Tappan Zee Bridge is Coming Down Today

The demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge gets underway this morning. Traffic between exits 11 and 9 on the Thruway – that’s Route 9W in Nyack and Route 9 Tarrytown — will be stopped for about an hour starting at ten AM today. The Hudson River’s main navigation channel will be shut down, as well, from 8:30 to 11:30. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann says truckers who may not be aware of the shutdown could end up stuck on the highway, or worse, end up on a road they shouldn’t be on…

Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco says his department will be assisting with the operation…

Controlled Demolition of Maryland, the company handling the takedown of the bridge, says there won’t be any impact on the environment. Some debris will reach the river bed, but salvage crews will clean it up. The explosion will sound like a set of fireworks, and pet owners should keep their pets indoors or leashed during the demolition.

Report: Spring Valley Police Seek Suspect in Sunday Night Shooting

No one suffered any life-threatening injuries after what was described in published reports as a “shoot-out” in Spring Valley Sunday night. News 12 reported shots were fired around 10 Sunday night near the Stop One Food Mart on E. Eckerson Road following an altercation. No word yet on any arrests.

Report: Three Face Charges in Connection with Area Gambling and Money Laundering Ring

Three men face felony gambling and money-laundering charges following their arrest Friday in Orangetown. Published reports said 65 year-old John Andriello of Pearl River, 48 year-old Brian Levine of Garnerville and 60 year-old Marco Minuto of Old Tappan, New Jersey, ran an organization that made millions for years taking bets on sporting events. LoHud.com said officials found evidence in the men’s homes. All three were arraigned in Orangetown Town Court, released, and are due back in court in March.

NYS Legislature Passes Election Reform Bills

Both houses of the state legislature voted to enact several pieces of legislation in a package that would make voting in New York easier on several fronts. One would allow 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register to vote. Rockland State Senator David Carlucci sponsored two of the bills that passed the Senate…

Al Samuels, the head of the Rockland Business Association, yesterday questioned why 16 and 17 year-olds should be considered mature enough to take part in the voting process if they are forbidden from other activities that require higher minimum ages…

Other proposals in the package include the ability to vote by mail, holding federal and state primaries on the same day, and a plan to update campaign-finance laws that would limit contributions by LLCs. The package still needs the governor’s signature. Samuels will likely address this and other issues when he is the featured speaker at the RBA’s monthly luncheon on Thursday at Crown Plaza in Suffern. For more info visit RocklandBusiness.org.

Meet the Author of “Nature’s Paradise: Costa Rica” at JCC in West Nyack Wednesday

The Rockland County Office for the Aging and the local chapter of the AARP are hosting their monthly meeting tomorrow. Lou Morris of the AARP says the featured guest speaker, Douglas Goodell, is an area photographer who’s produced a coffee-table book called “Nature’s Paradise: Costa Rica”…

The presentation is free and open to the public. It is being held tomorrow at the JCC in West Nyack at 12:30. For more information click the link below.


TZB Set to Come Down Tuesday Morning

The demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge has been rescheduled for tomorrow morning at 10am. The bridge was originally supposed to be taken down by Tappan Zee Constructors on Saturday, but that was cancelled due to bad weather. High winds last week caused delays to the operation’s prep work. County Executive Ed Day said Friday he thought the project would be put off until this weekend, concerned that having the bridge shut down during the week would be catastrophic…

Traffic between exits 11 (Route 9W in Nyack) and 9 (Route 9 Tarrytown) on the Thruway will be stopped for about an hour starting at ten AM tomorrow, and the Hudson River’s main navigation channel will be shut down, as well, from 8:30 to 11:30. Orangetown supervisor Chris Day says you can get a good view of the event from Piermont…

If you’re going to go to Piermont to watch, you should get there by 9am. The Ferry Road pier is just over a mile long. Piermont Police say you can park in Lot D and the River Lot or on the side streets. Again, it’s only open to pedestrians, not to car traffic.

Dismantling of Harriman Toll Plaza Gets Underway

The bridge isn’t the only Thruway remnant meeting its demise. They’re dismantling the Harriman toll plaza starting today, though traffic should not be impacted just yet.Published reports say the 13-lane toll plaza will come down in phases over the coming weeks. Initially, there will be no changes in traffic patterns through the area. It’s the final piece of the conversion of the ticketing system to all-electronic tolling.

100+ Discuss Future of Ramapo Properties at TARC Meeting

About 100 people came out last week to the Town of Ramapo’s first Town Asset Review Committee, or TARC, to discuss the future of five properties in town. Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says some of the properties that need further evaluation include the Tilcon Quarry in Suffern, the Ramapo Cultural Arts Center in Spring Valley and the so-called Burgess Meredith property off Camp Hill Road in Pomona, which many had hoped would be left alone…

Specht says the site needs some restoration work, and the Historical Society of Rockland County may be interested in preserving the site. Another TARC meeting is slated for next month.     

Rockland State Senator Pushes Bill to Expand Voter Registration

Should 16 and 17-year-olds be allowed to pre-register to vote before they turn 18 years old? Rockland State Senator David Carlucci thinks so, and he’s sponsoring legislation that could come to a floor vote today, as a part of a package of election reform bills…

Rockland County Board of Elections Commissioner, Democrat Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky, agrees it is important to encourage and increase voter participation. 13 states and the District of Columbia already let 16 and 17-year-olds pre-register.   

TZB Demolition Delayed; New Date Not Yet Set

The old Tappan Zee Bridge has gotten an 11th-hour reprieve. Tappan Zee Constructors postponed Saturday’s controlled demolition of what remains of the bridge’s east anchor span due to inclement weather. High winds this week caused delays to the operation’s prep work. Whenever the demolition project takes place, Orangetown supervisor Chris Day says it’ll likely create traffic havoc in his town…

A temporary stop of traffic between exits 11 (Route 9W in Nyack) and 9 (Route 9 Tarrytown) on the Thruway, and a shutdown of the Hudson River’s main navigation channel, had also been set to happen tomorrow morning during the takedown of the bridge but that’s been scrapped as well. The project has not yet been rescheduled.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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