September 11th Commemoration Events Throughout Rockland

There are a number of September 11th memorials being held today throughout our area. The county’s ceremony will begin at 8:30 this morning at Haverstraw Bay County Park featuring local officials, family members, clergy and others observing the 16th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Family members will read the names of the Rockland County victims. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Megan Leavey will also participate in the ceremony. There will be a “tolling of the bell” followed by a moment of silent prayer at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower, and again at 9:03 a.m., in memory of the attack on the South Tower. Four more bells will toll in remembrance of the attack on the Pentagon, the collapse of the South Tower, the crash of Flight 93 into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the collapse of the North Tower. Over in the town of Ramapo, a ceremony will be held at 7pm before the town board workshop meeting. Communications Director Phil Tisi says the event will honor the 19 town residents who died that day and another who died in the Trade Center bombing of 1993…

Audio clip: Phil Tisi

A candle-lighting ceremony in Stony Point is being held at Town Hall at 7pm. Supervisor Jim Monaghan said the ceremony honors the first responders who have died of illness from working at Ground Zero, and six local victims…

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

In Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart says a service will be held at 6pm on the lawn at Town Hall…

Audio clip: Andy Stewart

The Town of Clarkstown has its annual Remembrance Ceremony at Town Hall tonight at 5 o’clock, there’s one this morning at RCC’s Memorial Garden from 8-9am. The ceremony includes Rockland County Poet Laureate Dan Masterson and RCC student veterans. RCC’s Memorial Garden includes a sculpture, called “Spirit Rising” by Eric David Laxman, made with steel pulled from site of the World Trade Center.

O&R Helps Florida Utility Restore Power and Handle Calls

Orange & Rockland Utilities yesterday sent 16 employees — including overhead electric line technicians and heavy equipment operators, supervision and support personnel — along with others from Con Edison, to provide hurricane-relief in Florida. The crews will assist in restoring power to Tampa Electric Company customers once it is deemed safe to work. O&R will also help relieve call volume at the company’s Customer Service Center. O&R installed a computer app to link its own Call Center telephone system to Tampa’s, letting O&R’s Customer Service reps handle their outage reports.

Rockland Officials Seek to Reassure Undocumented Immigrants (audio)

Rockland officials held a press conference Friday to discuss its policies and reassure residents in the wake of the national discussion being held over the future of DACA. County Executive Ed Day emphasized Rockland has long-welcomed people from all over the world, noting 22 percent of Rockland’s population is foreign-born…

Audio clip: Ed Day

The county executive said he didn’t want anyone to feel they had reason to fear calling the police in the event they needed help. District Attorney Tom Zugibie said he doesn’t want undocumented immigrants to fear the system if they have witnessed a crime…

Audio clip: Tom Zugibie

President Trump said he would end DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era executive action that protects nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Critics say President Obama lacked authority to create the program in 2012, and they say DACA beneficiaries take jobs and other benefits that should go to legal U-S residents.

Sain Building Debate Gets New Life (audio)

The future of the Sain building property in New City may have some new life. Legislature Minority Leader Lon Hofstein, a member of the budget and finance committee, was a guest on The Morning Show yesterday. Hofstein said he’d like to move the debate over the potential sale of the building to the full legislature, so the developer who’s interested in putting up a senior care facility there can get the ball rolling…

Audio clip: Lon Hofstein

Supporters say the 4-point-5 million dollar sale of the Sain building would provide much-needed revenue to the county and Clarkstown.

Suffern Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Illegal Pill Sales

An 83-year-old pharmacist from Suffern admitted in federal court he made millions of dollars illegally selling drugs over the Internet and shipping them to customers who had no valid prescriptions and had never seen a doctor. Maurice Malin pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to selling more than five million prescription Butalbital pills to customers all over the country over more than a two-year period. Malin will forfeit his proceeds from the scheme, a total of nine million dollars. He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

DA: Nyack Taxi Owner Busted on Tax Evasion, Welfare Fraud, Other Charges

Rockland’s D-A says the owner of Nyack Taxi and A-One Transportation has been arraigned on several indictments, accused of stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars. Angel Henriquez of Garnerville faces numerous tax-related charges, including under-reporting his income, filing false personal income tax returns, and stealing thousands in tax refunds from the State. Henriquez and A-One Transportation were also indicted for failing to secure worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance for his employees. Along with his wife Karolina Diaz, Henriquez was also charged with welfare fraud and falsifying business records. They face up to seven years in prison.

Haverstraw’s 2018 Budget Process is Underway (audio)

The town of Haverstraw is working on its budget while trying to stay within a two percent increase over last year’s budget. Supervisor Howard Phillips told The Morning Show yesterday the police department alone, while an absolute necessity, represents almost two-thirds of the entire town budget…

Audio clip: Howard Phillips

Phillips says health care costs are also an issue, and an area that should be looked at to help keep costs down.

Stony Point Planning Board to Examine 290-unit Condo Complex (audio)

The Stony Point planning board will be scoping out a proposed 290-unit condo complex this weekend called Eagle Bay planned for the waterfront. Supervisor Jim Monaghan told The Morning Show yesterday that the project is still early in the planning stages…

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

The project reportedly includes boat slips, some retail, restaurants and a public walkway that would provide residents access to the Hudson River.

Rockland’s 10th annual Recovery Rally Sunday at Rockland Lake

Rockland’s 10th annual Recovery Rally 5K run/walk is being held Sunday at Rockland Lake State Park to honor those who have suffered with drug or alcohol addiction or died as a result of it. September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and Kathleen Katt-Bennie, the Prevention Service Coordinator for the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, says prevention, treatment and recovery services can help transform lives…

Audio clip: Kathleen Katt-Bennie

Registration for the event starts Sunday at 6:15am, the 5K-Run/Walk starts at 8:00 while the kids’ Fun Run starts at 9:30. From 10am-2pm there’ll be music, activities, information tables and guest speakers. For more info, click here.

Ramapo Dog Swim Coming Sunday to Spook Rock Pool

The 14th annual Ramapo Dog Swim is being held Sunday from noon to three at the Spook Rock Pool in Suffern. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for Ramapo residents and $10 for non-residents. Proceeds go to the Hi Tor Animal Care Center and the Hudson Valley Humane Society.

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