Rockland Officials Examine Post-Storm Assessment Report from O&R

Rockland’s County Executive and other elected officials had a closed-door meeting with O&R executives at the Fire Training Center last night to see what changes could be made to the company’s response to the damaging March nor’easters. The company submitted an Emergency Response Plan that is being reviewed by Rockland emergency personnel. County Executive Ed Day said communication was a major problem, and the company promises to do better…

Audio: Ed Day

Utility officials said providing assistance to Puerto Rico after the hurricane hit did not affect O&R’s response in March, as many had come to suspect it had. The meeting and report come as O&R seeks permission for a reported $25 million rate hike from the Public Service Commission.

Utility Worker Suffers Low-voltage Shock Connecting Wire to Home in Orange County

A utility worker for Central Hudson Gas & Electric got a low voltage shock yesterday while connecting a wire from a pole to a Cornwall-On-Hudson home in Orange County. The unidentified worker reportedly did not lose consciousness and was being treated in an area hospital after the incident.

NYS Legislature Names Barbara Underwood as Interim Attorney General

The New York State legislature has named Barbara Underwood as interim Attorney General. She has become the first woman to hold the post. She’s there because the previous officer-holder, Eric Schneiderman, resigned after allegations surfaced that he abused four women. Rockland Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski says Underwood has been a good Solicitor General and has great experience to lead the Attorney General’s office…

Audio: Ken Zebrowski

Two local candidates reportedly had sought the position, including Thomas Humbach of the Rockland County Attorney’s office and Michael Diederich, a Rockland County lawyer in private practice. Others have expressed an interest in running for Attorney General in November as Schneiderman’s term was set to expire this year.

Two-car Crash Tuesday Shuts Traffic on Route 45 in Ramapo for Several Hours

A 67-year-old Hillcrest woman was seriously injured in a crash that closed Route 45 in Ramapo for several hours yesterday. Police say the crash occurred Tuesday morning north of New Hempstead Road. A 31-year-old Haverstraw man driving a Ford Econoline van reportedly crossed into the northbound lane of Route 45 and struck the woman’s Toyota Corolla. Both were treated at the scene by Rockland Paramedics and taken to Westchester Medical Center by Spring Hill Ambulance. No charges were filed, but the incident remains under investigation.

Scarsdale Man Pleads Guilty to Fatally Stabbing Wife

A 64 year-old Scarsdale man faces up to 25 years in state prison. Westchester County’s D-A says Julius Reich copped to first-degree manslaughter, pleading guilty to fatally stabbing his wife more than two years ago. Originally charged with second degree murder, he admitted to ambushing his wife, 58-year-old Dr. Robin Goldman, while she was in the shower, stabbing her more than 20 times with a kitchen knife. Goldman’s children were reportedly anxious to avoid the trauma of a trial and agreed to the plea deal. He will be sentenced in August.

Drive to Add “Tappan Zee” to New Bridge Gaining Momentum in Senate and Assembly

A Putnam County Assemblyman is looking to get the name “Tappan Zee” back into the local lexicon. Kevin Byrne of Brewster has a bill in the Assembly that would call the bridge the “Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge.” Though he is not a co-sponsor of a Syracuse Senator’s Senate version, Rockland State Senator David Carlucci says the bills should pass…

Audio: David Carlucci

If each bill gets passed, Governor Andrew Cuomo would be in the awkward position of having to sign the bill into law or not. Governor Cuomo has made it clear, the “Mario” name should be the bridge’s only name.

Street School Community Center to Host Memorial Day Event Thursday

There’s a Memorial Day event being held for Clarkstown seniors Friday morning at Street Community Center in New City. Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann says the event begins tomorrow at 11am…

Audio: George Hoehmann

Jim is a senior advocate and encourages everyone to come by and get a unique perspective on history…

Audio: Jim

The Street Community Center is located on Zukor Road in New City.

State Considers Appeal of Judge’s Decision to Grant Brinks Participant New Parole Hearing

The state of New York is reportedly considering an appeal of a judge’s decision to give a new parole hearing to Judith Clark, who was convicted of participating in the 1981 Brinks robbery and murder of two policemen and a security guard. Last week Rockland District Attorney Tom Zugibe told the crowd at the Rockland Business Association monthly luncheon Clark did not deserve a new hearing…

Audio: Tom Zugibe

Clark was the getaway driver in the Brinks case and could get her new parole hearing by the end of June. Even if Clark is turned down for the new hearing, she’ll still come before the parole board again next April.

Homeless Man Arrested for Making Terroristic Threats Against County Clerk Employees

A homeless man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill employees of the Rockland County Clerk’s office in New City. 38-year-old Kim Vasquez, who also goes by the name ‘Kum Kee Yee the third’ and ‘Triple X’ faces seven years in prison for making terroristic threats. He allegedly posted a message online threatening to kill people if they did not remove his name from public records.

O&R Rate Increase Request to be Decided Late Summer or Early Fall

An O&R rate increase is expected to be decided by late summer or early fall, but the heads of the five Rockland towns won’t let it happen without having their say first. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann told “The Morning Show” yesterday though things were better in last week’s rain storm, many of the same issues remain unsatisfactory…

Audio: George Hoehmann

Hoehmann says O&R has improved in some areas, but not enough. O&R filed a rate increase request with the Public Service Commission earlier this year. A public hearing is slated for later this summer.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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