North Rockland Senator Takes on Independence Party

New York State has many political parties. We all know about the Democrats and Republicans, but others have names that typically reflect their positions, such as Constitution, Communist, Green, Liberal, Libertarian and others. Among the others is the “Independence” party, which North Rockland Senator James Skoufis says confuses people into thinking the party is “independent”…

Skoufis cites a recent Daily News poll that found that 85% of 200 voters they surveyed registered in the Independence party believed they were independent of any party affiliation. A representative from the Independence Party could not be reached for comment.

Clarkstown Teacher Awarded Millions for Libelous Defamation by Area Blogger

A Rockland County jury Friday awarded a Clarkstown elementary school teacher four million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages for libelous defamation. Attorney Michael Feldman of Finkelstein & Partners in Newburgh said Meredith Trussell-Slutsky was bullied for more than six months in 2017 after a series of quote “malicious and fictitious” articles were published on an Internet blog, The Rockland Post…

Carol Mcilmurray of The Rockland Post could not be reached for comment.

Sports Venue Consultant Working with Ramapo to Boost Revenue from Ballpark

A sports venue consultant hired by the town of Ramapo to give his opinion on how to squeeze more money out of the ballpark is now on the case. Supervisor Michael Specht says Dan Barrett has already been familiarized with the history of the ballpark and the controversy over how it came about…

The ballpark will host the 2019 All-Star Game between the Can-Am League and the Frontier League. It’ll be the first time the two Independent Professional leagues face each other. Mark your calendars, it’s coming this July. 

Report: Discount Retailer to Take Over Former Nanuet Toys R Us

A discount retailer is reportedly coming to the former Nanuet Toys R Us location with plans to open later this year. Lohud.com reports the Rhode Island-based discount retailer Ocean State Job Lot will employ around 50 people after it converts the 38,000-square-foot building on Route 59. It’s been unoccupied since June last year.

Samsondale Avenue Bridge in Haverstraw Re-opened

The Samsondale Avenue Bridge over the CSX Railroad in the Village of West Haverstraw has been reopened, alleviating traffic that has been plaguing the area for months while the rehab project of the bridge was taking place. Haverstraw supervisor Howard Phillips says the work isn’t completely done yet but the bridge won’t have to be closed again…

The 2.3-million-dollar project on the 40 year-old bridge began last April.

NY Gov: “No Budget Until Reproductive Health Act Passes”

A State Senator covering Rockland County thinks the governor will easily get the Reproductive Health Act passed. David Carlucci says adding it to the state constitution would be a more difficult hill to climb…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his goal earlier this week of passing the Reproductive Health Act in the first 30 days of the new legislative session. Cuomo said taking it a step further and making it part of the state constitution is important to its survival…

Cuomo said he won’t sign a budget until the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act pass. The budget is due April first. 

Area Congresswoman Slams President at Westchester Airport over Gov Shutdown

Rockland’s Congresswoman yesterday slammed the president for the government shutdown, which entered its 19th day today, and the impact it’s having on the TSA and the 65 security agents at the Westchester County Airport who could miss their first paychecks tomorrow. Nita Lowey, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said the government doesn’t have to be shut down…

Vincent Castellano Sr., a national vice president with the American Federation of Government Employees, said with TSA employees locked out, they can’t support their families…

Last night the president took to prime-time TV to make an appeal for his plan for border security. US Senator Chuck Schumer of New York asked the president to end the shutdown and start border discussions.

Gov Shutdown Affecting Small Business, SBA Event in Westchester Cancelled

The partial government shutdown is also affecting Main Streets all around the country and here in Rockland. WRCR’s Market Analyst Ken Mahoney of Mahoney Asset Management spoke to a Chase banker recently and says the Small Business Administration and the companies they serve are feeling the pinch…

A small business event in Westchester planned for this Friday has been cancelled. The event, “The 3C’s of the Small Business Administration: A Discussion on Capital, Counseling and Contracting,” was being run by the Small Business Administration, but they’ve been sidelined by the shutdown.

Measles Cases in Rockland Hits 105

There are 105 confirmed cases of measles within Rockland County and one suspected case. If you think you may have the measles or need the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. For information on the measles, click here, or call the State Department of Health’s toll-free Measles Information line at 1-888-364-4837.


Solving the Retail Riddle in Clarkstown

With plans forging ahead for Macys in the Shops of Nanuet and Aldi supermarket planning to renovate and take over the former Pathmark on Route 59, the town of Clarkstown is hoping for some movement at other large retail locations in town. Supervisor George Hoehman couldn’t discuss specific plans, but is hopeful something significant takes over the old Toys R Us and Sears locations…

Tina Traster is publisher of the Rockland County Business Journal, and Traster says a rash of recent closings has been part of the larger, overall correction in retail

Aldi is expected to open later this year. Macys is looking to become an “At Home” location in 2021. Meanwhile, Clarkstown is holding its re-organizational meeting tonight at 7pm at town hall. Supervisor Hoehmann will deliver his annual State of the Town address, the Clarkstown Police Honor Guard will present the colors, and the Nanuet High School Concert Choir will perform throughout the program.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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