Bridgegate List Delayed Due to Appeal

The lane closures over the George Washington Bridge in September 2013, known as “Bridgegate,” continues to be a thorn in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s side. Yesterday, at noon, a list of unindicted co-conspirators was due to be released. Hours before, Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an anonymous man, known only as “John Doe,” a request to delay pending an appeal. The man argued that if his name is on the list it could severely damage his reputation and career. The hearing for the case is now set for June 6. The list was filed under seal and according to sources, a group of media organizations demanded the release of the names because it is believed they are public officials who are alleged to have abused their power and violated the public trust. So far, Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff and Bill Baroni, Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey both pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy charges. Their trials are set for September in Newark. Former Port Authority executive David Wildstein, pleaded guilty to the charges last year and is cooperating with prosecutors.

2016 Ride of Silence

Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30pm starting at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City is Rockland County’s 2016 Ride of Silence. The Rockland Bicycle Club is part of the national Ride of Silence done to honor the memory of those injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The bicyclists will ride single file in silence to raise awareness that we must all share the road. In the past year three Rockland cyclists lost their lives, 47-year-old Alfred Zaldivar of New City was struck on Old Route 304 and Cypress Street last May. Robert Faist of New City was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service, a fine and mandatory surcharge. 77-year-old, Ed Brophy, of congers was struck last August by a Tappan ZEEexpress bus as it turned left onto Route 303 from North Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack. No charges or summonses were issued to the bus driver as their actions were not in violation of vehicle and traffic laws. And William “Matt” George was struck and killed while standing near a guardrail on a narrow shoulder of Route 202 in Ramapo on the night of December 21st. Authorities are still seeking the hit-and-run driver. WRCR reminds everyone who drives to share the road. You never know when a pedestrian, runner, or cyclist may come across poor crumbling road conditions that you cannot see from your vehicle. Expect problems before they happen. Keep a safe distance, refrain from cell phone use, and be attentive. If you are a cyclist, practice good bike rider behavior. Be respectful of lights and stop signs. For the ride on Wednesday, cyclists are encouraged to use red lights in the rear and white lights on the front of your bike. Helmets are required. Armbands in Red, for injuries or black, for fatalities will be provided. If you would like more information about the ride, visit: rocklandbike.org.

Counterfeit $100 Bill for Lottery Ticket

Yesterday, Clarkstown police arrested a 20-year-old Valley Cottage man who purchased a lottery ticket with a counterfeit $100 bill. He passed the bill at a Shell station where the owner suspected foul play and called the police. Arber Kukaj, is now facing a felony count of second-degree possession of a forged instrument and a misdemeanor petty larceny. According to authorities, Kukaj had two counterfeit bills in his possession. An investigation is now looking into where the young man got the phony money. Kukaj is being held in Rockland County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail pending a Justice Court hearing Monday afternoon.

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher

Do you know a great teacher? Would you like to see them recognized for their gift? The empire State Excellence in Teaching Program recognizes teachers who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, to foster creativity, instill a love of learning, and independent thinking.   Each year the program recognizes teachers from 10 different regions of New York, from North Country to New York City. Public school teachers are eligible to apply for recognition and any member of the public can nominate a teacher. The deadline is June 1st and recipients will be announced June 17th. Honorees will receive a $5,000 stipend intended to support their professional interests and they will also be invited to meet with university, workforce and policy leaders across the state to share their expertise and insights. For more information visit:www.ny.gov/NYSTeachingExcellence.

Roosevelt Tramway Celebrates 40 Years

Today at 1 p.m., the Roosevelt Tramway, known for taking passengers to Manhattan’s Other Island, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a party at Tram Plaza located at East 60th Street. The tramway was the only one of its kind in the nation when it opened. Judith Berdy of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society said the tram is a safe, clean, and energy-efficient form of transportation. There are currently 14,00 residents living on Roosevelt Island. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation estimates that between 2.6 and 2.7 million people ride the tram each year. The tram crosses the East River and takes between three and four minutes making trips every 15 minutes and costs the same as a bus or subway. Happy Anniversary Roosevelt Island Tramway.

