Governor Cuomo’s Plan Offers 10 Cents on the Dollar to ‘High Need Schools’

In response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget announcement, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: Governor Cuomo is offering only ten cents on the dollar for high need schools after pledging during his State of the State that he would tackle separate and unequal education in New York public schools. By only proposing to fund 10 percent of the Foundation Aid owed to schools, Governor Cuomo specifically shortchanges students in poverty and students of color,” said Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director, Alliance for Quality Education. “This budget proposal will perpetuate systemic racism and economic injustice in school funding. By his own accounting, the funding increase is for ‘inflation,’ which means he is doing nothing about the $10,000 spending difference between rich and poor students.” As a result of the historic Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, New York State schools are owed $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid according to the New York State Board of Regents. The overwhelming majority of this is owed to high poverty schools and 58 percent is owed to black and Latino students.


Ed Day to Announce Results of Back-Taxes Push

Rockland County Executive Ed Day will announce the final push of an aggressive push to collect $2.9 million in back taxes. The funds that the county was focused on collecting were delinquent taxes on non-residential properties. The announcement will be made today at 3 pm at 137 North Main Street in Spring Valley. In the event there of inclement weather at 3 pm, the event will be moved to the media room on 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.

Yonkers Police Searching for Assault/Robbery Suspect

Yonkers police are investigating an attempted robbery and sexual assault incident involving a teenage woman the attack occurred on Thursday night, when the 19-year-old was sitting in her parked car in the Pennsylvania Avenue area. Authorities have few details, but say a man wearing a ski mask and dressed in all black got into her car and showed her a gun before fleeing. Yonkers police ask anyone with information to call 914-377-7724.   (Source: LoHud)


Tractor Trailer Loses Container in Mahwah

In Mahwah yesterday, a shipping container fell off of a tractor trailer on Route 287 near the New York-New Jersey border. The accident occurred at around 8 a.m. and caused delays in the area, making it impossible to drive in one of the two lanes. Mahwah police have said that no one was injured in the accident. (Source: NorthJersey)


Scarsdale Police Searching for Assault Suspect

Scarsdale police are searching for a male suspect who reportedly grabbed a woman in her driveway. The incident occurred last Thursday night when the woman, whose identity has not been released yet, was walking home from the train station. When the woman arrived at her house at 7:30 pm that night the suspect attempted to assault her; however the man ran away after she screamed and pulled away. The woman was not injured in the incident; Scarsdale police say they are maintaining a high presence in the area until the suspect is captured.    (Source: LoHud)


Hundreds of Volunteers Participate in MLK Weekend Events

Volunteers came out in droves over the entire weekend for Volunteer New York’s MLK Day of Service. Volunteer New York officials say more than 380 people helped out all over Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam counties. The volunteering events ranged from painting walls to making toys to sorting clothes at shelters; overall the weekend was deemed a volunteering success. (Source: LoHud)


MLK Event Today at Ramapo H.S.

In Spring Valley, community members will hold an MLK day event today, and try to unite all community members and honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King. The event, which will be held at Ramapo Valley High School at 3 p.m., will bring together 150 nonprofit groups. There is no admissions charge and the event will feature public speakers, dancing, poetry, and vendors.  (Source: LoHud)


Cuomo Proposes Stricter Phone Ban in Vehicles

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a new law which would tighten the ban on texting while driving. More specifically, the ban would tighten the restrictions on using a cellphone or portable electric device at a red light. The current law states that first-time violator’s face up to a $200 dollar fine and a possible five points on their license. Governor Cuomo has also been looking to bolster seatbelt laws and enforce all occupants in the vehicle to be buckled in.   (Source: LoHud)


Moody’s Threatens Downgrade for Ramapo

The Moody’s Investor Service has put Ramapo and Montebello has requested that they must submit more financial details or risk a possible credit rating downgrade. Moody’s stated that the town of Ramapo must submit more financial information within the next 30 days, or a ratings downgrade would imminent. The notice from Moody’s comes at a time when Ramapo town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, and former executive director of the Ramapo Local Development Corp, Aaron Troodler, must prepare for the upcoming federal corruption trial in which the two are charged with covering up town deficits. (Source: LoHud)

Prostitution Sting Nets Five in Rockland

A Clarkstown prostitution sting netted five men over the weekend, which was planning to pay for sex. Police targeted potential buyers, pimps, and traffickers at local hotels and motels. The sting also involved using undercover officers and posting fake ads on popular websites. Four of the five men who were arrested in the sting were from Rockland County, while the other suspect was from Mahwah, New Jersey. (Source: LoHud)


Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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