Application for Civil Service Exam Deadline Sept 30

If you are interested in becoming a police or patrol officer in Rockland County time is running out to apply for the Civil Service exam on November 19.   Your application must be postmarked by September 30. The filing fee is $30. The county is especially interested in applicants who can speak French/Creole, Spanish and Yiddish. Applications are accepted online at rocklandgov.com and by mail. For more information visit: online at https://mycivilservice.rocklandgov.com/examsor by clicking here.
· at the Rockland County Department of Personnel, 18 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY 10956

Eligibility requirements are located at rocklandgov.com or by contacting the Department of Personnel at 845-638-5200/05.

Afternoon News Update (8/24)

A three alarm fire broke out in a Yonkers apartment building last night, resulting in the rescue of six residents. Authorities say the fire appears to have been started when a resident fell asleep with a burning cigarette. The fire started around 1:45 a.m. and raged for an hour before 60 firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control. (LoHud)

A tractor-trailer overturned on the New Jersey turnpike this morning, causing northbound express lanes to close. The truck overturned and caught fire near exit 70 at around 4:30 a.m. this morning. Authorities say the driver suffered minor injuries. (NorthJerseyNews)

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will allow industrial hemp to be sold to manufactures. The bill was signed into law in the hopes that growing hemp will benefit local agriculture and boost the state’s economy. Hemp can be used for a variety of commercial products such as paper, clothing, and food. (Lohud)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 5-1 last night. Richard Salazar earned the win for Rockland, while Borkowski took the loss for Ottawa. The Boulders look to take another one against the Champions tonight at RCGT Park in Ottawa; game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

-Patrick Flood

Report Proposes Making Medicinal Marijuana Accessible

The state Department of Health has issued a report this week making 12 recommendations in regards to the state’s medical marijuana program that launched this past January. According to advocates for patients it is too hard to get the drug. The report proposes increasing the number of marijuana companies operating in New York from 5 to 10 and that would increase the number of dispensaries in New York from 20 to 40. They also seek allowances for nurse practitioners to certify patients for medicinal marijuana drug use. According to the report of the state’s 62 counties, 20 counties don’t have any doctors registered in the program. Approximately, a little over half of qualifying patients are 51 or older and approximately 34 percent suffer neuropathy with approximately a quarter suffering cancer.

AGT’s Grace VanderWaal “Beautiful Thing”

They saved the best for last on America’s Got Talent last night. 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal closed out the show with another original song, “Beautiful Thing” written for her sister Olivia. She stood on stage with her ukulele, a microphone, surrounded by fog and a beautiful pink tree lit up behind her. The judges and the audience gave her a full standing ovation and cheered another beautiful performance. Now it’s up to everyone here in Rockland to send Grace to the top. Voting closed at 7 a.m. this morning. You can find out the results tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Afternoon News Update 8/23

Rainfall from this past week has improved Rockland’s low water levels; however the county’s water restrictions are still in place for the foreseeable future. Rockland is still 1.64 inches under average levels for the month of August. For more information on the continuing water restrictions, you can call 845-364-2608 or visit rockland.us/droughtinformation/

Riverfront communities along the Hudson River are banding together in an effort to fight a recent proposal that would install several commercial shipping anchorages along the Hudson River. Concerns over quality of life and pollution fuel the fight against the new anchorages. The U.S. Coast Guard plans to hold public hearings in the spring.

Popular daily fantasy games such as FanDuel and Draft Kings are among five companies that are receiving temporary permits from the New York State Gaming Commission. These companies suspended operations in New York back in March when Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused them of violating New York’s ban on gambling. The daily fantasy companies can offer paid contests in New York after a five month hiatus.

The Rockland Boulders lost to the Ottawa Champions 8-2 last night. Austin Chrismon earned the win for Ottawa, while Mike Adams took the loss for Rockland. The Boulders look to bounce back against the Champions tonight at RCGT Park in Ottawa; game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

-Patrick Flood

#BanTheBarges Yonkers Reps Fight the Hudson Anchorages

Yesterday morning at Yonker’s City Hall, mayor Mike Spano and representatives from almost every Westchester river town gathered to announce they are hiring lawyers to fight the proposed commercial shipping anchorages from Kingston to Yonkers. They said they would begin with a petition for residents to sign, social media campaign at #BanTheBarges and legal support to field options. Spano said, “Our pristine Hudson River could be turned into a floating fuel pipeline,” he added, “I firmly believe that this is the work of the maritime lobby and is strictly a financially driven agenda without any concern for the quality of life and the concerns of our river communities.” The Coast Guard has stated that they plan to hold public hearings in the spring. You have until September 7 to post your comments at regulations.gov.

Chief Sullivan 15 Additional Charges

The town of Clarkstown has added an additional 15 disciplinary charges against suspended Police Chief Michael Sullivan.   The special prosecutor, William Harrington, hired by Clarkstown to investigate Sullivan said in response to the new charges, “While it would be inappropriate to specifically comment on the allegations of the unlawful surveillance of members of law enforcement running for office, elected officials, including members of the judiciary, Clarkstown residents and residents of the surrounding community, I can say that the additional charges are very serious and the investigation is ongoing.”

Women’s Vote Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has been elected the Commission Chair of the New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, which will be responsible for a series of statewide programs that celebrate women’s suffrage in New York state. The 14-member commission will work to promote the anniversary in 2017, marking 100 years of a woman’s right to vote in New York State and 2020, a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified giving all women the right to vote as protected by the U.S. constitution.

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AGT’s Grace VanderWaal Tonight 8 pm NBC

Tonight is the night! Little Grace VanderWaal the 12-year-old singer from Suffern will make her long anticipated second appearance on America’s Got Talent tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC. There are numerous ways to vote and they are listed at the WRCR.com website. From all of us in the Hudson Valley, Good Luck Grace!

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$69K Take 5 Winner Yet to Appear

The New York State Lottery’s August 20th Take 5 drawing had over 94,000 Winners. 265 players each purchased tickets worth $391 by matching four out of five numbers. But there is one winner still holding a ticket valued at $69,089.00 who has yet to appear. The ticket was sold at Julia’s 42 Mount Vernon Avenue in Mount Vernon. The winner has matched five out of five numbers: 06-15-23-24-25.

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Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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