According to State Police three people were killed in a Saturday crash on the taconic State Parkway. Police stated that around 3:00 PM in Yorktown 33-year old Nerim Sinanovic of the Bronx was driving a BMW SUV, when his car went airborn off the road and landed in Southbound traffic, colliding with two vehicles, causing a four car pile up. One of the cars struck by Sinanovic was carrying 63-year old Donald Mulvaney, who is in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center and 61-year old Ledell Mulvaney and her daughter 31-year old Katherine Mulvaney who were both killed. Sinanovic’s two-year old old daughter Leona was also killed in the crash and his one-year old daughter and wife both suffered minor injuries. Police are still investigating what caused the BMW to veer into oncoming traffic, and are asking for witnesses to call the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 914-769-2600.
According to Rockland officials the county will be taking on a $12.5 million project to rebuild Forshay Road in Ramapo, between Viola and Willow Tree Roads. The federal government is paying for 8% of the cost, the state for 15% and the county is responsible for 5%. Legislator Ilan Schoenberger stated last week, that the plan has been in discussion for nearly ten years and construction will finally be started on the crumbling street that leads to College Road. Forshay Road has faced traffic problems in recent years, and according to Highway Superintendent Skip Vezzetti crews will add a left hand turn lane onto Viola Road, as well as a roundabout at Willow Tree and Forshay Roads. Officials stated that they will also be repairing drainage systems and will add signs, sidewalks, and new traffic lights. A vote for more money for the project will take place in the Legislature on August 4.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new public health law today which requires body piercing and tattoo studios to use single-use ink and needles at all New York State establishments. The single-use products comes in sterile, sealed packaging which the Governor hopes will reduce health risks attributed to diseases spread through reused materials. “This new law is an important step toward preventing the spread of infectious diseases and in holding accountable those who don’t take the proper precautions.” The law will be further affirmed by a consent form to be signed by both parties which states that the specialist presented and opened single-use materials before the receiver. The legislation first introduced in January by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and State Senator David Carlucci, saw unanimous approval on the floor which should begin dialogue to standardize regulations in the realm of body modification.
54 year-old James LeClercq of Dumont was arrested Thursday and charged with theft, taking funds from the Bergen County Fire Prevention Association while serving as treasurer. LeClercq was accused of writing checks for himself for amounts between $20-500 since last October, totaling about $6,500 in all embezzled. Association President Richard Silvia alleged that LeClercq left mere dollars in the account and that up to $10,000 may have gone missing. During a telephone interview conducted by a North New Jersey News source, LeClercq stated, “I’m very sorry for the mistake that I made and I intend to follow through and correct this problem. I have violated the trust of the members of the Bergen County Fire Prevention Association and I violated the trust of a bunch of men who I was friends with. I made a big mistake.” LeClercq was released after being seen in municipal court.
A small earthquake hit parts of central New Jersey this morning. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake, which hit at 3:41 AM was a magnitude 2.5 and occurred 2 miles north of Bernardsville at a depth of 3 and a half miles. There were no immediate reports of any damage. According to the Associated Press, Zachary Reeves, a geophysicist with the USGS said about 78 people felt the shaking from the quake, and that earthquakes of this magnitude usually doesn’t cause much damage. This region usually sees smaller earthquakes every two or three years.
U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney held a press conference on Thursday calling on the state Department of Justice to provide parts of Dutchess County with assistance in the rise of violent crimes this summer. Maloney stated that the DOJ needs to take action in funding the hiring of police officers for the city of Poughkeepsie, which according to data has seen an increase in violence in the last year, including nine shootings this summer alone. If the city obtains funding through New York’s COPS Hiring Program, the police department would be able to hire five additional officers over the next three years. Local and state officials attending the conference agreed with Representative Maloney and the much needed funding and the rise in violence is proof of that.
The New York State Department of Education held a press conference on Tuesday where Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of a monitor for the East Ramapo School District. Speaking at the crowd of parents and students packed into the Cultural Arts Center at Rockland Community College Elia stood with members of the Board of Regents including Chancellor Merryl Tisch, as well as East Ramapo School Board President Yehuda Weissmandl and announced former Chancellor of New York City Schools Dennis Walcott as the new monitor for the district. Walcott will be working on a three person team, Dr. Monica Georgefield an expert in the fields of teaching learning and school turn around, and Dr. John Sipple an expert in finance and education policy, who will be in the district starting immediately to speak with officials, teachers, parents, and their children about the issues that have been plaguing the schools. According to Elia the team of monitors do not have veto power, but will have instant access to the state’s resources, stating “There is clear evidence that for many years the district has bot adequately served the needs of its public school students.”
The Ramapo Police Department released a statement regarding a suspicious vehicle fire in Pomona which was reported early this morning. At around 3 a.m., a passing New York State Trooper alerted the department of a pick-up truck and trailer consumed in a fire located in the eastern part of the Provident Bank Park parking lot. The company who owned the vehicle had been completing work at the ball park for the summer concert which took place the evening before the fire. The Ramapo police and Rockland Sheriff’s department are approaching the incident as suspicious, asking anyone with information regarding the fire to contact the Ramapo Police Department Detective’s Bureau.
The MTA has identified the individual struck by a train on the Harlem Line Tuesday evening as 34 year-old Gacel Machado. An investigation into the incident revealed that Machado had walked from the wooded area west of the tracks to a spot close to the White Plains station at around 9 p.m. and laid down. Harlem Line trains experienced up to 65 minute delays, however reports of delays two hours after the incident continued.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced a $1.1 million grant to support 140 Rockland Community College students under a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services program. The students come from low-income or disabled backgrounds we well as students who are first generation college attendees. By offering extra support services such as orientation, tutoring, advisement, counseling, as well as services for disabled and for service veterans, Lowey hopes to see the growing number of underserved students at the college progress toward their academic and career goals. College president Dr. Cliff Wood acknowledged the diverse students in the area who attend the school and believes that the grant will provide programs that will aid in their successes. Last month the Congresswoman announced similar grants to Westchester Community College as well as Mercy College to provide the same services to Westchester students.