by Ken Connolly
The sweltering heat over this past weekend did not bode well for the North Rockland power plant in Haverstraw. According to News 12, the roof of the Bowline Power Plant caught fire due to heat from a steam pipe. There were more than 75 firefighters that arrived to assist with the situation. Many of the firefighters had to trek up 14 stories in full gear to reach the roof. No injuries or power outages were reported.
Over 40 people may be removed from unsafe living conditions in apartments in Spring Valley. While none have been evicted yet, they could potentially be left homeless if no action is taken by the landlord in the next two weeks. According to LoHud.com Rockland building inspectors have threatened to remove tenants from a Ridge Avenue apartment house which had a multitude of unsafe conditions while levying a 40,000 dollar fine against another landlord for state fire and building code violations. The owner of the building has been issued 27 violations by inspectors on the basis that the structure is unfit for occupancy. Ed Markunas, who is the head of the Rockland office of Building and Codes said that the property needs to be repaired, vacated, or demolished within the next 15 days.
Representative Mondaire Jones announced over the weekend that he will be running in the re-configured 10th Congressional District against former NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio. The 10th district is made up of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Jones has held the U.S. representative seat for New York’s 17th Congressional District since 2021. The district includes most of central and northwestern Westchester County and all of Rockland County. Also this morning, Rockland assemblyman, Republican Mike Lawler, announced he would run for the new 17th Congressional district seat. He’ll go up against Orange County Democrat, Sean Patrick Maloney.