier; he was taken to the Westchester County Department of Corrections and is due back in court on October 26th. (Source: LoHud)

In Paterson, New Jersey on Friday, police arrested three men on drug dealing charges at a house in the 4th ward, after numerous citizen complaints were filed related to the residence. Authorities seized 1,680 packets of heroin, as well as, small amounts of other illicit drugs. 40-year-old Demetrius McCutchen and 35-year-old Jerome Alexander, who live at the residence, were charged with 13 different drug offenses. The third suspect, 35-year-old Damien Thompson, was not involved in the distribution of the heroin found at the scene. (Source: NorthJersey)

New Jersey residents are almost completely united in their opposition to a new proposal that would allow two casinos to be built in North New Jersey. A new poll suggests that 70 percent of Jersey residents oppose the plan, while only 24 percent support the proposal. The poll was conducted by a group from Fairleigh Dickinson University. (Source: NorthJersey)

In national baseball news, The Chicago Cubs are heading back to the World Series for the first time since 1945. The Cubs were able to put away the Dodgers for good on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout win in Chicago. The Indians have not won the World Series since 1948 and the Cubs have not won since 1908; either way one team will break their championship drought. The World Series starts tomorrow in Cleveland.

-Patrick Flood

Register for NYS Health Insurance

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents November 1 is the date the open-enrollment period for health care coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace. If you haven’t signed up for health insurance you can enroll for coverage starting in January 2017. If you already signed-up, you may renew or change your policy between November 16 and December 15, 2016. There are “Navigators” available for free to help you sign up in-person. Assistance is available in English, Spanish and Creole, and in Monsey they also speak Yiddish. Navigators will be at the New City Library tomorrow from 11am-2pm (220 North Main Street). For more information call: 845-364-3394 / toll free: 855-355-5777. Or visit: www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or healthinsurance@co.rockland.ny.us

Viola Estates Ramapo Stop Work Order

At a hearing in the New City courthouse, the Ramapo Building Department issued a stop work order on the Viola road construction project. The neighbors of the newly constructed Viola Estates in Ramapo had commissioned an on-site inspection of the 44-home development that found separate plumbing, gas and electrical systems and separate water heaters and boilers suggesting there were accessory unapproved apartments in the complex. The Attorney representing the neighbors, Steve Mogel, told Judge William Kelly that the community cannot trust Ramapo officials to follow the rules because the building was tied to Chief Building Inspector Anthony Malia, who is under indictment for 100 felony charges due to relationships with builder and contractors. Attorney Jospeh Haspel, representing the developer Ephraim Grossman and Viola Gardens LLC said the developer has agreed to go before the Ramapo Planning Board to seek revised plans and correct any problems cited. Kelly has adjourned the hearing until Friday. (Source: The Journal News)

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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