Dear Airmont Village Residents,
As a Planning Board Member and candidate for mayor in 2013, I would like to take this opportunity to share some important information with you that may have a major impact on our village.
I listened to Thursday evening’s teleconference about Governor Coumo’s proposal for a zero percent property tax increase for the next two years. I too proposed a similar plan when I was running for mayor in 2013. The main point of contention is the inability of our local elected officials to “buy” into this plan, which would require local government to adhere to the two percent tax cap. Governor Cuomo recommends that we as citizens reach out to our local politicians and insist that they too “get on board” with his proposal and freeze our extraordinarily high tax bills.
Ramapo is making it possible to tweet your pothole away.
Residents can use Twitter to let town officials know about potholes in their neighborhood and get them quickly fixed.
"People don't need to feel helpless that there are potholes and nobody does anything about them," Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said. "This way people get to really connect with their government."
St. Lawrence launched @CSLPotholeAlert on Feb. 25. People began posting photographs and addresses shortly after.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns March 10-23, 2014. Enjoy great dining and great deals at more than 180 restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley. No tickets or passes are required, although reservations are strongly encouraged.
HVRW features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95 (plus drinks, tax and tip).
NEW CITY - Chris Day of New City has won the Republican nomination to be
the party's challenger against longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey
in the 2014 elections.
At a convention Thursday night in Westchester, Republicans backed Day for the 17th Congressional District, Steve Mayo in the 16th Congressional District and Nan Hayworth in the 18th Congressional District.
Day is the son of Rockland County Executive Ed Day, R-New City. Chris Day served as his father's campaign manager during the 2013 race for county executive.
"Chris is a chairman's dream candidate," said Rockland County Republican Party Chairman Vincent Reda. "The nomination for him was unanimous."
WHITE PLAINS – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, 17) has served in the house for 13 terms and she announced Tuesday that she is seeking a 14th term in November.
As the highest ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, she has served on the bi-partisan House-Senate conference committee that broke the gridlock in Washington and passed a budget in the fall to end the Tea Party shutdown.”
Lowey said she will “keep fighting to help our local businesses grow and create jobs and to direct federal investments to local transportation systems and schools, which helps to keep down property taxes.”
The 26-year federal lawmaker said many of the Democrats’ accomplishments are under attack in Washington.
AIRMONT – The railroad crossing lights and audible signals remained activated Tuesday night after a Norfolk Southern Railroad freight train traveling eastbound activated them as it passed through the intersection of Airmont Road in Airmont. The 9:30 p.m. incident caused some minor delays.
The railroad was notified and Ramapo Police officers were placed at the intersection to allow motorists to safely pass over the tracks while awaiting a repair crew.
The problem was rectified by Norfolk Southern at about 10:45 p.m.
Once again we are expecting treacherous weather conditions. I have spoken to our snow plow contractor and he has assured me that he is prepared, and the problems related to last week’s storms will not reoccur.
The storm is predicted to drop anywhere from 8 to 14 inches of snow in our area. The snowfall will begin prior to sunrise on Thursday and end quite late in the day. Hazardous road conditions will impact both the morning and evening rush hours. There will be near blizzard conditions at times.
During Tuesday’s board meeting, Spring Valley village Mayor Demeza Delhomme told the audience that although the village’s Department of Public Works ran out of its road salt, residents need not to worry about impending snowstorm because he has successfully negotiated with the town of Ramapo to let the village borrow some of its reserved salt.
“All we have to do is to bring our trucks, load it up and take care of business,” Delhomme said.
Emergency officials and police throughout Rockland County are urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel this morning because of the continuing snow storm, and use caution if you must be on the roads.
Local roads and highways have already had numerous auto and truck accidents, including a jackknifed tractor trailer in the New York State Thruway near the Exit 12 interchange in West Nyack. The Palisades Interstate Parkway, Route 9W and Route 303 have also had accidents since the snow began to fall overnight.
After just over a month in office, Rockland County Executive
Ed Day on Tuesday is slated to set his course for the county for the
coming year in his first State of the County message
Day, R-New City, Rockland's third county executive wrote in an email:
"This is just a beginning of many good things yet to come. And at 7:00 PM tonight, Tuesday, February 4th, at the Rockland County Legislative
Chambers (11 New Hempstead Road, New City) I will be presenting the
"State of the County Address" that will reveal some of those good things
as we chart out a course the new day in Rockland you voted for!"
