Three Rockland County residents will be celebrating today in a ceremony today after winning the New York Lottery. The three winners include a father-daughter duo from Suffern who won a combined 15.8 million dollars and a New City man who won 6.5 million. The ceremony will be held at the New York Lottery Service Center in Fishkill today at 11 am; their identities will be released then. (Source: LoHud)
The Clarkstown town board has released a preliminary map of the town’s new election wards. According to the Journal News, “the preliminary map splits New City into north and south sections and keeps the town’s hamlets mostly intact.” Supervisor George Hoehmann called the wards a “good first attempt by consultants to draw up boundaries,” but also urged residents to stay involved as the process is still ongoing. The public hearings will be held at the Clarkstown Town Hall at 7:30 pm on February 28th and March 7th. (Source: LoHud)
In response to the heavy snow and cold weather in the forecast, the Rockland County Health Department has advised county residents to take common sense steps to protect your health and safety. The department of health suggests avoiding driving whenever possible, but if you do have to drive, check your tailpipe to make sure there isn’t any blockage. They also suggest avoiding over exertion when shoveling, wear windproof clothing, keep dry and change wet clothing. In terms of indoor preparations, The World Health Organization recommends keeping indoor temperatures between 64 and 75; however they suggest the temperature be kept above 68 degrees for the very young and the elderly.
A Bardonia woman passed away after she was struck by a car on Route 304 on Monday evening. 63-year-old Nancy Rico was hit in one of the northbound lanes near the Village Green housing complex at 6:20 pm that night; she was then rushed to the Nyack Hospital emergency room where she later succumbed to her injuries. The 42-year-old Monsey driver, who was operating the vehicle and remained at the scene, has not been charged. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances of the accident. (Source: LoHud)
It was reported yesterday, that swastikas and racial slurs were spray- painted on 12 trees in the woods off of Cranford and near Main Street in New City. The graffiti was first reported to the police seven months ago but was not cleaned up until yesterday. Property owner, Allen Apfelbaum took the cleanup upon himself after police told him the graffiti was no longer needed for the investigation. Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann expressed the need to address hateful incidents such as this and stated that, “(symbols of hate) have no place in Clarkstown and do not represent the character of the community.” (Source: LoHud)
Suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan’s hearing concerning the destruction of potential evidence has been postponed yet again. The hearing was adjourned abruptly in January and was originally rescheduled for this week. This time, the hearing was postponed because witnesses on both sides were unavailable this week. The hearing has now been scheduled to restart on February 22nd. (Source: LoHud)
Last night, in the County Executive’s annual State of the County address, Ed Day highlighted the issues his administration will handle in his fourth year, while revisiting some of his past accomplishments. Day plans to continue tightening Rockland’s finances, preventing over-development, and attract new businesses for the opening of a portion of the new Tappan Zee Bridge; just to name a few. The County Executive has still not declared whether or not he will seek reelection.
Disclosed is a link to the Rockland County tourism site, where you can access all the great activities in the County. http://explorerocklandny.com/
In Albany this morning, a bipartisan group of legislators will call on their colleagues to support Governor Cuomo’s charter budget priorities for the 13th Annual Charter School Advocacy Day. Roughly 1,500 charter school parents, pupils, and teachers from all over the state will meet with legislators to demand equitable funding for all charters. The event includes speeches and performances from students, as well as, nearly 90 meetings scheduled between charter parents and legislators.
A Westchester man was arrested last week for overcharging local businesses for copy machines that were never delivered. 50-year-old Joseph Holzberg allegedly hid copiers in two different Rockland County storage facilities over the past 5 years, while forging documents and invoices. The Rockland County District Attorney’s office led the investigation that brought Holzberg into custody. He was arraigned in Orangetown town court and released without bail pending a court appearance on February 27th. (Source: LoHud)