Link Elementary School students honored for coat collections

Two third graders who decided to do something about keeping their neighbors warm this winter have been recognized for their service by the Rockland County Legislature.

Alexa Hough and Sofia Coppola collected dozens of new and gently-used coats and other warm clothing after learning about a winter coat drive.

“I really thank everyone who donated, most especially Alexa and Sofia,” Legislative Majority Leader Aney Paul said. “These young ladies are role models for all of us. They saw there was a need and they responded in a kind and caring way. The donations represent an important action on the part of our overall community because they tell our struggling neighbors that they are not forgotten.”

The drive was boosted by the donations collected by Alexa and Sofia, who attend third grade at Link Elementary School. The girls worked hard, visiting every classroom and talking to students and teachers about the drive. They also made fliers and a collection box. They delivered more than a dozen bags to the Legislature’s offices.

All donations were turned over to People to People, Rockland’s largest food pantry. The nonprofit agency also provides school supplies; holiday gifts for children; and clothing for newborns, school children, professionals seeking jobs and others. It helps nearly 14,000 Rockland households annually.

Rockland Suspends Brega, Seeks to End Bus Contracts

Rockland County has suspended Richard Brega and the Brega organizations, barring them from bidding on future contracts, and is moving to end some current contracts before they expire, Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced.

Rockland is encouraging Brega to assign the remainder of its contract to operate and maintain the Transport of Rockland (TOR) and Tappan Zee Express (TZx) services to another company. The County has the right to approve any new operator before service starts.

RCC hosts “Youth Fest” Sunday

And it’s the annual springtime event that has everyone, at least yours truly, perennially asking, “What’s a Yoot?” This Sunday at RCC is the annual “Youth Fest” a showcase of the many services available to children and families in Rockland County. It’s a free event with free attractions and services, all at the RCC fieldhouse from 11am-4pm. RCC also holds an Open House at the same time highlighting admissions information, scholarships, sports programs and more. It’s also Rockland County Government Day, giving folks a chance to view interactive demos and learn about County government departments. That’s Sunday 11-4 at the RCC fieldhouse.

K-9 arson fraud fighter honored for decade of service

The New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud has named a K-9 member of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department fire unit New York’s top fraud fighter for 2016. Patch.com reported Scooter, a yellow Lab who joined the force in 2006, and died last October after a 10-year career, investigating hundreds of fires, was called “A remarkable arson dog whose nifty nose earned dozens of arson convictions.” Her longtime handler Det. Doug Lerner accepted the award on Scooter’s behalf.

Person jumps from Bear Mountain Bridge

A person was killed after jumping from the Bear Mountain Bridge early Thursday. New York State Police have not identified the person as they work to notify next-of-kin. Emergency responders from Rockland, Westchester and Orange counties were on-scene scene. Troopers are reviewing video surveillance tapes of the incident.

Garnerville man faces fraud charges

A Garnerville man who owned several area taxi companies was charged along with four other people with defrauding state and county agencies of more than $95,000 in benefits. That’s according to Rockland County D-A Thomas Zugibe, who says Angel Henriquez wrote phony letters to the Department of Social Services under-reporting five employees’ income, making them eligible for $65,000 in DSS benefits. If convicted, Henriquez faces up to 15 years in state prison.

Brush Fires

Firefighters from at least six different departments had to deal with some brush fires along the CSX train line last night. Rockland Fire and Emergency Services Director Gordon Wren, who will be here in studio to tell us more about this at 9am, said fires broke out from Stony Point through Haverstraw yesterday afternoon, and were under control by about 8pm. No injuries were reported.

Daylight Savings Reminder for Sunday, March 12th

A reminder from the County Executive and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert to change your clocks when Daylight Savings Time begins, as well as, taking the time to check your emergency supply kit. Rockland County officials ask that you also use this opportunity to check your smoke detectors and ensure that you have enough supplies such as canned goods and water, in the event of an emergency. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 AM this Sunday, March 12th. (Source: LoHud)

Rockland Legislature Approves a Revised Sheriff’s Contract; County Executive Still Has to Approve

On Tuesday, the Rockland County Legislature once again approved a resolution ratifying a contract for the sheriff’s deputies. The County Executive vetoed the resolution on Monday, but the new resolution that was passed by the legislature, addresses funding within a new clause. The adjustments allow for the purposeful and responsible funding of the new contract, which requires $2.1 million in funding to cover retroactive pay and new salaries. The resolution now heads to Ed Day’s desk for approval or veto.  (Source: Press Release)

Aaron Troodler Agrees to Testify Against Christopher St Lawrence

On Wednesday, it was announced that the former executive director of the Ramapo Local Development Corporation, Aaron Troodler, pleaded guilty to his involvement in a scheme to finance the Rockland Boulder’s Stadium as well as other projects. It was announced last night that, as part of his plea deal, Troodler will in fact testify against Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St Lawrence. The two were charged in a corruption scheme involving the financing of the Rockland Boulder’s ballpark. (Source: LoHud)

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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