Rockland: More Business Would Help Tax Base

Legoland, Great Wolf Lodge, New Planet Energy and Amazon decided not to root in Rockland. The business of keeping taxes down lies in bringing in ratables that pay their share. Rockland Business Association CEO Al Samuels says a number of opportunities are almost ripe…

Audio: Al Samuels

Samuels would like to attract companies like Caribbean Food Delights in Tappan. The company recently was the only one in the county to receive an expansion grant as an Economic Development Priority project.

Congers Woman Gets No Jail Time After Pleading Guilty to Fatal Hit-and-Run

A Congers woman who pleaded guilty to running a man down in New City and leaving the scene last December will spend no time in jail. Published reports said 48 year-old Jodi Sarf was sentenced to a year of conditional release and must pay a $500 fine. Her license has also been suspended, she must attend defensive driving classes and perform community service. 40 year-old Miguel Aguaiza, an immigrant from Ecuador, was crossing Route 304 near the intersection of Third Street when he was struck. Sarf turned herself in about a month later.

Rockland Lawmaker Attends Foster Care Roundtable

A Rockland state lawmaker is participating in a round-table discussion today on the issue of foster care in the state. Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee says the president’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents has tapped New York’s resources…

Audio: Ellen Jaffee

Jaffee hopes to get a better handle on the actual numbers of children affected and what additional resources might be needed.

Rockland Office for the Aging Hosts “Senior Law Day” in Clarkstown Friday

The Rockland County office for the Aging is hosting “Senior Law Day” in Clarkstown on Friday. Office for the Aging director Tina Cardoza-Izquierdo says the event features panelists discussing important legal issues for seniors such as estate planning and wills…

Audio: Tina Cardoza-Izquierdo

Rockland D-A Tom Zugibe will be on hand to talk about crime against seniors, how you can be protected and scams that are often targeted at seniors. It’s being held from 10 to noon on Friday at the JCC in West Nyack. There are still a few spots available, so for more information and to register, call 845-364-2115.

GOP Candidate for NYS Governor Holds Town Hall in Clarkstown

The GOP candidate for New York State governor was in Clarkstown Wednesday for a town hall forum. Dutchess county executive Marc Molinaro took questions from the audience, told the crowd about himself and bashed his main competition, governor Andrew Cuomo…

Audio: Marc Molinaro

Molinaro said he has a plan to cut taxes 30% over five years and he wants the Senate and Assembly to vote on term limits. He added, to enthusiastic applause, that on day one, if elected governor, the new Tappan Zee Bridge will get its old name back.

 

Stony Point “Movie Night in the Park” Tonight; Shredding Day Saturday

The Stony Point Police Athletic League and the town are hosting Halloween Movie Night in the Park tonight. Supervisor Jim Monaghan says it’s a fun, free night for area families…

Audio: Jim Monaghan

The fun starts at 5 o-clock. Then, on Saturday, the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority’s shredding event will be at Kirkbride Hall on Patriot Hills Lane for anyone who wants to unload un-needed papers…

Audio: Jim Monaghan

The shredding event runs from 8-noon.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades Hosts Open House Saturday

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades is hosting an open house Saturday. Columbia University’s Marie DeNoia Aronsohn says it’s a great chance for Rocklanders to get up close and personal with science…

Audio: Marie DeNoia Aronsohn 

The open house runs from 10-4. It’s free but a donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, click here.

Rockland Astronomy Club and Challenger Center host Astronomy Fair Saturday

And if that’s not science-y enough for you, the Rockland Astronomy Club and the Challenger Center in Airmont are hosting the Children’s Space & Astronomy Fair on Saturday. Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says it’s free and ideal for anyone over the age of five…

Audio: Mike Specht

The event runs Saturday 11 to 3PM at the Challenger Center on Route 59 in Airmont. Call 845-357-3416 for more information.

Friend of Harmony Hall Celebrates Sloatsburg Artist Edith Varian Cockcroft

The Friends of Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg is holding fundraising lecture on the life and art of Edith Varian Cockcroft, a nationally-renowned artist who lived in the village in the 1930s. Historian and writer Eve Kahn and Harmony Hall founding member Peter Bush were guests on last month’s “Crossroads of Rockland History” and at the event they’ll be discussing the artist and her works…

Audio: Eve Kahn/Peter Bush

Show host Clare Sheridan of the Historical Society of Rockland County says some of Cockcroft’s life was hard to unearth…

Audio: Clare Sheridan

Cockcroft’s paintings and ceramics will be on display at the event Sunday from 2-4. Tickets cost $25 per person or $30 per couple. To RSVP send an email to sloatbush@aol.com. For more information click here. We also have a link to the entire program, if you’d like to hear more.

Montefiore Nyack Hospital’s “Blow Away Breast Cancer” 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser this Sunday

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Sunday is the 28th annual Montefiore Nyack Hospital “Blow Away Breast Cancer” 5K Run/Walk fundraiser. The hospital’s Chief Development Officer Johnnie Malloy says more than 500 participants are expected to hit the road for a great cause…

Audio: Johnnie Malloy

The race starts and ends at the hospital, and awards and prizes will be given out in various categories, including the top three finishers in designated age categories, the top fundraising team, and most creatively-dressed team. For more information click here.

 

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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