According to Ramapo Police, a 23-year old Suffern man who was arrested in September after officers raided his home and discovered ingredients for producing methamphetamine faces new drug dealing charges. Sammy Foda, a construction worker who lives in his mother’s Suffern house, was recently accused by police of selling oxycodone from his home while out on bail. While on the original search of the house, police stated they found more than 14 ounces of marijuana, more than 15 grams of cannabis, hash oil, and $20,000. He now faces felony counts of criminal drug charges, to which he pleaded not guilty last month, when he is set to appear in court on Tuesday.
On Tuesday the Legislature held their annual reorganization meeting, conducting elections for positions on the board. Aaron Weider was reappointed as majority leader, with Toney Earl as Deputy Majority Leader and Chris Carey was reelected as Minority Leader. New Legislator Lon Hofstein was appointed as Deputy Minority Leader. Alden Wolfe was reelected as Chairman of the Legislature, stating that the successes of 2014 include opposing United Water’s Desalination plant and the budget approval, which saved jobs and put public safety first, as well as voters passing the charter reform. According to Wolfe 2015 will focus on the economy and CSX train safety regulations, and concerns of food shortages in the county.
County Executive Ed Day’s office announced on Monday the new Rockland County Commissioner of Hospitals. Dr. David Freed has been appointed as the acting Commissioner after thirteen years as president and CEO of Nyack Hospital and will be replacing Donna Pauldine who is retiring on January 16. According to the County Executive, Dr. Freed will play a major role in the successful transition of the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center to Summit Park Acquisition Group. The group bought the hospital from the Rockland County Health Corp for $36 million last year and will be leasing to Sympaticare LLC. About choosing Freed for the position Day stated, “His experience and aptitudes will guarantee a positive outcome for the patients and employees of Summit Park and taxpayers of Rockland County.”
Two students were attacked at a Spring Valley basketball game on Tuesday night. According to police the game took place at the Spring Valley High School and into the second quarter two 19-year old men, who are not students, began punching and kicking the victims, an 18-year old Ramapo High School and 19-year old from Spring Valley High School. School security intervened during the fight and coaches were forced to stop the game, when one of the victims puled a knife in what police describe as an attempt at self-defense. The victims were apprehended by police but have chosen not to press charges against their attackers. The game between Spring Valley and Nanuet will resume at 11:00 AM on Saturday.
One of two New York City police officers, who was shot while pursuing suspects in an armed robbery in the Bronx, returned home to Garnerville on Wednesday. 38-year old Rockland County resident Aliro Pellerano suffered gunshot wounds to his arm and chest, when he and his partner, Andrew Dossi of Stony Point, tracked down the suspects at the end of their shift around 10:30 Monday night. Dossi remains in St. Barnabas Hospital for another operation for gunshot wounds to his arm and back. Police arrested 24-year old Jason Polanco and 28-year old Joshua Kemp on Tuesday. Polanco was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted murder, robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Kemp received treatment for a gunshot wound to his arm and was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, robbery, grand larceny, and criminal possession of weapon.
According to a spokeswoman for Tappan Zee constructors, last month’s accident on the company’s cement construction barge is still being investigated. Carla Julian stated to the Journal News on Tuesday that construction will continue as planned, though, since silos fell over and have halted the production of cement on the site, trucks will be carrying in product from the shore. The deliveries will be coming from the Rockland side of the river, and trucks will travel maintenance roads from the thruway while crews continue to repair the damaged plants. The thruway authority and Tappan Zee constructors are continuing to investigate what caused the silos to fall over and what impact the repairs will have on the construction schedule.
Two off-duty New York City police officers who are Rockland residents were shot on Monday night while responding to an armed robbery in the Bronx. Officers Andrew Dossi of Stony Point and Aliro Pellerano of Garnerville were both injured in the shooting while pursuing two men who had robbed a bodega around 10:30 pm. Dossi, a 30- year old army staff sergeant who has been in the NYPD for eight years, was hit in the arm and back. According to his father Joseph Dossi of Stony Point, his son is in stable condition after surgery. According to reports 38-year old Pellerano, who lives in Garnerville with his children and wife, is also in stable condition after being treated for gunshot wounds to his arm and chest. Police arrested two men on Tuesday, one injured in the shooting as well, and are filing various charges against them.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be holding hearings for public discussion on the plan to expand the Algonquin Pipeline owned by Spectra Energy that will run through Rockland and Westchester counties to transport natural gas, if the proper permits are approved. Many residents have expressed their opposition to the pipeline, which the federal energy regulatory commission stated has the possibility to result in negative environmental impacts. The meeting for Rockland will be held in Stony Point on January 22 at 6 pm at the Stony Point Community Center on Clubhouse Lane.
Rockland Democratic Legislator Joseph Meyers was removed from the Democratic majority by fellow members last week. In a letter signed by ten Democrats in the Legislature, the Legislator was told that his lack of attendance at multiple Democratic events show he has, “Made it plain to us that you do not share our commitment to work together.” The letter also states that by doing so, Meyers will be removed from the majority for 2015. According to Meyers his common disagreement with the Democratic votes is what led to the decision, especially his support of Republican County Executive Ed Day. Meyers stated that he will continue attending leadership meetings as one of the leaders of Preserve Ramapo.
On Monday afternoon the Spring Valley Village Board of Trustees met to discuss Mayor Demeza Delhomme’s proposal to fire ten full-time employees. The mayor presented the idea to use just over $600,000 to hire three assistant building inspectors, two fire inspectors, and five code enforcement officers, as well as the recently proposed four part-time fire inspectors. The board voted not to pass the proposal with a 2-2 vote, Trustee Anthony Leon and Mayor Delhomme voting yes, Trustees Vilair Fonvil and Asher Grossman voting no, and Trustee Emilia White abstaining. Fonvil and Grossman stated at the meeting that setting aside $600,000 made no sense and, though safety and code enforcement are important, the decision should wait until an expert’s report can be filed. White stated that she needed to speak with the village Treasurer first, who did not attend the meeting. Delhomme set the emergency meeting after two separate suspicious fires destroyed one illegal boarding house and one illegal dormitory in a yeshiva last week.