Rockland County Legislators voted 6-1 to cut seven positions in the Mental Health Department, and save 69 laundry work, security aide, and radiology jobs, after County Executive Ed Day proposed that the county cut 39 positions to save about 1.68 million dollars in salary costs. According to Day when the sale of Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Home is complete those terminated will be able to apply for jobs with the new private owner and the private vendors he is planning to bring in to do the work for less cost to the county. Legislators stated that the savings for 2014 would not be worth terminating all the positions proposed, though in 2015 the money saved would increase significantly. According to Day’s Chief of Staff Guillermo Rosa, cutting jobs now would save time and money, stating “We have to move forward. We cannot go on with a loss of 1.2 million dollars a month.” Rosa stated that the county is losing $38,000, with Summit Park adding to a majority of that. Legislator Michael Grant stated that the proposal will likely come up again in Day’s 2015 budget plans.
The Boulders played their second game in the four game series against the Trois Riveres Aigles last night. In the third inning the Boulders got the first run of the game, scoring another in the fifth, followed soon after by a run from the Aigles. The Boulders held a 2-1 lead until the ninth inning, when the Aigles scored two runs, winning the game 3-2. The two teams play tonight at 7:05 and finish the series tomorrow night. The Boulders return home on Friday to play the Jackals.
According to Ramapo Police, a robbery that took place Monday was possibly connected to reports from neighbors of the address on August 7 that two men were seen walking around the house and looking in windows. Police stated that two men broke into the home in New Hempstead around 10:30 Monday night and one held the victim down while the other went around the house collecting items. The Rockland County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit and are searching for witnesses who can describe the men or the car they drove away in. Call the Ramapo Police Department at 845-357-2400.
According to Rockland County Executive Ed DAy complaints have been filed with the county about slower bus services this summer and the county is taking action to solve the problems. Spokeswoman for he Rockland County Department of Public Transportation, SUsan Meyer, stated that the addition of two larger buses from the Tappan ZEExpress’ 59 and 97 routes to temporarily ease the busy TOR schedules and prevent delays has helped already. Rockland is also acting on plans to add four large buses after they bought out the $8,000 tire leases from the Albany system, to use as backups, though some will be put into service in October. Four new TOR buses are set to arrive in the fall of 2015 and the county is looking to buy sixteen new ones for 2016. In the meantime the Department of Public Transportation is considering renting buses to alleviate issues with the routes and next month TOR will be taking on two para-transit mini-buses from TRIPS that will run Route 97 and loops 1 and 3 in Ramapo.
The Boulders played three games against Les Quebec Capitales this weekend, losing on Friday 7-1. On Saturday the Rockland team got back in the swing of it, winning 7-5. And in the final game of the five game series against Quebec on Sunday the Boulders won 4-1, with pitcher Richard Salazar setting a Boulders record with his tenth win this season. The Boulders play the Trois Riveres Aigles tonight at 7:05 and return to provident Bank Park on Friday.
United Water announced that a boil water alert has been set for 21 addresses in Orangetown due to a lack of water pressure after a watermain break. According to the statement, crews were working on repairs to a 16-inch main break on Sickletown Road and New Blauvelt Road as of Sunday evening. The Rockland County Health Department informed the company that numbers 61, 65, 66, 69, 75, 81, 83, 85, and 91 and on Sickletown Road, as well as numbers 1 through 8 on Briarwood Lane in Orangeburg and number 68 A on Sickletown Road and 500 and 551 on Blauvelt Road in Blauvelt are under a boil water alert until further notice. The company directs that if you or your pets will be ingesting water for any reason boil it for one minute. You do not have to boil water for showering or washing clothes. Drinking the water can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, headaches, and nausea. United Water will inform those affected when the alert has been lifted. Customers can keep updated by calling United Water at 845-623-1500 extension 2225 or the Health Department at 845-364-2608.
According to Brian Conybeare, Governor Cuomo’s Special Adviser for the New Tappan Zee Bridge Project, pile driving at the construction site is set to resume today, after being suspended on July 31 when the noise rose above the allowed 90 decibels. Conybeare stated on friday that due to the testing and research done by Tappan Zee Constructors since building was halted, they have been allowed to resume work installing 200 metal sheet piles to the wall of the bridge on the Rockland shore, and they will be using techniques to keep noise levels down such as a guide beam to prevent rattling, a double layer rubber sound barrier, and a noise shroud around the hammer and metal sheets. Mayor of South Nyack Bonnie Christian stated that she and residents are waiting to see if the new techniques help keep sound levels low.
The Boulders played a double header in Canada against Les Quebec Capitales winning the first game 5-1, but losing the second 6-4. Rockland remains in first place in the Can Am League with the New Jersey Jackals following closely in second. Rockland and Quebec play again tonight at 7:05, you can listen live to tonight’s game and Sunday’s 1:00 afternoon game at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
The Town of Ramapo Board recently approved a resolution proposed by petitions sent around by local activists Michael Parietti and Robert Romanowski requesting a vote for a ward system and increase in board members be put on the ballot in this year’s election. According to Parietti the board decided on Thursday to set referendums to allow residents the chance to discuss and vote on the proposals. The referendums will take place from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM on September 30 at all available town polling sites. The change to a ward system would mean that board members will be voted on from specific areas in Ramapo, not townwide, while the other proposal would change the number of members from four to six and Parietti stated that the seven member voting team would reduce tax hikes. Board members Patrick Withers, Daniel Friedman, and Yitzchok Ullman, as well as Supervisor St. Lawrence voted yes for the resolution with Brendel Logan absent.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day released a statement early this morning announcing that the county signed a letter of intent with Hi Tor Animal Care Center to build a new shelter at the existing location in Pomona. The letter of intent states that the structure used as a shelter now will be demolished turned into the parking lot for the new building. According to Day the agreement between the County and the care center will help increase adoptions while improving conditions for the average 2,500 animals that pass through looking for homes each year and he and other members of county government look forward to “continuing to work with Hi Tor President Lizanne Fiorentino and her Board of Directors to increase adoptions, save more lives, and prevent animal suffering.” The agreement uses Chapter 212, which allows the county to have a say in the rules and regulations of an animal care organization, and states the construction will require Legislative approval.