Feds Sue Monsey Homebuilder for Failing to Pay Fines

The feds are suing a Monsey homebuilder for failing to pay penalties after he pleaded guilty two years ago to concealing Swiss bank accounts. The Hudson Valley Business Journal reports acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim says 62 year-old Walter Berkovic owes the government more than $200,000. Berkovic pleaded guilty in 2015 to failing to report foreign bank accounts.

Paula Bohovesky Killer Denied Parole Again

One of the men convicted in the murder of 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky of Pearl River in 1980 has once again been turned down for parole. Robert McCain becomes eligible for parole again in June 2019. His co-defendant Richard LaBarbera was denied parole earlier this year.

O&R Offers Advice to Avoid Scam Artists

Orange & Rockland Utilities is warning customers about the dangers posed by crooks who call customers’ homes or businesses or show up at their doors demanding the instant payment of their utility bills. O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says scammers sometimes claim to be from O&R and tell customers their service is going to be shut off unless they buy a pre-paid card or arranges for a transfer via MoneyGram…

Audio: Mike Donovan  

Anyone who feels they may have been a target of an imposter or a payment scam should report it to their local police department. They may also call O&R at 1-877-434-4100.

Overnight Parking Restrictions in Effect in Orangetown, other Municipalities in Rockland

Overnight parking restrictions are now in effect between the hours of 2 and 6am in the Town of Orangetown. Vehicles must be kept off roadways in town with a few exceptions. The restrictions will be lifted on April 15th. Check your local municipality for similar wintertime restrictions.

“Irving Berlin: An American Institution” Today @ West Nyack JCC

During Irving Berlin’s career, he published an estimated 1,500 songs. His first published song earned him 37 cents. The Russian immigrant’s “ragtime to riches” story will be presented at a free AARP event today at the JCC in West Nyack, says Lou Morris of the AARP…

Audio: Lou Morris

“Irving Berlin: An American Institution” is being held today from 12:30 – 2pm at the Rockland JCC on West Nyack Road. It is open to the public.

Absentee Ballots in Clarkstown’s Ward Race to be Counted Starting Today

Absentee ballots are scheduled to be counted today for one of the town council races in Clarkstown that was too close to call on Election Night. Supervisor George Hoehmann says in Ward 2, Democrat Daniel Caprara leads Republican Peter Bradley by only 25 votes, making it necessary to count all the absentee ballots…

Audio: George Hoehmann 

Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart won his election four years ago by just two votes, proving that every vote counts.

NY Dems Blast GOP Tax Plan

New York’s representatives in Congress are criticizing the GOP tax plan. Congresswoman Nita Lowey held a press conference in White Plains yesterday and called the House Republican tax plan a “scam” that would raise taxes on millions of middle-class Americans. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand blasted the proposal as a “blatant attempt at a corporate welfare bill”…

Audio: Kirsten Gillibrand 

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said the plan’s pro-growth reforms would help America compete with the rest of the world. The president has asked for a tax plan to include scrapping Obamacare’s individual mandate, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated this month would save the government $338 billion over 10 years. The House Ways and Means Committee had reportedly already decided not to put the individual mandate repeal into its tax plan.

Ramapo’s Building Inspector Gets No Jail Time

Ramapo’s Building Inspector was sentenced to no jail time yesterday for costing taxpayers $150,000 by undercharging builders. The Journal News reported Anthony Mallia pleaded guilty over the summer to tampering with public records and official misconduct. With the plea Mallia cannot run for public office and he no longer works as Ramapo’s building inspector. He originally faced a 188-count indictment.

Jerry Donnellan honored as “Veteran of the Year”

Congratulations to Jerry Donnellan, who was honored Sunday as the Rockland County Veterans Coordinating Council’s “Veteran of the Year” at a ceremony at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City. Donnellan has decided to step down from his post as director of Veterans Affairs in the county. Despite retiring, Donnellan has said he will remain active in the veterans community.

Ramapo Senior Movie of the Week: “Hacksaw Ridge”

In honor of Veterans Day, the Town of Ramapo is screening “Hacksaw Ridge” for its seniors’ movie of the week. Phil Tisi says the film is based on the true story of an American World War Two soldier…

Audio: Phil Tisi

All Ramapo residents 55 and over are admitted free of charge. It’s being held at the Ramapo Senior Center at 11AM Wednesday.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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