Rockland County

Suffern PD Promotes Three Officers & Welcomes PO Adams

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

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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 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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Battle of Airmont: Long-time Residents and RCSD Taxpayers Vow to Put Up a Fight

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There were two distinct groups in attendance at Thursday evening's Village of Airmont Planning Board Meeting. The first was a group of older residents concerned that the new owners of 222 Rte. 59 are being allowed to build an exit from their commercial property that will divert traffic onto North De Baun Avenue, a street where a lot of seniors who live in The Retreat at Airmont  like to walk. According to legal documents, the owner of 222 Rte. 59 filed an Article 78 and the Planning Board has to comply with the court ruling unless an opposing Article 78…

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Battle of Airmont: Public School Parents and Long-Time Residents Fight Back

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Long-time Airmont residents have had enough. After watching the award-winning school district next door crumble with services cut and accusations of rampant theft and disenfranchisement of public school students and taxpayers and having two Village board meetings disrupted by a deluge of people showing up allegedly opposed to the building moratorium, the residents of Airmont and their supporters took a page from the Frum community's playbook and fought back. The Airmont planning board agenda included an informal discussion between leaders of the Central United Talmudical Academy and their attorney.  Local residents showed up in much larger numbers than usual and…

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Rockland County Executive criticizes PSC on water ruling

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NEW CITY, NY— The state Public Service Commission didn't go far enough to protect Rockland water consumers  in a rate-hike decision made today, Rockland County Executive Ed Day said.   "This is a dent in the costs," he said. "It's certainly not a victory for the ratepayers of Rockland County." The state granted Suez a $4.87 million rate increase, $960,000 less than the water supplier had requested. If that hike is approved, it means the average Rockland customer will pay a total of $122 more over the next three years for water. The state also ruled that Rockland ratepayers are on…

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Rockland Board of Rabbis Upset with Lohud Video

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The Rockland Board of Rabbis released the following statement is response to a video teaser produced by The Journal News that publicizes a report that is expected to come out Sunday, January 8th:   Message from the Rockland Board of Rabbis: We as the Rockland Board of Rabbis are greatly distressed by the recent video posted to social media by Lohud, the Lower Hudson Valley News Source. Entitled “Ramapo at a Breaking Point,” the video is the lead to an upcoming news story. Rather than explore the complex demographic and economic challenges facing Ramapo, this short video is at best…

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Suffern Robotics Wins Berth in First Tech Challenge World Championship

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T-Shirt Fundraiser Launched to Raise Much Needed Funds for World Championship Run Imagine if you will a Renaissance Faire with all of its pomp and pageantry; add in some of the most brilliant young minds in the country; tomorrow's designers, programmers, engineers, writers & scientists and of course their amazing robots and you’ve arrived at a First Tech Challenge Competition. Pink and orange wigs, mascots, cow-print pants, funky hats, gladiators and all manner of dress are the accepted norm as many teams forego traditional team uniforms for gear that better reflects their personalities. Each team, in addition to representing an…

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Suffern PBA Members Step Up to Ensure Fellow Officer Receives Pay and Benefits While on Active Duty

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As if being a police officer wasn't more than enough service to fellow citizens, Suffern Police Department's Officer Billy Simurra has been called up to active duty but is being financially penalized by the Village of Suffern board for serving his country. Police Officer Simurra, a member of the SPD for a year and a half is also known as Tech Sergeant Billy Simurra of the United States Air Force.  He is being deployed for three months in combat operations in the Middle East and is part of a flight crew. Simurra, in addition to being a police officer and…

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