Local Expert Suggests Monitoring Credit in Wake of Equifax Data Breach (audio)

The Equifax data breach has been compared to the Enron energy trader collapse of 2001, as far as corporate malfeasance is concerned. But what does it mean for you and the hacker-theft of 143 million U.S. consumers’ data? Ann Zylengold of FM Home Loans was on The Morning Show yesterday and said while you can’t stay completely safe from hackers, you should periodically check your credit report and sign up for a credit monitoring system…

Audio clip: Ann Zylengold

Bloomberg.com reported Senate Minority Leader New York Democrat Chuck Schumer suggested several remedies Equifax should undertake, including notifying everyone affected by the breach, providing credit monitoring and identification theft protection for 10 years, and freezing people’s credit for up to 10 years.

Paper Shredding / Medication Disposal / Food Collection Event this Weekend

The Rockland County Solid Waste Authority is hosting a free paper shredding event at Haverstraw Town Hall tomorrow. Authority Chairman Howard Phillips says anyone can drop off up to three boxes worth of papers for shredding. Phillips says people can also drop off medications for proper disposal just up the road at the Household Hazardous Waste facility at the Fire Training Center…

Audio clip: Howard Phillips

The shredding event is also a non-perishable food pantry collection event, and it’s at Haverstraw Town Hall tomorrow 8 to noon. The medication disposal event is that same day from 8 to 1pm at the Household at the Fire Training Center’s Hazardous Waste facility in Pomona.

Local Church to Celebrate “National Back to Church Day” Sunday (audio)

While some people will be parked in front of their TVs watching football this Sunday, others will be celebrating “National Back to Church Sunday.” It’s an event that started in 2009 and is billed as the largest national community-based effort to encourage church-goers to bring neighbors, friends and loved ones back to church. Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New City is participating, and Pastor Carl Johnson says the theme of the day is “A Place to Belong”…

Audio clip: Pastor Carl Johnson

Service times are at 9 and 11:15 am on September 17th. For more information visit gracepointgospel.org.

Tax Software Glitch Afflicts Vets in Suffern Central School District

Around 750 veterans in the Suffern Central School District (formerly Ramapo Central) were mistakenly overcharged on their tax bills due to a software glitch by a third-party vendor. Town Communications Director Phil Tisi told The Morning Show last week the average tax bill increased up to $250 because an exemption for veterans was underestimated…

Audio clip: Phil Tisi

If you have questions about your bill, contact the Town Assessor’s office at 357-5100 extension 255. You can also call Tisi’s office at 357-5100 extension 201.

RC Legislature Stresses 2-1-1 Service for Health/Human Services Questions

The Legislature’s Multi-Services Committee recognizes that calling the various health and human service agencies’ phone numbers can be a maze of confusion. A shortcut – 2-1-1 – is the simple way to access the various resources available from private and public health and human service agencies. Committee chairman, District 7 legislator Philip Soskin of Ramapo told The Morning Show yesterday 2-1-1 callers can easily find the right service they need, from assistance for substance abuse to care for children or aging parents…

Audio clip: Philip Soskin

Rockland is part of the Hudson Valley Region’s 2-1-1, which is overseen by a group that includes reps from local United Way agencies in Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties. For more information visit www.hudson211.org.

Spring Valley Man Sentenced 10 Years for Rape of Child

A Spring Valley man was sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison and ten years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to repeatedly sexually abusing a child under 13 over a six-year period. Rockland’s D-A Thomas Zugibie said a friend of the victim said 40 year-old Vital Vasquez-Paredez had taken pictures of the girl, and witnessed him grab her and straddle her in his bedroom. After he completes his sentence, Vasquez-Paredez will have to register as a sex offender.

RC Jail Inmates not Heading to Hurricane-ravaged Areas (audio)

Lots of volunteers from our area have been heading to Texas and Florida to help clean up areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Though it seems like a good idea, Rocklanders convicted of crimes and sentenced to community service cannot be made available to go and help out as well. Sheriff Lou Falco says it’s prohibited by state law…

Audio clip: Lou Falco

Sometimes those sentenced to community service can be called into action during local storms, as they were during Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene when they assisted area highway departments to move sandbags to help deal with flooding. Falco said inmates being held in the Rockland County Jail cannot perform such work at all.

Orangetown Bike Study Project Holds First Meeting (audio)

The first meeting of the Orangetown Bike Study Project was held last week, to help the town figure out what safety issues there are that can be fixed to help keep cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safe and share the roads together. Supervisor Andy Stewart said there will soon be an interactive map on the town’s website that residents can use to send information while they’re out and about with just a few taps on their smartphones…

Audio clip: Andy Stewart

A grant from the Tappan Zee Bridge Community Benefits Fund is underwriting the bike study. Stewart says the group could still use volunteers to help count the number of bikes that use various roads and intersections. For more information contact town hall or click here.

 

8th Annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival Starts Tomorrow (audio)

The 8th annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival gets underway in Tappan Thursday night. The four-day event features live music, rides, vendors and, of course, food. Spokesperson Risa Hoag says for adults there’s a cigar roller and a casino as well…

Audio clip: Risa Hoag

The event is being held at the Tappan Masonic Park Fair Grounds on Western Highway from September 14th through the 17th Thursday through Sunday. For more information visit www.BlauveltSonsOfItaly.org.

Clarkstown’s Police Chief Fired by Town Board in 3-2 Party-line Vote

Clarkstown’s embattled police chief has been fired by the town board. The Journal News reports the board voted 3-2 along party lines last night to dismiss Michael Sullivan after a hearing officer found him guilty of disciplinary charges made against him last summer. The town’s two Democrats on the board, Daniel Caprara and Stephanie Hausner, voted against firing Sullivan. The Republican majority — Council members Frank Borelli and John Noto and supervisor George Hoehmann — voted to get rid of him, amid debates as to whether Hoehmann was allowed to vote. Sullivan has called the case a political witch-hunt and remains in the race to unseat Hoehmann as supervisor.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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