Governor Opens NY Movie Theaters (but not in Rockland), Ski Resorts

COVID-19 numbers improved in Rockland over the weekend, but not enough to let our movie theaters open with the rest of the state just yet. Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his blessing for theaters around the state to open at 25% capacity or 50 people per screen starting Friday, though the counties of Rockland, Orange, Broome, which includes Binghamton, and New York City are excluded…

To be able to open the county would have to have an infection rate below 2% on a 14-day average with no COVID-19 hot spots. Cuomo said Rockland and other micro-clusters are moving in the right direction. Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says a half-dozen town employees are working with the governor’s task force to enforce the rules…

Meanwhile, the Rockland Health Department has updated its new COVID-19 mask order, requiring that all educational institutions, school-age childcare programs, adult learning programs including colleges and universities and school transportation companies, are responsible to require all children, students, faculty and staff to wear masks at all times, other than during approved breaks where social distancing can be maintained.

Ski resorts in New York can reopen at 50% indoor capacity November 6th. They also must follow the state’s social distancing and health protocols.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got 18 in the hospital confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,310 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 17,063 reported cases, 91 more than Friday, and the Rockland Health Department says we have 680 total fatalities.

Airmont Fire Destroys Home, No One Seriously Injured

An Airmont family is staying with relatives after a house fire destroyed their home yesterday morning. Ramapo Police say the fire broke out around 9:30, apparently caused by a dryer. Everyone got out safely, though a firefighter did suffer a minor injury. The fire is under investigation by the Ramapo Police Investigations Division and Rockland County Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Rockland to Mark 39th Anniversary of Brinks Attack in Nanuet, Nyack

The 39th anniversary of the 1981 Brinks heist that left two Nyack police officers and a Brinks security guard dead is being remembered despite the coronavirus pandemic. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says the act of terrorism and its aftermath will never be forgotten…

Social distancing and mask-wearing rules will be in effect for the event tomorrow. It’s at 4pm at the Memorial in Nyack at the exit 11 entrance to the southbound Thruway off Route 59 and Mountainview Avenue. Nyack Police Sergeant Edward O’Grady, officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown, and Brinks guard Peter Paige were killed in shootouts that began with a robbery of an armored car at the old Nanuet Mall.

Plastic Bag Ban Returns to New York Today

The plastic bag ban at supermarkets and other stores in New York that went into effect right before the COVID shutdown but was postponed during the pandemic is back. Back in March Rockland state senator David Carlucci handed out reusable bags to shoppers and urged them to ditch the plastic…

The plastic bag ban was not enforced after a lawsuit was brought by a Long Island plastic bag manufacturer. The state DEC will begin enforcing the law today.

Rockland County Threatens Schools and Bus Companies in COVID Red Zones with Fines of $2,000 Each Day for Violations

The Rockland County Health Department is requiring all educational institutions, childcare programs and school transportation companies to require and ensure all children and students over age two wear masks at all times, except for approved breaks, or risk fines up to $2,000 per violation per day. The move comes as COVID numbers spike in Ramapo and Spring Valley. Rockland County executive Ed Day says violations can be reported to the County’s COVID-19 Hotline at 845-238-1956 on Monday-Friday from 8am – 5pm or by email to COVIDCallCenter@co.rockland.ny.us.

A group of Rockland Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish rabbis has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 restrictions, on the grounds that he has targeted their religion and violated their constitutional rights. The Journal News says suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday. The complaint alleges the governor’s Executive Order was based on “fear, and not on any objective data.”

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got one in the hospital being examined, another 19 have been confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,340 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 16,972 reported cases, 81 more than Thursday, and the Rockland Health Department says we have 680 total fatalities.

Orangetown and Clarkstown Vie for Rockland’s First Chick-fil-A

The race to bring a Chick-fil-A to Rockland is on! Listeners to the Morning Show are no doubt familiar with Orangetown supervisor Teresa Kenny’s attempts to lure the fast-food chicken joint to her town. Supervisor George Hoehmann from the neighboring town of Clarkstown says he’s been doing the same…

Orangetown’s Teresa Kenny says if Clarkstown thinks they’re getting one first, it won’t be on her watch…

So far, Rockland has been passed over by several popular food chains including Sonic, Denny’s, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Stew Leonard’s.

Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley Hosting Virtual Fundraising Event Sunday

The Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley is hosting a virtual fundraising effort this weekend they hope will raise $20,000. The event is being held on Facebook Sunday at 7pm. In addition to the Martin Luther King Center Youth Performers, other artists participating in the free streaming event include Cee Songbird & The Sound Travelers, Shirley Crabbe, KJ Denhert and the Eddie Vazquez Band. You can stream the event on facebook.com/MLKMPC. Click here for more information.

Rockland County Art in Public Places to Unveil “Art Garden in the Park” Monday in New City

The latest installation by a local art-support organization is being officially dedicated on Monday. “Art Garden in the Park” is located in the Zebrowski-Morahan Demarest Kill Park in New City, which Judy Esterow of Rockland County Art in Public Places says is now home to the Tom Holmes abstract sculpture…

The Garden features benches, a chess table and Japanese-inspired lanterns. It is located at 57 New Hempstead Road in New City, near the intersection of Little Tor Road. The ceremony takes place on Monday at 11 am.

Governor Threatens to Withhold Funding for Red Zones Municipalities that Don’t Turn the COVID Numbers Around

New York’s governor has threatened to withhold state funding from COVID hotspots in the county including Ramapo and Spring Valley if local officials don’t uphold the laws and assist the State Police Enforcement Task Force. Andrew Cuomo said there have been violations at yeshivas where there were religious gatherings happening that exceeded the new guidelines in Brooklyn, Rockland and Orange Counties. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he fully supports the governor’s efforts to turn the numbers around in the red zones…

Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says the town is ready, willing and able to help the governor’s enforcement efforts…

The governor says he will withhold funding from schools in the red zone that violate his executive orders, though he’d rather it not come to that. Spring Valley Mayor Alan Simon could not be reached for comment.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, the Health Department says the COVID death toll stands now at 680, we’ve got 19 hospitalized and confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,380 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 16,891 reported cases, 62 more than Wednesday.

Stony Point Fire Department Recovers Body after Jump from Bear Mountain Bridge

Emergency responders from the State Police, Rockland Sheriff’s department Stony Point Fire Department and others recovered the body of an unidentified person who jumped from the Bear Mountain Bridge early yesterday morning. State Police say around 7:40 a.m. a Bear Mountain State Park Police Officer saw a car parked on the bridge facing west with its hazards on. Seeing no one in the car, the officer then spotted a body floating in the water. Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco says the weather was ideal and conditions were favorable for the search…

State Police say members of the Stony Point Fire Department recovered the body, and the person was the owner of the car parked on the bridge. No further details were available.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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