Rockland Closing Gas Price Gap with NJ; RBA CEO: Tax Revenue Outlook Looks Good

Added gas taxes in New Jersey have led to a resurgence for Rockland gas stations. Prices vary from station to station, but the prices are much closer than they once were. The average gas price in New Jersey is 2.61 while in New York it’s 2.70. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says people have been building new stations in Rockland thanks New Jersey’s move, and residents are more inclined not only to buy gas here, but to spend more here at home…

Al Samuels is the head of the Rockland Business Association, and says growth at gas stations, particularly those with convenience stores, could hurt food stores…

Samuels says Rockland’s retail market is projected to hit 7 billion dollars in 2024, up from 6 billion in 2019.

MLK Jr. Day in Rockland Features Several Events

Today is the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Day and there are several events happening throughout the county. Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell says events like these, and the Supervisors’ Summit happening later this week, are important to help us all get along with each other…

The Nyack NAACP is holding an interfaith commemorative service today at 3pm at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Nyack. The Unity Celebration for Doctor King is at Ramapo High School today at 3pm. Produced by the East Ramapo School District and the MLK Multi-Purpose Center, the event includes dancers, singers and other performances.

Suffern’s Lafayette Theater Makes Cuts in Movie Showings after Losing Grant

The Lafayette Theater in Suffern is cutting back on movie showings after failing to get a grant. The Regional Economic Development Council Initiative grant would have allowed them to make some much-needed upgrades. Ramapo Communications Director Phil Tisi says the theater will no longer have showings on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays…

In an email last week, theater owner Ari Benmosché said he was hoping to convert the main auditorium into a venue for live performances and add a second screening room and event space, among other improvements. Tisi says they’ve reduced the price for movies to six dollars, the lowest price for first-run movies in the county.

Free Medicare Workshop in Stony Point Tuesday

A free Medicare workshop and dinner is being held tomorrow in Stony Point. Emerald Medicare’s Mark Brownstein says his “Take the Mystery out of Medicare” presentation will tackle many Medicare topics…

The event is at Lynch’s Restaurant in Stony Point tomorrow from 6 to 8 PM. It’s free and dinner is included, but you must register. Call 845-358-1220.

NWS Forecast for Rockland / LHV – Mon., Jan. 20, 2020 and Mark’s 2019-2020 Long Range Winter Forecast!

Click the PLAY button below for the edited audio version of Mark Hanok’s long-range 2019-2020 winter forecast. Below that is a link to a PDF file of the the printable version of the forecast:

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Today
Sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. Northwest wind around 10 mph.
Tonight
Clear, with a low around 12. Wind chill values between 5 and 10. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Light northwest wind.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 38. Light and variable wind.
Wednesday Night
Clear, with a low around 22.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 44.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 45.
Friday Night
A chance of freezing rain and sleet after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday
A chance of rain, freezing rain, and sleet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday
A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Rockland Woman Sentenced to Prison for 2015 NYC Fatal Gas Explosion

A Rockland woman will spend the next 4-12 years in prison after being convicted of a fatal gas explosion in 2015 at 121 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Two were killed and 13 seriously injured when the building and two others nearby collapsed. Manhattan’s D-A says 59 year-old Maria Hrynenko and two others were found guilty of second degree manslaughter and other charges last November. Hrynenko owned the building which had an illegal gas hook-up.


Monsey Machete Attack Suspect Ordered to Undergo Psychiatric Testing

The 37 year-old Greenwood Lake man accused of the Hanukkah attack in Monsey pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges in Rockland County Court yesterday. LoHud.com reports Grafton Thomas was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation. He’s being held by the feds in Westchester without bail on separate hate crime charges.

Orange County Man Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Ramapo Rape Suspect

An Orange County man was acquitted yesterday in the 2013 shooting death of a Ramapo rape suspect. LoHud.com says 48 year-old David Carlson of Sparrow Bush was acquitted of manslaughter by the judge. He had been convicted of manslaughter by a jury in the killing of 35 year-old Norris Acosta-Sanchez in 2016, but he posted bail and the conviction was reversed on appeal. Carlson had claimed he shot Acosta-Sanchez in self-defense as he was turning him over to police for the Ramapo case.

Ramapo Ballpark Consultant’s Final Report Delayed Again

The consultant that Ramapo hired to come up with money-making ideas for the Pomona ballpark continues to tinker with his final report. Supervisor Michael Specht says the Boulders’ new league brings new opportunities, and there could be other profitable uses for the stadium that have nothing to do with baseball…

The Boulders start their first season as the New York Boulders in the Frontier League this spring.

Area Lawmaker Laments Judge’s Blocking of E-cig Ban

An area lawmaker says it’s unfortunate that New York’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the Health Planning Council overstepped its bounds in banning flavored e-cigarettes. Rockland and Westchester state senator David Carlucci says the bill he co-sponsored passed through committee earlier this week…

Carlucci says the bill would proactively keep kids from getting hooked.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.