Rockland’s Legislature Passes Plastic Bag Ban, County Executive says Bill Needs Research

The Rockland County legislature voted 14-3 Thursday to ban plastic bags from, but not limited to, many retail and drug stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers’ markets. Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan of Clarkstown and Orangetown calls plastic bags a major problem and says the law is a huge step forward for Rockland…

On Sunday, at an event out on Long Island, Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested plastic bags should be banned state-wide…

Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he has an open mind about the issue, but some research still needs to be done…

The proposed Rockland law does not ban bags used by pharmacies to contain prescription drugs, newspaper bags, or laundry-dry cleaning bags. The county executive has until April 10th to sign the bill, do nothing or veto it.

NY Environmental Groups Want Expanded Bottle Bill in State Budget

Environmental groups are hoping to get an expanded bottle deposit law passed with the state budget. Andrea Sears reports.

NJ Delays Vote on Pot, CT Takes Steps Towards Passage, NY in Holding Pattern

OK, everybody inhale slowly, then exhale slowly…a vote on legalized weed in New Jersey has been delayed. The Associated Press reports the New Jersey legislature abandoned voting on a bill yesterday that would have legalized recreational marijuana after the president of the state Senate said there weren’t enough votes to pass the bill. It was not immediately clear when the state legislature might take up the bill again. Meanwhile, Connecticut took a step closer to legalizing pot. A Legislative committee passed a bill by a 10-8 vote. It next needs approval in both houses of the legislature.

Clarkstown to Ask State to Improve Road Conditions

It’s been a rough winter on Rockland roadways but at least one town is tired of taking the blame for state roads that are crumbling. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann says at tonight’s town board meeting he expects to pass resolutions asking the state to do traffic safety studies and authorize capital improvement projects for Routes 304, 303, 59 and 9W…

The meeting is being held tonight at town hall in the auditorium at 7pm.

Rockland Blood Drive in Pomona at County Health Complex Tomorrow

Rockland’s got a shortage of blood and your help is needed. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says there’s a blood drive tomorrow in Pomona…

The blood drive runs from 8am to 5pm at the Health Complex in Pomona, building A.

Learn About 3-D Printing at AARP Event at West Nyack JCC

The local AARP chapter is hosting a special presentation on 3-D printing tomorrow. Lou Morris of the AARP says technology education consultant Dr. Alan Pierce will review how plastic can be used to print everything from body parts to buildings…

The event is free and open to the public, and it gets underway tomorrow at 12:30 at the JCC in West Nyack.

Rockland Lawmakers Press Governor and NYC Mayor on Congestion Pricing

Rockland lawmakers are continuing to hammer the governor and New York City’s mayor on congestion pricing as the deadline for the budget draws near. The governor has said he won’t sign a budget without it, but Rockland County executive Ed Day calls it highway robbery…

Western Ramapo and Orange County Assemblyman Karl Brabenec says the extra tolls would kill farmers from more rural areas…

The website CityLimits.org says if congestion pricing passes, residents of the Upper West Side are concerned about an influx of cars looking to park in their neighborhoods to avoid the added fees.

Ramapo Ballpark Consultant: Maybe Add a Roof?

The baseball stadium consultant reviewing the earning potential for Ramapo’s ballpark hasn’t issued a report yet, but the supervisor says the possibility of adding a roof or bubble to enclose the stadium isn’t off the table. But after discovering an 8.7 million-dollar deficit with the completion of the 2016 audits, Supervisor Michael Specht says financing such an undertaking would require some assistance…

The Boulders are holding National Anthem auditions on Wednesday from 6-8pm. Opening day is May 16th.

Letchworth Village “Overlay District” Topic of Stony Point Public Hearing Tuesday

The 25 acres of land that belong to Stony Point in Letchworth Village, also known as the “overlay district,” will be the topic of discussion at a public hearing Tuesday night. Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says the hearing won’t cover the golf course or cover the development currently targeted for the area, but the discussion will focus on bringing new business to the site…

The discussion will be part of the next Town Board meeting tomorrow night at the RHO Building at 7 p.m.

SV NAACP Hosting “Election Reform Legislation” Voters Forum Tonight

The NAACP of Spring Valley is hosting a voters forum tonight at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center on North Main Street. The forum will focus on Election Reform Legislation. It gets underway at 7pm tonight.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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