Judith Andreas Identified as Airmont Woman in Fatal One-car Crash on Route 59

76 year-old Judith Andreas of Airmont, a frequent caller to “The Morning Show with Steve & Jeff” and a WRCR staple for many years, was killed in a one-car crash on Route 59 yesterday afternoon. Ramapo Police say the accident occurred near the Planet Fitness in Airmont shortly before 5pm. She was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The accident is under investigation by the Ramapo Police Crash Investigation Team.

NJT Investigating Car-Train Accident in River Edge Yesterday

New Jersey Transit is investigating a train-car collision yesterday that sent a father and son to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred at the height of rush hour in River Edge New Jersey and brought the Pascack Valley Line to a halt yesterday morning for two hours. The 1610 train was heading to Hoboken from Spring Valley. No one on the train was reported injured.

Rockland Emergency Services Run Through Simulated Freight Train Disaster Scenarios

Rockland Emergency Services, area utility companies and others went through a four-hour simulated training exercise Wednesday at the Fire Training Center to review procedures in case of a freight train derailment in North Rockland. Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says the event was pretty realistic…

Similar exercises were conducted last night covering the Tappan area in Orangetown. Chris Jensen is the Program Coordinator for the Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services, and says they work with New Jersey responders from Old Tappan and Northvale since Tappan is right on the border…

CSX, Orange and Rockland and Suez New York also participated in the simulations.

HNA Conference Center in Palisades For Sale

The HNA Conference Center in Palisades, formerly the IBM Conference Center, is up for sale. Supervisor Chris Day says the China-based company that owns the 100-acre property, has been trying to unload several properties they own here in the United States. At a public hearing earlier this week, Day said a Brooklyn bidder that was looking to buy the property hasn’t been able to get the money together…

The town had changed its zoning last year, allowing HNA to sell its rooms to daily travelers even if they weren’t staying at the center for a conference, a requirement under previous zoning rules. Town councilman Tom Diviny says the town should hold a public hearing and consider changing the zone back…

The center is located between Route 340 and Route 9W in Palisades and pays about $1.6 million in property taxes each year to the town.

Blood Drive Today at Palisades Center in West Nyack

If you’d like to donate blood you can do so today at a blood drive at Palisades Center in West Nyack. The drive is being held from 2-4pm in the Adler Room on the fourth floor. For more information and to register just click here.

Delays in Reporting Nyack Swastika Could Make it Harder to Find Perpetrator

Delays in reporting a crudely-carved swastika on a men’s room wall at the Nyack Starbucks could prevent the perpetrator from being discovered. Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco says an extended amount of time passed before the incident was reported, and in that time valuable data could have been lost. While he’s a big fan of the New York State Police, Falco says getting them involved as the governor promised, is probably not necessary…

The Starbucks incident comes after a video with what many feel was anti-semitic imagery was posted on and then removed from the Rockland GOP’s Facebook page. Since then, Clarkstown police have been investigating bags containing dog feces, rusty nails possibly representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and fliers calling legislator Laurie Santulli a Nazi were found on her and her neighbors’ lawns.

Rockland County Legislature Passes “Rockland’s Future Summit” Along Party Lines

The Rockland County Legislature voted along party lines 10-7 Tuesday to hold what’s being billed as a “Rockland’s Future” summit next year. The summit would include meetings that bring community leaders and residents together to focus on issues that are tearing the community apart. The meetings will likely focus on overdevelopment, anti-Semitism and other expressions of hate, local schools, home values, poverty, assimilation versus segregation and cultural diversity.

Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals Approves Controversial Bluefield Extension Housing Project

A controversial high-density housing development has been approved by the Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals. Lohud.com says the Bluefield Extension would include 15 to 20 units on about an acre off Union Road, across the street from the Bluefield complex of multiple family townhouses. The project’s been in the works for more than five years. The local CUPON activist group is considering taking legal action against the project.

Reward Offered in Murder of Cab Driver in Ramapo

$10,000 is being offered by the family of a cab driver for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in his June murder. That’s according to the Journal News. International Taxi driver 28 year-old Luis Guaman-Espinoza was found in the back of his cab with multiple gunshot wounds. He had been parked behind CVS off Old Nyack Turnpike, near Chestnut Ridge Village Hall. If you have information call Ramapo Police detectives at 845-357-4626.

Contract for Spring Valley Mayor’s Aide not Renewed by Board of Trustees

Convicted felon Anthony Mallia, Ramapo’s former building inspector has been removed by the Spring Valley Board of Trustees as Mayor Alan Simon’s top aide after they voted against amending his contract, which has been maxed out. The Journal News says Simon can try to get the board to vote again, but he’s already failed two other times. Mallia was hired in January last year after pleading guilty to undercharging contractors for permits and shortchanging taxpayers by $150,000. He got five years’ probation, but no jail time. He originally faced a 188-count indictment, which included dozens of felony counts of falsifying and tampering with business records.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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