Ramapo Mourns Loss of Communications Director, Phil Tisi

The Town of Ramapo is mourning the loss of its long-time director of communications, Phil Tisi. Supervisor Michael Specht says the Sloatsburg resident died yesterday evening. On his Facebook page, Specht called Tisi a trusted friend and “a giant, a man whose dedication to our town and our residents will never be replaced.” Tisi was also a teacher in the former Ramapo Central School District. No further details were available.

Ramapo Supervisor Recovering from Coronavirus

Ramapo’s supervisor is home recovering from coronavirus, which he found out he tested positive for over a week ago. Michael Specht exclusively told “The Morning Show with Steve and Jeff” this morning that his case was considered moderate…

Specht urges people to take coronavirus and social distancing very seriously. The town of Ramapo has the most cases of the county’s five towns with just over a thousand cases.

NY Boulders’ 2020 Season Delayed

The New York Boulders announced today that the Frontier League has officially delayed the scheduled start of their 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No start date has been determined. The Frontier League, the largest independent baseball league in North America, will continue to monitor the situation. This is the Boulders’ first season in the Frontier League after spending their first nine as members of the Can-Am League. The season was scheduled to open on May 14th.

“We are focused on the health and safety of our fans, team members, front office staff, sponsors and our neighbors in the community. Please stay home and stay safe so we can defeat this terrible virus as soon as possible,” said Shawn Reilly, President of the NY Boulders.

Rockland County Seeks State Assistance as Cases of Coronavirus Continue to Climb

We’re now up to nearly 1,800 reported cases, about 1,400 of them confirmed, and 18 deaths from coronavirus in Rockland. The County Executive is asking the governor to set up a temporary field hospital for us, perhaps in the RCC Field House. The county health department now has a map detailing the cases of coronavirus town-by-town on its website. County Executive Ed Day said the most populous town, Ramapo, has the most cases…

Day and Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, both emphasized residents must stay at home…

Ruppert also called upon the DEA to help speed up the process of letting manufacturers produce drugs so they can get to hospitals that desperately need them.

Report: Monsey Hanukkah Stabbing Victim Dies

The 72 year-old victim stabbed while celebrating Hanukkah in Monsey last December has died of his injuries. The Journal News reports Josef Neumann, who was showing signs of emerging from a 59-day coma, died last night. 38 year-old Grafton Thomas of Greenwood Lake is charged by the feds and Rockland authorities in the attack. A Rockland judge still has to determine if Thomas is fit for trial, the defense claims he is not.

Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection: COVID-19 Test Kits are Frauds

The Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection is warning residents about fraudulent COVID-19 test kits. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aggressively monitoring the market for any firms marketing products with fraudulent coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic, prevention and treatment claims. 

At this time, the FDA has NOT authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19. The FDA is aware of the need to expand availability of COVID-19 testing including at home tests and is currently working with test developers in that capacity. 

Fraudulent health claims, tests, and products can pose serious health risks. They may keep some patients from seeking care or delay necessary medical treatment. The FDA reminds consumers to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines that can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and to speak to your medical provider if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Your medical provider will advise you about whether you should get tested and the process for being tested with an appropriate test. 

The FDA will take appropriate action to protect consumers from those who take advantage of a crisis to deceive the public by marketing tests that pose risks to patient health. This may include issuing warning letters, seizures or injunctions. Warning letters have already been issued to companies found selling and promoting fraudulent items, and additional actions will be forthcoming. Additionally, the FDA has stepped up enforcement at ports of entry, including International Mail Facilities, to ensure these fraudulent products that originate outside the country do not enter through our borders. 

If you are aware of fraudulent test kits for COVID-19, please report them by emailing FDA-COVID-19-Fraudulent-Products@fda.hhs.gov or call 1-888-INFO-FDA. 

Report: 39 year-old Monsey Man Dies Thursday of Coronavirus

A Monsey man with no known medical conditions has reportedly become the latest coronavirus victim here in Rockland. The Yeshiva World says the 39 year-old bus driver tested positive earlier this week and was quarantined at home. He went to Good Samaritan Hospital after suffering shortness of breath yesterday morning and died later in the day.

Rockland Issues ‘Standing Isolation Order’

Rockland County’s Health Commissioner has issued a ‘Standing Isolation Order’ which directs people who test positive for the coronavirus to stay home for specific periods of time, depending on the symptoms. Violators could face fines of up to $2,000 a day. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says this will help curb the spread of the virus…

As of late Wednesday there were 1,069 reported positive cases of coronavirus in Rockland, including seven deaths. If you have general COVID-19 concerns or questions, call the New York Health Department’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-364-3065, or check out the websites below:


Though the Senate unanimously passed the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill late last night, New York’s governor wasn’t happy with the plan, calling it terrible. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday New York only gets about four billion dollars from the two trillion dollar package…

New York’s U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said lawmakers will have a chance to bring home more aid in future relief packages. The legislation would set up a lending fund for industries, cities and states, send checks to many Americans and create a loan program for small businesses.

Woman Killed in Early Morning House Fire in West Nyack

A woman was killed this morning after a house fire in West Nyack. Clarkstown Police say the fire consumed the home at 9 Wheeler Place just before 6am. West Nyack firefighters found an adult female victim and extinguished the fire. The victim’s family is being notified. The fire is under investigation.

Nanuet Fire Clogs Route 59 Tuesday Afternoon

A usually busy stretch of Route 59 in Nanuet was clogged yesterday after a fire at a nearby business. Clarkstown Police say heavy smoke was coming from the Thruway Deli, where the fire is believed to have started and which suffered the most damage. The deli was closed and unoccupied at the time. The Nanuet Fire Engine Company extinguished the blaze, one volunteer suffered a minor injury but was treated and cleared at the scene by the Nanuet Community Ambulance Corp. The cause of the fire is under investigation. If you have any information call the Clarkstown Police at 845-639-5800.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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