Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg Survives Budget Cuts, Gov. Announces Agreement on 2022 Fiscal Plan

The Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center isn’t going anywhere. After months of rallying to keep the facility in Orangeburg, Rockland State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick told “The Morning Show” yesterday, it won’t be closed to help trim the state budget, saving 130 local union jobs…

The move to keep the center open in Rockland had bi-partisan support. Instead of moving patients to the Bronx, the center will stay open, ensuring that hundreds of Hudson Valley families can continue to receive inpatient mental health services for their children locally.

Meanwhile the governor announced late yesterday the budget has been finalized. The 212 billion dollar spending plan includes police reform, expanded childcare, mobile sports wagering, public and private green investment projects, a temporary increase in taxes on those earning over 1.1 million dollars, and a 1 billion dollar small business, arts, entertainment and restaurant relief package for businesses and other organizations recovering from the pandemic. It also repeals the protections granted in last year’s budget to health care facilities, nursing homes and health care professionals in the early weeks of the pandemic.

Orangetown Works to Incorporate South Nyack Police into Town Department

After South Nyack residents voted to dissolve the village late last year, the town of Orangetown is trying to figure out how to incorporate the South Nyack – Grandview police force into the town’s police department. Orangetown supervisor Teresa Kenny told “The Morning Show” last month that the Piermont Police department would be taking over responsibility for Grand View starting June first…

And that would leave South Nyack to run its police force from June through the end of the year. South Nyack residents voted in December by nearly a 2-to-1 margin to dissolve the village that was incorporated back in 1878.

Rockland BOCES Returns to Full-time, In-class Instruction

Rockland BOCES is back to work as of yesterday with full in-school instruction taking place five days a week for the first time since the pandemic began. That’s thanks they say to the warmer weather and a fully-vaccinated faculty and staff. In a video posted on YouTube, BOCES deputy superintendent Dr. Mary Jane Marsico said it’s been a challenging year…

And that was BOCES superintendent Dr. Sarah Chauncey.

In other COVID news, New Yorkers 16 and older are now eligible as of yesterday to get vaccinated, but they and 17 year-olds are only permitted to get the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson had limited their trials to those 18 and older. Pfizer had tested theirs on children as young as 12, but not enough of them to get emergency use authorization.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost three more to COVID, the total is 930. We’ve got 44 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 1,743 active cases. Our total case count is 44,384, that’s 234 more than Tuesday.

Area Lawmaker Announces Candidacy for Congress

An area lawmaker has thrown his hat into the ring for 2022. North Rockland and Orange County Assemblyman, Republican Colin Schmitt, announced yesterday he is running for Congress in the 18th District…

Since 2013, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney has represented the district, which includes all of Orange and Putnam counties, and parts of Dutchess and Westchester.

Ramapo High School Hosts Memorial Service for Late Football and Track Coach

Ramapo High School is hosting a memorial service for their former football and track coach Dan Zotter, who died last month at the age of 46. The service is open to the public and it’s being held tonight from 5-7 p.m. on the high school football field.

Stony Point PAL to Host Bingo and a Movie at the Roh Building This Friday

The town of Stony Point, working with the town’s Police Athletic League, is starting up its free Drive-in movie series again. Supervisor Jim Monaghan says there’s lots of fun to be had through the spring…

It’s at the Roh building on Club House Lane in Stony Point and it is free, but you have to pre-register. To do that go to StonyPointPAL.org. Friday’s movie is “Sonic the Hedgehog.” Parking opens up at 6pm, Bingo starts at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:30.

Orangeburg Boy Earns Free Krispy Kreme Donuts for a Year

A 9-year-old Rockland boy earned his donuts — by camping out at the new Paramus Krispy Kreme store before it opened. DailyVoice.com says Orangeburg’s Shae Fishman won a dozen free doughnuts a month for a year for being the store’s first customer. He and his dad camped out Sunday night and Monday night and by opening day Tuesday morning at 6am he was securing himself the frosted treats. The new Krispy Kreme is Bergen County’s second location. The other is in East Rutherford.

RC Exec: State Sending Mixed Messages with Legalized Pot

While the state has now approved marijuana for recreational use in the state, why can’t we go and buy some and toke up now? That’s because a new state agency created to regulate it will take the next year or so to iron out all the rules and regulations around the “where” and “how much” it can be smoked or sold. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says with the state getting into the pot business, they’re sending kids mixed messages…

Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says the town hasn’t decided yet whether to opt out or not…

With the bill now law, New Yorkers can possess up to three ounces of marijuana for recreational use and smoke wherever it is legal to use tobacco, but the new agency may restrict that further, and reportedly local municipalities can decide to restrict its usage as well.

New York Rolls Out “Roll Up Your Sleeve” COVID Vaccination Campaign

The governor yesterday announced the start of the statewide “Roll Up Your Sleeve” ad campaign designed to encourage all New Yorkers, particularly those of color, to get the COVID vaccine. Andrew Cuomo says we have COVID on the run but getting vaccinated can help crush the disease once and for all.…

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost two more to COVID, the total is 927. We’ve got 51 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 1,743 active cases. Our total case count is 44,150, that’s 264 more than Monday.

New York Enters Sixth Day without a Budget

New York State’s $200 billion budget is now six days overdue. North Rockland and Orange County state Senator James Skoufis last week said he was fearful that without a budget by yesterday, state employees wouldn’t get paid…

The New York Daily News said negotiators had gotten closer yesterday to an agreement, but voting on the bills could take several days. The New York Post says sticking points reportedly remain on two major issues, a plan to legalize mobile sports betting, and whether to give benefits to undocumented immigrants and former prisoners affected by the COVID pandemic but who weren’t eligible for federal stimulus checks or jobless aid.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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