New York’s budget deadline has been extended to next week, the tenth, but one local state lawmaker thinks it’s not going to happen. 98th District Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, covering western Ramapo and parts of Orange County, says despite a majority in both houses, the governor has been unable to finalize the budget that she unveiled months ago…
Brabenec likes the governor’s position on making changes to bail reform, but doesn’t like that it is being tied to the budget. If the budget isn’t finalized, temporary spending measures will have to be passed to make sure state employees and bills get paid.
A teenager was reportedly killed in a shooting in Mount Vernon yesterday. That’s according to News 12. 18-year-old Tomani Turner was shot twice in the torso just after noon Thursday. He was taken to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital where he died several hours later. The shooting is under investigation.
A former Hudson Valley cop has been convicted for the murders of four Orange County men after a drug deal gone wrong. Former Westchester and Dutchess County officer 54 year-old Nicholas Tartaglione killed 41 year-old Martin Luna, 32 year-old Urbano Santiago, 25 year-old Miguel Luna, and 43 year-old Hector Gutierrez at the Likquid Lounge in Chester seven years ago. Following the verdict yesterday, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said “Tartaglione’s heinous acts represent a broader betrayal, as he was a former police officer who once swore to protect the very community he devastated.” Tartaglione faces life in prison when he is sentenced in October. His attorney told News 12 they plan to appeal.
Rockland County is doing well when it comes to unemployment numbers. That’s according to the latest figures from the US Census Bureau and the Department of Labor. Al Samuels is the head of the Rockland Business Association, and he says with the county’s rate at three percent, we’re doing very well compared to our neighbors…
Samuels says the Hudson Valley and Long Island ranked best in the state.
Rockland County has launched a new program aimed at attracting and retaining volunteer first responders. The “Higher Education Recruitment and Retention Opportunities” or “HERROS” College Tuition program will reimburse volunteer first responders up to $6,000 towards their tuition in exchange for their service. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says it’s a great way to ease the financial burden on local first responders…
For more information about the HERROS Program click here.
Easter is this weekend and there are many events in and around Rockland you can attend. One of them is in Ramapo, it’s the BoulderBird Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Brunch. The town of Orangetown isn’t doing an event this year, but supervisor Teresa Kenny says if you’d like to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and BoulderBird in front of a festive Easter backdrop, you might want to check out Clover Stadium in Pomona for their event tomorrow…
BoulderBird’s Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Brunch is taking place tomorrow at Clover Stadium in Pomona from 9:30 to 12:30. Tickets for Bunny Brunch are $35 per adult and $15 per child (12 and under). That includes an unlimited buffet of pancakes, eggs, french toast sticks, doughnuts, bagels and fresh fruit, soda, water and juice! There’s Easter-themed crafts, and more. For more information and to register go to https://www.nyboulders.com.