New City Firefighter Talks of Returning to Service after Suffering Severe Flu Complications

A New City volunteer firefighter and Clarkstown North High School graduate who lost his hands and parts of both legs due to flu complications last year recently visited his old firehouse and is talking about getting back on the job. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann says while the community has done much for Willy McCue, he’s done just as much for himself, as he always has…

McCue contracted the flu in January last year and had been in and out of hospitals, finally returning home back in October following a stint at Helen Hayes for rehabilitation.

New City CVS Employee Saves Pomona Woman from Falling Victim to Gift Card Scammer

A quick-thinking New City CVS employee Wednesday helped keep a 72 year-old Pomona woman from spending thousands on gift cards for a scammer. The cashier had just hours earlier been briefed by Community Police Officer Jackie Kennedy on this very scam. Clarkstown Police Detective Peter Walker says it started early Wednesday afternoon with a phone call from a scammer posing as “Social Security Agent Johnson,” and told her she was the victim of a laundering scheme and her Visa credit card would be cancelled imminently…

Clarkstown Police praised the quick response of the New City CVS staff and urged others to continue their vigilance.

Hillcrest Murder Suspect Back from Boston; Arraigned in Rockland County Court

A 23-year-old Spring Valley man has been arraigned on second degree murder charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of another man in Hillcrest last month. Jose Alejandro Icu-Madrid had fled to Boston before being brought back to Rockland. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the death of Jairo Danilo Sandoval del Cid.

Local State Rep Glad Pot Pulled from State Budget Proposal; Plan Needs More Discussion

A Rockland state representative is glad legislation that would have made recreational marijuana legal in New York State has been pulled from the budget process. Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee says how the state moves forward with the plan needs more discussion…

The head of the Rockland Business Association, Al Samuels, is also pleased the governor took the controversial legislation out of the budget…

Governor Andrew Cuomo now hopes to have a separate law passed by June. New Jersey lawmakers, meanwhile, could vote to legalize marijuana as soon as Monday.

Measles Count in Rockland Hits 151; List of Locations Recently Visited by Infected Carrier

Rockland now has 151 confirmed cases of measles. If you think you have the measles or need the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. For information on the measles, click here, or call the State Department of Health’s toll-free Measles Information line at 1-888-364-4837. The County Health Department says the best way to help protect yourself and the community is to remain up-to-date with your measles vaccination.

Anyone who visited the following locations in Spring Valley and Monsey may have been exposed to measles:

Target in Spring Valley Marketplace, 50 Spring Valley Market Place, Spring Valley, NY 10977, between Sunday 3/10/19 at 8:00 am and Monday 3/11/19 at 1:00 am, and between Monday 3/11/19 at 8:00 am and Tuesday 3/12/19 at 2:00 am. (The RCDOH has been unable to narrow the time of possible exposure at the Target in Spring Valley Marketplace despite multiple attempts to reach the infected individual).

All Fresh Supermarket, 19 Route 59, Monsey, NY 10952 on Tuesday, 3/12/19 between 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Atrium Plaza, 401 Route 59, Monsey, NY 10952, on Tuesday, 3/12/19 between 2:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Designer’s Spot, 401 Route 59, Monsey, NY 10952, on Tuesday, 3/12/19 between 2:30 pm – 5:45 pm

TOR Bus – Loop 2 Eastbound that traveled on Tuesday, 3/12/19 between 3:55 pm and 6:06 pm from the Atrium Plaza in Monsey, NY

International Taxi that drove from near 5 Twin Avenue in Spring Valley, NY to near the intersection of Sunrise Drive and Monsey Blvd. in Monsey, NY on Wednesday, 3/13/2019 between 3:15 pm and 5:30 pm

These times reflect the period that the infected individuals were in these areas and a two-hour period after they left the areas, because the virus remains alive in air and on surfaces for up to two hours. If you were present at these locations during these times, especially if you are in any of the following high-risk groups, contact your health care provider by phone right away (call before going for care):

Pregnant
A child under 6 months of age
Immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can’t fight disease)
Have not been vaccinated against the measles
Were born before 1957 and are immunosuppressed

FORE! North Rockland Golf Courses Opening for the Season

It’s time to start shouting “FORE” in North Rockland. Haverstraw’s Phillip J. Rotella Golf Course is slated to open tomorrow. Supervisor Howard Phillips says for golf fanatics, opening day is like a home opener at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field for New York baseball fans…

Over in Stony Point, the golf course driving range opened Wednesday, and it’ll be open all weekend. Supervisor Jim Monaghan says the official opening day at Patriot Hills is next Friday March 29th…

For more information about Patriot Hills visit their website, http://www.patriothillsgolfclub.com. And for more information about the Rotella golf course visit their website, http://www.rotellagolfcourse.com.

Unofficial Airmont Election Results

Unofficial results in Tuesday’s election in Airmont have challenger Nathan Bubel winning the mayor’s spot with his two running mates taking trustee seats over write-in candidates, incumbent mayor Phillip Gigante and his two trustees losing by a close margin. Former mayor Ralph Bracco and his two running mates finished a distant third. During the campaign, mayor Gigante and his running mates had taken themselves off the ballot after Bubel challenged their candidacy petition in court.

UNOFFICIAL

AIRMONT MAYOR
(W) Nathan Bubel 1,449
Philip Gigante 1,293
Ralph Bracco 152
AIRMONT TRUSTEE
(W) Brian Downey 1,453
(W) Migdalia Pesante 1,455
Paul Marchesani 1,289
Anthony Valvo 1,285
Ronald Roberti 148
Angela Thompson 146

Rockland County Human Rights Commission Holds Second Annual Interfaith Symposium at RCC

The Rockland County Human Rights Commission held its second annual Interfaith Symposium at RCC yesterday. Reverend Owen Thompson of Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack led a multi-cultural panel that discussed how we all might have different beliefs about god, and how some forces might try to tear us apart. Father Thompson quoted Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bishop Desmond Tutu…

The event comes in the wake of the terror attack in New Zealand in which a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques last Friday.

Clarkstown Police Warn of Gift Card Scam

The Clarkstown Police Department is asking area retailers to help them try and curb scams involving gift cards. Clarkstown Police Detective Peter Walker says the Community Policing Unit has been going around to local CVS, Walgreens, 7-Eleven and other stores to educate customers about the scams, and encourage store employees to watch for red flags, such as when someone tries to buy lots of gift cards…

Detective Walker says if you get scam calls like that you should hang up and call 911.

Free Session In Middletown to Help Train Residents for Disasters

A free two-hour training session is being held tonight in Middletown, New York, that can help you prepare for natural or man-made disasters. “Access-Supports for Living,” a not-for-profit agency that helps those with disabilities and mental illness, is hosting the event, and CEO Ron Colavito says the session is led by the New York National Guard, with experts from Homeland Security, the Office of Emergency Management and the office of Fire Prevention and Control…

Participants will learn how to develop a family emergency plan and stock up on emergency supplies. They’ll also get a free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kit. For more information or to register, click here or email Heidi Johnson at hjohnson@asfl.org.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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