Car crash in Airmont

An accident in Airmont on Sunday led to slight traffic backup and injured the driver of a Kia Sorento. According to police 21-year old Stony Point resident Amanda Mann was trapped inside her car after she hit a utility pole on Route 59 around 4:48 in the morning. First responders worked to get the woman out of her car, which broke the pole, and took her to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The extent of her injuries was not reported and the cause of the accident was unknown at the time, though an investigation team was working to find out.

Car Destroys Front of West Haverstraw Building

Police responded to a call around 4:00 PM Friday after an SUV lost control and crashed into a building. According to officials a Ford Explorer lost control and crashed into another car that was being moved at an autorepair shop on Route 9W in West Haverstraw. The SUV seriously damaged the building and firefighters responded to save the roof from collapsing. There has been no news on the condition of the driver who was taken to Nyack Hospital, and no one inside the garage was injured.

Ramapo Ordered to File Ward Election Appeal

According to Robert Romanowski and Michael Parietti, activists who filed petitions with the state Supreme Court bringing to light possible improprieties with the Ramapo ward referendums, a judge ruled this week that the town needs to file appeals by December 3. The town of Ramapo announced that they would be filing to appeal Justice Margaret Garvey’s decision to throw out the votes from a special election held on September 30, that would decide whether or not town residents would choose representatives based on where they live and change the number of board members from four to six. Garvey ordered a permanent hold be put in place on the votes from the special election and that the official appeal must be filed by December 3.

Man Accused of Killing Ramapo Rape Suspect Freed of Charges

A Sparrowbush man accused of killing a man, who Ramapo Police were searching for on charges of rape, had his charges dropped by an Orange County Judge on Thursday. Judge Robert Freehill ruled that charges against David Carlson be dropped after he claimed statements made to the Grand Jury could lead to a biased decision. In October 2013 Carlson shot Norris Acosta-Sanchez, who was accused of raping a teenage girl in Ramapo, claiming he was planning to turn Sanchez in to police after discovering the accusations against the Rockland man. According to Carlson’s court statements he was using the weapon to lead Sanchez to his property when the man confronted him about his plan turn him in to police. In his defense Carlson stated that Sanchez lunged at him, leading him to fire out of fear that the man was grabbing for his weapon.

Legislature Budget and Finance Meeting Draws Protests

The Legislature met on Thursday night to review County Executive Ed Day’s proposed $772 million budget for 2015. The proposal would cut 111 county employees to save $6.8 million, including 37 within the Sheriff’s Patrol Units. Thursday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting drew hundreds of residents and sheriff’s officers to the county office building in New City to protest the County Executive’s decisions and express their support for Sheriff Lou Falco, who has continuously voiced his disagreement with the cuts. According to Falco the layoffs would be done by seniority, which would disrupt county operations provided by specialized units such as arson, mounted, marine, an street patrols, and the bomb unit. Town Supervisors have worried over the past few weeks that the extra cost of losing Sheriff’s officers would fall on their residents. With Day’s budget proposal property taxes in the county would increase by two percent. Over the last three year taxes have increased by the double-digits, and Day stated that though unfortunate, cuts are necessary to get the county in check by paying $10 million dollars as part of the Deficit Reduction Law passed by the Legislature in 2012.

Trains Stopped After Woman Drives on Tracks

According to police, CSX was forced to shut down trains running through Orangetown on Tuesday night when a woman got her car stuck on the tracks. Police stated that Mary kobes of New Jersey made a wrong turn and drove about fifteen yards down the railroad tracks before the undercarriage of her Toyota Corola became stuck. When police arrived the woman took a sobriety test and was taken to Nyack Hospital where the presence of drugs and alcohol was discovered leading to her arrest on charges of driving whil ability impaired. Kobes also received traffic violations including blocking a railroad crossing.

Trial for Valley Cottage Killing May Be Moved

According to lawyers representing Diana Nadell, who is accused of murdering her mother-in-law, Valley Cottage resident Peggy Nadell in January, they are attempting to have a trial moved out of Rockland County. Defense Attorneys for 50-year old Florida resident Nadell have stated that a change in court venue is necessary due to media coverage, though state Supreme Court Justice William Kelly stated there would need to be more reasoning in order to move the case elsewhere. Kelly also stated the trial for Nadell’s murder charge could be combined with charges against her of plotting to have two witnesses in the case killed while she was in jail. According to prosecutors Nadell is being held in Ulster County Jail on suicide watch to keep her separate from 25-year old Andrea Benson who helped kill Peggy Nadell and is testifying against her daughter-in-law, but Benson may be moved elsewhere as prosecutors are attempting to have Nadell moved to Rockland County Jail. Police charged Nadell with first-degree murder after she was accused of setting up false alibis in Washington DC while she drove to Valley Cottage and stabbed her mother-in-law to gain access to her $4 million estate.

Rockland Finances Hold on to Positive Outlook

According to a report in the Journal News the Moody’s Investor Service has upheld their positive outlook rating for Rockland County finances, despite worries surrounding the sale of the Summit Park Nursing Home. County Executive Ed Day stated that the rating means good things for the county, but only if Rockland can continue on the budgeting path that led to this year’s financial improvement. Along with the sale of the hospital and nursing care center, Rockland Commissioner of Finance Stephen DeGroat stated to the news source that the county will also be looking to refinance a $17.7 million loan to apply to the debt, giving the county a debt service savings of $700,000 to $800,000. In July Moody’s raised Rockland’s rating from a Baa3 stable outlook to a Baa2 positive outlook, a huge leap from the junk status the county was facing in recent years.

School Bus and Car Collide in Valley Cottage Accident

According to Clarkstown police, officers responded to an accident on Tuesday morning between a small school bus and a car on Route 303 and Lake Road. Police stated that around 7:40 AM, the car was driving South on Route 303 when it collided with the bus owned by Brega Bus Co. that was taking students to their private Rockland County Day School. After the collision, the bus drove off the road and crashed into a tree. The driver and passenger of the car declined medical attention and three students and the bus driver were taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment for minor injuries while police investigated the cause of the accident.

Election Results on WRCR

The unofficial results from Tuesday’s election are in- New York State Governor Democrat Andrew Cuomo was reelected with Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Asterino conceding the race. The comptroller race results show Thomas Dinapoli as the winner over Robert Antonacci. New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman won against Republican Candidate John Cahill, and Senator David Carlucci was reelected as well, facing off against Republican Donna Held. Senator Bill Larkin was reelected as well over Gay Lee. For Congress, the much anticipated race between Republican newcomer Chris Day and Democratic incumbent Nita Lowey resulted in Lowey’s win. Democrat Ken Zebrowski won reelection for the 96th Assembly District over Matthew Brennan, for the 97th Assembly District Ellen Jaffee won over Robert Romanowski, for the 98th District Elisa Tutini won over Karl Brabenec, and James Skoufis won the 99th Assembly District over Richard Cocchiara. For Suffern Village Trustee, Edward Markunas and Robert Morris were elected, for Spring Valley Trustee, Vilair Fonvil and Eudson Tyson Francois were elected. David Stein won the Ramapo town Justic race and for Suffern Justice, Ernest Buonocore won. For State Supreme Court Justice, Montgomery Delaney beat James Hubert. Democrat Rolf Thorsen won County Court Judge over Republican Mike Koplen and taking County Executive Ed Day’s former seat in the legislature is Republican Lon Hofstein beating Democrat Barry Kantrowitz, who was appointed to the position in January. Proposition One was passed with 140 to 90 votes, Proposition Two passed 158 to 71, Proposition Three passed 121 to 114, and the controversial Proposition Four passed 113 to 110 votes.