Tallman Beach & Pool Club Ready to Open

In just 12 days Rockland may possibly enjoy the opening of the new Tallman Beach and Pool Club at Tallman Mountain State Park. The club website claims it is an “oasis of family fun and enjoyment in a private destination”. The venue was originally built in the 1930s, fell into disrepair and was eventually closed and the pools drained in 2009. Billy Procida’s Tallman Beach and Pool Club, LLC signed a 20-year lease with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to reopen and manage the two pools at the site. Procida is known for financing real estate projects in the metropolitan area. Sources say, there has been an investment of over $750,000 to restore the facility keeping some of the original charm and incorporating some new and exciting venues like NoCo Northern Comfort Catering. There are 200 memberships for sale starting at $600 (175 have already sold) and $10 day passes will also be for sale. The club has a capacity of 400 and members will have first priority access. There are roughly 6,500 square feet of beach sand and approximately 125 Adirondack chairs. There is a main pool and a kiddie pool. Right now the opening date for members is set for May 28th (pending state approvals); day passes will begin sometime early June. If you would like to follow the conversation around the pool visit: facebook.com/tallmanpool

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike month and this week May 16th-20th is Bike to Work Week. According to the League of American Bicyclists 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a fun way to get to work. More and more people are interested in a healthy, sustainable and cheap way to get to work and from 2000-2013 the number of bicycle commuters grew more than 62%. According to statistics approximately 86,000 New Yorkers already commute on two wheels. There are now more than 1,000 miles of bike lanes in the city with more coming. So get out and enjoy Rockland on a bike this week (make sure to wear a helmut). If you are driving a car share the road.

NYS Ranked #1 in Broadband Activity and Investment

Strategic Networks Group, a world leader in broadband economics, ranked New York State number one in the nation for broadband activity and investment. Their study, The 50 States of Broadband, surveyed broadband investment activities on a state-by-state basis and determined that New York ranked first overall in availability, adoption, driving meaningful use, growth investment, and regulation. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stated, “The New NY Broadband Program is laying the groundwork for a strong economy by connecting households and businesses in every corner of the state, enabling New York businesses to compete on the world state.”

Frozen Food Recall Expanded

Last week, WRCR reported on the CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington voluntary recall of organic and traditional frozen fruit and vegetables due to an illness outbreak of listeriosis, according to the FDA. According to sources, CRF is now expanding that recall to include 47 million pounds of frozen chicken and meat products that include veggies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the products that may be contaminated have been recalled from Costco, Trader Joe’s and several other stores. The products are being recalled because they contain vegetables that may be contaminated. It does not include meats that stand alone. According to sources, the contamination was discovered when Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc notified CRF Frozen Foods that the originally recalled frozen vegetables are used in their products. The products they are including had various dates between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2016. In a statement Trader Joe’s says that all affected products have been removed from their shelves and destroyed. Here is a listing of recalled products: The following products are subject to recall: (View LabelsGroup A, Group B, Group C)

