Local Broadway Producer Calls NYS Plans to Re-open Broadway, “Ambitious”

A local Tony award-winning Broadway producer says the planned 100% re-opening of the “Great White Way” this September is “ambitious.” WRCR’s Market Analyst Ken Mahoney of Mahoney Asset Management in Chestnut Ridge says larger more established shows like “The Lion King” or “Hamilton” will have an easier time re-starting at first, but there’s more to it than just raising the curtains…

Three innocent bystanders including a 4-year-old girl were shot in Times Square Saturday afternoon. The Associated Press reported all the victims were expected to recover.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, the death count remains at 952, unchanged since Tuesday. We’ve got 15 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 419 active cases. Our total case count is 46,511, that’s 28 more than Friday.

Ramapo Roadwork Repairs Tackling Several Streets

Several Ramapo roadways are getting a makeover this spring. Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says the work is already underway in some areas, and will continue on schedule for those streets as long as the weather cooperates…

Specht says he will be meeting with state officials in the next few weeks to see what can be done to improve traffic conditions on Route 59.

NYS Legislature Passes Bills to Set and Enforce Hospital and Nursing Home Staff Levels

Two bills passed last week in both the state Senate and Assembly with bipartisan support that would set and enforce adequate nursing staff levels in public and private New York hospitals and nursing homes. Rockland state senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick says understaffing at New York hospitals and nursing homes has been a chronic problem…

New York State Nurses Association president Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez says the pandemic added urgency to finding a solution…

The governor has not said whether he will sign the bills.

New City Man Faces Prison After Pleading Guilty to $46 Million, Decades-Long Fraud Scheme

A New City man faces up to seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to running a $46 Million fraud scheme for decades. The U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said 71 year-old Gabriel Letizia Jr., the owner and executive director of AMA Laboratories, a consumer products testing company in New City, admitted last week to defrauding customers by reporting laboratory test results for panelist testing that was not fully performed. Four former AMA employees had already confessed to their role in the scheme that started in 1987. Letizia will be sentenced in September.

School Bus Fire Shuts Saddle River Road in Airmont, No One Reported Injured

No one was reported hurt after a school bus caught fire in Airmont yesterday afternoon. Saddle River Road was reportedly shut briefly after the bus collided with a car.

Killer of Pearl River Teen Comes up for Parole in June

Supporters of the Pearl River teen murdered and sexually assaulted more than 40 years ago are hoping to keep one of her killers behind bars. Robert McCain was convicted of killing 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky as she walked home from the library. He comes up for parole next month. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he belongs in prison…

McCain’s co-defendant Richard LaBarbera got out on parole two years ago. He was quickly sent back to prison for violating parole, but released again last year. You can go online and sign the “Petition for Paula” to show support for keeping McCain behind bars.

Report: Spring Valley Trustee Calls for Mayor to Resign

A dispute over where a Spring Valley Trustee should sit during a village meeting has sparked a call for the mayor to resign. That’s according to News 12, which says Trustee Eudson Tyson Francois, who is running for mayor, tried to sit next to current mayor Alan Simon during yesterday morning’s meeting. Mayor Simon reportedly cursed at Francois, and demanded he change seats or leave the meeting. Francois told News 12 he switched seats and eventually left the meeting because he felt harassed, and is calling on Simon to step down for his continued pattern of inappropriate behavior. We could not reach Simon for comment.

NY Governor Backs Holiday of Columbus Day as NYC Combines it with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

They don’t see eye to eye on everything, and now a holiday has two of the state’s highest-ranking Democrats going at it. Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday said Columbus Day should remain on the calendar, taking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to task for replacing it with “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day” instead…

The New York Post said de Blasio claimed that neither he nor the Schools Chancellor knew about plans to change the holiday, though he did call the move “right and appropriate.”

Rocklanders Can Shred Old Papers in Haverstraw Saturday, “Blessing of the Soil” Comes to Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland in Haverstraw

Rocklanders with lots of paper to shred might want to go to Haverstraw Town Hall tomorrow from 8 to noon. Supervisor Howard Phillips says Shredding Day is open to all county residents, and they’re collecting non-perishable food items…

That’s 8am to noon tomorrow at Haverstraw Town Hall on Rosman Road. For more information visit RocklandGreen.com.

Also tomorrow, Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland in Haverstraw will host the 10th Annual “Blessing of the Soil” event for its charity garden. In addition to the blessing, the event features a cooking segment and a gardening segment…

The event starts tomorrow at 1pm. If you can’t get there, you can watch it online, just go to Facebook.com/CatholicCharity. For more information about Catholic Charities and the event, visit www.CCSrockland.org.

All NYS COVID-19 Sites Open for Walk-in Vaccinations

All New York State mass vaccination sites, including RCC in Suffern, are now open for walk-in vaccinations on a first-come, first-serve basis. COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, the death count remains at 952, unchanged since Tuesday. We’ve got 12 hospitalized confirmed with coronavirus, and 419 active cases. Our total case count is 46,483, that’s 37 more than Thursday.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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