The Town of Ramapo released a statement regarding the arrest of Yisrael Herman, 23, of Monsey after responding to a dispute between two tenants. Upon arriving on the scene, officers found Herman pointing an unloaded shotgun in the locked position at another man after allegedly kicking in the door to his room. Ramapo police released photos of the confiscated weapon which had a breacher muzzle on it, a device used to shoot through doors and locks by placing the gun barrel directly on the object but doesn’t harm the person armed with the gun. Herman was charged with menacing in the second degree and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced today that she would be calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct an investigation into the cause of the Saturday fire at Indian Point’s Unit 3 which triggered an automatic shutdown and emergency procedures be put in place. Lowey stated that the fire caused “an inadvertent release of radiation,” something originally denied by the company though Spokesman for Entergy Jerry Nappi was unavailable to be reached for comment. Lowey is also demanding the NRC release information explaining why the plant was approved for safety exemptions, specifically fire suppression after a transformer fire from 2007 forced two shutdowns in one week.
Diana Nadell, 51, of Cutler Bay, Florida, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on charges of first degree murder and attempted witness tampering in the stabbing death of Peggy Nadell from January of last year. Andrea Benson, 25, of Washington D.C., a hired accomplice to the murder, received 20 years to life for her part the death of Peggy Nadell. In 2014, 80-year old Nadell was stabbed multiple times in her home after which police found her 51-year old daughter-in-law, Diana Nadell, along with Benson to be responsible. Benson had testified in the case that she was paid $10,000 and the two women tricked the older woman into letting them into her house early in the morning on January 25, choking, beating, and stabbing her until she was dead. Nadell was allegedly attempting to gain access to her mother-in-law’s $4 million estate through her husband and was charged with first-degree murder in March of this year. Benson was charged with second-degree murder in June and was portrayed as an abused victim, defense attorney James Crean noting her mother was a crack cocaine addict.
The two woman charged in the death of Congers resident Peggy Nadell will be seen in court today, to receive their sentences. In 2014 80-year old Nadell was stabbed multiple times in her home and police discovered her 51-year old daughter-in-law, Florida native Diana Nadell, and 26-year old Andrea Benson of Washington DC, were responsible. Benson had testified in the case that she was paid $10,000 and the two women tricked the older woman into letting them into her house early in the morning on January 25, choking, beating, and stabbing her until she was dead. Nadell was apparently attempting to gain access to her mother-in-law’s $4 million estate and was charged with first-degree murder, for which she could receive 23-years to life in prison, and the same sentence for attempting to have two witnesses killed while she was being held in jail. Benson was charged with second-degree murder and faces 20-years to life in prison.
Clarkstown Police resond to an alleged hit and run early Saturday morning between a car and bicyclist. Around at the scene on Route 304 in New City, to find the 47-year old New City man that had been riding his bicycle on the side of the street, suffering from serious injuries and the driver no where to be seen. The man was taken to Nyack Hospital in critical condition with head injuries, as well as injuries to his torso and leg. Using pieces of the car as evidence police tracked down a black Jeep and arrested the unidentified driver for their part in the accident. Police did not release the official details and arrest charges when they spoke on Sunday.
At a recent Suffern Village Board meeting many residents raised concerns about a conflict of interest regarding the sale of the VFW Post 2973 building, which board members voted to buy for $150,000 in February 2014. The deal would allow the VFW to stay on as tenants, but the building, which has a market value of $500,000 and brings in revenue with 36 parking spaces rented for $1,600 a month, would be owned by the village. In the past few months Trustee Robert Morris allegedly worked to convince the board that the purchase doesn’t make sense financially, and soon after the realty company David Hirschman of Paramus, New Jersey made the same $150,000 offer to the VFW. Residents are upset because Morris’s son is the Vice-President of Hirschman Realty, some claiming that the actions of board members Morris and Frank Hagen, who brought the company’s offer to the VFW, broke the Open Meeting Laws by discussing the village’s spending plans. Suffern Mayor Patricia Abato stated that she has asked the village’s Ethics Board to review the situation.