  • 14.2-oz packages containing “Tai Pei Chicken Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 01/02/2015 to 10/27/2017.
  • 14.2-oz packages containing “Tai Pei Pepper Beef” with best-by dates ranging from 11/02/2015 to 10/19/2017.
  • 12-oz packages containing “Tai Pei Combination Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 11/06/2015 to 10/27/2017.
  • 12-lb cases containing 32-oz packages of “Fred’s Jalapeño, Corn & Bacon Cornbread Pop” with product code 0945137.
  • 2-lb boxes containing “InnovASIAN Cuisine CHICKEN FRIED RICE” with best-by dates ranging from 5/15/2015 to 4/09/2017.
  • 20-oz packages containing “Trader Joe’s Chicken Fried Rice” with case codes ranging from 261231 to 281211.
  • 18-oz. bags containing “InnovASIAN Cuisine CHICKEN FRIED RICE” with best-by dates ranging from 05/01/2015 to 04/29/2017.
  • 18-oz. and 24-oz. packages containing “Simmering Samurai Orange Chicken Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 5/12/2015 to 3/18/2017.
  • 20-oz. packages containing “HyVee chicken fried rice” with best-by dates ranging from 7/11/2015 to 3/03/2017.
  • 20-oz. packages containing “First Street Chicken Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 7/11/2015 to 3/15/2017.
  • 54-oz. packages containing “Yakitori Chicken with Japanese-Style Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 6/28/2015 to 5/2/2017.
  • 18-oz. packages containing “Simmering Samurai Chicken Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 8/11/2015 to 3/18/2017.
  • 18-oz. packages containing “Simmering Samurai Hibachi Seasoned Chicken Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 8/11/2015 to 11/16/2016.
  • 18-oz. packages containing “Simmering Samurai Spicy Hibachi Seasoned Chicken Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 8/13/2015 to 11/16/2016.
  • 18 oz. and 24-oz. packages containing “Simmering Samurai General Tso’s Chicken Fried Rice” with best-by dates ranging from 8/18/2015 to 12/26/2016.
  • 1.53-kg packages containing “Arroz Frito Estilo Japones Con Pollo Yakitori” with best-by dates ranging from 1/22/2016 to 1/03/2017, exported to Mexico.
  • 1.53-kg packages containing “Yakitori Chicken with Japanese-Style Fried Rice (Poulet Yakitori Avec Riz Frit A La Japonaise)” with best-by dates ranging from 1/21/2016 to 3/7/2017, exported to Canada.
  • 30-oz. packages containing “Daily Chef Chicken Poblano Firecrackers” with packaging dates between 8/10/2015 to 1/25/2016.
  • 12.5-lbs packages containing “Golden Tiger SANTA FE BRAND CHICKEN EGG ROLLS” with packaging dates between 8/22/2014 to 11/6/2015.
  • 6.25-lb packages cases containing “Jade Mountain SOUTHWEST CHICKEN EGG ROLL TWISTS” with packaging dates between 6/3/2014 to 3/23/2016.
  • 30-oz packages containing 30 pieces of “Petite Cuisine CHICKEN POBLANO Hand Made Firecrackers” with packaging dates between 7/15/2014 to 1/15/2016.
  • 6.25-lbs. cases containing “Golden Tiger Firecracker Southwest Brand Chicken” with packaging dates between 6/2/2014 to 3/23/2016.
  • 7.5-lbs. packages containing “Posada Southwest Brand CHICKEN EMPANADA” with packaging dates between 5/12/2014 to 3/8/2016.
  • 8-oz packages containing 8 pieces of “The Original Appetizer Company CHICKEN POBLANO Handmade Appetizers (Firecracker) with packaging date of 11/4/2014.
  • 30-oz packages containing 30 pieces of “Petite Cuisine SOUTHWEST CHICKEN Handmade Firecrackers” with packaging dates between 10/9/2014 to 11/6/2014.
  • 8-oz packages containing 8 pieces of “Taste of Inspirations Chicken Poblano Firecrackers” with packaging dates between 8/12/2015 to 2/26/2016.
  • 6.89 kg. cases containing packages of “Golden Tiger SOUTHWEST SPICY CHICKEN SPRING ROLLS” with packaging dates between 5/7/2014 to 3/31/2016.
  • 8-oz. packages containing “archer farms Chicken Poblano Firecrackers” with packaging dates between 7/15/2014 to 3/21/2016.
  • 1.15-kg packages of “Molly’s Kitchen Mini Chicken Pot Pie Empanadas” with packaging dates between 6/4/2014 to 1/7/2015.
  • 7.5-lb packages of “CASA SOLANA SOUTHWEST BRAND CHICKEN EMPANADA MADE IN CALIFORNIA” with packaging dates between 11/4/2014 to 2/16/2016.
  • 15-lbs packages of “Perkins SOUTHWEST STYLE CRISPY ROLL” with a packaging date of 3/11/2015 and date code 5255070.

The products subject to recall have the establishment number “EST. 21225,” “EST. 9281,” “EST. 1623A” or “EST. 18356” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide and to Canada and Mexico.

Take a Tour of Orangetown Wastewater Plant

According to Orangetown Supervisor, Andy Stewart, “The Orangetown Sewer Treatment Plant is our community’s single largest investment in “green” – cleaning water so it can be recycled into the environment and preparing sludge for composting into soil for landscaping. The public deserves to understand how this critical infrastructure works.” Next Thursday, May 19th at 3:15 p.m. at The Orangetown Wastewater Treatment Facility at 127 Route 303, Orangeburg, NY 10962, Supervisor Stewart and Chief Plant Operator Ken Skibinski of the Orangetown Wastewater Treatment Plant will lead a tour of the wastewater treatment facility. The tour is appropriate for small groups of adults and students in grades 6 through 12 and is largely outdoors on uneven ground, so dress appropriately. Participants will learn about water treatments, including biological, chemical and mechanical processes, from the moment wastewater enters the plant from the town’s sewer system through when the cleaned wastewater is sent to the Hudson River. You can RSVP to supervisor@orangetown.com.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.