Rockland Corrections Officer Faces 78 More Charges of Mistreatment and Falsifying Records

A Rockland County jail corrections officer already facing charges of mistreating female inmates and falsifying records is now facing an additional 78 counts including 52 felonies and 26 misdemeanors. That’s according to the Journal News. 35 year-old John Kezek formerly of Stony Point, was first indicted last month as part of an investigation into the jail by the Rockland Sheriff and District Attorney. He and another corrections officer have both pleaded not guilty and are free without bail.

Rockland COVID Death Count Adds First Fatality in Six Weeks; Indoor Dining OK’d for NYC

New York City restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining starting September 30th. Governor Andrew Cuomo says they’ll have a 25 percent occupancy limit and strict health and safety protocols…

The 47th annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the latest event to be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. The New York Post says the group that runs the event is planning another smaller, COVID-safe event instead, but hasn’t released details just yet.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association says high-risk fall sports including football, volleyball and competitive cheer will be postponed until March 1st next year. Low and moderate risk fall sports are still authorized to begin practice on September 21st.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve added the first death here in the county since July 27th. The total, according to the Rockland Health Department, is now 675. We’ve got four in the hospital being examined, another five have been confirmed with coronavirus. The state says we’ve got 14,459 reported cases, 20 more than yesterday.

Two West Haverstraw Men Stabbed at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ; Teen in Custody

A 17-year-old from Newark has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon in Ocean County after two Rockland County men were stabbed Monday at Point Pleasant Beach. The Asbury Park Press says the unidentified suspect was being held in the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. 22 year-old Alex Galdamez and 18 year-old William Mazariegogo of West Haverstraw were listed in serious but stable condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Mourners March and Attend Vigil for Fatal Shooting Victim in Haverstraw

Attendees at a march for the victim of a fatal shooting Friday in Haverstraw could barely contain their grief Sunday during a march and vigil…

That audio courtesy of RocklandReport.com. 23-year-old Andy Urena-Marrero of Haverstraw was one of two people shot Friday night. A 20 year-old was treated at Nyack-Montefiore hospital and released. The shooting reportedly took place near Hudson Avenue. No arrests have been made. If you have information about the incident contact the Rockland County District Attorney’s Investigators at 845-731-4100.

South Nyack Posts Video from Monday’s “Zoom Bombed” Online Meeting

The village of South Nyack has posted the video from their online meeting this week that was “Zoom-Bombed” with threats of violence. The board Monday hired a consulting company to study what it would take to remain a village or become a part of Orangetown. But the online meeting was interrupted seven times by at least two people who were disguised and featured Nazi imagery in the background, using vulgar language and the n-word repeatedly. South Nyack-Grandview Police Chief Daniel Wilson says several law enforcement agencies are involved in their investigation…

The suspects also posted a rainbow flag stating “this is what I do to LGBTs” and then showed a video of a beheading. A warning, the audio you are about to hear may be disturbing…

Anyone with information is asked to call the South Nyack-Grandview Police at 845-358-0206 or send an email to police@southnyack.ny.gov.

Rockland Legislature Rejects County Executive’s 1/2% Sales Tax Hike Proposal; CE Warns Layoffs and Double-Digit Property Tax Increase Could Result

County employees’ jobs could be on the chopping block and a double-digit property tax increase could be in the offing after the Rockland County Legislature voted 9-8 Tuesday night to reject the county executive’s budget proposal, which would have temporarily increased local sales taxes by a half percent. Despite the tremendous loss in sales tax revenue, the majority called the proposal “premature” and a burden on families that have seen their jobs cut back or cut entirely. In a statement, Legislature Chairman Alden Wolfe said the focus should be on economic development and finding ways to keep shoppers from crossing the border into Bergen County where the sales tax is lower. Rockland County Executive Ed Day slammed the vote, saying in a statement yesterday that hundreds of county employees’ jobs are now at risk, and a double-digit property tax increase could be next. The legislature also shelved any movement on the Sain Building and property, which Wolfe said would be on a future legislature agenda.

South Nyack Hires Consultant for Potential Village Dissolution; Police Investigating “Zoom Bombers”

The South Nyack village board yesterday hired a consulting company for up to $15,000 to study what it would take to become a part of Orangetown or remain a village. The village still has a few weeks to set a public referendum on the issue. In an email to residents, South Nyack mayor Bonnie Christian said the Zoom board meeting held yesterday is being investigated by South Nyack Police after it was interrupted several times by “Zoom Bombers” in which the participants used racist and anti-Semitic language, and threatened village employees and residents. The potential dissolution of the village comes amid concerns over rising taxes and the future of Nyack College. We reached out to the mayor and police chief for additional comment but we did not hear back.

Judge Rules Petitions Invalid, Stony Point Voters Won’t Get Chance to Decide Fate of Golf Course and Letchworth Land

An attempt to put the future of the Stony Point golf course and about 26 acres of former Letchworth Village property has fallen short of its goal of being put before town voters. That’s according to supervisor Jim Monaghan who says the judge ruled this week the petition was invalid…

George Potanovic is president of the Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment, and says the judge threw out the petition on a technicality…

Monaghan says he and the board are working on locking in a contract with the builder who is looking to add a hotel and conference center to the property. Any plans would still have to go through environmental review and the planning board’s procedures. The contract would preserve the golf course for town residents to use, include a community center and other items.

MTA Threatens to Cut West-of-Hudson Rail Service Without Federal Assistance

Area lawmakers are up in arms after the Metropolitan Transit Authority proposed eliminating west-of-Hudson rail service, in addition to 50 percent cuts throughout their service area, as sweeping budget shortfalls loom without federal assistance. Metro-North ridership is down 83 percent, and MTA chairman Patrick Foye says they need the feds to kick in 12 billion dollars to get through the rest of the year…

Rockland assemblyman Ken Zebrowski said the proposal would decimate the local economy. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says while he understands the need for reductions due to the pandemic, eliminating all west-of-Hudson service should not even be an option…

North Rockland and Orange County Assemblyman Colin Schmitt called it an “unacceptable, boneheaded budget proposal.” North Rockland and Orange County state senator James Skoufis says the region could leave the MTA and contract with NJ Transit instead, if it comes to that. The MTA says cutting west-of-Hudson service would save at least $25 million and avoid more than $1 billion in planned capital expenses.

Valley Cottage Teen Arrested, Charged in Fatal Nyack Shooting; Nyack Mayor: “May Have Been an Accident”

A Valley Cottage teen is accused of killing an Illinois man Sunday night in a shooting in Nyack. Orangetown police arrested 18 year-old Collyer Goodman. He faces second degree manslaughter and other charges. Captain James Brown says Goodman and 21 year-old Darien Brydie were in a car at Nyack Plaza when the shooting occurred around 8:24 Sunday night. Brydie had reportedly driven himself to Nyack Hospital. The circumstances that lead to the shooting are under investigation, but Nyack’s mayor told the Journal News it appears to have been an accident. Goodman was arraigned and sent to the Rockland County jail on $250,000 bail. If you witnessed the incident or have additional information, call the Orangetown Police Department at 845-359-3700.

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