According to a press release by The New NY Bridge project website, the annual meeting to the public will be held Tuesday, May 12 at Washington Irving Middle School in Tarrytown and Thursday, May 14 at Nyack High School at 360 Christian Herald Road in Nyack. Brian Conybeare, special advisor to the governor for the project will host the meetings which will serve to educate the public to learn about the construction progress and upcoming activities with a question & answer session for the attendees. Questions will be directed to project leaders from the New York State Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) who will be in attendance.
Also, commuters are being reminded that the overnight lane closures which began last Monday remain in effect this week beginning at 8 PM tonight-through-Friday with the closure of one lane near exit 11, followed by a second lane closed at 9 p.m. and a third at 10:30 p.m. The closures will let up by 6 AM, Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m., Saturday to facilitate the morning rush hour.
The lane closures are deemed necessary as Tappan Zee Contractors continues work on the all-electronic toll system, to prevent traffic build-up at the tolls before a permanent system is constructed.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will host a scoping meeting tonight at 6:30PM at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center in Yorktown Heights regarding the Atlantic Bridge Project, an expansion of Spectra Energy’s controversial Algonquin Incremental Market gas pipeline which brings natural gas from the Marcellus shale to New England via New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
The scoping meeting is a listening session where community members are being asked to present issues regarding geology and soils, water resources, fisheries, and wetlands, vegetation and wildlife, air quality and noise, endangered species, traffic and transportation, public safety, land use, and the cumulative impact of the proposed pipeline expansion. WRCR spoke with FERC spokeswoman, Tamara Young-Allen who described the purpose of this session, “…Public forum to assist FERC staff in identifying the environmental issues that should be addressed when they conduct their environmental analysis of this proposal once its submitted formally.” The Yorktown meeting is the closest to the Rockland County area, the other three taking place in Connecticut and Massachusetts which precede the application approval. A representative from the Algonquin Gas Transmission may attend the session to answer questions on a general level.
Those who wish to have their comments heard but cannot attend are encouraged to mail in comments or go the FERC website at FERC.gov and choose the eComment or eFiling tab under the “Documents and Filings” tab by the June 11 deadline.
A transformer fire at Indian Point 3 at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York caused black smoke to billow into the air Saturday evening around 6PM which was extinguished by a sprinkler system. The transformer holding tank in place to hold oil from the transformer, overflowed from the fire, releasing thousands of gallons into the Hudson River. Emergency crews arrived on the scene to try and contain and clean up the transformer fluid. Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press briefing Sunday afternoon saying exactly how much oil was discharged into the river is yet unknown. The fire caused an automatic shutdown and Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi claimed that the adjacent reactor, Unit 2, is unaffected, remaining in operation. Cuomo said cleanup efforts could take up to two days with commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Protection, Joseph Martens, declaring booms had been set up in a 300ft diameter to keep the oil from spreading. It is not clear yet what caused the transformer failure and Nappi said it could be weeks before Unit 3 is reopened again. Unit 3 of the Energy Center uses energy created by the plant to supply power to the state. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay, expressed sentiment felt by many residents in a press release from Sunday stating that, “The plant should not be operated under its current fire safety regime. It is not cheaper, it’s not safe, and it’s not necessary. It’s time to close Indian Point and move on.”
The Archdiocese of New York announced the final decisions for the 16 proposed parish mergers which have been under deliberation by the planning board for over a year and a half. Cardinal Timothy Dolan consulted with the Making All Things New advisory committee, who were put to work honestly reviewing each parish and offering their input regarding the decision. The resulting 14 newly formed parishes come from 31 who have merged throughout the New York Boroughs as well as Dutchess, Rockland, and Westchester counties.
In Rockland County, Saint Ann’s in Nyack will merge with the newly designated parish church, Saint Paul in Congers, with masses and sacraments to continue at Saint Ann’s. Cardinal Dolan said, “For too long we have been in the business of maintaining buildings and structures that were established in the 19th and early 20th centuries to meet the needs of the people of that time, but which are not necessary to meet the needs of the Church and its people as it exists today.” Parishioners can expect implementation to begin August 1 with transition teams set to assist parishes with the move from moving mass and sacraments to one building.