Suffern Man Drowns in Ramapo River

A Suffern man drowned early this morning after going for a swim in the Ramapo River. Suffern Police say two men were running frantically along the banks of the river near the Suffern Athletic Fields and told police they thought the man, their brother, had gone home. After realizing he had not gone home, they found his personal belongings near the river. Police and several area fire departments found the unidentified 33 year-old in the water. No additional information was available.

House Party in Rockland Allegedly Sparks COVID-19 Cluster

Another house party with young people has created a new COVID-19 cluster, this time right here in Rockland. The County Health Department is trying to contain the cluster which is believed to have started at a house party last month at a home in Clarkstown. Rockland Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said the host was sick and spread the virus to at least eight guests, and they’ve been avoiding her contact tracers during their investigation…

County Executive Ed Day says he will not let anyone compromise the health of Rockland residents, and subpoenas are being issued to those who don’t speak with the Health Department…

Violators face fines of $2,000 a day if they don’t cooperate.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, in Rockland, we’ve got 5 in the hospital being checked out, another 5 confirmed with coronavirus. The state says we’ve got 13,602 reported cases, and the Rockland Health Department confirms 668 fatalities here in the county, no increase since yesterday.

South Nyack Reschedules Nyack College Board of Trustees Meeting for Today at 12:30

As quickly as it was scheduled, it was cancelled. The South Nyack Village Board meeting that was announced late Monday night for early Tuesday afternoon to address the Nyack College situation was called off and now it’s been rescheduled for today. Concern has been growing in and around the village about what may or may not be in line to replace Nyack College, which shut its campus and relocated students into the city last December. No buyer has been officially revealed by the college or the village of South Nyack, where the college is located, but rumors have been swirling, much to the concern of the properties’ neighbors. The meeting is being held via teleconference at 12:30 this afternoon. There will be no open session at today’s event, but that will take place at the next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees Meeting on July 14th.

Today’s teleconference details:

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, 12:30 pm VIA TELECONFERENCE
Dial In: 267-930-4000 Participants Access Code: 389-930-058

As Rumors Swirl, South Nyack to Hold Meeting this Afternoon on Nyack College

There’s growing concern about what may or may not be in line to replace Nyack College, which has shut its campus and moved its students into the city last December. A handful of area residents demonstrated near South Nyack Village Hall, one person photographed by the Journal News held a sign that read “Save our Schools,” and another sign read “Not Another East Ramapo.” On Friday’s “Who Wants to be a Volunteer” program, Micheal Miller of the Hillcrest CUPON said residents in the Nyack area are very nervous about what could replace the college…

No buyer has been officially revealed by the college or the village of South Nyack, where the college is located. South Nyack mayor Bonnie Christian could not be reached for comment, but the village announced late last night that there would be a special Board meeting today at 12:30. It can be accessed online or by phone. The link to the Zoom meeting and the phone number for the call in are below.

https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1480866069
Telephone: +1 (470) 869-2200 (US East)
Meeting ID: 148 086 6069

Fourth Victim in Ramapo Car Crash Dies

A fourth victim, a 48 year-old woman from New Square, has died of her injuries following a crash in Ramapo two weeks ago. That’s according to Ramapo Police. A Jewish News website identified the latest victim as Esther Deutsch. Other victims of the crash include 20 year-old Tzipora Deutsch, 42-year-old Robert Deutsch and 22-year-old Shlomo Birnhack, all of New Square. They were passengers in a van carrying eleven people, reportedly on their way to a wedding in the city, when it crashed into a tree at New Hempstead Road and Conway Court near the Palisades Parkway exit 11 ramp. The incident’s being handled by the Ramapo Police Crash Unit.

Two Charged in Fatal Route 304 Crash in Pearl River

Last fall the Pearl River High School community was in shock after two students died when a car plunged off Route 304, crashing to the railroad tracks below near Crooked Hill Road, killing two teens and injuring the driver. Now, the driver of that car, and the driver of a second car, have been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, racing and other charges. The Journal News says Orangetown police have charged Aisha Radoncic, who was 17 at the time, and Jason Castro, of driving recklessly. Two passengers in Radoncic’s Porsche, Pearl River High School senior and football star, 17 year-old Altin Nezaj, and 15-year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, Radoncic’s cousin, were both killed in the October 13th crash. Radoncic and Castro were both arraigned and pleaded not guilty. Castro was released without bail and is due back in court in August. Radoncic was arraigned in Rockland Superior Court’s youth division and released without bail. She’s due back in court June 30th.

Budgets Pass Easily in Several Rockland School Districts

Several Rockland school districts have finished tallying their votes from last week’s budget vote. In addition to Pearl River, the Clarkstown, Nanuet, Nyack and South Orangetown districts all easily passed their budgets. Still to be determined are the budgets in East Ramapo, North Rockland and Suffern. How much federal and state aid the districts will get is still unknown.

2 Killed, 9 Injured in Ramapo Crash

Two were killed and nine injured yesterday after a van struck a tree in Ramapo. Police there say the accident occurred after 4pm near New Hempstead Road and Conway Court near the Palisades Parkway exit 11 ramp. A report on a Jewish news website said the van was heading with two families to a wedding in the city at the time. Several passengers needed to be extricated by the Hillcrest Fire Company No. 1 and New City Fire Engine Co. No. 1. All were taken to Nyack and Westchester Medical Center. The two unidentified men killed were 47 and 22 years-old. The crash is under investigation by the Ramapo Police Crash Unit.

[UPDATE] Clarkstown Police Investigating Possible Deadly Chemical Overdose in West Nyack

(Update: 12:55pm June 15, 2020): The West Nyack FD and Rockland County Hazmat unit determined there were no airborne chemicals or any other safety hazards for the family, first responders or neighbors to be concerned with. “The Clarkstown Police are saddened by incidents such as these when a life is lost. We would like to remind everyone that services are available such as The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). 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,” the Clarkstown Police said in a statement.

(Earlier): The Clarkstown Police Department responded to a report of a possible overdose victim at in West Nyack around 3pm today.  Upon arrival at 5 Dutch Ct., officers observed a man dead inside the home, along with an unknown chemical. The West Nyack Fire Department and the Rockland County Hazmat Team were called in to help secure the scene. Police say there is no immediate threat to the neighboring residents or homes. The investigation is still ongoing, into both the cause of death and chemical in the residence. If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to please contact the Clarkstown Detective Bureau at 845-639-5800.

Rockland Sheriff: Calls to Defund Police are Misguided

The protests that have been held around the county marking the George Floyd tragedy in Minnesota have only been peaceful affairs with no incidents or arrests. Rockland County sheriff Lou Falco is proud of that, and encourages peaceful demonstrations, so long as they do not get violent or cause damage. Falco says he’s not opposed to reforms, but cries around the country to de-fund police departments are misguided…

The Minneapolis City Council has been working to dismantle their police department in the wake of the George Floyd incident. The four officers involved have all been charged in his murder.

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