Champlain-Hudson Transmission Line Approved by Feds

On Monday it was announced that the U.S. Department of Energy approved the installation of 330 miles of transmission line for hydroelectric power that will connect new York City to Canada after a review of how it would affect the environment. The Champlain Hudson Power Express Transmission Line is proposed to run under Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, until it reaches Stony Point where it will run underground, until it goes back under the river in Haverstraw. The proposal of the line running beneath the county has shown concern from residents who are worried that property values may decrease. The connection to Canada will potentially save New York City ratepayers 2-3% and CEO of Transmission Developers Donald Jessome stated other New York areas may benefit as well. The proposal now faces final approval and permits.

Wrong-way Driver Investigation Continues

Police released the names of the two drivers who were killed in an accident that backed up traffic on the New York State Thruway for nearly two hours on Tuesday while officers investigated the crash. According to Police Captain Richard Mazzone the accident occurred when off-duty NYPD officer, 32-year old Richard Christopher of Suffern, drove South in the Northbound lanes on his morning commute around 7:00 AM and hit 59-year old Airmont resident James DeVito head on. Police stated that both men were pronounced dead at the scene and neither vehicle had any passengers inside. Officials are continuing investigating where Christopher entered the Thruway, the accident occurred between Exits 14B and 15, and were also waiting for toxicology reports as of Tuesday night.

Boulders Recap

It was an extremely close game for the Boulders last night, with the Rockland team starting with a strong lead of 3-0 in the first inning. The Jackals quickly followed with three runs to tie the game, until Rockland scored another run followed by a scoreless third inning, and another run from the Jackals. With a tied score of 4-4 it was back and forth until the bottom of the sixth when the Jackals scored the final three runs of the game winning 7-6. The Boulders travel to Canada tonight to play the Trois Riveres Aigles and return to Provident Bank Park on Friday.

Sloatsburg Files Suit Against Town of Ramapo

According to a case filed with the Supreme Court the Town of Ramapo is being sued by the Village of Sloatsburg in an attempt to challenge the town board’s approval of a 384 unit housing complex to be built on 54 acres of unincorporated Ramapo near the Sloatsburg border and Route 17 Southbound. Woodmont Hills, which has been proposed by Woodmont Properties of Fairfield New Jersey, will consist of sixteen three story buildings on the land around Auntie El’s Farm Market, which is zoned for commercial and residential. The case filed by the village states that the complex would be, “An abuse of discretion in the excess of the board’s jurisdiction and in violation of lawful procedure.” Documents state the village’s fire department doesn’t have the proper truck and ladder to fight potential fires in the taller buildings. The developer stated that they will be installing sprinklers in every residential building and access to the ground with fire escapes. Ramapo Attorney Michael Klein stated the planning board forward and they are confident the approval will be upheld.

Monsey School Principal Arrested

According to the Ramapo Police on Monday they arrested a principal of a boy’s yeshiva who was a respected rabbi in the orthodox Jewish community and was most recently working to reform the State Education Aid formula for the East Ramapo District. According to David Ascher, the attorney representing 71-year old Gavriel Bodenheimer, the man was being processed at the Rockland County Jail and the charges against him had remained sealed as of Monday afternoon, though they are set to be opened at an arraignment this morning. A unit within the District Attorney’s Office that handles sex crimes against minors led the investigation that resulted in Bodenheimer’s arrest. No information is known on the charges or arrest and Chief Assistant District Attorney Art Ferraro stated that the office would not be commenting on the case.

New York State Thruway Accident

Police have reported that a major accident on the New York State Thruway at 7:00 AM this morning resulted in the closure of all Northbound lanes as officers investigate the cause and emergency workers continue working to clean the scene. Police stated that the accident occurred when an SUV and a pickup truck crashed head on after one of the vehicles was seen driving the south in the northbound lanes. Police also stated that the accident was fatal and both male drivers of the vehicles were reported to be killed in the crash.Authorities stated the Thruway will most likely remain closed for an extended time and traffic is being rerouted at Exit 14B to Airmont Road and motorists are urged to take an alternate route.

Boulders Recap

On Friday the Boulders played their second game against the New Jersey Jackals, both teams remained tied with zero runs for the first four innings, and the Jackals ended up winning the game 4-1. On Saturday, though the Boulders made an impressive comeback, with Richard Salazar pitching and the team holding the lead the entire game, winning 14-1. On Sunday they played their fourth game and won with a score of 5-2. The two teams finish their series tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. You can Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.

Spring Valley Board’s Minor Dispute

The Spring Valley Board of Trustees held a meeting on Wednesday, a day after Mayor Demeza Delhomme was released from jail after he was arrested for contempt of court for not following an order from state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Loehr. The meeting was scheduled by Trustee Vilair Fonvil and was attended by Trustees Asher Grossman and Emilia White, Village Attorney Jerro Miles, and Deputy Clerk Herby Jean-Charles, while the mayor and Deputy Mayor Anthony Leon did not attend. Delhomme did not comment on his absence though Leon stated that he didn’t attend because the memo was “forged” letter head and so was held illegally. Fonvil stated that the letterhead varies for each department and his one-year term as Deputy Mayor, which was given to him and taken away by the mayor in December, ends on december 1 of 2014. The board reinstated Sonia Barton to her position as Youth Director at the meeting as well as moving forward with a $5,000 payment to the Midget Football League.

Legislators Vote to Wash County Buses Daily

The Rockland County Legislature voted 13-3 on Wednesday to approve a request made by Pearl River Legislator Patrick Moroney, that the county’s buses be washed daily, which will cost more than $300,000 for the remainder of 2014. In February a TOR bus caught fire and was evacuated, leading to Moroney researching the cause. Moroney stated that the results prove fires can start in the undercarriage of the vehicles and cleanings can help prevent them. Witnesses stated that the fire in February started in the back right wheel well, which coincides with the results from studies. In the $70 million contract Rockland signed with Brega Transport in November, it is required that each bus gets washed at least once a week, meaning the county will have to find money for the 62 buses to be washed daily. Some legislators, including Michael Grant, who voted against the resolution, stated concerns about where the $500,000 $800,000 for 2015 will come from. According to Moroney there is a surplus of funds in the Department of Public Transportation which will be used for 2014 and the county will have to wait and see, but the daily washings are for public safety.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played their first game against the Jackals in New Jersey last night. Pitcher Sean Bierman led the team to a win with a score of 11-3, with the Boulders scoring five runs in the second and third innings. In the seventh inning the Boulders were up one more run and the Jackals scored two more, making the score 6-3, with Rockland in the lead through the end of the game. The two teams play again tonight at 7:00 at Yogi Berra Stadium in New Jersey.