Rockland County

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

  4 months ago     1906 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

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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

  6 months ago     4692 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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Rockland County Executive praises Legislative minority for supporting Sheriff Deputy’s union

  7 months ago     639 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 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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