Orangetown Seeks Buyers for HNA Conference Center in Palisades

The town of Orangetown has put out an official request for inquiries into a struggling property in Palisades. The China-based owners of the huge HNA Conference Center are looking to unload the place, which includes lots of land and the conference center facilities. Orangetown supervisor Teresa Kenny says the 106-acre site has lots of potential…

Tina Traster runs business website RCBizJournal.com, and she says whatever comes there next could be a game-changer…

The former IBM Conference Center features 206 guest rooms, dozens of meeting rooms, two restaurants, and a helicopter landing pad. Kenny says they’ve gotten a few proposals already. The town is accepting ideas until March.

Area Lawmaker “Has Seen Enough” of the 1-b COVID Vaccine Roll-out, Wants a Central Vaccination Center in Rockland

Thanks to computer glitches and a lack of phone assistance, a local lawmaker says the 1-b roll-out of the COVID vaccine is not working. This part of the process includes people 75 and older, first responders, public safety, transit and education workers. Rockland Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski says he’s seen enough, noting many are frustrated and confused about what to do. Zebrowski is calling on the State Health Department to establish a Rockland County vaccination center to take control of the local vaccination logistics…

In his State of the State address yesterday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said we have about one million doses in the state but around four million eligible people, and the federal government only gives us 300,000 doses each week. Cuomo implored New Yorkers to hang in there…

The Rockland County Department of Health ran out of their 1,000 dosage allotment of the Moderna vaccine on Friday, and could get more by tomorrow.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost three more to COVID, the total count stands at 793. We’ve got 107 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 2,854 active cases. Overall, we’ve had 30,015 reported cases, 571 more than Monday.

Rockland’s New State Senator Welcomed by Majority Leader

New York’s legislature went back to work on Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Westchester welcomed new members to Albany, including Rockland’s new state senator, Nyack’s Elijah Reichlin-Melnick…

Reichlin-Melnick told “The Morning Show” last week the criminal justice reform that went into effect last year needs to be re-examined so the laws are fair to the general public and the accused…

Reichlin-Melnick was elected in November after former state senator David Carlucci made an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year.

Spring Valley Police Cleared of Wrongdoing in Woman’s Death Last January

The New York State Attorney General’s Office has cleared Spring Valley police officers of criminal wrongdoing in the death of a woman last year. The Journal News reported last January that numerous 9-1-1 callers said 53 year-old Tina Davis was “busting people’s car windows and going crazy” and had attacked another woman. When they arrived at Fred Hecht Drive in the village’s Hill section, police had to Tase Davis to subdue her. The Associated Press says an investigation found her death was caused by a combination of cocaine and alcohol in her system, a preexisting heart condition and a seizure she suffered before resisting arrest. While a 16-page report cleared the officers involved, it was suggested the department offer better training for handling people with mental health issues. Attorney General Letitia James called Davis’ death a tragedy, not a crime. Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica didn’t respond to the AP’s request for comment.

Rockland Temporarily Halts Vaccine Distribution Program as Supply Runs Out

Rockland County’s COVID vaccination program has temporarily come to a stop as the health department waits for more vaccine from the state. The Rockland County Department of Health got 1,000 doses of Moderna’s COVID vaccine on Tuesday and ran out by the end of the day on Friday. A request for more has been sent to the state, but county executive Ed Day says Albany needs to put more trust in the local boots on the ground…

Day says the New York Department of Health has told him to expect more vaccine doses by Wednesday. The state says they’re adding thousands of distributors to the network and they’re setting up mass vaccine distribution sites across the state. To see if you are eligible to get the shot yet click here.

Meanwhile, the stronger UK COVID strain is expanding in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday it’s been found on Long Island…

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost five more to COVID, the total count stands at 790. We’ve got 106 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 2,449 active cases. Overall, we’ve had 29,444 reported cases, 242 more than Friday.

Spring Valley Man Charged with Attempted Murder After Fight in West Nyack

A Spring Valley man faces charges of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon after a fight early Saturday morning in West Nyack. Clarkstown Police Public Information officer Norman Peters says the fight took place in the parking lot of the West Nyack Fire Department’s rental hall, and resulted in the arrest of 30 year-old Jerry Blanc…

Another man was stabbed in the hand trying to break up the fight. Nanuet Ambulance, Nyack Ambulance and Rockland Paramedics responded to the scene and brought the victims to the hospital. Blanc was arraigned and bail was set at $200,000. He is due back in court Wednesday. The Detective Bureau is continuing to investigate the incident and asks anyone with information to contact them at 845-639-5840.

Rockland Legislature Fills Leadership Posts

The Rockland County Legislature filled its leadership posts Tuesday night, electing Alden Wolfe as Chairman and Aney Paul as Vice Chairwoman. Deputy Minority Leader Lon Hofstein was also chosen to continue in his post…

The Legislature’s clerk, Laurence Toole, was unanimously reappointed to a one-year term. He named Mary Widmer as the Legislature’s Deputy Clerk.

Spring Valley’s MLK Center to Host Food Distribution Tuesday

The Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley will be distributing food tomorrow. It’ll take place Tuesday from 3-4:30 outside the Center, which will be closed to the public. So far they estimate they’ve distributed more than 50,000 pounds of donated food to Rockland residents. If you’re a senior citizen or have health issues, call the center at 845-425-8910 for your food pickup options.

Ramapo Looks to Buffalo Playoff Game as COVID Case Study for Future Boulders Games

The Buffalo Bills Saturday won their first playoff game in 25 years, and now move on to the next round hosting the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round this Saturday. Less than ten percent of Bills Stadium’s capacity was allowed to see Saturday’s Wild Card game in-person, the first time this season they’ve had fans in seats due to COVID. The Buffalo News says Erie County officials and the Buffalo Bills are still evaluating the “experiment.” Ramapo Supervisor Michael Specht says if all goes well with their post-game COVID numbers, that could be a good omen for New York Boulders baseball games this spring at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona…

The Frontier League has teams in several other states including New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Canada, but has not yet announced how or if the 2021 season will be played.

Report: Area School Superintendent Resigns Amid Porn Scandal

An Orange County school superintendent caught up in a pornography scandal has reportedly resigned. News 12 says Tuxedo School Superintendent Tim Bohlke was accused last month of viewing and commenting on a pornographic video while logged into his work Twitter account.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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