NAACP and Park View Condominiums Reach Settlement

In Spring Valley, the NAACP and Park View Condominiums have reached a financial settlement after the civil rights group accused the complex of only offering housing to ultra-Orthodox Jewish people, and not people of other races and religions. The complaint was filed back in 2013 when multiple applicants, who did not belong to Orthodox Jewish faith, were told that all housing units were sold out when there were still multiple units available. The settlement states that 60,000 dollars must be put into escrow for people denied access to housing based on discrimination.    (Source: LoHud)

RCC and United Way Partnership a Success

The United Way has increased its services in Rockland County, and more specifically, at Rockland Community College. RCC partnered with United Way back in September when they realized many students weren’t attending classes for non-academic reasons. Since then, more than 500 students have used the newly created Connection Center. The Center offers students a chance to speak to counselors and social workers, and get help locating other services. The county will also pay United Way approximately $34,000 a year for the increased 211 service, which Rockland residents can now call.  (Source: LoHud)

Westchester Mall Offers Area Seniors Scholarship

High School seniors in the White Plains area have a new opportunity at scholarship money! The Simon Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Westchester Mall, will provide 25 scholarships of up to $1,500 dollars to students who plan to attend accredited universities.  Interested seniors can apply online at syf.org/scholarships; the application deadline is on March 1st. (Source: LoHud)

Police Arrest Drug Dealer Near George Washington Bridge

The Palisades Interstate Parkway Police arrested a man near the George Washington Bridge who was allegedly selling drugs to an undercover officer. When 22-year-old Anthony Lora realized he was selling to an undercover officer, he fled to a nearby tree on a cliff just north of the bridge, where he became stuck.  Police were able to rescue the suspect, and then of course, bring him into custody. Lora was also wanted for armed robbery in New York City; he was taken to the Parkway Police headquarters where he is awaiting extradition to Bergen County Jail.    (Source: NorthJersey)

Rockland County Executive Ed Day Announces Reelection Bid

A crowd of around 30 supporters gathered at Haverstraw Bay County Park yesterday as Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced his reelection bid. The County Executive stated his goals will be to stabilize the county’s finances, preserve the county for future generations, and continue his crack down on illegal housing. One of the highlights of Day’s first term as County Executive is the county deficit, which shrunk from $138 million to $10 million.  (Source: LoHud)

Missing Yonkers Teen Found in NYC

A Yonkers teen was found safe yesterday after he had been missing since Friday. 19-year-old Gene Warren, who has autism, was found in New York City in seemingly good physical condition. Police are not releasing the name of the person who found Warren, or under what circumstances he was found. Warren was returned to the staff at Leake & Watt, which is a nonprofit that serves troubled youth in Yonkers. This is not the first time Gene has gone missing; back in 2014 he was reported missing and found at his grandmother’s house in the Bronx. (Source: LoHud)

 

Small Aircraft Crashes in Residential Area of Bayonne

On Sunday morning, a small plane crashed into a residential area of Bayonne, New Jersey. The pilot, 56-year-old George Pettway, is still recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, while no other injuries were reported on the ground or in the aircraft. The plane ended up hitting four parked cars and managed to knock out electricity in a four-block area. The pilot told the FAA that the plane was experiencing mechanical issues near the Statue of Liberty and was forced to make a detour away from the landmark when he crashed. (Source: NorthJersey)

East Ramapo Officials Vote to Utilize Metal Detectors for School Events

East Ramapo officials have unanimously voted to approve the use of metal detectors throughout the school district. The screenings will be random and could come before entering a school building, getting off a school bus, or prior to any school event, such as a football game. The idea for metal detectors came after an incident involving a student and a knife last March.    (Source: LoHud)

Rockland School Teacher Charged with Abusing Several Special Needs Students

A Rockland County special needs teacher was arrested last week after she was accused of abusing several special needs kids in her class. 43-year-old Yessenia Vasquez, a teacher at Stony Point Elementary School, is specifically being accused of locking one of her students in a closet as form of time-out punishment back in December. An investigation was triggered after the parents of that student called the hotline after the district transferred Vasquez to another school. Vasquez has been charged with four counts each of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person; she is now been placed on administrative leave.    (Source: ABC News)

Rockland Legislature Votes to Pass the Pharmacy Take-Back Act

The Rockland County Legislature voted 15-0 to pass a new law which is meant to keep unused drugs out of waterways and to prevent drugs from ending up in the hands of young people, and those who want to use them for recreational and illegal purposes. The Pharmacy Take-Back Act will force manufactures and retailers to create and operate a product stewardship program, which will make it easier for customers to return unused drugs from their households. The program will also feature strict background checks for the individuals who handle the collections and will also make retailers display advertisements about the program. Initial plans must be submitted by April 1st; however extensions can be requested.

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