O&R Customers Who Lost Power During Storms to get Bill Adjustment

If you were without power for three consecutive days or more during the nor’easters of March 2nd and March 7th you’re entitled to a break on your electric bill. O&R spokesman Mike Donovan says in addition to reimbursements for food and medicine spoilage, customers can get an adjustment that will appear as a credit on their bill…

Audio: Mike Donovan

The power outage credit will appear automatically on your bill by the end of May. Those seeking to file for spoilage reimbursements can locate a reimbursement form on O&R’s website. The deadline for spoilage reimbursement is April 15th.

New Clarkstown Attorney Starts Today

Clarkstown has a new town attorney starting today. That’s according to supervisor George Hoehmann…

Audio: George Hoehmann

Among the duties of the Clarkstown town attorney: advising the Town Board on legal matters, preparing resolutions on issues affecting the Town for Town Board meetings, reviewing personnel matters and contracts, and preparing and reviewing Adopt-a-Road program documents.

Area Childcare Services Get Federal Money

Significant increases in federal funding for child care and early learning services are coming from the federal government via the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018. It funds the federal government through September. Congresswoman Nita Lowey says childcare in the lower Hudson Valley can be astronomical…

Audio: Nita Lowey

Elaine Trotta, Director of Program Standards and Support Services at Child Care Resources of Rockland, said the increased funding would help teachers in early childhood receive the support they need, and support children in their development.

County Takes Step Towards New Highway Department to be Located in Chestnut Ridge

The county executive signed a bond resolution for $29.5 million that’ll be used to build a new Highway Department facility in Chestnut Ridge. The facility will be built on a piece of property that was purchased from the state for $1. Day says the current highway department is inadequate for the county’s needs and it’s better to move now while the county’s on good financial footing than kick the can down the road…

Audio: Ed Day

Legislature Chairman Toney Earl joined with Day yesterday for the bill-signing ceremony. Earl said the new facility will help protect the county’s equipment and gives employees a better environment to work in…

Audio: Toney Earl

The new facility will include an office building, a large vehicle storage building, a repair shop, a salt shed and a fuel station. Three other bond resolutions were signed…one for a document management software system, another for a playground for court-ordered visitation at the Pomona complex, and another for the continued enhancements for the Pomona complex. All four bonds together should reportedly save taxpayers about $3 million dollars.

Surprise! Report says New Yorkers Pay the Highest Taxes

A recent study by WalletHub found that New Yorkers pay the highest state taxes in the nation. An analysis of the nation’s Tax Policy Center’s data by the personal finance website showed New York edges the second state on the list, Hawaii, by 1.5 percent. You better bundle up if you want to live in the state with the lowest tax burden, Alaska.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at Rockland County Courthouse Wednesday

The Justice Brandeis Law Society and the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education are holding a Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City tomorrow afternoon. Honorary Museum Board Member Paul Adler says that the event, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, being held at the courthouse, is highly symbolic…

Audio: Paul Adler

The keynote speaker is Doctor Alexander Levy, who survived the Holocaust as a child when he was hidden by a Christian family. It’s being held tomorrow afternoon in the jury room on the second floor of the Rockland County Courthouse from 3-4pm. For more information visit https://www.holocauststudies.org.

Job Fair at RCC Today from 11-3pm

The 20th Annual RCC Job Fair is being held today in the Eugene Levy Fieldhouse. Senator David Carlucci says there will be opportunities from the private and public sectors looking for people to fill a variety of positions…

Audio: David Carlucci

Bring plenty of resumes…the fair is being held today from 11am – 3pm.

 

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Newburgh

Orange County has its first medical marijuana dispensary. Curaleaf New York opened the facility in Newburgh under the New York State Department of Health’s expansion of its medical marijuana program. Similar dispensaries already exist in Yonkers and Kingston. State law prohibits the smoking of medical cannabis, so Curaleaf instead offers vapors, pills, and other methods to its patients.

Alleged Pot Smoker Caught Lighting up on High Avenue in Nyack

And if you’re going to be smoking pot in public, which you shouldn’t, you might want to choose a more discreet location than the place 28 year-old Kyel Solomon of Central Nyack is accused of doing it. Orangetown Police say they caught Solomon smoking marijuana in a car in a parking lot off High Avenue. That’s right, High Avenue. There was an active bench warrant for him so he was arrested and sent to the county jail.

“Operation Hang Up” Targets Motorists who Text and Drive

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and state police will be cracking down later this week through April 16th. It’s called “Operation Hang Up” and it’s designed to catch motorists who unlawfully use their phones while driving. Rockland sheriff Lou Falco says while it’s important to catch those doing wrong, it’s equally important to educate people about the dangers of texting and driving before they get into trouble…

Audio: Lou Falco

A new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the proportion of drivers who report talking on a cell phone regularly or fairly often jumped 46 percent in the last 5 years. Half say they talked on a cell phone while driving – they are four times more likely to be involved in a crash and more than a third admitted sending a text or email. The risk for those who text is eight times higher.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.