Standing outside of 471 Kings Highway in Valley Cottage, a property with an unpaid tax bill of over $79,822.26, Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced that the county has collected 81 percent of delinquent taxes on residential properties since beginning a new expedited enforcement in the spring. The county has begun foreclosure proceedings on the Kings Highway property and 29 other non-residential parcels. The county has collected $2.4 million of the $2.9 million owed by owners of non-residential properties. A total of 124 properties were identified by the county as having unpaid taxes. Owners of all but 34 of those properties either paid their bill in full or entered into installment plans.
Legislators in Albany have announced an agreement to help small businesses; homeowners and renters access state funds for uninsured losses and physical damage they have incurred as a result of the Chelsea explosion. The state is working actively and aggressively to ensure that all affected residents and businesses quickly recover. Affected business owners and residents can call DFS Insurance Disaster Hotline at 800-339-1759 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM).
If you are a boater and plan to be on the Hudson River this weekend know that you will not be allowed to pass under the Tappan Zee Bridge through the main navigational channel Friday, between 6:00 AM – 4:30 PM. This is the first of 70 planned closures of the main channel through 2017. Officials are requesting that boaters stay away from the main navigational channel completely. Crews will be doing critical work to install girders and the road deck between the main span towers. You can also hear up-to-date closures broadcast on Marine Channel 22A.
The Common Core, the national educational standard, is getting a revamping here in New York. After seeking comments from more than 10,000 New Yorkers, including parents, teachers and students revisions have now been recommended at every grade level from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Education Commissioner, Mary Ellen Elia said she wants to hear from more educators and parents “as well as stakeholders so we can develop the best learning standards to prepare New York’s children for their futures.” The “anchor standards” of the Common Core will remain in tact and changes will focus on merging and defining the different anchors particularly in the area of reading. Elia said no changes will be implemented until 2018-2019 school year. You can read the proposed standards at: http://www.nysed.gov/aimhighny
A Ramapo high school student was charged with multiple felony counts after he pulled a handgun on a fellow student on a school bus. The 16-year-old student, whose name was not released, was involved in an argument with a younger student that he was sitting next to. Police were notified by the younger child’s parents of the student’s gun and proceeded to track down the 16-year-old. He is being held in lieu of 20,000 dollars bail. (Source: LoHud)
On Saturday, a Bronx man was driving while intoxicated when he crashed his friend’s car and fled the scene in Dutchess County. 25-year old Anthony Velazquez was in the car when his friend pulled over to help one of their other friends who felt ill. Velazquez then drove away, leaving his friends behind and eventually crashing the car in Wappinger. He is due back in court on Thursday and is currently being held at the Westchester County jail. (Source: LoHud)
The city of Hackensack plans to deny all bids from companies that wish to privatize sanitation services. The original plan for implementing private sanitation services came about as a cost cutting measure; however, after much consideration and research, it was discovered that the savings would be minimal for the city. City officials also received harsh criticism from community members who saw the move as a threat to those already employed by the city’s sanitation division. (Source: NorthJersey)
The Major League Baseball playoff push continued last night. The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves last night 5-4, after a late inning comeback fell short. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Mets and Yankees are both scheduled to play at 7:10 tonight.
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. there is a public hearing of the Orangetown Zoning Board of Appeals and on the agenda, Aluf Plastics, a 500,000 square foot facility off Route 303, will be questioned concerning plastic-chemical odors emitting from the factory. Neighbors near the factory say they cannot use their yards and must leave windows closed at all times. Community members are concerned about their children at local schools. The community has formed a group Clean Air for Orangetown and have been gathering signatures on a petition. The meeting will be held at Greenbush Auditorium, 20 Greenbush Road in Orangeburg. If you would like to sign the petition:
The New York State Department’s Division of Licensing Services is holding a public meeting tonight in Rockland County to consider the need to adopt Cease and Desist Zone in the community. The meeting is 6:00 -9:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Student Union at Rockland Community College, 145 College Road, Suffern. Supervisor Andy Stewart, Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee, and State Senator David Carlucci, and the leadership of Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods Rockland and Chestnut Ridge have urged the State to hold this meeting. This is a forum for the community to share their concerns about the aggressive, blockbusting tactics some realtors and their representatives employ to get people to sell their homes.
On Friday at approximately 2 p.m., a 16-year-old student and a younger student from Ramapo High were riding the school bus and got into a war of words about whether the older student was carrying a gun. It escalated until the older student, whose name is not being released due to age, allegedly pulled out a loaded 9mm Hi-Point handgun and threatened the younger student. The younger student told his parents who notified Ramapo police. Authorities found the older student on Friday evening as a passenger in 23-year-old Timothy Brown’s car. They recovered the gun and charged the student with felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, and misdemeanor second-degree menacing. The teen is being held at county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. Brown is being held without bail.
The Clarkstown police department will be tightening its belt as the town board, police department, and Clarkstown PBA agreed at Tuesday night’s meeting to cut $2.7 million from next year’s budget. The plan is to retire 10-15 officers; hire lower salaried new officers; and add changes to overtime scheduling policies, among other initiatives. Suspended Police Chief, Michael Sullivan, was not privy to the negotiations regarding the cuts. He attended the meeting with supporters for his reinstatement.
Inspection teams from the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration carried out crude oil tanker inspections at the CSX Corporation-owned Frontier Rail Yard in Buffalo and numerous other points including CSX-owned switch in Haverstraw. They focused on track, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety equipment, including wheels and brakes and couplers. Inspection teams examined 109 crude oil tank cars, approximately 196 miles of track ad 72 switches. Overall, sate and federal teams uncovered and addressed three critical defects and 41 non-critical defects. Federal Railroad Administration Inspectors examined one switch along the CSX mainline in Haverstraw. No defects were found.