Shared Services Public Hearing Tonight in Blauvelt

The first of three public hearings on the Shared Services Initiative is being held tonight in Orangetown. Rockland officials have been going over and comparing their activities and looking for ways they can save tax dollars by reducing duplication. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says anyone who has something to say about the plan should come out tonight or to the other two hearings…

Audio: Ed Day

Tonight’s meeting is being held at the Blauvelt Firehouse on Western Highway at 7pm. The next meetings will be held on Tuesday in Stony Point and September 5th in Suffern.

Former Ramapo College Coach and Distance Swimmer, Skip Storch, Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Assault

In 2007, 61 year-old David Storch, also known as “Skip,” swam a record-breaking 85 miles around Manhattan – three times. He was also formerly a swim coach at Ramapo College and a crusader for the environment. Today, he’s in prison, and he’ll be there for seven years, after admitting he sexually assaulted a girl over a three-year period beginning in 2007 when she was ten years-old. He was handed the sentence yesterday, which includes 15 years of post-release supervision. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender.

Rockland Senator Wants Gov to Sign “Toll Payer Protection Act”

Rockland’s State Senator is hoping to put the brakes on runaway spending with one company that runs the EZ Pass system on the bridge and across the state. Conduent has come under fire for confusion over the new cashless tolling system. The company was also given a three-year contract extension and nearly $100 million despite the controversy. Senator David Carlucci wants Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the “Toll Payer Protection Act”…

Audio: David Carlucci

Carlucci has asked Conduent’s three-year contract to be discarded. Cuomo wants the entire Thruway system to be cashless by 2020.

Actor Liev Schreiber Pleads Not Guilty to Shoving Nyack Photographer

Actor Liev Schreiber pleaded not guilty yesterday in Nyack Justice Court to shoving freelance photographer Sherwood Martinelli in a Nyack bar in June. News 12 reports Schreiber’s lawyer asked for the charge of second degree harassment to be dismissed, but that was denied. Schreiber had been in Nyack filming scenes from season six of his Showtime Series, “Ray Donovan,” at O’Donoghue’s on Main Street.

Sheriff and Chiefs of Police to Make Second Push for “Project Community Eyes”

“Project Community Eyes,” a program designed to register the location of surveillance cameras around the county, is going to be getting a new push next month. That’s because not as many residents or businesses have signed up as anticipated. The program was launched earlier this year by the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and the Chiefs of Police, and Sheriff Lou Falco says they’ll make another push to explain it better after people return from summer vacations…

Audio: Lou Falco

Project Community Eyes is a voluntary program that Falco says gives police access to the physical locations of available camera systems in the event a crime is committed. That way, authorities can more quickly determine whether there could be evidence caught on video. For more information about the project, click here.

 

Tappan Zee Express Buses to Get New Name

With everyone worked up over the name of the new bridge that spans the Hudson River between Nyack and Tarrytown, we were wondering whether the county’s “Tappan Zee” Express Bus was also going to change. Michael Prendergast of the Department of Public Transportation says the name will change, but not to what you’re thinking…

Audio: Mike Prendergast

The name change will take effect once the bridge is complete, which could be as soon as this October.

Rockland Assemblyman Offers up Ideas for Speeding Things up at the DMV

Whether it’s fair or not, the department of motor vehicles has never had a great reputation for getting people in and out of the office in a swift manner. Rockland Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski says the process does take time, for sure, but he’s gotten dozens of complaints from people who’ve waited 3 or 4 hours, and he calls that unacceptable…

Audio: Ken Zebrowski

Zebrowski says people who made appointments have also waited 4 hours as well. Zebrowski says a closer examination could determine whether more staff is needed, or current staff needs to be utilized at different times of the day.

Ramapo 2015 Audit Expected by end of Month

The Ramapo audits are expected to be done soon. That’s according to supervisor Michael Specht, who told “The Morning Show” on Friday that the long-awaited town audit for 2015 is on track to be released by the end of August…

Audio: Michael Specht

Sometime after that Specht says the audits for 2016 and 2017 will also be completed and released.

Eagle Bay Public Hearing in Stony Point Postponed Until September

Stony Point residents will have to wait another month before they can go before the planning board and discuss the condo project proposed for the waterfront. The Eagle Bay condo, marina and retail project, which currently features more than 260 units, has been in the works for about four years. George Potanovic and Susan Filgueras of the Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment encourage residents to attend the re-scheduled meeting or submit written comments by August 23rd…

Audio:  George Potanovic and Susan Filgueras

Supervisor Jim Monaghan says the project is far from being a done deal…

Audio: Jim Monaghan

Eagle Bay will be on the next Planning Board agenda, September 27th. Written comments on the Eagle Bay scope will be accepted through 4:00 PM on August 23rd at the Town Clerk’s or they can be mailed but must be postmarked no later than the 23rd.

Orangetown Police Seek Witnesses to Fight, Stabbing in Nyack Friday

Orangetown police are hoping witnesses to a stabbing in Nyack last week come forward. Detective Sergeant James Sullivan says an unidentified man came to the aid of a woman he saw was being hit by another man. The incident occurred last Friday around 3:15 in the morning at O’Malley’s Pub on Main Street. While he was helping the woman he was reportedly jumped by three other men before he was able to fight them off and escape. Police say he drove home not realizing he’d been stabbed three times. He then went to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was treated and released. If you witnessed the incident, or have cell phone video, contact Orangetown Police at 845-359-2121. No further information was available about the condition of the woman the man had helped.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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