NY Senate Passes “Toll Payer Protection Act”

Prompted by excessive fines levied after the cashless tolling system became operational on the new Tappan Zee Bridge, New York’s Senate has passed legislation by Rockland’s Senator to make the system more transparent, efficient and fair. David Carlucci says the new system needs to be fixed…

Audio: David Carlucci

Under the bill, drivers would have the right to dispute fees online and be notified at least 30 days in advance if their registration will be suspended.

WRCR Market Analyst: Mueller Firing Could Move Stocks

Though there have reportedly been no conversations to have special counsel Robert Mueller fired, the President continues to ramp up the attacks on social media. If he does end up firing Mueller, WRCR’s Market Analyst Ken Mahoney of Mahoney Asset Management predicts the move would rattle the market…

Audio: Ken Mahoney

Over the weekend on Twitter, the president called Mueller and his investigation a “witch hunt” and criticized former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Gardener’s Day” is Wednesday

Spring is finally here and that means it’s time for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Stormwater Consortium’s “Gardener’s Day” event tomorrow. Horticultural Lab Technician Michael Wilson says the event’s keynote speaker is New York Times Bestseller and American Horticultural Society Book Award-winner, Marta McDowell…

Audio: Michael Wilson

The event costs $40 and is being held tomorrow from 8am-2:30 at the CCE Rockland Education Center in Stony Point. For more information, click here.

Thousands Mourn Death of Monsey Chasidic Rabbi

The grand rabbi of the Viznitz Hasidim in Kaser-Monsey passed away last week, and thousands attended his funeral Friday afternoon. Rabbi Mordechai Hager is believed to have been the oldest Chasidic rebbe in the world. He was 95 years old.

Moody’s Investors Service Raises Rockland’s Rating Two Notches

Moody’s Investors Service raised Rockland’s rating two notches last week. County Executive Ed Day told “The Morning Show” Friday the A2 rating was a milestone considering just a few years ago the rating was just above junk…

Audio: Ed Day

CEO of the Rockland Business Association Al Samuels called the move a major accomplishment…

Audio: Al Samuels

Moody’s cited the county’s improved budgeting practices, the closure of the county-run nursing home, and its approach to pensions and other post-employment benefit costs by eliminating deferrals and making payments early. Legislator Alden Wolfe cited the county’s improved economy, added revenue from increased hotel and motel rentals, a growing housing market and strong overall sales tax revenues.

School Safety Presentation for Suffern School District on Tuesday

There’ll be a school safety presentation by the Ramapo Police Department at the Suffern Central Board of Education meeting tomorrow night. Ramapo Communications Director Phil Tisi says the meeting comes in response to concerns over heightened security issues following last month’s shooting in Florida…

Audio: Phil Tisi

The meeting is being held at 7:30pm tomorrow night at the school district administration building located at 45 Mountain Avenue in Hillburn.

PNS Report: NY Needs More Long-term Care Advocates

New York needs to increase the number of people who can advocate for those in long-term care – that’s the message advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities delivered in Albany last week. Andrea Sears of Public News Service reports.

Audio: Andrea Sears

In nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult homes, ombudsmen are legally required. But without adequate state funding, many facilities struggle to maintain a regular presence.

Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Mom in Yonkers

A homeless man pleaded guilty last week to the stabbing death of his mother in Yonkers last year. Westchester’s District Attorney says 29 year-old Andre Coverdale faces 25 years in prison after admitting to first degree manslaughter. Dawne McCray died of multiple stab wounds to her face and neck. Coverdale will be sentenced in May.

Monsey Grand Rabbi Dies; Funeral this (Friday) Afternoon; Traffic Delays Expected

Rabbi Mordechai Hager, the grand rabbi of the Viznitz Hasidim in Kaser-Monsey, has died at the age of 95.

A funeral service is scheduled for today (Friday) at 12:30 p.m. at the main shul in Kaser. Thousands are expected to attend and motorists should expect major delays in the area.

Rockland County buses are warning of delays, as well. Expect delays on all TOR routes for the next several hours due to road closures and heavy traffic. TOR Loop 1 and Loop 2 bus routes are suspended until further notice due to road closures. Go to www.rocklandbus.com for more information.

Ex-Ramapo Supervisor Enters Pennsylvania Fed Prison

Ramapo’s former supervisor turned himself in to Federal Prison Camp Canaan, about two hours away in Waymart, Pennsylvania, to begin for his 30-month sentence. That’s according to the Journal News, which notes the low-security facility features dormitory-style living quarters. Chris St. Lawrence was convicted last year of fraud in connection with several construction projects including the ballpark.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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