School Budgets, Elections in Rockland on Tuesday

Rocklanders head to the polls tomorrow for school board elections and budget votes. In East Ramapo they’re hoping to avoid a second consecutive contingency budget with its $241 million budget proposal that’s made cuts to some bus routes. In the North Rockland school district, they’re still trying to pay off the Mirant debt. While relief was not included in the state budget this year, Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says local lawmakers are trying to get it done in the current legislative session…

North Rockland state senator James Skoufis says both the Assembly and Senate have backed their debt relief proposal.

SUEZ to Meet Neighbors about HQ Plans Tonight

Now that SUEZ Water has dropped plans for two fuel tanks at the company’s new headquarters proposed for the former 27-acre Tilcon site on Old Mill Road near Lake Deforest in West Nyack, the company wants to share the details of the plan with its potential new neighbors. SUEZ Director of External Affairs Bill Madden says tonight there’s a by-invitation-only “Neighborhood Forum” for people who live nearby about the company’s plans…

Tonight’s meeting is at 7 at the West Nyack Firehouse. Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann expects Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting to be pretty crowded, as the last one was, as many in town are concerned about the company’s proposal…

Wednesday night’s meeting, which is open to the public, gets underway at 7:00 at Clarkstown town hall.

Orangetown Man Gets 16 Months in Prison for Planning DC Attack

An Orangetown man got 16 months in prison Friday after admitting he was planning an Election Day attack in Washington DC. 56 year-old Paul Rosenfeld of Tappan had gun powder, trigger devices and a 200-pound bomb in his basement when his home was raided last year. Rosenfeld has already served 5 months, so after 7 more months he may be released to an in-patient psychiatric facility. Federal prosecutors had recommended he be sentenced up to 30 months.

Ramapo Settles Dirt Piles Case with Rockland County Sewer District

The town of Ramapo and Rockland County Sewer District No 1 have settled their infamous dirt piles case that’s been soiling the town since the last administration. Seven years ago, the sewer district agreed to pay $800,000 to Ramapo to remove dirt left over from an expansion project and gave the town a $400,000 advance. The work was never done, and the piles of dirt remained in Sloatsburg and Hillburn. Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says the town will pay the sewer district back in installments…

The FBI has reportedly interviewed sewer district and other officials over the issue, though nothing from the investigation has ever been made public.

Dominican College Benefit Concert Tonight to Help Employee’s Son with Rare Brain Cancer

The Dominican College Community is holding a benefit concert tonight for a college employee’s five year-old son who’s developed an aggressive brain
cancer. Dominican’s Susan Cerra says Assistant Director of the Academic
Success Center Greg DiDona’s son Jackson suffers from a rare brain tumor
found in the brain stem…

Broadway and off-Broadway performers will be singing show tunes at the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt Convent Chapel on Western Highway tonight at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for a suggested donation of $20. For more about Jackson, visit dc.edu/jacksonstrong.

Film Festival Tonight to Benefit ROSA 4 Rockland

You can enjoy a series of short environmentally-focused films tonight at the Lafayette Theater in Suffern for the 6th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The event is a benefit for ROSA 4 Rockland, which group board member Deborah Munitz says keeps tabs on environmental land-use issues in Ramapo…

Doors open tonight at 6:30, and there’ll be 11 short films presented, including “Forest on Fire,” “Big World” and “Creek Sessions.” During a brief intermission there’ll be raffles and door prizes to win. For ticket information visit www.SuffernFilmFest.com.

Pot Legalization Losing Steam in NY

It’s looking less likely that you’ll be able to legally toke up in New
York in the near future. Though he wanted a bill by now, governor Andrew
Cuomo says it’s not looking good that’ll happen before the legislative
session ends…

Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco, who opposes recreational pot usage, says the
governor’s bound to bring it up again…

The state’s legislative session ends on June 19th.

Nanuet Church Back on Market

A private school has reportedly lost its chance to purchase the Grace
Baptist Church in Nanuet. LoHud.com says reps from Ateres Bais Yaakov
Academy of Rockland didn’t show up for yesterday’s closing. The church is
now back on the market, for an asking price of $5.9 million.

Sloop Clearwater Marks 50th Anniversary

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Sloop Clearwater, the ship created by
Nyack folksinger and activist Pete Seeger to bring attention to Hudson
River pollution and other environmental issues. Greg Williams is the
HRSC’s executive director, and says in the last decade, more than 1/2 a
million students have come aboard to learn about the river…

The Clearwater will be rechristened today at the Ferry Dock up in Beacon.
For more information visit Clearwater.org.

Events in Orangetown, Haverstraw this Weekend

The Orangetown Highway Department is hosting its 23rd Annual Open House tomorrow from 10 to noon. You can tour the facility on Route 303 in Orangeburg, watch equipment demos and more. The first 50 kids get a free t-shirt. And the Gran Fondo bike race from the George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain and back, perhaps best remembered for taking over the Palisades Parkway a few years ago, hits the county on Sunday, and it’ll cut right through Orangetown, says supervisor Chris Day…

The racecourse will touch parts of Clarkstown, Ramapo and North Rockland as well, so be on the lookout for the cyclists…and check out gfny.com to see what roads are impacted. If cycling isn’t your speed, Haverstraw supervisor Howard Phillips says you might want to check out the Live Art & Beer L.A.B. Fest coming to Garnerville this weekend…

LAB Fest is being held at Garnerville’s Garner Arts Center on West Railroad Avenue tomorrow from 2-6 and Sunday from Noon-4. For details and pricing visit www.labfestny.com.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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