State Considers Appeal of Judge’s Decision to Grant Brinks Participant New Parole Hearing

The state of New York is reportedly considering an appeal of a judge’s decision to give a new parole hearing to Judith Clark, who was convicted of participating in the 1981 Brinks robbery and murder of two policemen and a security guard. Last week Rockland District Attorney Tom Zugibe told the crowd at the Rockland Business Association monthly luncheon Clark did not deserve a new hearing…

Audio: Tom Zugibe

Clark was the getaway driver in the Brinks case and could get her new parole hearing by the end of June. Even if Clark is turned down for the new hearing, she’ll still come before the parole board again next April.

Homeless Man Arrested for Making Terroristic Threats Against County Clerk Employees

A homeless man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill employees of the Rockland County Clerk’s office in New City. 38-year-old Kim Vasquez, who also goes by the name ‘Kum Kee Yee the third’ and ‘Triple X’ faces seven years in prison for making terroristic threats. He allegedly posted a message online threatening to kill people if they did not remove his name from public records.

O&R Rate Increase Request to be Decided Late Summer or Early Fall

An O&R rate increase is expected to be decided by late summer or early fall, but the heads of the five Rockland towns won’t let it happen without having their say first. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann told “The Morning Show” yesterday though things were better in last week’s rain storm, many of the same issues remain unsatisfactory…

Audio: George Hoehmann

Hoehmann says O&R has improved in some areas, but not enough. O&R filed a rate increase request with the Public Service Commission earlier this year. A public hearing is slated for later this summer.

Rockland-Orange Assemblyman Jumps into Senate Race

A Rockland Assemblyman has announced he’ll be running for the 39th Senate District seat that will be vacated by retiring Republican State Senator Bill Larkin. Democrat James Skoufis currently represents parts of Orange and Rockland Counties. In a press release, Assemblyman Skoufis got backing from Haverstraw resident and Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, who cited the Assemblyman’s strong record in offering support. He faces a challenge from Stony Point Councilman Republican Tom Basile, who had previously announced he is running for Larkin’s seat.

5K/Fun Run/Family Walk at Rockland Lake to Raise Funds for Scholarship Fund Named for 13 year-old DWI Crash Victim

Memorial Day weekend usually means honoring our veterans and backyard barbecues, but it also is the unofficial start to the 100 deadliest days of summer. That’s when drinking and driving tends to escalate. Rockland Senator David Carlucci says a 5K/Fun Run/Family Walk at Rockland Lake Wednesday evening will raise money to help combat that trend…

Audio: David Carlucci

Larisa was just 13 years-old when she was killed on May 23rd 2015. A truck driver was reportedly drunk and on prescription medication and went through a stop sign, slamming into the car Larisa was a passenger in. For more information about the event and scholarship fund visit LarisaStrong.org. The event takes place at Rockland Lake tomorrow night at 6pm.

Education Seminar to Address Hearing Issues

If you think Tinnitus may be a problem for you, you might want to go to a free educational seminar being hosted by WRCR friend, Hudson Valley Audiology. Owner Doctor Jeff Shannon and Audiologist Doctor Sophia Patrikis, who co-host “Listen Up Rockland” here on WRCR the first Monday of each month, will be helping answer your questions at the event…

Audio: Dr. Sophia Patrikis and Dr. Jeff Shannon

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. According to The Mayo Clinic, tinnitus is a common problem, affecting about 1 in 5 people. The event is being held at 11:30 on Thursday May 24th at Hudson Valley Audiology in Pomona. Lunch is available. For more information, call 845-704-4073, or send an email to info@hudsonaudiology.com.

Historical Society of Rockland County Presents “Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation”

The Historical Society of Rockland County has a special presentation Thursday night called “Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation.” Executive Director Susan Deeks says award-winning artist Lisa Levart will be discussing the art she’s created that was inspired by Ramapough Lenape women…

Audio: Susan Deeks

The event is Thursday May 24th at 7:15pm and it is free, but reservations are required. Click here for more info and to register.

 

Rockland County Government Takes Steps to Separate from Contractor Accused of Misuse of Funds

Allegations of misuse of funds and taxpayer dollars by a Westchester-based Rockland contractor have led local lawmakers to potentially cut ties with the not-for-profit. WestCOP has a new $166,000 contract to provide services for the Department of Social Services. Rockland’s county executive Ed Day says there doesn’t appear to be any irregularities regarding the Rockland deal approved by the legislature last week, but it is being examined…

Audio: Ed Day

The legislature could recall the resolution, or the county executive could veto it or simply let it sit unsigned. They also are looking to replace WestCOP with a different contractor.

Hamlets of Ramapo Residents Start Moving Out

Some of the residents of the Hamlets of Ramapo in Hillburn have started leaving their town-owned homes. Ramapo officials have been looking to sell the Torne Valley land. Ramapo’s Director of Communications Phil Tisi told “The Morning Show” Friday while there isn’t a firm deadline, the town is hoping each resident will be out by mid-September…

Audio: Phil Tisi

Moving the residents out would cut town expenses and get the town out of the landlord business.

Community Leaders Ramp up Effort to Keep Judith Clark in Prison

Area politicians have been ramping up their efforts to keep convicted Brinks robbery and murder participant Judith Clark behind bars, ever since a judge decided last month she deserved a new parole hearing. Rockland DA Tom Zugibe addressed a Rockland Business Association luncheon last week and called the partnership between the Black Liberation army and the Weather Underground an unholy alliance…

Audio: Tom Zugibe

RBA CEO Al Samuels agrees Clark should stay behind bars…

Audio: Al Samuels

Clark was the getaway driver in the Brinks case. Clark could get a new parole hearing by the end of June.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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