Early Monday morning police responded to an accident in Sloatsburg after a pickup truck collided with a garbage truck, leaving one person dead. At 2:40 AM police and ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident on Sterling Mine Road, which was closed for some time while investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing. Police have not released the cause or the identity of the driver that was killed.
Police released the name of the victim killed in Thursday afternoon’s crash on Route 303 in West Nyack as Vincent Careccio, 48, of Pomona. Police responded to a 2:30 p.m. call of an accident between an ambulette and a Brega Transport minibus at the exit of the Palisades Center Mall onto Route 303. The ambulette was struck on its left side as the driver attempted a left turn with the minibus heading southbound on Route 303. The major accident left four others injured, sent to Nyack Hospital for treatment and closed off a portion of Route 303 South until 10 p.m. as authorities investigated the accident. Evidence from the scene indicate the impact of the collision pushed both cars 100 feet from the original crash site. Reportedly, firefighters had to cut both drivers from their vehicles due to the severity of the impact. Police continue to investigate the accident and summonses have not been issued.
A water main break at the intersection of Route 202 and Chestnut street in Suffern Thursday afternoon, caused a shutdown of the roads from 3 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. after reports of a geyser of water was spotted coming from a manhole reaching up to 50 feet into the air. Local police officers doing checks on nearby commercials vehicles, responded to the scene immediately upon hearing the explosion of water. Officials stated that a failed air valve caused the water to erupt from the sewer for several hours, reaching the utility lines above. United Water crews arrived to repair the manhole cover and create a temporary solution for the valve as soon as the water was turned off. Residents never lost power or water due to the incident and no injuries were reported.
Clarkstown Board member and executive director of the Rockland Independent Living Center, George Hoehmann, announced his candidacy for Clarkstown Supervisor on Tuesday, to challenge the incumbent Alex Gromack, in his sixth term, who has served in the position since 2004. Hoehmann, a Republican was elected to the town board in 2009 and has stated that his campaign will stand on debt reduction, ethics reviews, and tax relief.
The 47 year-old bicyclist hit late Saturday evening has died from injuries he sustained when 32 year-old Robert Faist of New City allegedly hit him with his Jeep and left the scene of the accident. The victim whose name has not been released, died at Nyack Hospital, admitted in critical condition with head injuries, as well as injuries to his torso and leg. Officers responded to an alleged hit and run at around 2AM on Route 304 in New City, to find the victim the side of the street, suffering from serious injuries and the driver no where to be seen. Using pieces of the car as evidence police tracked down a black Jeep and arrested Faist later that evening for their part in the accident. Police will determine whether to charge Faist with a greater charge, initially receiving a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that a tentative schedule has been set for the appointed Wage Board to look into making recommendations for a minimum wage increase for fast food workers. Cuomo said, “We must raise the minimum wage to restore that promise of opportunity and help people across the state move beyond poverty. With this Wage Board, New York is stepping up for fast food workers, and we are going to challenge every state in the nation to follow our lead in doing what is right and what is fair.” Tentatively, the state Wage Board will hold four public meetings, all in the month of June to begin in Buffalo on June 5, New York City on the 8th, Long Island on the 15th, and Albany on the 22nd. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to write in a testimony via postal mail or email them to email@example.com by the June 26 deadline. The Wage Board will finalize the hearing schedule at a public meeting in New York City, though no public comment will be heard at this meeting.
Two women arrested in connection to the murder of 80-year old Valley Cottage resident Peggy Nadell, were expected to be seen in court this week, but a judge has rescheduled their sentencing for July 10. Prosecutors in the case stated that the reason for postponing was because they have not completed the presentencing reports necessary to move forward. 25-year old Elita Grant and 26-year old Tanisha Joyner were arrested in early 2014 for their roles in the plot to murder Peggy Nadell, and pleaded guilty to second-degree hindering prosecution after making a deal to testify against Diana Nadell who was sentenced on Tuesday to 23 years to life in prison, for killing her mother-in-law last year. Also sentenced to 20 years to life in prison was Andrea Benson of Washington D.C. for assisting Nadell in the crime. Grant, who is Diana Nadell’s niece, was arrested for setting her aunt up with the other two women involved and Joyner was arrested for using Nadell’s cellphone from Washington D.C. to provide an alibi for the woman.
Police responded to a stabbing in Spring Valley on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials around 3:00 PM a black Honda Civic carrying four men drove up to a man outside of Hickory Food Mart on West Hickory Street, and confronted him. Reports state that a man jumped out of the car with a knife and chased the victim, stabbing him in the lower chest when he caught up. Witnesses called 911 when the victim collapsed near the deli, but the men in the car had driven off before paramedics and police arrived. Police are continuing to search for the suspect, whom they identified, and the victim remains in Nyack Hospital in serious condition. They believe the suspects and victim knew each other.
Rockland County officials and religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities met together at an interfaith summit at Rockland County Community College on Wednesday. The two-hour meeting was set up by County Executive Ed Day’s office following rising tensions between religious communities, including the release of a video by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, that compared Rockland to Nazi Germany, and expressed the fear many members of the Jewish Community face living in the county. Residents and local officials reacted strongly to the video, many coming out against it, stating that hateful speech from anyone is unacceptable. Most recently a Holocaust Memorial banner was vandalized at a local temple, and four teens were arrested for throwing eggs and cursing at Jewish residents in New Square. At a small press conference after the summit those who attended stated that the discussion was a good place to start, and they felt listened to while in the room. Day spoke toward the idea that conversations sparked at the meeting will allow communities to work together in the face of hatred and cultural rifts, stating ” When one group is attacked the other will join in to condemn those attacks.”
In a Press Release on the New NY Bridge website, New York State Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert Megna declared the location of the much contested bike/pedestrian path will no longer be at the corner of South Broadway and Cornelison Avenue but at Interchange 10 along I-287 away from the residential community. Routine public meetings have been held since last year to inform residents about location scouting and financial costs to construct the path’s terminus, many voicing opposition to building so close to neighboring homes preferring instead the lot at Interchange 10. Contractors had originally cited impractical high costs associated to moving the terminus there. A $250,000 grant by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program for the Village of South Nyack will research designing and developing interchange 10 on I-87/287 to accomodate the 54 parking spaces and amenities required for expected pedestrian traffic due to the new bridge. Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian expressed her approval of the outcome, “This decision is a victory for the residents of South Nyack who voiced their concerns about the impact of the shared-use path on their quality of life and we couldn’t be happier. I’d like to personally thank Governor Cuomo and his entire team for listening to our concerns and taking action on our behalf.” Congresswoman Nita Lowey, County Executive Ed Day along with Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and local town officials all voiced support for the relocation thanking Governor Cuomo and his team for cooperation on state and local levels.