Results are in from Tuesday’s General Election. In the Rockland County Sheriff race, incumbent Democrat Louis Falco beat Richard Vasquez with 35,588 votes to 25,590. For County Legislature seats in District 2 Michael Grant won, in District 3 Jay Hood, in District 5 Lon Hofstein. In District 8 Toney Earl, in District 9 Chris Carey won, in District 11 Laurie Santulli, District Aron Wieder, and in District 17 Nancy Low-Hogan won. For the Supervisor race in Clarkstown, newcomer Frank Dizenzo beat Robert Milone and Wayne Ballard with 9,156 votes. In Ramapo incumbent Tony Sharan beat Robert Romanowski. Also on the ballot in Clarkstown was the proposed ward system, which passed with 8,922 votes yes to 8,267 votes no, as well as the proposal to expand the town board from four to six members which was shot down with 8,714 votes no to 8,294 votes yes.
Police arrested a 21-year old Monsey man on Friday, following a robbery at the Gulf Gas Station in Mahwah, New Jersey. David Mizrachi allegedly attempted to steal products from the store, but was confronted by the manager, at which point police stated, he shoved the other man, grabbed a $100 bill and ran from the building. Police found Mizrachi at the nearby McDonald’s, with the money as well as 124 packages of heroin charges of robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin, and intent to distribute.
According to police in Valley Cottage a car crashed into a utility pole on Monday morning. Around 10:00 AM on Old Mill Road the car lost control and hit the pole, knocking it over. Residents in the area lost power for a short time, while Orange and Rockland worked to repair the pole and wires that went down in the accident. The driver was taken to Nyack Hospital to be checked out, though was not reported to be injured. Traffic was backed up in the area as well, as police and utility crews cleaned the road of wires.
According to New York Assemblyman Ryan Gottfried, who sponsored a bill that was passed in the Legislature in June, it is now being looked at by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Medical Marijuana Expedited Access Bill would allow sick patients whose conditions might worsen to obtain the drug incase the new statewide program is not ready by its expected January 2016 deadline. Officials with Cuomo’s office stated that the program is being set up as quickly as possible, and will give patients access to non-smokeable forms of marijuana such as oil. Gottfried stated that with the Expedited Access bill the Health Department would be able to modify requirements for certain patients with serious illnesses, such as children with epilepsy. Cuomo can either pass or veto the bill by November 11.
According to State Police an NYPD officer was seriously injured in a car accident on Sunday night. Police stated that 32-year old Alex Penate was driving North near Exit 16 of I-87 around 8:35 PM, when his Jeep Wrangler struck a Hyundai being driven by 29-year old Wallkill resident Aaron Jeronimus, and flipped multiple times. Senate, a Highland Mills resident and married father of three, was thrown from the car and airlifted to Westchester Medical Center for head trauma and internal injuries, where he remains in critical condition. Jeronimus and his passenger were not injured. Police are continuing to investigate what caused Penate to lose control.
Arrests were made last week in an alleged carjacking ring that spanned from Northern New Jersey to Rockland County. According to the acting Attorney General’s office a 16-month investigation into the thefts of luxury vehicles resulted in the discovery that twenty-one men were working together to steal the cars and ship them to West Africa to be sold at higher prices. Thirteen of the men were arrested and charged with racketeering, fencing stolen property, and money laundering, and the other men are still being searched for. The cars were stolen from driveways, gold courses, dealership, and rental places, and acting Attorney General John Hoffman stated that the crime ring has now been completely dismantled.
Police arrested a 20-year old man following a shooting in White Plains on Friday night. Investigators tracked Matusim Carter to the Bronx where he was arrested on a charge of first-degree robbery, after he allegedly shot 18-year old David Chong in the leg around 7:00 PM, when the two argued over a prior agreement they made on the internet to purchase a pair of sneakers. Chong was taken to Westchester Medical Center where he is recovering and Carter is being held in White Plains Public Safety Headquarters.
Three people were killed on Saturday when a car crashed into a group of trick-or-treaters out on Halloween. According to police, the incident occurred in Morris Park in the Bronx Saturday night and investigators are now looking into whether or not a medical condition, possibly a seizure, caused the 52-year old driver of a Dodge Charger to hit another vehicle and then jump the curb hitting a group of people. 10-year old Nyanna Aquil and her 65-year old grandfather Louis Perez, were both killed as well as 24-year old Kristian Leka. The driver, a 3-year old girl, 9-year old girl, and 21-year old woman were all taken to Jacobi Medical Center for treatment to varying injuries. The driver has not been charged as of yet.
East Ramapo School District monitor Dennis Walcott, who was appointed by state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the Department of Education over the summer, spoke on Sunday at the Gracepoint Gospel Church in New City. Walcott stated to the crowd that newly hired interim Superintendent Deborah Wortham officially begins her position today, and asked parents and residents to have patience as changes start to happen. Walcott is on a three person team appointed by the state, who are evaluating the district following complaints from hundreds of parents and students about school conditions and lack of programs, as well as claims that the school board favors private school students and has discriminated against African American and Hispanic students in the past. Former Superintendent Joel Klein was forced to resign after he made offensive comments towards Hispanic students. Walcott stated that Wortham will improve the district for all students, though it will not happen overnight.
Communities on the Hudson River may receive money from the New York State Thruway Authority, to improve waterfront areas. Nine towns and villages in Rockland and Westchester Counties will be entitled to apply for up to $300,000 of a $1.5 million settlement with the organization and the groups Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper, which allowed the Tappan Zee Bridge project to be approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The money will allow the communities to improve environmental, economic, recreational, and cultural projects for example new parks or sidewalks. In Rockland Orangetown, Upper Nyack, Nyack, South Nyack, Grandview, and Piedmont can apply, and in Westchester Irvington, Tarrytown, and Sleepyhollow can apply.