Eight Busted on Drug Charges in Spring Valley

Eight people from Spring Valley, Monsey, Garnerville, Nanuet and Port Chester were arrested and charged with distributing heroin and crack cocaine at the Lakeview Village senior apartment complex in Spring Valley. Published reports said the Rockland County Drug Task Force had been working with the Spring Valley Police Department to bust a group of so-called “career criminals” who were allegedly dealing drugs in the neighborhood. The Task Force and police found about 5.5 grams of crack/cocaine and heroin in an apartment in the complex.

Alliance Unites Rockland Chambers of Commerce

Several Rockland Chambers of Commerce have decided there is power in numbers. Chambers from Nanuet, North Rockland, New City, Nyack, Pearl River, Piermont and Suffern have formed the Chamber Alliance of Rockland County, an effort that group founder and Nanuet Chamber president Risa Hoag says will provide each chamber with greater networking opportunities…

Audio clip: Risa Hoag

The Chamber Alliance represents about 800 Rockland businesses. The group said it will encourage other county chambers to join as well. The group’s first event is Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Hudson Water Club in West Haverstraw. For information visit NanuetChamber.com.

 

Walk for Cancer Camp in Pearl River

This Sunday you can participate — or support others — in a special walk for Sunrise Day Camp in Pearl River. Sunrise is billed as the world’s only FREE full-summer day camps for children with cancer and their siblings. Legislator Harriet Cornell says the walk will take place at the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds off Sickletown Road and raise money for the camp…

Audio clip: Harriet Cornell

There’s also a carnival featuring rides and games for the kids. The walk takes place this Sunday. If anyone is interested in helping out you can call Cornell’s office at 845-638-5753.

Free Film Presentation of “Generation Found” on Topic of Addiction

The “Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence” and “Friends of Recovery Rockland” are screening a new documentary called “Generation Found” on Wednesday, free of charge. The story follows one Houston community’s attempt to help area youth with drug addiction. Council Coordinator Kathleen Katt-Bennie says the film was created by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Reilly and Greg Williams…

Audio clip: Kathleen Katt-Bennie

The film will be shown on Wednesday at RCC’s Cultural Arts Theatre. The evening begins at 6pm with light refreshments, then the film presentation at 7, followed by a panel discussion. For more information and to register, call Kathleen Katt-Bennie at 845-215-9788 Ext. 25 or click here.

 

Mark Hanok’s Long-Range Winter Weather Forecast 2017-2018

As promised, Mark delivered his annual Columbus Day long-range winter weather forecast. Click here to view

TZB Closes; All Traffic on New Span

The original Tappan Zee Bridge is now officially closed. The last car, as you just heard, made its way from Nyack to Tarrytown around 7pm Friday night. There are now eight lanes of traffic on the first span, four heading northbound to Rockland and four heading southbound to Tarrytown. With all eight traffic lanes on the new bridge’s first span, the landings of the old bridge, which occupy the same footprint of the second span, can be demolished. The second span will then be connected to land and the structure will be completed. The initial demolition project will force the closure of River Road in South Nyack-Grand View underneath the Tappan Zee Bridge for up to four weeks.

Additional info:

River Road Closures
TZC is preparing to remove the existing Tappan Zee Bridge to complete the second span of the new bridge. The initial demolition effort will require a complete closure of the portion of River Road in South Nyack/Grand View that crosses underneath the Tappan Zee Bridge for up to four weeks. The work will require the use of mobile cranes and other equipment as TZC removes large sections of concrete and steel from the area, employing noise mitigation techniques to minimize impacts to residents. The closure is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and extend into early November, six days per week (Monday through Saturday), between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

To safely accomplish the demolition, TZC and the New York State Thruway Authority are working closely with emergency and first responder agencies, Rockland County transportation officials, elected officials, affected school districts, and commercial bus companies that service the area. Alternate routes commuter bus services have also been established. The closure site will be monitored 24/7 by project safety personnel who will provide temporary access for emergency service vehicles at all times.

Vehicular traffic will be detoured to 9W, while pedestrians and cyclists will have limited access to River Road after extended waiting periods. Project safety personnel will hold pedestrians and cyclists for up to an hour on weekdays and up to 15 minutes on Saturdays. Access will be provided without extended waiting periods on Sundays, however the Thruway Authority strongly encourages travelers to avoid the area until construction operations conclude in early November.

Additional work includes:

  • Support for river-based work from the Rockland trestle
  • Survey inspections on the existing bridge
  • Pier substructure work
  • Expansion joint operations
  • Internal tower work
  • Maintenance dock construction
  • Electrical equipment installation and testing
  • Construction of maintenance and state police facilities

Boater Safety
Expect periodic closures of the main navigation channel due to on-going construction through the end of this year. Cranes, barges and other equipment will occupy parts of the channel during this time. Boaters are strongly encouraged to avoid the project site during the closures.

Times and dates of the closures are subject to change and will appear in the U.S. Coast Guard’s weekly Notice to Mariners; on the project’s Twitter feed (@NewNYBridge); and broadcast on Marine Radio Channel 22A. Tappan Zee Constructors can be contacted via Marine Radio Channel 16 for assistance.

Rockland and Westchester marine units continue to patrol the project site.

More boater safety information, including the U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners, a construction site map and GPS-tracked construction vessel locations, can be found at NewNYBridge.com/Boater.

Nanuet Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash; to get 4-12 Years in Prison

A Nanuet man who admitted using drugs in the hours before speeding through a red light last June, crashing into another car and killing its two occupants, will spend 4 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty last week. 24 year-old Matthew Sindone was originally charged with two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of Neil and Aline Block of New City, but pleaded guilty to just one count. Sindone crashed into the Blocks after running a red light at the intersection of Route 304 and Goebel Road in New City. Sindone reportedly said he used Xanax and Klonopin in the hours before the crash. He’ll be sentenced in January.

West Haverstraw Flood-prevention Project Completed on Time and Under Budget

A flood-prevention project along West Haverstraw’s Minisceongo Creek was completed last week. The improvements should prevent a repeat of the catastrophic flooding that occurred there six years ago during Hurricane Irene, and Rockland County Executive Ed Day said though the project was budgeted at $1.12 million, it ended up costing about $963-thousand…

Audio clip: Ed Day 

During Hurricane Irene in 2011, flood waters severely eroded hundreds of feet of the bank of the creek. A nearby apartment complex and residents of the surrounding areas had to be evacuated.

Clarkstown PD Investigating “Shots Fired” Incident from Friday Morning

The Clarkstown Police Department is investigating a “shots fired” incident that occurred around 5:30 Friday morning at 2 Capitol Ct. in New City. Area residents told officers they heard multiple shots fired outside of their homes. There were no reported injuries. Two rounds were found lodged in a parked vehicle. The Clarkstown Detective Bureau is investigating the incident and looking for a motive. If anyone was in the area or knows anything about it, contact the detective bureau at 845-639-5840.

RCC Gets Childcare Grant to Help Student-Parents

Rockland Community College has received an 82-thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  Congresswoman Nita Lowey told “The Morning Show” on Friday that the “Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program” will help keep RCC students with children from having to give up their scholarly pursuits…

Audio clip: Nita Lowey

RCC president Dr. Michael Baston said without the funds, many students would be forced to drop out. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, parents with access to child care on campus are nearly three times more likely to graduate or pursue additional degrees within three years of enrollment.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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