TIMELINES 5/25/17

Consumer Protection Director Loses Battle with Leukemia 

Rockland County’s Consumer Protection Director Terry David Grosselfinger died May 19 after a battle with leukemia. The 68-year-old was a Purple Heart recipient from his time with the U.S. Army infantry during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he attended Rockland Community College. Later, he graduated from St. Lawrence University and attended New York Law School. He practiced in Suffern then changed careers to work for Rockland County. Grosselfinger is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren. Donations in his memory can be made to the Bone Marrow Transplant Center of Hackensack University Medical Center.

Mentally Ill Woman Harms Herself in Stony Point

A 48-year-old female from Stony Point is in the hospital recovering from non-life threatening injuries that occurred last Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. A passing motorist witnessed the woman, who police believe may suffer from a mental disability, climb over the south east side of a bridge. Interviewing her has been difficult as she is of Asian origin and requires an interpreter. The investigation is ongoing. She is receiving the medical and mental health assistance she needs, police said.

Fallen Tree Causes Fatality in Upper Nyack 

On May 18, a fatal car accident occurred when a tree fell on top of a moving vehicle on North Broadway in front of the Upper Nyack Elementary School, causing the school to be closed for the day. The 2012 Honda Accord was completely covered by the tree. The 80-year-old driver, Jerome Muhlenberg, was pronounced dead on the scene. His family asked that in lieu of flowers for people to donate to two causes he regularly contributed to: Smile Train, which helps provide corrective surgery to children with cleft palates and Doctors Without Borders.

Ramapo Activist to Enter Town Election

(FROM WRCR) A Ramapo activist and occasional political candidate told the Morning Show yesterday he was considering another run for office this year, possibly for the Supervisor’s spot, though he was not specific. Robert Romanowski, who has previously run for the supervisor’s job and has frequently sparred with now-former supervisor Chris St. Lawrence, says since the verdict he’s been more optimistic about the future

Area Reps Urge Zoning Reforms

(FROM WRCR) Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski said the town needs to develop a master plan a get its hands around the zoning issues that have plagued the area over the years, and that includes dealing with the issues that led to the development of the Boulders’ ballpark. In the wake of the verdict against St. Lawrence, State Senator David Carlucci is calling for local development corporation reform. Carlucci says there are around 1,100 LDCs in existence in New York State. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has long criticized LDCs, as well.

Head On Accident in Montebello

(FROM DAILY VOICE) A chain-reaction head-on crash involving four vehicles resulted in several injuries Sundayafternoon in Montebello.It occurred around 1:50 p.m., on Haverstraw Road (Route 202) west of Mayer Drive, said Ramapo police. According to police, the crash occurred when a Honda CRV drove over the double yellow lines and struck a BMW-X1. The vehicle behind the BMW, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, then hit the rear of the BMW, sending it spinning off the roadway and head-on into a large tree. The Honda CRV then sideswiped a gold Ford Fusion sedan after it struck the BMW, police said. There were several minor injuries to the drivers and passengers that included the 24-year-old female driver of the Honda from Suffern; a 64 year old man from Pomona with a 59 year old female passenger in the BMW; a 27 year old male from Thiells in the Jeep, along with a 25 year old female passenger, and a 68 year old woman from Hillburn driving the Ford Fusion. No tickets have been issued, however, the accident is under investigation.

President Trump Visits the Pope

On May 24, President Donald Trump visited Pope Francis in Vatican City. Trump greeted the Pope and introduced his wife, daughter and the rest of his party. The pope handed out rosary beads to all and posed for pictures. Since both men differ on their views, the encounter was said to include tension, but no issues arose.

First Overseas Trip for Trump 

Since his swearing in, President Trump took his first trip overseas to Saudi Arabia. In an effort to rid the Middle East of what he calls, “Islamic extremism,” Trump offered a partnership to provide a better future for both parties involved. Trump, along with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, are implementing a center in Riyadh to monitor and rid extremism, which tracks online extremist activity on screens. The project began two years ago.