The Town of Ramapo Board recently approved a resolution proposed by petitions sent around by local activists Michael Parietti and Robert Romanowski requesting a vote for a ward system and increase in board members be put on the ballot in this year’s election. According to Parietti the board decided on Thursday to set referendums to allow residents the chance to discuss and vote on the proposals. The referendums will take place from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM on September 30 at all available town polling sites. The change to a ward system would mean that board members will be voted on from specific areas in Ramapo, not townwide, while the other proposal would change the number of members from four to six and Parietti stated that the seven member voting team would reduce tax hikes. Board members Patrick Withers, Daniel Friedman, and Yitzchok Ullman, as well as Supervisor St. Lawrence voted yes for the resolution with Brendel Logan absent.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day released a statement early this morning announcing that the county signed a letter of intent with Hi Tor Animal Care Center to build a new shelter at the existing location in Pomona. The letter of intent states that the structure used as a shelter now will be demolished turned into the parking lot for the new building. According to Day the agreement between the County and the care center will help increase adoptions while improving conditions for the average 2,500 animals that pass through looking for homes each year and he and other members of county government look forward to “continuing to work with Hi Tor President Lizanne Fiorentino and her Board of Directors to increase adoptions, save more lives, and prevent animal suffering.” The agreement uses Chapter 212, which allows the county to have a say in the rules and regulations of an animal care organization, and states the construction will require Legislative approval.
According to prosecutors in the homicide case of Clarkstown resident Peggy Nadell, Diana Nadell of Florida, was making plans with an inmate to have two witnesses set to testify against her murdered while she’s being held in Orange County Jail was waiting for her trial. Prosecutors stated that Nadell was arrested in the January killing of her 80-year old mother-in-law Peggy Nadell, with the motivation to gain access to the woman’s $3 million estate that would have been split between her two children, Susanne Nadell-Scaccio of Airmont, and Diana Nadell’s husband James Nadell of Florida. Coconspirators to the murder were also arrested and being held after pleading guilty to felony charges. 25-year old cousin of Diana Nadell, Andrea Benson, testified against her, stating that she choked the 80-year old with a pocketbook strap and beat her before stabbing her multiple times in the woman’s Clarkstown home, using a falsified alibi to make it seem like they were at a wedding in Washington DC at the time. The plans to have the unnamed witnesses killed carry two counts of second degree conspiracy, two counts of intimidating witnesses and two counts of second degree criminal solicitation. Nadell pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. She faces a life sentence in prison.
The Boulders played their second game against the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks last night, and after holding the lead for the entire game, won with a score of 4-3. The two teams play tonight at Provident Bank Park at 7:00. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
In the upcoming September 9 Democratic Primary race five candidates filed petitions for a seat on the Spring Valley Board of Trustees. On Tuesday it was announced that three of those five candidates had their petitions thrown out, leaving appointed Trustee Vilair Fonvil to face off against 52-year old Chrispin Eugene, who is a small business owner running behind the idea that he will work for the village and help fix the divide between the board members and mayor that has caused so much controversy since the Mayor took office in January. Fonvil must run to keep his appointed seat for the remainder of the term, endning in November 2015. The two will also face Joseph Gross in September, who is running a write-in campaign on the Conservative and Working Family lines.
The East Ramapo School District’s Board of Education voted on Tuesday night to approve emergency repair for Pomona Middle School. According to District Clerk Cathy Russell, the ceiling in the auditorium is considered a safety hazard for faculty and students when it was discovered this month that it began separating from the roof, so the board voted to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation to demolish and rebuild it. The district will most likely replace the ceiling at a different time, which will cost about $300,000 or more, and will be spending $19,905 in repairs in repairs in time for the school year to start on September 4.
The Boulders played their first game against the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks last night. In the first inning the Redhawks loaded the bases, though got no runs before the inning was up. In the third inning Rockland took the lead with a score of two nothing. The Redhawks didn’t score any runs until the eighth inning when they brought in one, but only after the Boulders scored two more runs, making the final score 4-1 with the victory going to Rockland. The two teams play again tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
Tappan Zee Constructors have stopped work on the new bridge project for the time being. According to Bonnie Christian, Mayor of South Nyack, she was not informed that mitigation tests were being done at the site, which created high noise levels above the agreed maximum of 90 decibels. The construction team has been researching ways to keep the noise down for neighbors of the project for the past week and a half, suspending work. Christian stated that she has received multiple complaints of work going on, though it was supposedly suspended, Tappan Zee Constructors Spokeswoman Carla Julian stated that all work on the Rockland shores has been and will be on hold until a solution is found, and they are currently using a noise wall and testing the idea of using a vibratory hammer and shrouded pile driver.
State Supreme Court Justice Victor Alfieri made a decision recently on the Town of Haverstraw’s plans to build a shopping center on property that would place it on Route 202 right on the border between Ramapo and Haverstraw and would include a new Walmart. The Village of Pomona filed several lawsuits against Haverstraw, one after developers were allowed variances by the Town Zoning Board of Appeals that would enable the to build less parking than town code ordered. Alfieri made a decision that this case would continue if the village wins the overall case against the town. Pomona’s suit states that the town zoning board did not complete appropriate environmental research. The judge also denied Haverstraw’s request to dismiss one of the seven lawsuits against them. Pomona is also appealing a decision made by Justice Gerald Loehr on the approval of proposed development.
The Boulders played a great group of games this weekend, winning 12-0 in their second game against Les Quebec Capitales on Friday. Unfortunately the team lost the first game of their doubleheader on Friday 7-2. On Saturday Rockland won again in a close game, with a score of 10-9 and once again on Sunday 11-5. With the series against Quebec over the Boulders now play the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks in a three game series starting tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.