Two NJ School Buses Crash

Yesterday afternoon, two NJ school buses from Northern Valley Regional High School collide near the exit 11 ramp of the Palisades Parkway. One bus rear-ended the other. Approximately 60 students were transferred to Nyack Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital via ambulances and additional school buses. There were minor injuries and the investigation is ongoing.

Rockland Events Calendar

Rockland County is host to over 3,300 not-for-profit organizations and one of the most challenging tasks of any organization is planning when to hold an event. There are holidays, school events and other area events. Risa Hoag, President of GMG Public Relations and the host of The Bigger Picture on decided it was time to facilitate the process for the people of Rockland. Hoag said in a statement, “it occurred to me after scheduling events only to have them fall on the same day as three others, that it was time for someone to simplify the planning process.” Hoag has designed an online calendar accessible to everyone in the county. The events calendar will now help agencies promote their events to a wider audience. If you would like to download the Rockland Events Calendar visit: (this URL is case sensitive) 

Check Your Voter Status for November 8 Elections

From October 1 to October 14, the Department of Motor Vehicles automated online system processed more than 214,356 online voter registration applications, including over 122,147 first-time voters. The number of applications in those two weeks shattered the previous month record of over 140,602, including 78,432 first time voters. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo stated, “Our online voter registration system has broken down barriers and enabled hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to participate in the electoral process.” The upcoming presidential election is on Tuesday, November 8. DMV does not approve or deny voter registration applications. The County Board of Elections review applications and once processed, the county will notify the applicants that they are registered to vote, or that additional information is needed. If you need to check you voter status visit:

Pain Pill Doctor Found Dead

The Journal News is reporting this morning that “Dr. Alfred Ramirez, a psychiatrist accused of illegally selling prescriptions for thousands of pain pills in the Lower Hudson Valley, was found dead in his home on Friday.” Ramirez who was on house arrest while waiting for his trial on federal drug and conspiracy charges, was found dead when court officers performed a periodic check of his home. The cause of death has not been released until completion of an autopsy and toxicology report.

Afternoon News Update 10/14

The man accused of planting bombs at the Jersey Shore and in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of police officers and multiple handgun offenses. 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who is still recovering from gunshot wounds in the hospital, appeared in court via video conference. Rahimi also faces federal charges related to the bombings; he is currently being held on 5.2 million dollars bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

A Paterson man was arrested on Wednesday after a 2 week police investigation discovered he had stolen 160,000 dollars’ worth of cheese products. Police say 18-year-old Darluis J Ortiz, as well as other intruders, broke into the La Fe Foods warehouse and left with an entire pallet of Tastee Brand cheese products. Ortiz was charged with multiple felonies including theft and burglary; he is currently being held in lieu of 150,000 dollars bail. (Source: NorthJersey)

According to a recent report released this week by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the sale of organic farm products is on the rise in New York State. The report sites that there was a 56% increase in sales of organic farm products between 2008 and 2014. The state now has a total of 917 organic farms, which makes up slightly less than 6% of the national total. New York is currently ranked third in the nation in terms of the amount of certified organic farms in the state; only California and Wisconsin have more. (Source: LoHud)

In national baseball news, the Dodgers’ late rally against Max Scherzer and the Nationals’ bullpen proved too much for Washington as Los Angeles moves onto the NLCS to face the Cubs. Meanwhile, the ALCS starts tonight as the Blue Jays travel to Cleveland to face the Indians; game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

-Patrick Flood

Holiday Hiring in Full Swing

Holiday hiring is in full swing. The big retailers are already accepting applications. Target is getting ready to take on 70,000 holiday workers and Amazon is looking to hiring 120,000, that’s up from 100,000 last year as more and more of us shop online. Amazon’s is looking to fill positions in sorting, fulfillment and customer service centers. You might also consider when applying that Amazon says last year 14,000 seasonal workers transitioned into regular, full time jobs.


Gaelic Athletic Field Driver Admits Crime

The driver of the white pickup truck that spent an evening doing donuts on the Rockland Gaelic Athletic field, causing thousands of dollars of damage on October 7, has turned himself in to Orangetown Police. The Journal News is reporting that the man is a local college student.

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Last Day to Register for Elections

Today is the last day in New York State to register to vote for the upcoming Presidential election November 8. If you are doing an application through the mail it must be postmarked no later than today and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19. The Department of Motor Vehicles has an online tool for registering that is simple and easy and has been seeing a lot of traffic in the past month. You can go to DMV.NY.GOV. And if you want to know if you are registered:



Ruback Case Resolved with Restitution

46-year-old, Joseph Ruback of New City aka the “License Plate Guy” who is a superfan of the NY Giants was arrested and released on bail last December. Ruback, was charged with one count Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” felony for alleged extortion and loan sharking using threats and intimidation to collect on loans. DA Thomas P. Zugibe announced yesterday, the extortion case was resolved as an ACD or Adjournment in Contemplation of a Dismissal requiring Ruback to avoid arrest for six months before the case is sealed. Zugibe added that unbeknownst to his office, the victim in the case committed to a deal with Ruback to dismiss the criminal charges, not proceed with prosecution, pay $5,000 in restitution and drop a pending civil lawsuit.

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NJ Transit Highest Accident History

The Associate Press is reporting that in the past five years federal safety data shows New Jersey Transit trains, the second-largest commuter railroad in the nation, has had more accidents and fines levied for safety violations than any other in the country. Since 2011, the commuter line has been involved in 157 accidents, including the Hoboken crash that killed one and injured hundreds in September. According to the AP that is three times more than the largest rail transit line the Long Island Rail Road.


Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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