Proposed Walmart on Ramapo-Haverstraw Border Appears to be Dead

A proposal to bring a Walmart near the Haverstraw-Ramapo border that’s been on the drawing board for over two decades is apparently dead. Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips told “The Morning Show” yesterday both Haverstraw and Ramapo planning boards had given approvals to the Route 202 location, but Walmart appears to have pulled the plug anyway…

Audio: Howard Phillips

Half the project is in Ramapo and the other half is in Haverstraw. Phillips is confident something will eventually go into the property.

Rockland County Legislature Prepares to Scrutinize County Executive’s 2019 Budget Proposal

The Rockland County Legislature will spend about two months reviewing the county executive’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year once it’s presented to them. Minority Leader Legislator Lon Hofstein says he expects the county executive to deliver a conservative budget…

Audio: Lon Hofstein

The county executive is expected to present the budget to the legislature on October first.

Former Cuomo Aide Gets Six Years in Prison

A former top aide to Governor Cuomo was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge to six years in prison. Joseph Percoco was found guilty earlier this year of fraud and corruption for taking over $300-thousand in bribes and exploiting his relationship to the governor. The Albany Times-Union reports the 49 year-old’s wife was also hired by a Connecticut energy company to a “low-show” job teaching schoolchildren about energy.

Avon Lays off Rye Employees; Some to Relocate to Suffern

Some Avon Products employees are being pushed out of the company’s Westchester data canter and coming to Suffern. The company announced earlier this week that it’s laying off about 100 employees from its location in Rye. That announcement came after a report in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week of an unsolicited takeover bid by a Brazilian cosmetics company. WRCR’s Market Analyst Ken Mahoney of Mahoney Asset Management says it’s unclear if the Suffern plant could eventually fall to the same fate…

Audio: Ken Mahoney

An Avon spokesperson told The Westchester Business Journal the data operations will be moved to other locations in the U.S. and around the world, including Suffern. All operations in Rye will end by next September.

Clarkstown To Name Dog Park After Valley Cottage Marine, her K-9 Sgt. Rex and Clarkstown Police K-9s

Clarkstown’s new dog park is being dedicated today. Supervisor George Hoehmann says the park is being named in honor of Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey, her K-9 Sgt. Rex and Clarkstown Police K-9s…

Audio: George Hoehmann

Marine Cpl. Leavey, who grew up in Valley Cottage, and her K-9 Rex served two tours in Iraq and in 2006 they were both wounded by an improvised explosive device. Leavey was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for heroism in combat. The dog park is located in Congers Lake Memorial Park on Gilchrest Road in Congers. A ceremony will be held there at 11 this morning.

County Paper Shredding Event Comes to Haverstraw Saturday

If you’ve got papers you need shredded, you can bring them to Haverstraw Town Hall tomorrow from 8am to noon. Howard Phillips heads up the Solid Waste Management Authority and says each Rockland resident can bring up to three banker boxes of paper, but please, leave the binders, plastic bags and other plastics at home…

Audio: Howard Phillips

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Nyack Judge Dismisses Harassment Charge Against Actor

The charge of second degree harassment against actor Liev Schreiber has been dismissed by a Nyack Justice Court judge. Freelance photographer Sherwood Martinelli had accused the “Ray Donovan” actor of shoving him in a Nyack bar in June. Schreiber had been in Nyack filming scenes from the Showtime Series at the time.

Improved Cell Service in N. Palisades Parkway Area Takes Step Closer to Reality

Commuters and hikers frustrated with the lack of cell service on the northern stretch of the Palisades Parkway and Route 6 area will be glad to know better connections took a step closer to reality. State senator David Carlucci says the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission has approved a site lease with Verizon for cell towers to improve service in the area…

Audio: David Carlucci

The towers would be located in the Anthony Wayne parking area and the Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain.

RC Legislature to Discuss TZ Bus Service Tonight

The Rockland County Legislature’s Special Committee on Transit will be hosting a meeting tonight focusing on bus service, in particular to and from Tarrytown and the Nyacks. Legislator Harriet Cornell heads up the Committee and says several riders of the TZ Express are concerned about the quality of bus service…

Audio: Harriet Cornell

The meeting is being held tonight at 7 in the Legislature’s Chambers in New City.

Orangetown Holds Public Hearing on Conference Center’s Rental Increase Request

The HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center is looking to boost room rental capacity. Formerly known as the IBM Conference Center, HNA wants to be able to rent its rooms to traditional tourists. The previous owner had always done that, but when the new owners applied for an expansion, they realized that they should not have been doing that. Orangetown supervisor Chris Day says they’re only allowed to rent to those attending events, so a public hearing was held earlier this month to see about changing that…

Audio: Chris Day

The center sits on over 100 acres between Route 340 and Route 9W in Palisades and pays about $1.6 million in property taxes each year to the town. Another public hearing will be held next month.

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