President’s Budget Proposal to Cut SNAP Benefits; Rockland Congresswoman Displeased

The budget proposed Monday by President Trump would slash funding for food assistance for low-income Americans. Andrea Sears of Public News Service reports…

Audio: Andrea Sears

And you can add Rockland’s Congresswoman Nita Lowey to the list of people who aren’t happy about the president’s proposed cuts to SNAP…

Audio: Nita Lowey

Critics of the president’s proposal worry that distributing high volumes of food could be a logistical nightmare.

Rockland Mounted Patrol Horses Undergo Rigorous Training

A horse-drawn carriage crashed and injured three people Sunday in Central Park after a horse was reportedly spooked by an umbrella. Sheriff Lou Falco told “The Morning Show” yesterday that won’t happen with the horses in his mounted patrol unit, since they are trained to deal with gunfire and similar, noisy situations…

Audio: Lou Falco

The horse involved in the Central Park incident will reportedly be sent to a sanctuary in Western Massachusetts. Falco says when his horses are ready for retirement they are often donated to Camp Venture for their Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Stony Point.

Cornell Cooperative Extension to Host Gardener’s Day Event in March

We got a lot of water in the form of rain over the weekend and there’s more on the way, a good sign for gardeners anxious to get outside and start planting for the season. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Stormwater Consortium is holding a Gardener’s Day event next month that you might be interested in. Michael Wilson is the Extension’s Horticultural Lab Technician, and the host of a program right here on WRCR. Wilson says next month’s event features several presentations…

Audio: Mike Wilson

The event’s keynote speaker is New York Times Bestseller and American Horticultural Society Book Award-winner Marta McDowell. The event is being held from 8am-2:30 March 21st at the CCE Rockland Education Center in Stony Point. The early-bird rate is $30, if you register by March first. For more information, click here.

County Switch of Retirees’ Health Plans on Hold “For the Foreseeable Future”

If you’re a Rockland County retiree, you’re probably going to love this bit of news this Valentine’s Day. Rockland County will not be changing your health plans. The about-face follows the stunning admission by a former Aetna medical director that he never reviewed patient records before denying or approving health coverage. CNN reported the former healthcare company executive made the admission under oath while testifying in a case that was brought against Aetna for improper denial of coverage. Rockland County Executive Ed Day held a press conference yesterday afternoon to announce that the controversial move to Aetna from the United Healthcare Empire Plan is on hold for the foreseeable future…

Audio: Ed Day

But some Legislators said putting the plan on hold doesn’t go far enough. Toney Earl said there are still many questions and said the legislature will review the entire process. The Aetna plan, which was supposed to kick-in on April first, was delayed while the County Legislature, which, along with many seniors who were caught by surprise by the sudden change, wanted to take a closer look at the plan before it could be adopted. Day said the new Aetna plan would have saved taxpayers money while providing the same services.

Former Rockland Legislator Francis “Frank” Mascola Dies at 95

Francis “Frank” Mascola, a legislator who served in the very first Rockland County Legislature in the early 70’s, passed away on Saturday. A long-time resident of West Nyack, Mascola served as Legislature Chairman in 1973. He served on many boards, including the West Point Admissions Board, Nyack Hospital, American Cancer Society and the Clarkstown Board of Education. He was 95.

Rockland Congresswoman Pronounces President Trump’s Budget “Dead on Arrival”

President Trump released his 2019 budget wish-list Monday, with the $4.4 trillion spending proposal suggesting cuts to numerous social programs, alongside a new $200 billion federal infrastructure program and an additional $13 billion to fight the opioid epidemic. Congresswoman Nita Lowey told “The Morning Show” yesterday that the plan is dead on arrival…

Audio: Nita Lowey

Lowey says the president’s infrastructure plan falls short, providing a fraction of the federal investment necessary, calling the shift of the funding burden to the states irresponsible. Lowey note the president’s proposal ignores transportation issues, such as Positive Train Control implementation, safe transport of crude oil, and grade crossing improvements.

Rockland Assemblyman Takes on Misleading Social Media Ads

A state lawmaker from Rockland is working with colleagues to get a handle on misleading social media advertising. Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski says social media platforms should have to identify individuals or groups behind political advertising…

Audio: Ken Zebrowski

Governor Andrew Cuomo also reportedly supports requiring more information about online political ads.

RBA Luncheon Thursday to Feature New Town Supervisors

The Rockland Business Association will feature a unique presentation at its monthly membership luncheon tomorrow. RBA CEO Al Samuels says instead of a guest speaker, the two newest town supervisors in Rockland County, Chris Day of Orangetown and Ramapo’s Michael Specht, will talk about the business issues that face their towns…

Audio: Al Samuels

The luncheon gets underway tomorrow at 11:15 at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center on Route 9W in Palisades. If you haven’t already registered, walk-ins are welcome, but it’ll cost you $60 at the door. For more information visit RocklandBusiness.org.

Senator Carlucci’s Senior Advisory Committee to Meet in Nanuet Tomorrow

Rockland Senator David Carlucci’s Senior Advisory committee is meeting tomorrow morning to talk about issues that affect seniors in the county and the state. Carlucci says the group usually focuses on a variety of issues, including utility rates, property taxes and more…

Audio: David Carlucci

The meeting gets underway at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Nanuet Library. It is free and open to anyone.

Pleasant Valley Woman Arrested for Putting 7 year-old in Rain as Punishment

In Dutchess County, a Pleasant Valley woman was arrested by State Police and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Police say 39 year-old April Gadonniex punished a seven-year-old by putting her outside in the rain wearing only socks and a t-shirt.  The child then ran to a neighbor prompting the neighbor to call 911. Gadonniex was arraigned and ordered back to court later this week. A full order of protection was issued for the victim.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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