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.

Teen Found Safe After Search in Ramapo

Some tense moments in Ramapo last night. Police were looking for a missing teen around Route 202 in the Wesley Hills area. The Westchester County Police helicopter came out to assist, as did ATV units from the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department. Ramapo Police say the 17 year-old was found and is safe.

Rockland CE Asks Governor for Containment Zone in Ramapo

Rockland’s County Executive wants a containment zone and a temporary hospital to be established in the county to help defeat the coronavirus. With the great majority of positive results coming from the 10952 and 10977 zip codes, Ed Day is asking the governor to declare the area a containment zone, as New Rochelle was, not long ago. Day says complaints are being called into the county from each of the five towns, but the most are far and away coming from Ramapo…

Meanwhile, the number of cases of coronavirus across the state topped 92,000 yesterday, in Rockland we’ve got more than 3,700 cases and 42 confirmed deaths.

NY Governor Continues Push for More Supplies; 21K Out-of-Staters Come to Help NY

New York’s governor, meanwhile, continues his push for more supplies, staff and beds. In his daily briefing yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said beds were the easiest problem to solve…

Hospitals are being asked to send supplies they don’t currently need to a centralized stockpile to be distributed to hospitals that do need them. Help has been coming from across the country in this fight. 21,000 out-of-staters have volunteered to work in New York’s healthcare system.

Stony Point Gets Two Coronavirus Deaths

Rockland’s smallest town now has its first coronavirus-related deaths…

That was Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan, who says shortly after learning about Guererra’s death the police called and informed him of another coronavirus-related fatality. Monaghan urges people to stay home.

Penguin Plunge Raises $52K for Two Area Kids with Massive Health Bills

And now for something completely different…some non-coronavirus-related GOOD news. Barbara Noyes helps run the Penguin Plunge, and says last month’s event in Nyack raised $52,000 for Gillian and Skyler, two little girls with some challenging healthcare needs…

Unfortunately, Noyes says they’ve had to cancel other fundraising events this year, but you can still donate. Just visit their website, PenguinPlungeNY.com.

Gov & CE: We Need to Get Better at Social Distancing

The governor has come out swinging, slamming people who continue to congregate in large groups. In the city, the governor has ordered all playgrounds to be closed after people were routinely found to be ignoring requests to be socially distant from each other. While governor Andrew Cuomo is hesitant to make social distancing a law, he said during yesterday’s daily briefing that those guidelines must be enforced if people aren’t going to do it themselves…

In a statement, Rockland County Executive Ed Day said he is “fed up” with seeing people all across Rockland violate the state’s common-sense social distancing guidelines. With Easter and Passover coming soon, Day says this year needs to be different. He urges everyone to heed the advice of health officials and stay home to curb the spread of the virus. Day said being unable to get together with family for the holidays may seem like the worst thing imaginable, but it may be the only way to save the life of a loved one. He’s also asking the governor to more specifically explain what constitutes a gathering that is essential or not permissible, and for local police to be able to break up violations. Day has been at odds with Ramapo police and the town over the handling of a recent wedding, two schools that were allegedly still operating, and a funeral earlier this week. Meanwhile, the number of reported cases of coronavirus in the county has climbed to more than 33-hundred according to the state, though the Rockland Health Department says the confirmed number of cases is about half that. The number of deaths now stands at 29.

Coronavirus Keeps Crime Contained

If there’s a silver lining to be found in this coronavirus situation, it’s that crime is way down. That’s according to Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco…

Falco says his officers are being cautious, approaching everyone as if they are infected with the virus.

Report: Lawmakers Come to Agreement on NYS Budget

The governor and legislative leaders reportedly came to an agreement on a budget late yesterday afternoon. Because the budget agreement came after the April first deadline, it was unclear when paychecks for about 120,000 state employees would arrive. In January, the governor had proposed a $178 billion budget for the new fiscal year, but the final size of the spending plan has not yet been released. The New York Post said the plan rolls back some of the criminal justice reform laws, in particular it will again allow judges to set bail on vehicular manslaughter, making a terroristic threat and for those defendants rearrested after release. Additionally, the Post said, there will be more state funding to help police departments and D-As comply with new discovery rules.

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.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.