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Lowey Statement on House Republican Tax Plan

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the House Republican tax plan released today:   “Slashing the state and local tax deduction is a nonstarter. I support efforts to make the tax code fairer and to put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but this proposal would have the opposite effect for many of my constituents. I hope Republicans invite Democrats into the tax reform process and begin working with us on reforms that will grow the economy, create jobs, and improve the financial security of New Yorkers.…

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Suffern Central School District: Child Out of School for 13 Days Due to Bullying leads to Allegations of Deputy Superintendent and Principal Engaged in an Improper Relationship

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by Robert Geiger Suffern, NY - It has been 13 days since, a 5th grader at R.P Connor Elementary has attended classes, due to bullying and an alleged lack of action by the Suffern Central School District.  The bullying came to a head, when several classmates told the child to commit suicide and how to do it.  The child called his parents from the school to report what happened, rather than receiving a phone call from the principal, Kelly Dowd.  “The principal did not even care enough to call us herself, so they had my child make the phone call,”…

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NYS Audit: Bullying in School Often Goes Under or UnReported

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Participate in our poll on bullying below. The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was signed by former Governor David Paterson in 2010 and became effective on July 1, 2012.  DASA was enacted to attempt to provide a school environment free of discrimination, harassment and bullying.  One component of the act requires that incidences be reported however many schools across the state have failed to properly implement the act or have reported absolutely zero incidences of bullying according to a new audit from the Office of the State Comptroller. With bullying becoming a very serious issue across the country, parents often…

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Deirdra O’Connor Write-In Candidate for RC Executive on Schools, Eruvin & Sain Building

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My name is Deirdra O’Connor and I am running for Rockland County Executive as a write in.  I am an action person who has the executive leadership skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with our leaders and communities to solve problems, as well as, implement visionary goals created together. I have chosen not to align with any political party or special interest group because I believe that is a big part of the problem in Rockland. System leaders understand that no one system operates in isolation and we are only as strong as our weakest link. Every town operates as…

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Las Vegas Shooting Leaves 50 Dead, Over 200 Injured

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More than 50 people were killed and 100 injured when what appears to be a lone gunman opened fire from a perch high up in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, police said. The "nonstop gunfire," according to one witness, sent bystanders outside the resort on the Vegas strip ducking for cover and scrambling for their lives. Tourists hid in their hotel rooms and flights headed into the McCarran International Airport were held elsewhere. Bystanders sprang into action, caring for the wounded and at least one described someone dying in their arms. One video showed…

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Meet the Concerned Taxpayer–RCC Meeting Video Raises Serious Questions

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Joseph Rand contacted us today to respond to the article that we published yesterday. “Mr. Dale has raised some issues that are worthy of review.  I believe that they are being addressed however, the review is still in progress.” Dennis Dale, started his career as an NYPD officer before deciding to become one of New York’s Bravest when he joined the FDNY where he was assigned to Manhattan’s elite Rescue 1 in Hell’s Kitchen.  Now retired, Dennis Dale 74, has served on the RCC Foundation Board for approximately 13 years.  During his tenure, Mr. Dale has raised more than $250,000…

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Rockland Community College Automotive Technology Center Lease has Concerned Taxpayer Asking Questions—RCC Trustee Belittles & Bullies Him

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Answers and Transparency Would Help, Subsequent Action Taken By RCC Needs to Be Addressed This is the first in a series of articles on this topic. Concerned taxpayers, one of whom has spent countless hours raising money for The Rockland Community College Foundation have come forward and are asking some interesting questions about the lease signed in 2015 for the RCC Automotive Technology Center in Orangetown. On November 10, 2015 Dr. Woods, then President of Rockland Community College signed a lease for the `new Automotive Technology Center located at 37 Ramland Road in Orangetown. The lease states that the college…

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Despite Airmont’s Best Efforts at Enforcing Building and Zoning Laws Equally, Central UTA of Monsey Continues to Confound

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The Village of Airmont Board is hard at work enforcing laws and regulations equally and fairly for all residents which has become an important issue in light of the rampant corruption in the Town of Ramapo and the blatant disregard for building and zoning laws. Airmont however faces an uphill battle when applicants try to make up and adhere to their own rules. Central United Talmud Academy of Monsey’s plan to build a 2,000 student Yeshiva on the properties located at 212 Cherry Lane and 236 Cherry Lane has more twists and turns than a Hollywood thriller as they face two…

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Suffern High School Pool Could Open Within Days–High Phosphate Levels to Blame

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SUEZ-Supplied Water Suspected as the Culprit After a summer renovation of the Suffern High School pool resulted in green-tinged water keeping it closed and frustrating students and parents alike, the pool is on the verge of re-opening. The pool at Suffern High School was built in 1972 and was last renovated in 2004 so clearly it was time for an update. The decision was made late in the spring, the project was put out to bid and work began over the summer.  The project involved emptying the pool, preparing the surface, making cut-outs for the drainage system, the existing lanes…

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Rockland Star to Host Meet the Candidates Forum Oct. 23rd in Suffern

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The Rockland Star will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Forum at Suffern Village Hall on Monday October 23rd from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. We have invited all candidates for Rockland County Executive and for Town of Ramapo Supervisor and council positions. Each candidate will be given up to five minutes to introduce themselves and discuss topics of their choice. Moderated questions will be asked with the same questions being asked of each candidate.  Each candidate will be given three minutes to make a closing statement. So far we have received commitments from: Rockland County Executive Candidates Deirdra O'Connor and Maureen…

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