CSX Rail Inspections in Haverstraw

Inspection teams from the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration carried out crude oil tanker inspections at the CSX Corporation-owned Frontier Rail Yard in Buffalo and numerous other points including CSX-owned switch in Haverstraw. They focused on track, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety equipment, including wheels and brakes and couplers. Inspection teams examined 109 crude oil tank cars, approximately 196 miles of track ad 72 switches. Overall, sate and federal teams uncovered and addressed three critical defects and 41 non-critical defects. Federal Railroad Administration Inspectors examined one switch along the CSX mainline in Haverstraw. No defects were found.

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Neurologist Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

62-year-old David S. Younger, of Scarsdale, who is a neurologist in Manhattan has pleaded guilty to tax fraud. According to court records he claimed more than $580,000 in falsely classified expenses in 2007 and 2008 that were actually personal expenses as business expenses. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced Younger will be going to prison for four months, pay a fine of $25,000 and restitution to the IRS has yet to be determined.

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Afternoon News Update 9/20

Police in Mount Vernon have yet to identify a suspect in the deadly shooting that occurred at the city’s annual Arts on Third festival on Sunday. 42-year-old Kyle Dennis was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have stated that they believe it was an isolated attack and that Dennis was targeted by his assailant. (Source: LoHud)

On Monday, a New Jersey woman admitted to authorities that she collected over 345,000 dollars in unemployment benefits over a three year period. 35-year-old Erica Rivera applied online for 24 people, including friends and family, and opened debit cards in their names. Police have uncovered surveillance footage, spanning the years 2012 to 2015, of Rivera using the fake debit cards at ATMs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Prosecutors in the case are recommending that Rivera be sentenced to 8 years in prison. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Suez water company has released a statement asking property owners in Rye Brook, Port Chester, and Rye City to limit their water usage during a drought that has been affecting the water supply in Westchester’s Sound Shore. Suez states that they are concerned about a dwindling water supply for everyday use and fire protection; some conservation tips include using a broom to clear sidewalks, setting your lawn mower one notch higher, and covering pools to reduce evaporation. (Source: LoHud)

The Major League Baseball playoff push continued last night. The New York Mets remained in the first wild card spot as they lost 7-3 to the Atlanta Braves. The New York Yankees, meanwhile, were off last night.

-Patrick Flood

NYS Offshore Wind Blueprint Released

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the release of the New York State Offshore Wind Blueprint. The Blueprint creates a framework for the responsible development of wind energy along New York’s Coastline. New York State is home to some of the world’s strongest offshore wind resources, which will contribute to the Governor’s mandate to supply 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.

https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/offshorewind

 

The Heritage Park Industrial Complex New Square

A new proposal has been presented to build The Heritage Park Industrial Complex at 20 Mezritch Road near the center of New Square village. The complex would include a supermarket, poultry packaging facility and professional offices. The proposal lists $1.6 million in funding would come from the Empire State Development fund under the Restore New York Communities program. There was an earlier proposal that received strong resistance from the community because it included a slaughterhouse for chickens. According to this plan the facility would only include meat packaging. Rockland County Executive Ed Day told the Journal News, “As with all applications, we will look at this in a concise, comprehensive manner to make sure the residents both inside and outside the village are not compromised.”

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair 9/22

This Thursday, September 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Hiring Our Heroes veteran’s job fair will take place to connect veterans and military spouses with over 300 job openings in the Finger Lakes region. The job fair is hosted by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs at the National Guard Armory, 76 Patriot Way in Rochester. The job fair will feature 62 businesses from across the region, including Lockheed Martin, National Grid, Cannon Design, Best Buy, and Mr. Rooter Plumbing. The fair is open to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve, as well as military spouses. An employment workshop will be available to job seekers at 8:30 a.m. You must register ahead.

For more information, visit Hiring Our Heroes at:www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes.

 

Qualified job seekers must register ahead of time to participate in the Job Fair taking place in Rochester on September 22, 2016. Registration can be found online at:www.cvent.com/events/hiring-our-heroes-rochester-ny/registration-79349111ef224b75bf0527b7a7476d36.aspx.

Lower HV Affordibility Crisis Report

According to their website, The Reclaim New York Center for Government Reform and Accountability is your resource for the information you need to help make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. High taxes, government corruption, inefficient bureaucracy, and a poor job climate don’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican, or independent: New York throws up the same roadblocks to your ability to live, work, raise a family, and run a business here. That’s why Reclaim is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on engaging all New Yorkers in a critical conversation about our future.

 

Lower Hudson Valley Affordability Report

 

Afternoon News Update 9/19

The FBI has made an arrest in connection to the blasts that occurred in Chelsea and Seaside Park on Saturday. 28-year-old U.S. citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody this morning for questioning. The arrest comes a day after another explosive device was discovered near the Elizabeth train station. The explosive device found at the train station exploded while authorities were attempting to secure it; thankfully no one was injured from the explosion. Authorities in the tristate area are concerned that there may be an active terror cell in the area; The FBI is asking anyone who may have information on Rahami or the other explosions to call 1-800-225-5324. (Source: NorthJersey)

Three men were rescued from the Hudson River after their boat capsized during a protest of the Algonquin Pipeline project. Authorities say the boat started sinking shortly after 4 p.m. when the 3 men initially refused help swimming back to shore. However, strong currents began to make the swim difficult for the three men, who were then thrown lifelines and safely pulled from the water. (Source: LoHud)

42-year-old Richard Almaraz and 30-year-old Neil Mena were arrested in their homes yesterday after the FBI tracked heroin and cocaine to their locations. Police have stated that undercover officers made several heroin purchases from the two suspects, as well as two separate purchases of loaded handguns. (Source: LoHud)

The Rockland Boulders season came to an end on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Champions in game five of the championship series. David Fischer took the loss for Rockland, while Austin Chrismon earned the win for Ottawa. The Champions held on in the bottom of the ninth to secure the Can-Am Championship.

-Patrick Flood

Chelsea Bombing Suspect Named “Armed and Dagnerous”

Several bombs went off over the weekend and early this morning – one in Chelsea injured 29 people. A suspect in the Chelsea bombing has been named this morning in an all points bulletin. 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a resident of Elizabeth, NJ – is 5’ 6″ tall, weighs approximately 200 pounds, and has brown hair, eyes, and facial hair. He is a naturalized US Citizen of Afghan descent. Rahami is considered armed and dangerous.  If you have information call: 800-577-TIPS. And remember, “If you see something, say something.”

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St. Thomas Aquinas College “Top-Tier” Regional University (North)

U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges annual report has named St. Thomas Aquinas College, in Sparkill village, a Top-Tier Regional University (North). College president, Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C. said, “The entire St. Thomas Aquinas College Community is proud to be recognized,” she added, “We have always considered our students and faculty to be Top-Tier and this is a tribute to the entire College Community.”

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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