Submitted by Diego Aviles Update from North Rockland School District COTW meeting last night. The current proposed 2012-2013 budget increase is 1.76 percent, which will result in a 2.69 percent tax levy increase. This does not mean that taxes will be going up 2.69 percent. It could be more or it could be less. There […]


The echoes of Legislator Alden Wolfe emphatically bellowing “Who says” the county hospital needs to break even are still ringing in the collective ears of Rocklanders and apparently those echoes were also picked up by the evaluators over at Moody’s Investors Service, who’ve gone ahead and downgraded Rockland’s credit rating from A1 to A3, only […]


Industry profits down by half from prior year but security industry salaries still went up Cash bonuses paid to New York City securities industry employees are forecast to decline by 14 percent to $19.7 billion during this year’s bonus season, according to an estimate released this week by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Cash bonuses […]

Former Independence Party chairwoman sentenced to jail time

Former Independence Party chairwoman sentenced to jail time

Debra Ortutay of Valley Cottage was sentenced on Monday to four months in jail. The former Rockland Independence Party chairwoman, whose son-in-law is county legislator Frank Sparaco (Republican) of Clarkstown, admitted to lying to a grand jury who was investigating improprieties involving the signing of petitions for the party’s ballot line during the Assembly race […]

Lowdown on February 28 Stony Point Town Board Meeting

BY MICHAEL CAHILL The Stony Point Town Board met Tuesday night at the RHO Community Center Building to discuss town affairs and recognize the local charity work of the Stony Point Seals. The meeting opened with comments and input from residents. This week several residents sought to air grievances and bring attention to certain issues. […]

Vanderhoef Administration Says Pursuit of MTA Withdrawal is Likely

BY DYLAN SKRILOFF At a meeting of the Rockland County Legislature’s Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, Rockland Commissioner of Planning and Public Transportation Thomas B. Vanderbeek said a study by Cambridge Systematics on the MTA Value Gap in Rockland County, shows that the county should seek to cooperate with neighboring Orange County in withdrawing from […]