by Michael Weiss
A new plan to utilize the Letchworth Village property in Stony Point received mixed reactions at last night’s Town Board Meeting according to News 12. The Hudson Park Group gave a presentation at the board meeting in which it proposed to turn a portion of the Letchworth Village into about 500 housing units. The plan also included senior living and multi-family homes as well as a recreation and community center. The Hudson Park Group is projected to generate over $1 million in tax revenue for the town. Although several residents raise concerns over preserving public green spaces and the lack of retail in the area. In the past Stony Pointers rejected a town-led plan to sell the Patriot Hills Golf Course and 26 connected acres of the Letchworth property to focus primarily on retail. The developer said that the project will cost around $10 million to remediate the proposed space and will be under state environmental supervision.
The Hillcrest Fire Company responded to East WIllow Tree Road in the village of Wesley Hills where a home was found to have the rear and interior of the first two floors engulfed in flames. Due to the age of the home, extinguishing the fire was extremely labor intensive, though due to a coordinated attack the fire company was able to quell the fire. The Hillcrest Fire Company was assisted by several fire departments including Monsey, Spring Valley, Tallman, Thiells, New City, Stony Point, Suffern, and West Haverstraw. The Fire took place yesterday at 2:00 am and is currently under investigation by the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department BCI Unit. No injuries were reported.
The New York Blood Center (NYBC) announced in a press release on Monday that blood levels and blood donations are at an all time low for all blood types. And that O type blood levels were only 1-2 days from supplies emptying out. The shortage according to the press release is due to several factors, including school spring breaks and holiday travel which make this time of year to be a common occurrence in terms of blood shortages. However because of COVID the decrease in donations has been extremely dramatic. In just the past 6 weeks the NYBC 6,000 fewer donations than compared to earlier this year. Those in need of blood include cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many others. A single donation can save multiple lives. To make an appointment donors can call 1-800-933-2566 or go to nybc.org.