A state supreme court judge ruled on Wednesday that work can continue on the Orange County government offices on Wednesday. Goshen Attorney Michael Sussman filed a request to temporarily stop work on the $79 million project in a final attempt to save the unique 1960’s Paul Rudolph designed structure. So far crews have gutted the interior of the architectural landmark, which was damaged by flooding in 2011’s Hurricane Irene and are set to demolish the building’s facade starting August 1. Sussman’s lawsuit challenged environmental studies done by the county, and was filed to save the structure from the plans to strip the cement from the sides and redo two of the buildings while adding a new four-story building as well set to begin November 1. The judge ruled that attorney’s in the case must file a response to Sussman’s request to halt the demolition by August 6.
Firefighters responded to a warehouse in North Brunswick New Jersey on Wednesday morning, after receiving reports of heavy flames. According to witnesses the flames and smoke could be seen from flames and smoke could be seen from the New Jersey Turnpike through the morning, and officials stated that they were forced to evacuate a nearby apartment building. The fire began around 2:00 AM in the center of the warehouse and burned for nearly 18 hours as firefighters fought to keep the flames from spreading to surrounding buildings to Livingstone Avenue. A plastics company and auto repair shop were both destroyed and one first responder was treated for minor burns, the only injury reported. Due to the burning plastic the environmental protection agency will be continuing air testing in the area for several days.
According to Clarkstown School district officials, they will be implementing a new plan for the coming school year that will help balance out the number of students enrolled in each elementary school. Board President Michael Aglialoro stated the new plan allows parents the option of choosing which school near their address their child will attend. Enrollment in the district has declined by 7.4% in the last ten years and demographic studies show it will continue to do so. Four of the district’s nine schools are participating in the plan, Bardonia, West Nyack, Woodglen, and Little Tor. Students that register for enrollment after July 1, 2016 will be assigned a school, but according to Superintendent J.Thomas Morton, the district is offering the plan to balance each school’s student populations. Parents can also opt to keep their child in the same school for the 2015-2016 year and move them for the 2016-2017 year. Parents changing schools for this coming fall must do so by July 27.
The Boulders played their third game against the Sussex Miners on Tuesday night. The Miners held a 2-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Boulders took the lead with a score of 3-2. The Rockland team didn’t stop there and won the game with an impressive score of 8-2. The two teams conclude their series in an afternoon game beginning at 11:00 AM at Provident Bank Park. You can listen live at 1700 AM or online at wrcr.com.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under fire for taking money from the community of Kiryas Joel in Orange County just days after he chose to veto two bills that would have allowed officials and residents to have a say in the proposed expansion of the Hasidic Village. The village is looking to annex either 507 acres or 164 acres of land from the town of Monroe. According to information from state reports presented by News 12, the $250,000 deposited into the campaign account on July 14 can be traced back to various developers and business owners in Kiryas Joel including the largest amount of $50,000 from Woodland Estates, LLC owned by developer Mayer Hirsch. Hirsch also owns several other businesses giving money to the campaign linked to properties he owns in the village. Many residents, including activist group United Monroe, are pointing fingers at Cuomo, stating that it is hard to miss the connection and not to make assumptions. Cuomo’s office has stated that the Governor clearly laid out his reasons for vetoing the bills, one being that the legislation would have hurt the residents it was intended to help.
A 19-year old man has died after being struck by a Metro-North Train Tuesday afternoon. Just before 4:00 PM the Poughkeepsie bound train out of Grand Central struck the man at the Croton-Harmon Station, where officials confirmed he died. It is unclear at this point whether he jumped or fell on to the tracks, however officials are reviewing security footage from around the station in hopes of finding some answers. Commuters on the Hudson Line experienced delays of up to 30 minutes as officials conducted their investigation, however as of late last night all trains were back on schedule.
Middletown Police arrested sixteen Orange County men and women on Saturday, after an investigation into reported prostitution. According to officials who spoke on Tuesday, thirteen men ages 31 to 71 were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of patronizing a prostitute. During the sweep police also arrested three women ages 31-43 all from Middletown charged them each with a misdemeanor count of prostitution. Those who were not released were arraigned in Middletown Court on Sunday.
Rockland officials and first responders will be participating in an emergency oil train drill on Thursday. According to Orangetown Police the drill will help officials see how prepared the county is in the event of a spill or an accident on the CSX Rail Line that runs through all but one town in Rockland. After recent incidents throughout the nation involving highly flammable Bakken crude oil that is often transported by train cars, officials are searching for ways to protect the community in a possible emergency. The drill will take place from 6-10 PM on Thursday night, and will close parts of Western Highway and Highview Avenue from 5-10 PM while police, ambulance, and fire departments respond to the crossing. Police will be informing residents in the area with automated calls and are notifying them not to be alarmed when they see smoke and realistic injuries presented in an accident.
The Boulders played their second game against the Sussex Miners in New Jersey last night. The Miners started the game with a 1-0 lead, until the Boulders took the lead in the second inning quickly adding more runs for a 6-1 lead in the third. Unfortunately for the Boulders their continued lead was not enough and the Miners pulled ahead for a 9-8 win. The two teams play tonight at 7:05 at Skylands Park. You can listen to the game live at WRCR 1700 AM or online at wrcr.com.
According to officials with Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, they have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time in five years. The 156-year old Montvale, New Jersey based company, which employs $285,000 people, has three $600 million bids for about 120 stores, many in New Jersey, and the company stated they will also be pushing the sale of several stores in the Lower Hudson Valley. Officials stated that the reason for so many closures is the nearly $14 million dollars a month the company spends as well as high pension costs, certain layoff agreements, and shopper complaints of outdated stores.