Nat. Weather Svc. Forecast for Rockland / Lower Hudson Valley – Sunday, May 9, 2021

Today
Rain, mainly after 5pm. High near 63. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight
Rain, mainly before 5am. Patchy fog after midnight. Low around 47. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday
A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 63. North wind around 8 mph.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Northwest wind around 6 mph.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 8 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 64.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 69.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Friday
A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Friday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

School Bus Fire Shuts Saddle River Road in Airmont, No One Reported Injured

No one was reported hurt after a school bus caught fire in Airmont yesterday afternoon. Saddle River Road was reportedly shut briefly after the bus collided with a car.

Killer of Pearl River Teen Comes up for Parole in June

Supporters of the Pearl River teen murdered and sexually assaulted more than 40 years ago are hoping to keep one of her killers behind bars. Robert McCain was convicted of killing 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky as she walked home from the library. He comes up for parole next month. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he belongs in prison…

McCain’s co-defendant Richard LaBarbera got out on parole two years ago. He was quickly sent back to prison for violating parole, but released again last year. You can go online and sign the “Petition for Paula” to show support for keeping McCain behind bars.

Report: Spring Valley Trustee Calls for Mayor to Resign

A dispute over where a Spring Valley Trustee should sit during a village meeting has sparked a call for the mayor to resign. That’s according to News 12, which says Trustee Eudson Tyson Francois, who is running for mayor, tried to sit next to current mayor Alan Simon during yesterday morning’s meeting. Mayor Simon reportedly cursed at Francois, and demanded he change seats or leave the meeting. Francois told News 12 he switched seats and eventually left the meeting because he felt harassed, and is calling on Simon to step down for his continued pattern of inappropriate behavior. We could not reach Simon for comment.

NY Governor Backs Holiday of Columbus Day as NYC Combines it with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

They don’t see eye to eye on everything, and now a holiday has two of the state’s highest-ranking Democrats going at it. Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday said Columbus Day should remain on the calendar, taking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to task for replacing it with “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day” instead…

The New York Post said de Blasio claimed that neither he nor the Schools Chancellor knew about plans to change the holiday, though he did call the move “right and appropriate.”

Rocklanders Can Shred Old Papers in Haverstraw Saturday, “Blessing of the Soil” Comes to Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland in Haverstraw

Rocklanders with lots of paper to shred might want to go to Haverstraw Town Hall tomorrow from 8 to noon. Supervisor Howard Phillips says Shredding Day is open to all county residents, and they’re collecting non-perishable food items…

That’s 8am to noon tomorrow at Haverstraw Town Hall on Rosman Road. For more information visit RocklandGreen.com.

Also tomorrow, Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland in Haverstraw will host the 10th Annual “Blessing of the Soil” event for its charity garden. In addition to the blessing, the event features a cooking segment and a gardening segment…

The event starts tomorrow at 1pm. If you can’t get there, you can watch it online, just go to Facebook.com/CatholicCharity. For more information about Catholic Charities and the event, visit www.CCSrockland.org.

All NYS COVID-19 Sites Open for Walk-in Vaccinations

All New York State mass vaccination sites, including RCC in Suffern, are now open for walk-in vaccinations on a first-come, first-serve basis. COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, the death count remains at 952, unchanged since Tuesday. We’ve got 12 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 419 active cases. Our total case count is 46,483, that’s 37 more than Thursday.

Woman Dies After Fall from Palisades Center’s Fourth Floor

Clarkstown Police say a woman died after falling from the 4th floor of the Palisades Center Mall. She was found on the lower level. Initial reports came in around 12:40 Thursday afternoon. No additional information was available. Clarkstown Police remind everyone that services, such as The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, are available. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Their number is 1-800-273-8255, or go online: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Suffern High School Student Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and DWI Could Face Charges as an Adult

The 17 year old Suffern High School student charged with the fatal accident that killed a classmate and injured three others last month could be charged as an adult. That’s according to Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco. The teen is being treated as a juvenile in Family Court, and Falco says that’s why he wasn’t jailed following the fatal crash…

The unidentified teen faces DWI, vehicular manslaughter and other charges. According to News 12, prosecutors said he was going 70 miles-an-hour in a 45 zone at the time of the crash, and he’s accused of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he struck a telephone pole on Route 202 in Montebello. He is at home, and he can only go to school, doctors’ appointments or meetings connected to the case, and must be with his parents. His junior license has been revoked and he has to check in daily with his probation officer. 16 year-old Jacqueline Zangrilli died at the scene, and a GoFundMe for her thus far has raised $130,000.

Rockland Task Force on Water Resources Management Host Presentation on the State of the County’s Supply

The Rockland Task Force on Water Resources Management last night held a presentation and panel discussion on the state of Rockland’s water. Last summer, New York lowered the levels of acceptable amounts of chemicals known as PFOAs, which are used in the production of Teflon, that can be in the water. The new levels are tougher standards than the federal government permits. Rockland County Health Department hydrology expert, Dr. Daniel Miller, said the most recent testing here in the county shows a slight decrease in those levels…

Carol Walczyk is VP of Water Quality with SUEZ, and said the company does quarterly compliance testing…

Sean Mahar is with the state DEC, and said they’ve already ruled out major sources of contamination in the county…

To learn more about the Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management, click here.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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