Author Archives for Richard Gandon

Suffern Mayor Committed to Enforcing Current Zoning for Novartis Property

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With the purchase of the former 162-acre Novartis site, the Village of Suffern is looking forward to working with the site’s new owners, Suffern Partners, to fill the campus with businesses that would be permitted based on the Village of Suffern’s zoning designation of Planned Light Industrial and/or Manufacturing. Examples of businesses under this designation would include: warehousing, offices, manufacturing and packaging. The former Novartis site is not zoned residential, therefore, the use of the property for this purpose would not be permitted. In a recent press release regarding the sale of the former Novartis site, I stated, “We will ultimately deliver benefits…

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Lowey, Reichert, Rubio, Durbin International Education READ Act Enacted

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Legislation would enhance transparency and accelerate the impact of U.S. basic education programs around the world.  Lowey first introduced legislation in House of Representatives in 2004.  WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA08/Chelan-Kittitas-Douglas-King-Pierce), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), authors of companion legislation in the Senate,  applauded enactment of the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act, H.R. 601, bipartisan legislation they introduced to enhance transparency and accelerate the impact of U.S. basic education programs around the world in order to help countries address the more than 263 million children and youth that are out of school.…

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7-Day Weather Forecast 9-12-2017

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Today  Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 3 to 7 mph. Tonight  Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Light and variable wind. Wednesday Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Thursday A 40 percent chance…

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7-Day Weather Forecast 9-11-2017

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Today Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Calm wind. Tuesday Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Thursday Night A…

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Regardless of Who Is Right, Spring Valley Politics Continues to Provide the Best Free Entertainment in Rockland

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Fonvil makes incredible allegations in Creole against SV Mayor, Police Chief and D.A. Just when you thought it couldn't get any wilder or wackier, the political situation in Spring Valley has exceeded all expectations which in and of itself is an incredible feat. Spring Valley has in recent years seen multiple elected officials arrested on corruption charges, an impeachment trial, a sitting trustee who sold their own mother out in order to obtain the endorsement of the bloc vote, allegations of financial improprieties while failing to provide proper equipment for first responders, squabbles about summer camp and the list goes…

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Deirdra O’Connor, Write-In Candidate for Rockland County Executive

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My name is Deirdra O’Connor and I am running as a write in For Rockland County Executive. There is an opportunity to ballot as a write in during the primary election on the reform line. If you are an independent or not affiliated with any party you are allowed to vote in the primary on the reform party line.  I am running because I believe the areas we are most vulnerable in are areas of great strength for me. I have been engaging and listening to all sides of the current debates when it comes to zoning, development, education, religion,…

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Structured Recess at RP Connor Causes an Uproar, Modifications Still Have Parents Upset

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Wednesday's first day of school came with an unexpected twist as parents of students at RP Connor Elementary School in Suffern were surprised to find out from their children at the end of the school day that "Structured Recess" was being implemented for their children in grades 3-5.   According to the email that parents received during the early evening hours and after many RP Connor students had arrived home expressing their concern to their parents, a structured recess plan was being implemented which essentially consists of "planned, inclusive and actively supervised games." Structured recess has been implemented at various schools…

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Lowey Joins Gov. to Mark Opening of the New Tappan Zee Bridge

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Lowey instrumental in securing $1.6 billion in critical federal funding for New Tappan Zee Bridge WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with local elected officials, at a ceremony today to mark the opening of the first span of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. “The Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is one of the most urgently needed and important infrastructure projects in the nation, and today marked another important step toward providing much-needed relief for commuters and strengthening a critical link in our region’s infrastructure system,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I’m proud to have helped secure $1.6…

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Sorry LoHud, You’ve Got Dookies in Your Pool On The Tappan Zee Bridge Issue

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Re: Your editorial about the name of the new bridge: Actually, Journal News, you don't.  You don't have to call the new bridge anything that you don't want to call it. You see, there is something called freedom of speech in this country. There is also something called freedom of the press.  It's more than just a something, it's actually an amendment, the First Amendment in fact, to the Constitution of the United States of America and it's a very important one. You seemingly contradicted yourselves here: "Associated Press style, to which we try to adhere, says to use and capitalize the…

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Facebook Shenanigans and Fake Profiles Can Only Mean One Thing—Its RCSD Election Time

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Several concerned Ramapo residents reached out to us to investigate a possible fake Facebook profile while many others were concerned about the Ramapo Teacher’s Association’s endorsement of two of the three candidates running for the school board. Much of the concern about the RTA endorsements surrounded two issues:  1. Should the RTA be allowed to endorse candidates when they have a vested interest in upcoming contract negotiations? 2. The RTA endorsed Joseph Gravagna and to many they question the credibility of that endorsement. First things first, The Ramapo Teacher’s Association, the union that represents the interests of the teachers in…

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