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

  2 months ago     1739 Views     Leave your thoughts  

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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Darrell Frasier, Board Member Candidate for RCSD

  2 months ago     1165 Views     Leave your thoughts  

I have lived in the Ramapo Central School District for 11 years (Sloatsburg).  I am a graduate of Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston, SC, studied Criminal Justice at Palmer College/Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC, and am a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, SC. My first professional job after one year of college was an Assistant Teacher in the Special Education Department of North Charleston High School. I later became a Police Officer in North Charleston ending my career as an Inspector at the Mount Pleasant Police Department in South Carolina. I have been a…

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Suffern PD Promotes Three Officers & Welcomes PO Adams

  4 months ago     4510 Views     Leave your thoughts  

The Suffern Police Department came out to support their own as three officers received promotions and a new officer joined their ranks. Detective Sgt. John Mallon, a member of the department since 1981 was promoted to Lieutenant, replacing Lt. Eddie Dolan who retires next week. Rick Marsh, the department's firearms instructor and member of the Rockland County REACT Team has been promoted to Detective Sgt. to replace Mallon. Det. Michael Fennessey, a long time member of the Rockland County Drug Task Force and Past President of the Rockland County PBA was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The officers were…

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7 Day Weather Forecast 1-31-2017

  5 months ago     269 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Tonight A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph after midnight. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. West wind 8 to 14 mph. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 3 to 8 mph. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Friday Night Partly cloudy,…

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Rockland County Executive praises Legislative minority for supporting Sheriff Deputy’s union

  5 months ago     549 Views     Leave your thoughts  

NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day today praised the Republican members of the Legislature for standing up for law enforcement by scheduling a special meeting to vote on the sheriff deputy's contract. "Our heroes in blue have been waiting six years for a new contract," Day said. "We had a deal that was good for them and good for the taxpayers. It's beyond belief that some Legislators want to play politics with their livelihood." The Republican minority, led by Legislator Lon Hofstein, have called for a special meeting at 8 p.m., Thursday. Failure to act by Feb.…

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Lowey, Democrats Demand Trump Rescind Unconstitutional Executive Order

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Lowey Joined House and Senate Democrats on the Steps of the Supreme Court to Demand Trump Reverse His Illegal Refugee Policy Washington, DC –Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and her House and Senate Democratic colleagues on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States to demand President Donald Trump rescind his unconstitutional executive order banning refugees based on their religion. “Donald Trump has never had a boss before. Well, now he has 350 million of them, and our voices will…

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Lowey Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order Instituting Religious Tests for Refugees

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White Plains, NY - Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump's executive order instituting religious tests for refugees: "For more than 200 years, the United States has been a haven and symbol of hope for people around the world fleeing persecution, violence, and unspeakable horror. Our Statue of Liberty proudly proclaims, 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.' Yet, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Trump enacted an unconstitutional executive order banning people of a particular religion from entering the United States. "We already…

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Rockland wins $1.2 million grant to Encourage Breastfeeding

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NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County has been awarded $1.2 million state grant to encourage women to breastfeed, County Executive Ed Day announced today. The county was one of only 6 organizations in New York awarded the grant by the state Department of Health. "We want to increase both the number of new moms who are breastfeeding and encourage them to continue longer," Day said. "This grant will enable us to work with our community partners to make both practical and policy changes that makes it easier for women to breastfeed." As part of the grant, Rockland is working with Baby…

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7-Day Weather Forecast 1-30-2017

  5 months ago     217 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Tuesday Light snow, mainly after 10am. High near 31. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of light snow, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 30. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph after midnight. Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. West wind…

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The City of Suffern Revisited

  5 months ago     2306 Views     Leave your thoughts  

The time has come to revisit the City of Suffern initiative that I have previously brought up. A number of years ago I did a tremendous amount of research on this issue. I conferred with then-mayor Trish Abato and former Village of Suffern Attorney Terry Rice. As a full service village, Suffern still has to pay more than $1.5 million each year to the Town of Ramapo and we receive very little in return. As many would agree, we have taxation with little or no representation. I would argue that we have only a single voice advocating for our residents…

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