Senior Prom Today in Nanuet — for Real Seniors!

Later this afternoon there’s a special senior prom…literally. It’s for seniors, 65 and older, and it’s free! Senator Carlucci says even if you can’t dance, you can learn…

Audio: David Carlucci

The senior prom is being held at the Pascack Community Center on New Clarkstown Road in Nanuet from 4-7pm. IDs will be checked at the door.

“Laurel” vs “Yanny” — WRCR’s Resident Audiologist Weighs In

Remember that debate we had yesterday regarding the viral internet sound clip – whether the voice said “Laurel” or “Yanny”? Well, Doctor Jeffrey Shannon of Hudson Valley Audiology Center says when he first heard it, he heard the word “Laurel” but he was surprised when his 5- and 6 year-old children heard “Yanni.” Doctor Shannon says our ability to hear things is a combination of sound plus what our brains have learned to interpret…

Audio: Dr. Jeff Shannon

To add to the confusion, when Doctor Shannon played the clip for his wife, he says she heard “Yammi” but when he told her what the two options were, she then heard “Laurel.”

Storm Takes its Toll in Rockland; Governor Declares State of Emergency for Surrounding Counties

The storm came through quickly, but took a heavy toll on the Hudson Valley area…with the majority of outages reported in Orange County. As of last night there were 21,000 O&R customers without power there and another 4,200 in Rockland. O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says high winds did some damage around the area…

Audio: Mike Donovan

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties. 125 members of the New York National Guard were deployed to assist with recovery efforts. If you need to check O&R’s outage map, click here.  The company warns residents not to touch or go near downed wires and report them to the police and the company.

Budgets Pass in All Rockland School Districts, Except East Ramapo

Rocklanders went to the polls for school budget and Board of Education votes. All Rockland school districts passed their budgets, except for East Ramapo, which failed by about 500 votes.

Clarkstown: Tamara Bierker was re-elected to a second three year term. Christine Alia and Irene Tagaris were elected for three year terms.

East Ramapo: Sabrina Charles-Pierre and Yoel Trieger and Ephriam Weismandel won their races.

Pearl River: Bruce Bond and Jackie Dubil-Craig won seats on the board.

South Orangetown: Thomas Henry was elected to Board of Education.

State Legislature Begins Process of Choosing new Attorney General

The process of picking a new Attorney General is now underway in the state capital. Between yesterday and today some 16 candidates were scheduled to be interviewed by the legislature to replace fallen Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Rockland State Senator David Carlucci told “The Morning Show” yesterday this is a great opportunity for the first woman in New York State history to fill the spot…

Audio: David Carlucci

Among the candidates reportedly seeking the position, Rockland County Attorney Thomas Humbach and Michael Diederich, a Rockland County lawyer in private practice.

Opening Day Thursday Brings some Changes for Boulders

There’ll be some changes this season when the Rockland Boulders take the field for opening day tomorrow. Ramapo Director of Communications Phil Tisi says to protect the fans from foul balls or flying baseball bats, netting is being installed along the first and third base lines…

Audio: Phil Tisi

Opening Day tomorrow features the Boulders hosting the Sussex County Miners.

Learn Water-smart Landscape Design at Cornell Cooperative Extension

If you’re looking to learn how to design a water-smart landscape, reduce overwatering of your garden or lawn, or even apply rebates on water-saving devices from SUEZ, you might want to attend tomorrow’s free Water-Smart Landscapes Workshop. Mike Wilson of the Rockland County Cornell Cooperative Extension says one of the guest speakers will be talking about how to use WaterSense-labeled irrigation controllers…

Audio: Mike Wilson

The event is being held from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the CCE Education Center at 10 Patriot Hills Drive in Stony Point and free lunch is included. To RSVP, contact:

Jennifer Strianese: jas946@cornell.edu or 845-429-7085 ext. 117

Free Mulch and Compost for Ramapo Residents Available in Suffern

Ramapo homeowners can get some free mulch and compost. Communications Director Phil Tisi says homeowners can take as much as they need, they just need to bring a bag, container or any sufficient receptacle to the Spook Rock Pool in Suffern…

Audio: Phil Tisi

The mulch can be picked up between the hours of 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily.

Free Presentation on “Hyperloop Transportation System” Wednesday at JCC in West Nyack

The local chapter of the AARP is hosting a free, special event tomorrow at the JCC in West Nyack. It’s a presentation on SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk’s dream of creating a transportation system that would move people and freight at jet-airplane-speeds on the ground…

Audio: Lou AARP

The presentation by technology author, Dr. Alan Pierce, on the “Hyperloop Transportation System” gets underway at the JCC in West Nyack tomorrow at 12:30 and runs til 2pm. Get more info here.

 

Rockland’s Congresswoman and County Executive Denounce NJT Plan to Cancel Express Trains

Rockland’s Congresswoman and County Executive were joined by the heads of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council at a press conference at the Pearl River Train Station yesterday — to denounce New Jersey Transit’s decision to cancel two express trains starting June 4th on the Pascack Valley line serving Rockland County to install safety measures that are ten years overdue. County Executive Ed Day called NJT’s plan to cut back on Rockland’s few rail options disgraceful…

Audio: Ed Day

Congresswoman Nita Lowey says for too long, Rockland County riders have been taken for granted…

Audio: Nita Lowey

Randolph Glucksman and Orrin Getz are the heads of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council, and while they support Positive Train Control technology, they say NJT could have done it without inconveniencing Rockland riders…

Audio: Glucksman-Getz

The work is currently expected to last into early next year. Weekend service is not affected. Click here for more info.

 

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.