On Sunday, people from various faiths, came from all over the county to visit the Islamic Center of Rockland County. The Center in Valley Cottage opened its doors to take questions about the Islamic faith, connections between the Christian and Jewish faiths, and the center’s contributions to Rockland over the years. The community outreach day came about after the center received roughly 100 emails reacting to the President’s executive order on immigration. (Source: LoHud)
This week a Clifton, New Jersey resident was scammed by three burglars who posed as municipal employees and made off with a significant amount of jewelry. Two of the three men told the homeowner that they were with the city of Clifton and had to check the house’s water valves. Once inside, two of the men distracted the homeowner, while the third man got in and lifted large amounts of jewelry from the house. Police are still searching for the three burglars and urge residents to not allow unknown individuals into their homes. (Source: NorthJersey)
East Ramapo school district officials are weighing the possibility of changing the boundaries of the district’s polling locations in an attempt to reduce overcrowding. The change could potentially come as soon as next month as the district would add two new polling sites in Monsey. The possible change would redirect roughly 5,000 people to each of the new polling places; officials will begin to consider the change at the March 14th school board meeting. (Source: LoHud)
A Kay Jewelers employee at the Palisades Center Mall has been charged with fraudulently opening credit accounts for a woman who then used them to buy $6,500 in Jewelry. Police brought 22-year-old Jerisha Hall into custody on Tuesday for her part in the scam. Hall used the names of a 70-year-old Monroe man and a 58-year-old Montrose Woman to complete the scam. Hall was charged with two felony counts and is being held on a $7,500 in the Rockland County Jail. (Source: LoHud)
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed a package of voting reforms in the Legislature to increase voter registrations and encourage more New Yorkers to go to the polls. However, changing voting laws would only fix part of the problem. Low voter turnout can be attributed to various issues such as voting restrictions and 1 in 4 candidates running unopposed.
On Wednesday, Spring Valley pastor and U.S. Army Veteran, Weldon McWilliams was presented the 2017 Buffalo Soldier Award. County Executive Ed Day and the director of Rockland County Veterans Service Agency, Jerry Donnellan, presented the award to the pastor. A panel of past Buffalo Soldier awardees helps select each year’s recipient. (Source: LoHud)
Three Rockland County residents will be celebrating today in a ceremony today after winning the New York Lottery. The three winners include a father-daughter duo from Suffern who won a combined 15.8 million dollars and a New City man who won 6.5 million. The ceremony will be held at the New York Lottery Service Center in Fishkill today at 11 am; their identities will be released then. (Source: LoHud)
The Clarkstown town board has released a preliminary map of the town’s new election wards. According to the Journal News, “the preliminary map splits New City into north and south sections and keeps the town’s hamlets mostly intact.” Supervisor George Hoehmann called the wards a “good first attempt by consultants to draw up boundaries,” but also urged residents to stay involved as the process is still ongoing. The public hearings will be held at the Clarkstown Town Hall at 7:30 pm on February 28th and March 7th. (Source: LoHud)
In response to the heavy snow and cold weather in the forecast, the Rockland County Health Department has advised county residents to take common sense steps to protect your health and safety. The department of health suggests avoiding driving whenever possible, but if you do have to drive, check your tailpipe to make sure there isn’t any blockage. They also suggest avoiding over exertion when shoveling, wear windproof clothing, keep dry and change wet clothing. In terms of indoor preparations, The World Health Organization recommends keeping indoor temperatures between 64 and 75; however they suggest the temperature be kept above 68 degrees for the very young and the elderly.
A Bardonia woman passed away after she was struck by a car on Route 304 on Monday evening. 63-year-old Nancy Rico was hit in one of the northbound lanes near the Village Green housing complex at 6:20 pm that night; she was then rushed to the Nyack Hospital emergency room where she later succumbed to her injuries. The 42-year-old Monsey driver, who was operating the vehicle and remained at the scene, has not been charged. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances of the accident. (Source: LoHud)