Putnam Man Turns Himself In After Robbing Connecticut Bank

A Putnam man is in custody today after turning himself into the police for allegedly robbing a bank in Danbury, Connecticut. Police say 36-year-old Michael Zemsky handed the bank teller a note with an undisclosed amount of money at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Zemsky was able to escape, but less than 24 hours later, he turned himself in. He was charged with two felonies, second-degree robbery and third-degree larceny, and is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.  (Source: LoHud)

 

Tobacco-Free Pharmacies Act Passes in 15-0 Vote; Faces Ed Day Next

By a 15-0 vote on Tuesday, the Rockland County Legislature out forth a bill that would ban the sale of tobacco at any pharmacy in the county. The Tobacco-Free Pharmacies Act will not only ban the sale of tradition tobacco products in pharmacies, but also the sale of electronic cigarettes, powdered tobacco, and tobacco paraphernalia. The bill can now be signed into law, vetoed, or allowed into law by County Executive Ed Day.  (Source: LoHud)

15 Delinquent Properties in Rockland Sold in Auction

Rockland County put 31 properties up for auction yesterday after they failed to pay their taxes. Of the 31 properties in the auction, 15 of them sold, while the other 16 failed to sell. The total expected revenue from the 31 minimum bids clocked in at a little over $1 million dollars, while $1.7 million dollars was brought in from the 15 properties sold in the auction. Most of the properties that were put up for auction were vacant residential properties.  (Source:LoHud)

 

Over 30 Rockland County Non-Profit Groups Receive 2017 Funding

County Executive Ed Day did not act on a funding resolution adopted by the Legislature on December 28th. The County Executive had until yesterday to veto the measure, take no action, or approve it; he decided to send it back unsigned. All of this means that more than 30 of Rockland’s nonprofit Public Benefit Organizations will receive the funding they need to continue their work. The funding for these organizations mainly comes from two contingency accounts with unspent money budgeted from 2016.

Hearing for Suspended Police Chief Michael Sullivan Delayed

On Wednesday, another twist in the hearing of suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan came to the forefront, after yesterday’s hearing came to a sudden halt. Hearing Officer Robert Ponzini cited “several legal matters” and then adjourned the hearing until February 8th. Both the Prosecution and the defense could not comment on the most recent delay due to a gag order.    (Source: LoHud)

 

Governor Cuomo Proposes E-Cigarette State Tax

Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to slap a state tax on e-cigarettes and vaporizing pens. More specifically, the proposed state tax would target the gel or liquid in the vaporizing pens. The governor stated in his 152.3 billion state budget proposal that a 10-cent-per millimeter tax on the liquid in electronic cigarettes would capitalize on the growing popularity of vaping.  (Source: LoHud)

 

Spring Valley Man One of 30 Arrested in Drug Bust

A Spring Valley man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after a county-wide sweep of narcotics operations by the Rockland Drug Task Force. Authorities arrested Aaron Parker, along with 30 other drug dealers, for various felony counts including possession of heroin and cocaine. Most of the arrests made came from an operation dubbed “Money Mike,” which started in June of 2015, and targeted Michael McMullin’s narcotics trafficking operation. McMullin was one of the 30 dealers arrested during the operation. (Source:LoHud)

County Executive Ed Day Announces Tax-Delinquent Property Auction

Rockland County Executive Ed Day made the announcement yesterday that if owners of 16 delinquent properties in Rockland do not pay their taxes, the county would auction off their respective properties. During the press conference yesterday, the County Executive made it clear that foreclosure isn’t the best outcome for anyone and insisted that the county made every effort to work with owners and gave them plenty of notice. The 16 properties will be auctioned off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rockland County Legislative Chamber, which is located at 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.

Mount Vernon Police Arrest Suspect in the Shamoya McKenzie Shooting

In Mount Vernon, an arrest has been made in the shooting death of 13-year-old Shamoya McKenzie, which occurred on New Year’s Eve. 21-year-old David Hardy was allegedly aiming to shoot another person that day but hit her instead. McKenzie was a passenger in a car traveling near the 300 block of East Third Street in the afternoon of the 31st. Hardy made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday and is due back in court on February 2nd.  (Source: LoHud)

 

Yorktown Police Arrest Man Who Robbed a Sears’ Register

Police in Yorktown say they have arrested a Putnam Valley man who allegedly stole $1,000 dollars from a register at Sears. The robbery occurred over the course of 9 days at the Jefferson Valley Mall and concluded with the man’s arrest on Sunday evening. Authorities charged 53-year-old Dominic J Santucci with fourth degree grand larceny; he was released pending a February 16th court appearance.  (Source: LoHud)

 

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