Nail Salons Must Pay Employees $2M in Unpaid Wages

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the New York State Nail Salon Industry Task Force has directed 143 nail salons to pay $2M in unpaid wages and damages to 652 employees. Cuomo stated, “New York State is cracking down like never before on the unscrupulous individuals that take advantage of the hardworking people they employ” he add that he is “committed to stopping employers who exploit workers and deny them what they are rightfully owed.”

$6M awarded to Behavioral Health Providers for Children

The state recently award over $6M dollars to support 122 behavioral health providers offering children’s services. The funds were awarded statewide, giving providers the ability upgrade or implement new technologies for their Medicaid billing infrastructure. New York State Office of Mental Health Commission Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan stated, “The transition to Managed Care and development of new Home and Community Based Services will expand the variety and scale of service options available to children with behavioral health service needs.” New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez said, “Ensuring that our addiction treatment providers have up-to-date technology is vital to our mission of serving young people and families who are battling addiction.”

Pomona Man Possibly Jumped Bridge

New York State Police suspect it was a 27-year old Pomona man who jumped off the Bear Mountain Bridge on Sunday. At 6:24 p.m. the alleged man stopped his vehicle in the driving lane and jumped over the southern railing of the bridge. Identification is tentatively being used from evidence in the victim’s car. State police have used scuba resources and side-scan sonar to locate the body. The investigation is ongoing.

Pedestrian Killed by Driver

At approximately 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon on Route 202 in Montebello near Mayer Drive, an 83-year-old woman attempted to cross the highway to check her mailbox when she was struck by a 21-year-old Monroe woman driving a 2003 Hyundai Sedan, according to Ramapo police Sgt. Charles Edwards. The officer noted there are no traffic lights or crosswalks in the area. The pedestrian died after being transported to Westchester Medical Center. The name of the victim and the driver has not been released pending investigation.

Northern Lights Display Tonight

Last night the Northern Lights could be seen as far south as New Jersey. If you missed the light show last night, you have another opportunity tonight to enjoy the northern lights. You might have to head north towards Boston to get a good view but the auroral activity will be high tonight.   The aurora forecast for Tuesday night is 5 on a scale of 9.

Vinyl Revival in Nyack

There is a Vinyl Revival going on at the Nyack Library. For those born after the invention of digital technology and iTunes. Albums, the grandfather to the CD and streaming, are made out of vinyl, a plastic derivative. Long Playing LPs have been spun, mixed and scratched by DJs, and now records are making a comeback according to the Nyack Library. There is renewed interest and increased sales of vinyl records. It’s not just the baby boomers dancing down memory lane, its also Millenial’s who have a strong interest in vinyl records as well. And while you might think it’s the HBO series “Vinyl” drawing attention to the “platters” many point to the warmer tone found in the original recordings that has been lost to the digital technology. The Nyack Library has a small collection available to circulate. The collection includes: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Paul Simon’s Graceland; Rumors by Fleetwood Mac, What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye among others. There is something for everyone. The Nyack Library has a Listening Station with a new record/CD player and headphones available to check out. For more information go to: NyackLibrary.org

$284M Powerball Winner in Trenton

One person in New Jersey is a little wealthier this morning. Saturday night’s Powerball climbed to $429.6 million dollars and only one lucky ticket matched all six numbers. The winning numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9. According to sources the winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Trenton and is valued at $284 million. The winner is not known at this time. New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger said in a statement, “We expect that the winner or winners will take their time before claiming the price and consult with the appropriate professionals that can assist them in navigating these unchartered waters. Certainly though, we will be anxiously awaiting the phone call.”

Cornell and Suez Talk Water Testing and Treatment

Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell chairperson of the Environmental Committee, on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers at the Allison-Parris County Office Building at 11 Hempstead Road in New City, will lead a program to provide the public with information about drinking water regulations, including the frequency of testing and how results get reported. The evening will cover health impacts of using trihalomethane, a chlorine that helps to disinfect water and additional chemicals and contaminants that are tested in the water supply. Suez Water of New York, a leading supplier of drinking water will also participate in the discussion. The company recently exceeded a federal drinking water quality standard of trihalomethane at two testing locations in Haverstraw, with the treated water coming from the Lake Deforest reservoir in Clarkstown. Other participants will include experts in water management and public health.

Legislators urge Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

Last week, the Rockland County Legislature voted 15-0 to urge state Legislators to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act affecting hospitals and nursing homes. Carol Massaro a member of the New York State Nurses’ Association, that has over 39,000 other members, addressed Legislators before the vote saying, “It is true, New York hospitals and nursing homes are facing a staffing crisis. Nurses are being forced to care for more patients, sometimes more than a dozen at one time, pushing nurses beyond their limits and putting patients at risk. We are stretched thin.”  Legislator Aney Paul, a nurse for over 30 years said, “Nurses are on the front line when it comes to providing quality care. If there are more nurses, there is a better outcome for patients and the facility.” The odds of patient death increase 7 percent when a nurse is caring for too many patients at one time. The remaining 14 Legislators attended and co-sponsored the resolution. Rockland County Legislator Alden H. Wolfe said, “You can’t expect the best possible outcome unless you provide the best possible staffing conditions. This proposed law would help remedy the problem.”

Health Department Treating Mosquitoes

The weather is warming up and so are the mosquitoes. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert advise residents that the Health Department is beginning to treat catch basins and storm drains this week to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in standing water. If you see staff working give them a break and slow your vehicle down. Also, avoid parking over storm drains so the staff can easily access the catch basins. Dr. Ruppert stated, “Mosquitoes can carry several diseases, including West Nile Virus and dog heartworm,” among other viruses. Suggestions for preparing your property for warm weather include, check for standing water — even in small items like cups and soda cans that hold water and breed mosquitoes. Drain holes in the bottom of recycling containers, turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows, and remove discarded tires. Cover buckets, cisterns and rain barrels. Repair cracks and gaps on septic tanks. Drain roof Gutters. For more information go check out www.rocklandgov.com

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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