Orangetown ‘Cease and Desist Zone’ in Works

The NY State Department of State has announced its Division of Licensing Services will hold a public meeting in Rockland County to consider the need to adopt a Cease and Desist Zone in Orangetown. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Cultural Arts Center at Rockland Community College, 145 College Road, Suffern. Orangetown Supervisor, Andy Stewart, has worked closely with Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee, State Senator David Carlucci, and the leadership of Citizens United to Protect our Neighborhoods (CUPON) to push the State to schedule this meeting. In a press release Stewart said he applauded the State for “giving area residents the forum to share their concerns about the aggressive, blockbusting tactics some realtors and their representatives employ to get people to sell their homes.” Stewart strongly encourages any resident with a story to tell to testify at the meeting and connect with CUPONChestnutridge@gmail.com. The Department of State has the authority to ban real estate solicitation in hard-hit areas.

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Sons of Italy Feast & Carnival

7th Annual Sons of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival is going on for the next three days at the Tappan Masonic Park Fair Grounds 120 Western Hwy S, Tappan through the weekend. Admission is $5 for Adults and Free for Children – enjoy vendor and gift booths, great Italian good, carnival rides and games for all ages. For more information:  www.blauveltsonsofitaly.org

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Afternoon News Update 9/15

This morning, a 44-year-old woman riding a scooter lost control and ended up on the Metro-North Hudson Line train tracks. The woman, whose name was not released, fell on the tracks at around 7:40 a.m. and caused minor delays. She was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with non-life threatening injuries. (Source: LoHud)

The State University of New York school system will no longer require applicants to disclose whether or not they have any felony convictions. The SUNY board of trustees voted on the issue on Wednesday and expects the rule change to go into effect during the 2018 admissions cycle. Despite the new rule, students who wish to live on-campus, study abroad, or work in an internship, will still have disclose prior felony convictions. (Source: LoHud)

On Wednesday, a Port Authority police officer managed to save a 17-year-old girl who was attempting to jump off the George Washington Bridge. At around 10:30 a.m. Officer Theresa Jeffrey heard the girl crying and was able to tackle her as she scaled the fencing on the bridge. The girl, who is from Pennsylvania, was taken to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 5-4 last night in game two of the championship series. The Boulders scored in the top of the tenth to edge the Champions. Hector Nelo earned the win for Rockland, while Laetten Galbraith took the loss for Ottawa. The series heads back to Palisades Credit Union Park for game three tonight; game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Mayor Delhomme Faces Charges

In a police complaint signed by Spring Valley village prosecutor Lawrence Weissman, Mayor Demeza Delhomme is facing harassment charges due to a confrontation Tuesday afternoon when he allegedly shoved Weissman, threw his cellphone and village records on the floor. Weissman contends that at approximately 12:45 p.m. he was sitting in a chair in the Village Hall council room, waiting for village inspectors to prepare for a 2 p.m. court case. Delhomme contends he did not touch Weissman but ordered him to leave Village Hall until the court meeting and when he did not leave he called the police.

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“Ban the Box” at SUNY

There has been a change to the application at the State University of New York known as “ban the box”. Students will not be asked if they have been convicted of a felony until they have been accepted to school and then again only if they are requesting housing, participating in clinical field experiences, internships or study-abroad programs, according to a SUNY website press release. The intention of the change is to provide quality public education to all New Yorkers.

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Four H.S. Students Tapped for National Merit Scholarship

Four High School students in Rockland County have been tapped as one of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Tappan Zee High School’s, Samuel I. Gould, Andrew C. Kaplan, and David Lustig; and Pearl River High School’s, Zong Lam. They will continue to compete for 7,500 final National Merit Scholarships valued at $33 million that will be offered next spring.

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Freigh Train Catches Fire in Congers

Yesterday morning, at approximately 7:50 a.m. just north of Lake Road Congers train crossing, the engine compartment of a southbound CSX lead locomotive freight train caught fire. The crew reported it and Clarkstown Police Department; Congers, Valley Cottage and New City Fire Departments; and Congers Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded. No freight was involved and the investigation is ongoing.

New TZ Bridge on Budget and Schedule

Jamey Barbas, project manager for the new Tappan Zee bridge, stated at a New York State Thruway Authority meeting this week, “I am pleased to report that the bridge is on budget and that the work is progressing as expected.” The old Tappan Zee bridge will begin demolition in either 2017 or 2018 using the I Lift NY supercrane, that is presently being used to build the new bridge.

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Afternoon News Update 9/14

A small fire broke out on a CSX cargo train this morning causing the train to stall on the tracks near the Lake Road Congers crossing. The fire has since been extinguished and it did not pose a threat to the public at any point. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (Source: LoHud)

On Tuesday afternoon, Sleepy Hollow firefighters and police officers worked tirelessly to clean up an oil spill that seeped into the Hudson. Authorities say an overfilled heating oil tank from an assisted living center spilled into a storm drain, which lead straight to the Hudson. The spill has been contained at this point, however the cleanup will continue until all the oil has been removed from the Hudson. (Source: LoHud)

Two New York City men were arrested in Hackensack for possessing four kilograms of cocaine with intent to sell. 31-year-old Jason L. Scott and 32-year-old Shaun A. Henry were pulled over at a vehicle stop. Authorities obtained a search warrant after the passenger, Shaun Henry, was found with an automatic weapon. The two men were transported to Bergen County Jail and are being held on a 150,000 dollar bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

The Rockland Boulders beat the Ottawa Champions 6-5 last night in game one of the championship series. The Boulders scored 3 times in the top of the eighth to take the lead for good. Matt Kostalos earned the win for Rockland, while Hector Nelo took the loss for Ottawa. The two teams will play game two of the championship series at RCGT Park in Canada; game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Grace VanderWaal Gives Final Performance

Little Grace VanderWaal, the 12-year-old best known as “Amazing Grace” on America’s Got Talent, gave her final live performance last night, once again closing out the show. Voting closed this morning at 7:00 a.m. The winner of $1 million and a headliner in Vegas will be announced tonight on NBC at 8 p.m.

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Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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