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.

Spring Valley PD Investigating Saturday Shooting

Spring Valley police are reportedly investigating a shooting yesterday at the Kearsing Parkway Apartments. The incident happened late Saturday afternoon. Nearby residents were warned to avoid the area. No further information was available. If you have any information call the Spring Valley Police Department at 845-356-7400. 

Hillcrest Man Arrested in Connection with Valley Cottage Homicides

A 32 year-old Hillcrest man was arrested over the weekend in the shooting
murders of two Valley Cottage women. Clarkstown Police say Robert Williams III was arrested based on an investigation that spanned several states and included many law enforcement agencies. Williams was charged with two counts of second degree murder and other charges stemming from the May 26th killings of 63 year-old Wanda Castor and her 27 year-old daughter, Kathleen Castor. He was arraigned in a video conference Saturday and is being held in the Rockland County Jail. If you have any information about the murders, contact the Clarkstown Police Detective Bureau at 845-639-5840.

“Tuesday was Hillburn’s Saddest Day” as Village Mourns Death of Former Long-time Mayor, Legislator

Hillburn’s mayor, the village board, and the entire village is devastated and in mourning following the passing of long-time former mayor Brian Miele on Tuesday. Hillburn’s current mayor, Joseph Tursi, ran down a long list of Miele’s accomplishments, including building a new youth center, improving the area’s water system and standing up to former governor Mario Cuomo who at one time wanted to completely shut down the 4th Street Bridge for repairs. Mayor Tursi called Tuesday “Hillburn’s saddest day”…

Miele was a trustee from 1975 to ‘77, then served as mayor from ‘77 to 1998 and again from 2003 to 2009. He also served in the legislature from 1991 through ’99. He was 70 years old.

(UPDATED) Former Hillburn Mayor, Ramapo Legislator, Brian Miele, Dies at 70

Updated – 5/27/20 12:27pm: Former Hillburn Mayor, Ramapo legislator and former Ramapo Central School District administrator Brian Miele died yesterday. In 2014, Miele pleaded guilty to several misdemeanors, stemming from his approval of nonexistent educational credits that boosted the pay of his daughter and wife, who were both teachers in the school district. According to the Journal News, prosecutors estimated Miele cost taxpayers $2.6 million, initially charging him in a 187-count indictment carrying a maximum of 25 years in prison. Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht said his thoughts and prayers are with the Miele family. No other details about the cause of death were available. He was 70 years old.

In an interview with WRCR, Hillburn’s current mayor, Joseph Tursi, went down a list of accomplishments Miele had, including building a new youth center, improving the area’s water system and standing up to former governor Mario Cuomo who wanted to shut down the 4th street bridge for repairs. Mayor Tursi called Tuesday “Hillburn’s saddest day.” Miele was a trustee from 1975 to ‘77, then served as mayor from ’77 to 1998 and again from 2003 to 2009. He also served in the legislature during a good portion of the 90’s. He was 70 years old.

Murder Victim, Suspect ID’d; Mid-Hudson Region to Open Tuesday

Orangetown Police arrested Jason Max Jabouin on charges of second degree murder and other charges for the fatal shooting of 30 year-old Ryan Franklin of West Haverstraw on Friday morning in Nyack. The shooting took place at 10:05 am on South Midland Avenue. The 33 year-old Jabouin, of West Haverstraw, was nabbed early Saturday morning after a traffic stop at in Maryland.

The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to meet all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan starting Tuesday, May 26th. The governor said Saturday that the Mid-Hudson Valley has now identified enough contact tracers to meet the state’s guidelines, and the tracers are being trained in preparation for the Mid-Hudson Valley entering phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Gov. Cuomo Clears Rockland to Resume Elective Surgeries

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that Rockland County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. The Governor previously announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 51 counties can now resume elective surgeries.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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