Day, a former member of the Legislature, succeeded C. Scott Vanderhoef, R-Orangetown, as county executive on Jan. 1. Vanderhoef held the post for 20 years.
By Bill Demarest - VALLEY COTTAGE - Peggy Nadell, beloved and dedicated daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, friend, sister, and grandmother passed away on Jan. 25, 2014.
She was born in Brooklyn to Libby and Samuel Wekselblatt. She grew up in Brooklyn where she would meet and marry her warm and kind hearted husband Robert Nadell who predeceased her in 2003.
By Bill Demarest -
SPARKILL - A fire that damaged two buildings and put four families out in the cold Sunday night in Sparkill is being blamed on an electric space heater.
Rockland County Director of Fire and Emergency Services Gordon Wren Jr. said today that a heater in an upstairs apartment unit at 623 Main St. was too close to clothing, leading to the fire. As a result, Wren said he and fire officials throughout Rockland County are again urging local residents to use extreme caution with these types of heaters. "With more extreme cold coming, we want people to be careful how they use these space heaters," Wren said.
By Meredyth Glover - According to Ramapo Detective Sargent John Lynch, an investigation into the $1,100, which was reported missing in October from the Justice Court’s office in Airmont, has been closed. Lynch stated that the money was kept in a locked drawer that was partially accessible by the public and that no evidence points to an employee being responsible. According to Trustee Ralph Bracco, the village bought to a new high-end safe to prevent similar thefts from occurring in the future and the Board of Trustees will decide on the purchase of security cameras at the next meeting on Monday. Bracco stated that in the past Sloatsburg’s Justice office had been forced to upgrade their security after a theft took place at that office in 2007.
Good Evening! After the snowstorm we had, we are now dealing with Arctic air. This bitterly cold air will not go away anytime soon. Nighttime lows will be in the Single Digits to Below 0 degrees with Wind Chills as low as -15 in spots!
By: Bill Demarest - Just days after a local utility issued an alert about a telephone fraud scheme targeting its customers, a 71-year-old Nanuet woman lost about $4,500 through a similar scam in which a caller posed as a representative of the IRS, according to Clarkstown police.
Police today issued a new alert about the scams, in which callers demand payment through pre-paid debit cards that can be purchased at stores throughout the area. In the latest case, police said the victim did not call police for help until it was too late.
Good Afternoon, Airmont, and Happy MLK Day!
Dear Airmont Scoop,
As a resident of Airmont along with my family we are very concerned about this chicken slaughter house being built in New Square.
When will the next meeting be concerning this awful, awful idea? Has everyone forgotten about the rest of us here in Ramapo?
From Airmont.org: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established updated maps of flood-prone areas throughout the United States. The map for Airmont has been received by the Village and is available to any of our residents who would like to see it. The flood plains have been redrawn, and some residents who may not have been in a flood zone before may find their properties included in the updated FEMA map. Flood insurance is required if you live in one of these areas, so it is important to find out if you are now living in one of the newly indicated zones.
Village Hall is open weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM. The Village will also make every attempt to notify residents of any change in the status of their property.
CONGERS - A truck slammed into a utility pole on Route 9W this afternoon, damaging the pole and snapping off a fire hydrant as the truck's cab overturned.
Despite the force of the accident, the truck driver was not injured in the accident, which took place at about 2:25 p.m. Congers volunteer firefighters were wrapping up their efforts at the accident scene at 3:45 p.m.
Firefighters said the accident broke a utility pole, but did not knock down wires. There was no fire.
UPDATE (NOON, SATURDAY): Red Cross Volunteers Nanci Banninger Hodash and Brian Gerber met at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern with the Chestnut Ridge couple displaced by Friday's fire.
The Red Cross says they provided emotional support along with funds for lost personal items, clothing, food, as well as for storage and emergency lodging. They were also provided with referrals to local agencies that could also assist them.
SloatsburgVillage.com Reports "Storm Watch update: With Rockland County weather predicted to take a snowy turn Thursday, the Village of Suffern has put into effect Snow Parking Regulations for the village, especially around the village center, due to the impending winter weather. The No Parking on village roadways will be in effect from Wednesday night through Friday, January 3.
Any parked vehicles must be moved. The notice will allow for the Department of Public Works to plow and clear roadways during winter weather.
