Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Ramapo

Updated 9/19/2017 8:54AM:

Ramapo Police Lieutenant Robert Lancia said an 81 year-old Wesley Hills resident driving a 2007 Lexus struck a 57 year-old Nyack resident in the roadway. The driver remained on-scene, and the pedestrian was transported to Nyack Hospital by Hatzolah Ambulance where he remains in critical condition. The accident is under investigation by the Ramapo Accident Investigations Unit and the Ramapo Detective Bureau. There are no criminal charges at this time.

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A man walking on New Hempstead Road west of Route 45 yesterday was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle. Ramapo Police said the man was taken to the hospital by Hatzolah Ambulance. The Ramapo Police Accident Investigation Unit was investigating. No additional information was available.

Legoland Gains Another Approval in Goshen

The Legoland project in Goshen has cleared a significant hurdle and is nearing full approval. The Hudson Valley Business Journal reported the town board voted 4-1 and approved amendments to its comprehensive plan and zoning law to allow for the $500 million project. Additional approvals are still needed but for now Merlin Entertainment is targeting 2019 to open the 153-acre amusement park. It’s expected to feature a 250-room hotel, and more than 50 rides, shows and attractions designed for kids up to age 12. It would be the third Legoland in North America.

Sentencing for Former Ramapo Supervisor Delayed until End of November

Former Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence’s attorneys have asked the presiding judge in his case to dismiss the convictions against him. Sentencing has also been rescheduled until November. U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel moved the sentencing from September 28th until November 27th. Saint Lawrence was convicted in May on 20 corruption charges related to the Boulders ballpark and other projects. He had been Ramapo’s supervisor for 16 years.

Ramapo Board Votes to Settle SEC Civil Case Against Town

The Ramapo town board voted 5-0 last week on a proposed settlement of the civil case the Town faces from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The settlement would cover the town and the Ramapo Local Development Corporation which handled, among other things, the financing of the ballpark. In a statement, supervisor Yitzchock Ullman said the town’s already spent at least $1.7 million in legal bills over the last five years. Resolving the matter, he said, would be a critical step in the right direction.

New City Man Arrested on Sexual Offenses Charges with Minor

A New City man was arrested on Friday charged with sexual offenses involving a minor. According to published reports, the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department said 60-year-old David Storch allegedly committed sexual acts on a child less than 13 years-old over a three-year period between Jun. 2008 and Dec. 2011. Storch was arraigned in South Nyack Justice Court, sent to the County Jail and is scheduled to return to Court at a later date.

Fight Over Constitutional Convention Vote Ratchets Up (audio)

Expect to hear a lot between now and Election Day about the proposed Constitutional Convention that’ll be on the ballot in New York this November. State Senator David Carlucci and Sheriff Lou Falco have lined up against it…

Audio clip: Carlucci/Falco

While Al Samuels, the head of the Rockland Business Association, is all for it…

Audio clip: Al Samuels

A convention bypasses the legislature and allows voters to make changes to the constitution. There’s also an amendment on the ballot this November that would take pensions away from politicians convicted of a crime. Carlucci said he supports that amendment.

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Tuxedo

No injuries reported after a small plane made an emergency landing in a field in Tuxedo Friday afternoon. Published reports said 57-year-old Dana Hague of Connecticut was headed to Warwick in Orange County when he noticed smoke coming from the front of his biplane. He landed in a field near Arden Road. He reportedly bought the plane six months ago. The incident is under investigation.

RCC Grad from Nanuet Signs Up 10,000th Organ Donor

An RCC graduate and organ donation activist has signed up her 10,000th organ donor. The beneficiary of a heart donation herself seven years ago, Nanuet’s Roxanne Watson was on a transplant waiting list for two years, and that convinced her she had to educate others about the benefits of organ donation…

Audio clip: Roxanne Watson

RCC has the highest percentage of organ donors of any college in the SUNY system. Watson says her next goal is to reach the “15,000 organ donor” milestone.

Novartis Site in Ramapo Sold / Town Still Wants More Ballpark Tax $

Though the Boulders’ season is over, the Town of Ramapo is still hoping to convince county officials to give up a greater share of tax revenue from the ballpark to its host town. Ramapo’s Communications Director Phil Tisi told The Morning Show last week the supervisor feels Ramapo deserves more since the stadium is one of the few places that draws people from outside the county along with their wallets…

Audio clip: Phil Tisi

Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman recently sent out a press release demanding the county share a greater portion of the estimated $250,000 in county sales taxes generated at the ball park. Meanwhile the location Ullman had pitched to retail giant Amazon for their new headquarters has been sold. LoHud.com reported Novartis sold the 162-acre campus for $18 million to a buyer that flipped it for $12 million profit. No word on what the new owner, Suffern Partners LLC, is going to do with the property.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on I-95

A motorcyclist died after crashing on I-95 last night. State police say the crash occurred on the southbound side near Exit 20 in Rye around 7 p.m. The unidentified motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died from those injuries.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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