The Boulders played their first game in the playoffs against the New Jersey Jackals last night. The Jackals held a 1-0 lead for four innings, when the Boulders tied the game with their run. In the ninth inning the two teams were tied again with two runs each, but in the bottom of the inning the Jackals pulled in another run, winning the games 3-2. They will play again tonight in New Jersey at 7:05. You can listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
A lawsuit has been filed against Ramapo by Town Supervisor of Fiscal Services, Melissa Reimer, who was suspended from the position on June 2013. The suit states that in 2013 Reimer told Supervisor Christopher St.Lawrence and Receiver of Taxes Nathan Oberman about financial discrepancies she had been noticing since 2009, such as low balances, understating expenses, and transferring funds without the board’s approval. According to Reimer’s lawyer, Fred Lichtmacher, the statements made in the law suit are true and will be documented. The complaint was officially filed to pursue $2 million in damages, such as lost wages, benefits, and money spent on legal fees and names St.Lawrence and Oberman, as well as Town Attorney Michael Klein, Assistant Town Attorney Beth Finklestein, and Personnel Director Linda Condon. Steven Stern, who is representing those named, stated the claims against the town are not true and Reimer’s suspension is not related to her statements about Ramapo’s finances. Reimer stated in the suit that she was accused of involving the New York Comptroller’s office of the activity by sending them false information, which was later determined by the office to be correct information and because of this faced a hostile work environment. Records also state she had been in contact with the FBI a year before they raided the town hall in May 2013 and the materials are being reviewed.
Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com as the Boulders begin their first playoff series against the New Jersey Jackals at 7:05 tonight.
Police stated Tuesday that volunteers from the Tallman, Monsey, Suffern, and Mahwah, New Jersey Fire Departments responded to a call on Monday night for a house fire in Airmont. Around 11:00 PM officers and firefighters arrived at the home at Gayle Court to find flames coming from the second story and reaching the roof. The cause of the fire is still unknown but is being inspected by the Rockland Sheriff’s Department, Airmont Fire Inspector, and the Ramapo Police, and officials were made aware of the lack of smoke detectors in the home. According to police the homeowner’s son was inside with a babysitter at the time but both made it out unharmed, though the house was left uninhabitable and the family was assisted by the Redcross.
On Tuesday night students and residents of the East Ramapo School District came together in Spring Valley to voice their disapproval of recent statements made by Superintendent Joel Klein. According to video from an August 19 school board meeting, Klein stated that the dropout rates in East Ramapo are largely due to the immigrant children that join the schools each year, last year nearly 350 registered. In the video , which is available on YouTube, Klein stated that the students know they will not obtain a diploma, but register for school to obtain language skills and advantages that come with school days, such as lunches. At the meeting it was discussed that East Ramapo is planning a program that will move immigrant students away from obtaining a regents diploma, and teach them English and vocational skills that will help them join the workforce, especially if they have a higher chance of dropping out. About the meeting Klein stated that his comments were taken out of context and the program will be announced with a full presentation designed for the benefit of every student in mind. The district is hoping to receive money from the state as part of Title III which is specifically for immigrant education. At last night’s rally about eighty people met to provide support for the families and students, many holding signs saying “Education Not Discrimination”, and speaking out about personal experiences with education and some asking the district to seek Klein’s resignation.
On Friday the Boulders played their first game against the New Jersey Jackals, winning 6-3. On Saturday the Boulders lost 6-5 after the Jackals took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. On Sunday the Boulders won with a score of 3-0 and on Monday’s Labor Day game, and the final game in the series the Boulders won 7-3. With three out of four wins it means the Rockland team took the pennant against the Jackals and the two teams begin the playoffs Wednesday night at 7:05 in New Jersey.
According to Ramapo Police a Monsey man was arrested after he attacked his roommate in the state-licensed Monsey Park Home for physically and mentally disabled adults. Officers stated that 56-year old Patrick Brady was arrested and charged with a felony count of first-degree assault and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon after they received a report that a man had been viciously beaten and received a broken jaw, eye socket, and cuts to his face, as well as a broken wrist. Police stated the man was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he is in stable condition and Brady is being held at Rockland County Jail on $50,000.
According to the Clarkstown Town Board they will be holding a public hearing on September 9 to discuss term limits for elected members. The limits would mean 8 consecutive years for all officials except town justices, and would allow members to run for a new position after their eight years are up. Democratic Chairwoman Stephanie Hausner stated she supports term limits and due to the voter support believes that it will pass unanimously, and bring new opportunities to the board. Recently Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack voiced his support for limits as well, stating that his earlier belief that elections act as a form of accountability for officials, will still be present but now having a time limit will be a positive addition. Another supporter, Republican Councilman George Hoehmann stated, “Term limits are a way of insuring that periodically, the people have the playing field leveled with a guarantee of turnover.” With the three members of the board showing support, the term limits will be able to be passed.
Rockland played their third game in their away series against the Trois Riveres Aigles holding a 2-0 lead for four innings. In the sixth inning the Boulders added two runs moving forward with a 4-0 lead and after the Aigles scored their first run in the seventh inning, ended up winning the game 4-1. They play Trois Riveres again tonight at 7:05.
Volunteers from the Tallman, Suffern, Monsey, and Mahwah, New Jersey Fire Departments responded to a call in Montebello on Wednesday morning for a house fire near Champion Parkway. According to Fire Chief Chris Szklany, officials believe an electrical problem started the fire, which was contained to the kitchen and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation with the Rockland Sheriff’s Department are investigating the cause. Szklany stated that an automatic phone alarm brought the firefighters to the address around 6:45 AM and discovered the fire while looking into windows during a walkthrough of the property. The family was not home at the time and by 7:45 the small fire was out, though the kitchen was destroyed.