Three Weeks In: Still No Changes to New Criminal Justice Reform Laws

Opponents of the recently enacted bail reform laws in New York continue to hammer away at supporters for failing to even bring it up for discussion as the legislative session opened earlier this month. Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says he’s been disappointed to not see any movement in fixing the new laws that went too far…

Rockland Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski says reforms do need to be made to make the system fairer for those who don’t have much money, but some of the changes went too far…

And that was Rockland and Westchester state senator David Carlucci, a backer of the original reform bill. One of the latest cases that has opponents of the new bail reform rules angered involves a man in Harriman who was caught on a surveillance video punching a woman identified as his girlfriend, and hiding a knife up his sleeve but then tossing it on a roof. He was arrested and charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted assault and harassment, but was released on an appearance ticket.

Haverstraw Residents Need to Pay Tax Bill, Even if They Haven’t Received it in the Mail Yet

If you’re a town of Haverstraw resident, due to a technical error by a third party, you may not have received your town and county tax bill yet. Supervisor Howard Phillips says if you didn’t get it, you’re still on the hook…

If you haven’t received that bill yet, and you want to be sure it’s not just delayed, contact the Haverstraw Receiver of Taxes at 845 942-3720.

Lesson Learned: New City Dollar Store Accepts Guide Dogs for the Blind after Encounter with Friend of “The Morning Show with Steve & Jeff”

Fans of the show heard last week how Steve’s pal, Milton Koja, a musician from New City, was turned away earlier this month from the dollar store in the New City Shop Rite shopping center because his guide dog, Nash, was not permitted to enter the store. That, of course, is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Milton met with county officials from the Human Rights Commission to discuss the situation. Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann says the store owner has now learned what the law requires, and he’s posted a sign in the window showing he accepts guide dogs in his shop…

Milton says regardless of the law, people should be used to guide dogs for the blind by now…

Ed White is blind and runs a newsstand at a courthouse in White Plains. He says he’s also been targeted by similar discrimination…

Mike Robinson is president of the National Federation for the Blind in New York, and says people who go into business need to familiarize themselves with the laws…

Carlos Martinez heads up BRIDGES, formerly known as the Rockland Independent Living Center. He visited the store owner and says he knows he made a mistake…

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Rockland Closing Gas Price Gap with NJ; RBA CEO: Tax Revenue Outlook Looks Good

Added gas taxes in New Jersey have led to a resurgence for Rockland gas stations. Prices vary from station to station, but the prices are much closer than they once were. The average gas price in New Jersey is 2.61 while in New York it’s 2.70. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says people have been building new stations in Rockland thanks New Jersey’s move, and residents are more inclined not only to buy gas here, but to spend more here at home…

Al Samuels is the head of the Rockland Business Association, and says growth at gas stations, particularly those with convenience stores, could hurt food stores…

Samuels says Rockland’s retail market is projected to hit 7 billion dollars in 2024, up from 6 billion in 2019.

MLK Jr. Day in Rockland Features Several Events

Today is the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Day and there are several events happening throughout the county. Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell says events like these, and the Supervisors’ Summit happening later this week, are important to help us all get along with each other…

The Nyack NAACP is holding an interfaith commemorative service today at 3pm at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Nyack. The Unity Celebration for Doctor King is at Ramapo High School today at 3pm. Produced by the East Ramapo School District and the MLK Multi-Purpose Center, the event includes dancers, singers and other performances.

Suffern’s Lafayette Theater Makes Cuts in Movie Showings after Losing Grant

The Lafayette Theater in Suffern is cutting back on movie showings after failing to get a grant. The Regional Economic Development Council Initiative grant would have allowed them to make some much-needed upgrades. Ramapo Communications Director Phil Tisi says the theater will no longer have showings on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays…

In an email last week, theater owner Ari Benmosché said he was hoping to convert the main auditorium into a venue for live performances and add a second screening room and event space, among other improvements. Tisi says they’ve reduced the price for movies to six dollars, the lowest price for first-run movies in the county.

Free Medicare Workshop in Stony Point Tuesday

A free Medicare workshop and dinner is being held tomorrow in Stony Point. Emerald Medicare’s Mark Brownstein says his “Take the Mystery out of Medicare” presentation will tackle many Medicare topics…

The event is at Lynch’s Restaurant in Stony Point tomorrow from 6 to 8 PM. It’s free and dinner is included, but you must register. Call 845-358-1220.

Rockland Woman Sentenced to Prison for 2015 NYC Fatal Gas Explosion

A Rockland woman will spend the next 4-12 years in prison after being convicted of a fatal gas explosion in 2015 at 121 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Two were killed and 13 seriously injured when the building and two others nearby collapsed. Manhattan’s D-A says 59 year-old Maria Hrynenko and two others were found guilty of second degree manslaughter and other charges last November. Hrynenko owned the building which had an illegal gas hook-up.


Monsey Machete Attack Suspect Ordered to Undergo Psychiatric Testing

The 37 year-old Greenwood Lake man accused of the Hanukkah attack in Monsey pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges in Rockland County Court yesterday. LoHud.com reports Grafton Thomas was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation. He’s being held by the feds in Westchester without bail on separate hate crime charges.

Orange County Man Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Ramapo Rape Suspect

An Orange County man was acquitted yesterday in the 2013 shooting death of a Ramapo rape suspect. LoHud.com says 48 year-old David Carlson of Sparrow Bush was acquitted of manslaughter by the judge. He had been convicted of manslaughter by a jury in the killing of 35 year-old Norris Acosta-Sanchez in 2016, but he posted bail and the conviction was reversed on appeal. Carlson had claimed he shot Acosta-Sanchez in self-defense as he was turning him over to police for the Ramapo case.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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