Rockland Reaches Tentative Agreement with Corrections Officers Union

The County and Corrections Officers Benevolent Association of Rockland County have reached a tentative contract agreement for the years 2011-2020. The plan still needs to be ratified by COBARC’s 145 members and given final approvals by both the County Executive and the Legislature. Meanwhile, county executive was a guest on “The Morning Show” Friday and said money from the sale of the Sain building could be used to help fund future contract agreements. Day said he set aside $4 million for county workers and he hopes the legislature will do the same…

Audio: Ed Day                 

The budget is expected to be voted on next month.

Spring Valley Trustee Convicted of Corruption Charges

Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil was convicted by a judge Friday of felony corruption charges for stealing $11,000 from a village fund last year that supported a summer camp program. His co-defendant, village day camp coordinator Jermika Depas, was found not guilty of all charges. Fonvil faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in February. Fonvil also loses his position on the Spring Valley Village Board. His attorney told The Journal News there will be an appeal.

Funeral Services Set for RC Corrections Officer Killed Last Week

Services are set for the Rockland County Corrections officer who reportedly died of a single gunshot wound to the head before losing control of his car in Orange County last week. Frank Farina’s wake will be held today from 1-9 pm at T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home in Garnerville. The funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Church in Stony Point. State Police were still awaiting autopsy results and the investigation into Farina’s death continues. His wife, a passenger in the car at the time, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund.

Ramapo Spokesman: East Ramapo Kids are the ones that Suffer

Whether for the town board or the school board, the director of Communications for the Town of Ramapo says residents should be coming out in greater numbers to vote. Phil Tisi said he understood why the lawsuit challenging the East Ramapo Central School District’s at-large method of electing members of the Board of Education, but lamented that whether the district gets a new method of voting or not, it’s always the kids who get caught in the middle…

Audio: Phil Tisi

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit last week. The group claims the system unlawfully denies black and Latino residents an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.

People to People Makes Final Push for Thanksgiving Donations

People to People is still collecting donations of food that the group expects to hand out to more area families this Thanksgiving. Executive Director Diane Serratore says the group collected lots of food over this final weekend before the holiday, and the food won’t go to waste…

Audio: Diane Seratorre  

Donations of turkeys and other Thanksgiving staples can be dropped off at People to People today and tomorrow between the hours of 9:30 and 4:30. People to People is located at 121 West Nyack Road in Nanuet. If you don’t have food to donate you can contribute through the group’s website, just go to PeopleToPeopleINC.org.

Breaking News: Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil Convicted of Corruption & Money Laundering

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced that Vilair Fonvil was convicted after a bench trial of:
• One count of Corrupting the Government in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony
• One count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree as a Crime of Public Corruption, a class “C” Felony
• One count of Money Laundering in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony
• One count of Receiving Reward for Official Misconduct In The Second Degree, a class “E” Felony
 
District Attorney Zugibe said, “The corruption demonstrated by Village Trustee Fonvil is another sad example of the type of behavior that undermines our faith in government. Convictions like these send a loud and clear message that public officials who willfully defy the law will be fully investigated, prosecuted and punished for their actions. The people of Rockland County are fed up with public servants who use their positions for
personal gain, rather than to provide the honest services the community expects.”
 
His co-defendant, Jermika Depas, was reportedly acquitted of all charges.
 
He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 20, 2018 and faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison.

Lawsuit Challenges East Ramapo Central School District Voting Process

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the East Ramapo Central School District’s at-large method of electing members of the Board of Education. The group claims the system unlawfully denies black and Latino residents an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. In a video posted on the NYCLU’s website, former Ramapo High School principal Jean Fields lamented about the various courses that had been cut…

Audio: Jean Fields  

According to the NYCLU, more than 99 percent of East Ramapo’s 27,000 private school students are white, while 96 percent of the nearly 8,500 public school students are children of color. They claim cuts are responsible for the decline in school quality in the district. In 2016, they say, Spring Valley and Ramapo High Schools had the lowest graduation rates and highest dropout rates of all public high schools in Rockland County.

Decision in Spring Valley Corruption Case Could Come Today

A verdict in the corruption case against Spring Valley Trustee Vilair Fonvil and village day camp coordinator Jermika Depas could come this morning. County Court Judge Kevin Russo is expected to decide the case against the pair, accused of stealing $11,000 from a village fund last year that supported a summer camp program. The pair face prison time if convicted. Fonvil also would lose his position as village trustee.

RC Legislator: Budget on Track for December Vote

The 2018 proposed budget for Rockland County is on track to be voted on early next month. That’s according to legislator Jay Hood of Haverstraw, the chairman of the Budget & Finance committee, who was a guest on “The Morning Show” yesterday and said the proposal the county executive put forward shouldn’t need much tweaking…

Audio: Jay Hood

Hood said he’s still unsure about selling the Sain Building in New City if renovation costs at the Pomona complex get too expensive. He expects the legislature to vote on the budget on December fifth.

NY Economic Development Head Laments Tax Proposals will Stymie Growth in NYS

The new head of the New York Economic Development Council spoke out against the current tax plans being put forth in Washington. Executive Director Ryan Silva was the guest speaker at the Rockland Business Association’s luncheon in Nyack yesterday and said his group is all for creating a more level and strategic tax system, but the plans currently being considered, including the house bill that passed yesterday, would stifle growth in New York State…

Audio: Ryan Silva

The House passed its tax overhaul yesterday with 227 votes in favor and 205 against. Thirteen Republicans voted against the bill. No Democrats voted for it.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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