Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown and Rockland County will observe the 13th anniversary of September 11th with special ceremonies on Thursday.
by J. Flynn
Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli:
We are writing to ask your help in dealing with the catastrophic fiscal problem in Rockland County. Our elected officials at the county level have failed us. The current county executive and legislative leadership have been unable/unwilling to take the actions required to put us back on sound financial footing. During 2012, the county became insolvent. Their few attempts at dealing with the crisis have been poorly conceived and have accomplished nothing.
by Alex Gromack
Clarkstown Supervisor Alexander J. Gromack 2013 discussed the Newtown, CT shooting, flood prevention projects, business district improvements, economic development and Clarkstown’s AAA bond rating in his 2013 State of The Town address delivered on Jan 3.
Today, I thought we could spend some time looking at the major accomplishments of not just 2012, but the last eight years, in addition to looking forward to 2013.
Much like the post office, neither wind, nor rain nor a once in a hundred year hurricane will keep Tuesday’s election from being held. Rockland’s Commissioner of Elections Ann Marie Kelly says polling places will be ready to go on Tues Nov 6. Polling hours in New York State are 6a-9p.
Nyack, Oct 29 (updated 10:15a) — Here are ten things you should know about Hurricane Sandy, aka, the true “October Surprise” of this election season. Bob Dylan may have said “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” but T-Bone Walker’s lyrics to “They Call it Stormy Monday” are spot on for what Sandy has in store for us this week
by Chris Smith
Rockland County is in dire straights financially because of years of poor planning and bad budget practices. I believe the real issue is being lost in all the arguing back and forth between the county and the towns. What we truly need locally is relief from New York State spending mandates.
Taxpayers should demand Mandate Relief from our representatives in Albany if our state legislators want a pay raise.
by Alex Gromack
Clarkstown Supervisor Alexander J. Gromack testified before the NYS Public Service Commission on March 28 concerning Orange and Rockland’s request for a rate increase.
I have to confess that I have mixed feelings about this hearing. With all due respect to the PSC Commissioners, I sincerely doubt whether anything that is said here today on behalf of the rate payers will have any real impact on the final rate decision.
I don’t think anyone in this room really expects the PSC to completely deny O&R’s rate increase. They will get a rate increase just like they got an 8.4% increase in electric rates for 2009, an additional 8.4% in 2010 and another 12.1% in 2011. They will get a rate increase just like they got a 9.7% increase in gas rates in 2009 and 2010 and 2011. That is a 32% increase in gas over 3 years.
Nyack, March 14 — Following a recommendation from the NYS comptroller last month, the Village of Nyack has published a Request For Proposal seeking alternate vendors for running the “Camp Nyack” summer program. The program has been run by the Nyack Center since 2008 and the community center is expected to enter a bid this year.
The summer program, housed in the school district’s middle school, is a daycare program which predominantly serves underprivileged children in Grades 1-6 who are students in the Nyack School District.
“This RFP has nothing to do with the quality of the Camp Nyack program administered by The Nyack Center,” said Nyack Mayor Jen White. “It’s something we are now required to do.”
Nyack, March 6 — Hours before a final NYS DEC public hearing about United Water’s plan to build a desalination plant in Haverstraw, the water company received a vehement scolding from New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) about misleading ads running in a local newspaper.
Here is the assemblywoman’s statement in response to the ad: