NYS Excelsior Scholarship Program Deadline this Friday

The deadline for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship Program for the 2017-2018 school year is this Friday. State Senator David Carlucci said on yesterday’s Morning Show that financial issues shouldn’t be the barrier that keeps kids from obtaining a higher education degree…

Audio clip: David Carlucci

In order to qualify for the program, students must be New York State residents, attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program, maintain good academic standing, complete 30 credits each year and graduate with an associate degree in two years or a bachelor’s degree in four years. To apply for the Excelsior Scholarship or for more information, visit www.HESC.ny.gov.

North Rockland NYFD Chief to be Honored by Mets

Michael Fahy, the North Rockland NYFD fire chief who died last September after an explosion in the Bronx, will be honored before tonight’s Mets game. His children are going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, thanks to the group “Answer the Call” which aids the families of city firefighters and other first responders killed in the line of duty. His son threw out the first pitch at a Mets game last October, and again during spring training in Florida earlier this year.

Route 304 / Goebel Road in New City Gets Repaired

The intersection at which an elderly New City couple were killed last month by an allegedly impaired driver has been paved and smoothed over. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann, a guest on yesterday’s Morning Show, said there were many complaints from residents about the Route 304 – Goebel Road intersection…

Audio clip: George Hoehmann

Legislature minority leader Lon Hofstein said Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski was instrumental in getting funding for the project…

Audio clip: Lon Hofstein

The paving project, however, had been in the works for almost a year, and did not address safety issues such as speed and the traffic light that may have contributed to the fatal accident. Hoehmann says he’s asked the state Department of Transportation to study that and figure out how it can be made safer. Neil and Aline Block were killed after a two-car crash that police said was caused when 23 year-old Matthew Sindone, an unlicensed driver, sped through a red light at that same intersection.

Spring Valley Man Charged with DWI in South Nyack

A Spring Valley man with a previous DWI conviction has been arrested again on DWI charges. South Nyack Grandview police arrested 33-year-old Jose Gilberto Miranda-Loja early Friday morning after he was reportedly observed driving erratically Route 9W north in South Nyack. He was arraigned and released on bail.

Liquor Authority Hearing to Review Nyack’s “Pour House” License Suspension

The drama surrounding the Pour House and the revocation of its liquor license has put the focus not only on establishments that sell alcohol to minors, but on the minors themselves. Last week on The Morning Show, Sheriff Lou Falco said police agencies always conduct spot checks at area bars and restaurants, but occasionally they’ll get a tip from a minor’s parents when they suspect their child has been drinking……

Audio clip: Lou Falco

The New York State Liquor Authority recently suspended the Pour House’s liquor license for serving alcohol to minors. A judge blocked the suspension, but the suspension was upheld, leaving the Pour House to wait for an SLA hearing slated to begin tomorrow.

Cab Driver Shot in Spring Valley; Police Seek Info

A cab driver struck a tree after being shot yesterday afternoon while heading eastbound on West Eckerson road in Hillcrest. The unidentified 23 year-old cab driver was taken to Nyack Hospital and then to Westchester Medical Center. No word on the man’s condition. Police are investigating. If you have any information contact police at 845-357-2400.

Middletown Man Killed in Car Crash; Police Seek Assistance

A 30 year-old Middletown man was killed yesterday morning in a 2-car crash on Route 17M in Wallkill. State Police in Middletown say Dustin Mills was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by 28 year-old Robinson Perez, who was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. Police ask anyone who may have seen a Blue BMW SUV traveling erratically on Route 17 West bound near Middletown at approximately 10:15 AM to contact them at 845-344-5300.

Ramapo Housing Project Scales Back

A housing project that grew beyond its initial plans and was the target of a lawsuit by neighbors has been scaled back to its original plan. Rockland County Executive Ed Day was a guest on Friday’s Morning Show, and said the Viola Estates across from Ramapo High School likely buckled to the lawsuit and the added pressure from the county…

Audio clip: Ed Day

Day said the builder had added basement apartments to the already massive project. Equipment added to the project that could have supported additional apartments has reportedly been removed. The settlement was approved by the Ramapo Town Board.

Orangetown’s JP Morgan Data Center Closer to Reality

The JP Morgan Data Center has taken another step closer to becoming reality in Orangetown. Orangetown supervisor Andy Stewart says a site plan has been approved by the planning board at the end of June and the closing of the town-owned land at the former Rockland Psychiatric Center complex should take place in August…

Audio clip: Andy Stewart

A waterfront park overlooking Lake Tappan near the datacenter site is also in the planning stages. Stewart expects the area to include walking paths near the baseball and soccer fields that are already there.

Bees Swarm in Ramsey; Hive Relocated

A colony of swarming of bees in Ramsey has been removed from a private residence on Martis Avenue to a farm. The beekeeper and his wife were sent to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Their condition is not known. The Ramsey Office of Emergency Management explained on Facebook advisory that the hive had been accidentally disturbed, causing the bees to swarm in the surrounding neighborhood. The OEM said the bees spread throughout the neighborhood and can be aggressive.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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