Clarkstown Police Looking for Nanuet Bank Robbery Suspect

Clarkstown Police are looking for a man who they suspect robbed a Nanuet bank yesterday morning. Police spoke to a teller at the Chase Bank on Smith Street who said a man handed her a note demanding money. Clarkstown Police detective Peter Walker says she gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he left without hurting anyone…

Audio: Peter Walker

Detective Walker says the suspect did not display a weapon when he was at the bank. We have surveillance photos of him on our website in this article. If you recognize him or were in the area of the bank around 8:45 yesterday morning, call the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800.

Confirmed Rockland Measles Cases Jumps to 72

There are now 72 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County as well as seven suspected cases that the Health Department is continuing to investigate. If you need information on the measles, click here…or you can call the New York State Department of Health toll-free Measles Information line at 1-888-364-4837. There are no scheduled county MMR clinics at this time. If you need the vaccine, contact your health care provider. You can also click here for a Measles Fact Sheet.

 

O&R Files Proposal with NYSPSC for Rate Hike

Orange and Rockland Utilities has filed a proposal with the New York State Public Service Commission for new electric and natural gas services rates covering the next three years. O&R worked with the five towns and the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority to come up with the proposal. Under the new electric rate plan, O&R’s electric delivery revenues would increase $8.6 million in 2019, $12 million in 2020, and $12.2 million in 2021. If approved by the PSC, the average residential electric customer would see an increase of about 2.5 percent each year. O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says the money would help fund the rollout of the smart meter program…

Audio: Mike Donovan

The 5-town coalition along with the Solid Waste Management Authority was able to keep the increases lower than what O&R wanted. Ramapo Supervisor Michael Specht says this is all still subject to PSC approval…

Audio: Michael Specht

The dates of those hearings have yet to be determined. Under the proposal, O&R is also required to be better prepared for storms and communicate better with residents. The new proposed delivery rate plans for both electric and natural gas would be effective from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021.

Rockland’s 5 Supervisors Launch Surprise Inspection of HiTor

Rockland’s five town supervisors also took a surprise tour of HiTor Animal Center this week. The shelter’s been tail deep in controversy since the firing of their manager earlier this month and the walkout of several of his supporters. Haverstraw supervisor Howard Phillips says the remaining staff and volunteers are doing the best they can…

Audio: Howard Phillips

Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says even area veterinarians have been helping out…

Audio: Jim Monaghan

Monaghan says the shelter could use more volunteers. For information on how to help visit HiTor.org.

Pearl River Man Graduates Police Academy, Becomes NYS Trooper

A 30 year-old Pearl River man was one of more than 150 new State Troopers honored Wednesday in Albany for graduating in the 207th session of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. As of Monday, Trooper Gene Rhee will be assigned to Troop F in Middletown…

Audio: Gene Rhee

Trooper Rhee was the winner of the Superintendent’s Firearms Proficiency Award. During firearms training, he scored an average of 250 out of a possible 250.

Marian Shrine Hosting “Concert for Life” Saturday to Benefit Good Counsel Home in Spring Valley

The Marian Shrine is hosting a “Concert for Life” this weekend in Stony Point to benefit the Good Counsel home in Spring Valley for expecting and new moms and their babies. Eileen Peterson of Stony Point says the home provides everything a new mom could need, all on private funding…

Audio: Eileen Peterson

The concert features soprano and pianist Megan Weston and Michael Fennelly, and the Mueller Family Schola with Magnificent Sacred Music. It’s being held Saturday at 1 pm at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, and our own Steve Possell is the MC. For more information about Good Counsel, visit their website, GoodCounselHomes.org.

Sheriff’s “Project Community Eyes” Sees Uptick in Registrations Following Pittsburgh Shooting

The Rockland County Sheriff’s “Project Community Eyes” program saw an uptick in registrations in the days following the Pittsburgh shooting last month. “Project Community Eyes” gives police a database of video cameras around the county, making it easier for them to pinpoint potential evidence that could be secured after a terror incident or a crime has been committed. Sheriff Lou Falco told “The Morning Show” yesterday people can become complacent, and it takes a major incident to wake them up…

Audio: Lou Falco

For more information and to register for “Project Community Eyes,” visit the sheriff’s website, or click here.

O&R Warns of Carbon Monoxide and Winter Weather Dangers

Orange and Rockland Utilities is warning residents of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in the wake of an incident Monday that sent seven to area hospitals earlier this week in Ramapo.  Police say seven people were overcome after high levels of CO were found in a home in Monsey, and all were suffering from headaches and dizziness. O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can result in severe illness, or even death…

Audio: Mike Donovan

Police say the home had been without power for several days, and a gas-powered generator in an enclosed deck attached to the home was being used to power lights and space heaters. Aluminum pans with smoldering charcoal were being used for heat. The Fire and Building Inspectors ruled the property uninhabitable. O&R is also warning customers of the season’s first winter storm that’s approaching, cautioning people to stay away from downed wires and transformers.

State-of-the-art Welcome Center Opens at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

The Hudson Valley/Catskills Welcome Center officially opened yesterday at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley up in Orange County. The state-of-the-art Welcome Center will serve as a gateway to the Hudson Valley and Catskills vacation regions. 10 other similar centers are being built across the state. The governor’s office says tourism is now the state’s third largest industry, supporting nearly 940,000 jobs annually.

Orangetown Officials Work to Replace Nyack College, Leaving Next Year for NYC

Though he and other area political leaders were blind-sided by Nyack College’s announcement last week that they would be moving their entire campus to the city, Orangetown’s supervisor is working with the mayors of Nyack, Upper Nyack and South Nyack to replace the college. Supervisor Chris Day says there’s already been interest in the site…

Audio: Chris Day

In a video posted on their website, Nyack College President Mike Scales said the move was made with the students’ best interests in mind…

Audio: Mike Scales

Founded in 1882, Nyack College has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 14-hundred students, occupies about 125 acres in Upper Nyack and employs about 220 people. The move to the city is expected by next fall.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.