New City Patch Reports "Ed Day said he was energized by the response of the crowd packed into the auditorium in the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona to see him sworn in as Rockland County Executive Wednesday morning.
"There is no other way to put this. Today, I got strength from the people," said Day, who is taking over for Scott Vanderhoef to become only the the third Rockland County Executive.
Nyack Free Press Reports "MONTEBELLO - Rockland County volunteer firefighters didn't have to wait long to get their first fire of 2014.
A fire involving a piece of floor cleaning equipment at Manhattan Beer Distributors at 10 Dunnigan Drive - between the New York State Thruway and Route 59 near Airmont Road - filled portions of the company's recycling warehouse with thick smoke at about 12:30 a.m. While the fire did not do much damage, fire officials said they had to get creative to get all the smoke out of the building.
Tallman Fire Chief Chris Szklany said a brainstorm by Mahwah, NJ, firefighters made their job easier. Instead of using the normal heavy-duty fire department fans to pull smoke out of the building, Mahwah brought its fan boat to Montebello. The fan boat was placed inside a loading bay at Manhattan Beer Distributors, and......
The Journal News Reports "During the holiday season, towns and villages modify their sanitation schedules so that workers don’t have to pick up recyclables or garbage, working on holidays.
J. Mark Peterlin, editor for AirmontScoop.com, said this year, the village of Airmont took one step further and posted a notice on its website, warning its residents that those who don’t honor the schedule change would receive violations. AirmontScoop.com, a local news website, posted the notice on its website.
But at a recent village board workshop meeting, the board decided to nix the “violation” part of the notice.
“This is a good example of the effectiveness of the local media in action, protecting the welfare of the citizens against the village bureaucracy,” Peterlin wrote in his email.
In any case, Airmont’s recyclables pickup originally scheduled for Dec. 25 will be canceled. Residents are asked to hold them until the next pick up date, Jan. 1.
Thanks to AirmontScoop.com, residents don’t have to worry about getting violation notices even when they mistakenly put them out.
A representative from AirmontScoop attended last night’s Board of Trustees Workshop Meeting for you. The subject was raised, that it had been reported on the AirmontScoop.com yesterday, that the Village, on their website, had threatened residents with a violation if they mistakenly put out their recyclables on December 25th . (There will be no pick-up that day. The public is asked to hold all recyclable items till Wednesday, January 1st.)
We are glad to see that the Village has responded to our concern and has rescinded that threat and removed it from their website.
The board reviewed the budget, line by line and questioned the proposed increase from $7,500 in 2013 to $9,300 in 2014 of the A1110 Justice Court contractual line. Also discussed was increasing one of the judge’s salaries.
The Village Clerk office equipment budget line was reduced from $2,500 to $1,000 and the contractual expense line was reduced from $15,000 to $12,000. The board questioned the part time staff/internship line.
The budget for the village attorney was doubled from $5,000 to $10,000 in anticipation of increased fees for outside counsel. This is troubling to the Airmont Scoop. It is unclear if this is due to past litigation or if the board anticipates that the Village is going to be sued yet again.
Trustee Gigante once again suggested adding $20,000 to the Contingency Fund. Also discussed were the Employee Benefits line A9080 pension and the estimated amount of $105,877 due for 2014.
The board decided to add an additional $50,000 for street
improvement and will keep the $100,000 for drainage expense. Mr. Bracco stated that it may be possible to
reduce the amount being allocated for drainage after discussing this matter
with the Village Engineer.
Please be advised that recycling will not be picked up on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Please save your recyclables (paper, cardboard and containers) until January 1, 2014 for curbside pickup.
Any items placed out prior to that Wednesday will subject the homeowner to a violation notice.
Let’s keep Airmont free of debris. Thank You.
The Mayor, Village Board, & Staff hope you had an enjoyable Hanukkah and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Please stay safe this holiday season.
See you in 2014.
Dear Scoop Readers and Airmont Residents,
On Monday evening, I will be making my 6th stop in my “12 Village Tour” at Airmont Village Hall. As a Ramapo Councilman, I serve all 12 villages in our town and the unincorporated areas equally. I decided to go on a tour of all 12 villages, making stops in every Village Hall in Ramapo to speak to the Mayor, Trustees, and local residents about issues in Ramapo and issues affecting them. Most importantly, I hope to increase communication and cooperation between my office in the town and all 60 elected village officials across town.
I embarked on this tour so that I could hear...