Bridgegate Plotter Gets No Jail Time

As expected, the former Port Authority executive who admitted to plotting Bridgegate, the scandal that tarnished New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s political career and helped seal convictions for two others involved in the case, got no jail time yesterday at his sentencing in Federal court. David Wildstein was handed three years’ probation, 500 hours of community service and fined $10,000. He also cannot work with any government agency. Wildstein testified against former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni and Christie’s deputy chief of staff Bridget-Anne Kelly about their involvement in the traffic jams that turned Fort Lee into a parking lot in 2013, when the mayor failed to support Christie’s re-election campaign. Baroni and Kelly were both found guilty of fraud and conspiracy last year. Baroni got 24 months in prison while Kelly got 18-months. Both are free on bail while appealing their convictions.

Military Plane Crash Victim Identified as Ramapo High School Graduate

A 2008 graduate of Ramapo High School was among the military personnel killed when their plane crashed in a Mississippi field. 26 year-old Marine Owen Lennon, who grew up in Pomona, was among 15 Marines and a Navy service-member when their KC-130 went down. Rockland County Executive Ed Day said Lennon “represented the very best that our young people have to offer.” Nine of the Marines killed in the crash were part of a reserve squadron based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. Investigators are working to determine what caused the crash. Published reports indicate something may have happened to an engine while the plane was at cruise altitude.

Some Military Plane Crash Victims from Stewart Base in Newburgh

The Marine Corps military plane and some of the service-members killed, when a KC-130 used for refueling crashed in Mississippi on Monday, were based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. All 16 military personnel on-board the plane representing the Marines and the Navy were killed in the crash. Investigators are attempting to figure out why the plane crashed.

Spring Valley Man Arrested for Assault, Resisting Arrest

A Spring Valley man reportedly involved in a scuffle with another man earlier this month was arrested for assault and resisting arrest after he became combative with village police. Published reports say 32 year-old Francisco Augustin was arrested after his victim identified him, though he had denied being part of the assault.

Local Officials Stress Boating Safety

If you’re thinking of boating in New York State, you’re going to have to take a basic boaters’ safety education course before you do it, if you were born after 1996. That’s according to State Senator David Carlucci, who told The Morning Show yesterday that boating can be extremely dangerous, and people sometimes take that for granted…

Audio clip: David Carlucci

County Sheriff Lou Falco said last week that while boating DWI incidents are down, mainly due to public awareness, he’d like to see someone who was punished on land, also suffer at sea…

Audio clip: Lou Falco

Those new rules about taking the safety course are currently being phased in, and Carlucci says he’d like to see the courses made more readily available.

Fort Lee Traffic Jam Participant to be Sentenced Today

David Wildstein , the former Port Authority executive who admitted to plotting the scandal that hobbled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s political career, is expected to be sentenced today for his role in what became known as Bridgegate. Speculation is Wildstein could avoid prison time, as federal prosecutors are recommending the judge in the case go easy on him for his cooperation in the case. He testified against former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni and Christie’s deputy chief of staff Bridget-Anne Kelly, in connection with “traffic jam” intended to punish Fort Lee’s mayor for not supporting the governor’s re-election bid in 2013. Baroni and Kelly were both found guilty of fraud and conspiracy last year and are appealing their convictions.

Free Swimming Lessons in Harriman State Park

Lake Tiorati Beach at Harriman State Park is one of 27 state parks that will be hosting free learn-to-swim classes for children this summer. The state program made possible thanks to the American Red Cross, the National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Master Pools Guild and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation. Pre-registration is required. The Learn-to-Swim Program at Lake Tiorati runs from Monday, July 24 through Friday, August 4th. For more information call Harriman State Park at 845-429-8257, or click here.

Solid Waste Authority Chairman: Recycle with Care

Rocklanders are doing their share of recycling, but the Chairman of the
County Solid Waste Authority is urging everyone not to put plastic bags in
with their recyclables. The problem, Howard Phillips says, is that the
plastic bags cause damage when they get caught in the equipment that sorts
all the different recyclable materials…

Audio clip: Howard Phillips

Phillips says it’s best to put all your glass, plastic and newspapers in
the bins by themselves…and leave the plastic bags out of them.

RBA Luncheon to Tackle Opioid Crisis

For the last 50 years, the Rockland Business Association has been working
to support business in the county and help improve conditions for all
Rocklanders. This week the RBA is doing something a little different with
its monthly luncheon…instead of focusing on a specific business leader or
corporate entity, the topic of Thursday’s event will focus on the opioid
epidemic. RBA CEO Al Samuels was on The Morning Show last week, and said
he wants to hear from RBA members and non-members what they feel the group
can do, if anything, to help those on the front lines of this drug war…

Audio clip: Al Samuels

The luncheon is being held next Thursday July 20th at the Pearl River
Hilton. For more information and to register, visit RocklandBusiness.org.

West Nile Appears Early in Rockland

It’s that time of year again, as the weather becomes warmer and more
humid, the area becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and West Nile
virus. Rockland County executive Ed Day said on Friday’s Morning Show that
this year marks one of the earliest times West Nile has been detected in a
mosquito in the county, but there are ways to keep mosquitos from
breeding…

Audio clip: Ed Day

If you have a pool and would like free Mosquito Dunks, which are
biological mosquito controls that minimize pesticide use and keep mosquito
populations down, contact the county health department at 845-364-4723.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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