Orange County Man’s Video Destroying His AR-15 Goes Viral

Did you catch the viral video of the man who used a table saw to cut up his legally-owned AR-15 gun in the wake of last week’s Florida school shooting? What you may not know about the video is that guy is Scott Pappalardo of Scotchtown in Orange County. Distraught over the incident, he thought about selling the gun that he’s had for more than 30 years, but decided that wasn’t good enough…

Audio: Scott Pappalardo

Pappalardo’s video has more than 23 million views on Facebook and it’s been shared more than 400,000 times.

 

Ramapo Senior Day at the Movies is Back Friday

It’s baaaaaaack! Ramapo Senior Day at the Movies is tomorrow at the Senior Center on Haverstraw Road in Suffern. Town Communications Director Phil Tisi says tomorrow’s showing is of the film, “Wonder” starring Jason Tremblay…

Audio: Phil Tisi

The movie begins at 11:00 AM tomorrow and is free for Ramapo Seniors 55 and over.

Rockland Senator Backs Chestnut Ridge Cease-and-Desist Zone “100 Percent”

The plan to make Chestnut Ridge “a cease-and-desist zone” has the backing of Rockland’s State Senator 100 percent. After receiving numerous complaints from area residents about what they call aggressive solicitations to sell their homes, the New York Department of State is poised to create a list of homeowners who do not want to be bothered. Senator David Carlucci says it’s a good start to combat those real estate professionals who cross the line, though he recognizes the plan won’t have teeth to deal with non-professionals that also get too aggressive…

Audio: David Carlucci

Similar to a “no-knock” list, the “cease-and-desist zone” would regulate activities of real estate agents, which fall under the department of state’s responsibility. The public can offer their opinions about the proposal to the Department of State until April 16th. If passed, violators can face fines up to $1,000, license suspension, revocation, or simply a reprimand.

Sentencing for Former Spring Valley Trustee Delayed

A former Spring Valley trustee found guilty of corruption will have to wait until April to find out his sentence, News 12 reports sentencing was delayed yesterday for Vilair Fonvil, who was found guilty of misappropriating village funds set aside for a village summer camp program. He’s reportedly got a new lawyer who is working on his appeal. He faces up to 15 years in prison. He’s due back in court April 24th.

Former Orangetown Supervisor Gets New Job in Westchester

A former Orangetown supervisor has a new job. Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced Thom Kleiner, who ran Orangetown from 1996 to 2009 and who tried to become supervisor again last year, has been named executive director of the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board. In a statement, Latimer called Kleiner a “valuable addition to the team” adding he’ll help make “Westchester a premier destination for businesses large and small.”

Amnesty Deadline for TZB Cashless Toll Violations Coming Monday

Have you been accused of violations with the new cashless tolling system on the new Tappan Zee Bridge? Well, the Thruway Authority’s amnesty program for “Tolls By Mail” customers only have a week left to pay open violations without the tacked-on fees that many have complained about. The program ends this Monday. If you have a car that’s been caught with violations between April 24th, 2016 and January 31st, 2018, you qualify. Click here to figure out if, or how much, you might owe.

Rockland Solid Waste Authority Launches New App to Help Recycle

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of what recyclables go where and when…well, there’s a new app for that. Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority chairman Howard Phillips says the new “Recycling Coach” app helps you keep track of all things recycling…

Audio: Howard Phillips

For more information on the free recycling coach app visit RocklandRecycles.com.

Defense Objects to Use of Clip from “The Sopranos” in Corruption Trial of Former Cuomo Aide

Prosecutors in the corruption trial of a former aide to the governor will not be able to show a clip from the HBO TV show, “The Sopranos.” Published reports say federal prosecutors in Joe Percoco’s corruption trial claim he used the word “ziti” in emails to refer to bribery money. Prosecutors claim the term came from an episode of the show, but the judge isn’t allowing it. The defense objected to the description as prejudicial, saying it stereotypes Italian-Americans. Percoco is charged with accepting more than $300,000 in bribes from business developers upstate.

“Cognitive Health in Older Adulthood” Presentation at JCC Today

If you’re concerned about memory and brain issues you’ll want to go to the Rockland JCC in West Nyack today at 12:30 for a free presentation, “Cognitive Health in Older Adulthood.” Lou Morris of the AARP says the guest speaker is Dr. Anna MacKay-Brandt, of the Outpatient Research Department at Nathan Kline Institute, and she’ll talk about ways to reduce age-related changes in the brain…

Audio: Lou Morris

The free presentation is being held at the JCC today from 12:30 to 2PM.

Chestnut Ridge Poised to Become State’s Third “Cease-and-Desist” Zone to Curb Aggressive Home-Buying Tactics

Chestnut Ridge could join areas of the Bronx and Queens by becoming the third New York State municipality to be what’s called “a cease-and-desist zone.” After receiving numerous complaints from area residents about what they called aggressive solicitations to sell their homes, the Department of State is looking to create a list of homeowners who do not want to be bothered, similar to a no-knock list. During her weekly segment on “The Morning Show” yesterday, Naomi Streicher of Realty Teams argued the law would only stop real estate professionals from doing their jobs, but she suspects those who are being complained about are probably not licensed brokers at all…

Audio: Naomi Streicher

One caller, a Chestnut Ridge resident, said he and his neighbors have been harassed for years by people looking to purchase their homes, which were never listed as “for sale”…

Audio: Caller

The zone is slated to become official July first, but the public has until April 16th to submit comments to the Department of State. If passed as-is, violators of the cease-and-desist regulation can be fined up to $1,000, have their license suspended or revoked, or they could be reprimanded.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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