Morning News Update 9/8

Two boys were struck by a car, one was reportedly killed, while walking along the side of Route 202 in Suffern near Lime Kiln Road. They were on the side of the road around midnight Thursday when two cars collided on Route 202 near a Yeshiva near Spook Rock Road. One of the vehicles jumped a median at the side of the road and came to a stop in nearby trees after striking the boys, reportedly killing one of them. One victim was taken to Westchester Medical Center, the other to Good Samaritan Hospital. The drivers of the two cars were reportedly not injured. Route 202 was closed between Wilder Road and Lime Kiln Road through the morning commute for the investigation.

Two Orthodox Jewish men with ties to Kiryas Joel in Orange County were in federal court yesterday on Conspiracy to Kidnap and Murder charges. 25 year-old Shimen Liebowitz of Monroe and 55 year-old Aharon Goldberg of Bnei Brak, Israel were reportedly arrested Tuesday in Central Valley while meeting to plan the kidnapping and murder of a man who was refusing to give his wife a religious divorce. The two face life in prison if convicted.

A Tarrytown man is wanted by New York State Police on a 7 year-old drunken driving case. Police say 33 year-old Wilfredo Cisneros was stopped by troopers on April 25, 2009, on I-87 near the Tappan Zee Bridge for a traffic violation. Cisneros later failed to show up in court to answer the charges. He’s described as Hispanic, 5-foot-5 inches tall, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the New York State Police at 518-436-2825 or email CrimeTip@troopers.ny.gov .

Rockland County will be observing the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with prayer and songs during its annual memorial service being held at Haverstraw Bay County Park. County Executive Ed Day will be joined by victims’ family members who will pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the Trade Center. At 9:03 a.m., marking the second plane’s strike on the Center, the names of the 81 Rockland victims of both the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks will be read by relatives. The service begins 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Haverstraw Bay County Park in Haverstraw.

The seemingly never-ending saga of the American Dream Meadowlands mall has hit another snag. A non-profit group opposed to the issuance of more than $1 billion in bonds for the project filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority which approved the bonds last month. The New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity called it “an illegal shell game” and wants the authority’s August 25th vote to issue the bonds overturned, claiming there should have been a competitive bidding process for the bonds. Once known as “Xanadu,” the project has languished for more than a decade. It is currently slated to open in mid-2018, and if all goes as planned, the 90-acre facility will include an indoor ski slope, aquarium, water park and amusement park.

It’s an argument people will probably have forever, but the folks at The Daily Meal are trying to put an end to the debate. They’ve just released their list of the top 101 Best Pizzas in America. Not surprisingly, the NY Metro area takes up 1/3 of the list…29 are from the NYC area, and 5 come from New Jersey pizzerias. While not one “Rays’ Original Famous” made the list, neither did any from the Hudson Valley or upstate New York. \

-Jeff Lewis

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