RODDEY VS. SCHMITT HEATS UP

Schmitt takes Roddey to court over petitions, Roddey accuses Schmitt of BS-ing public Assembly candidate Colin Schmitt has filed an “invalidating petition” in State Supreme Court against opponent Kyle Roddey. Both men are running in the Republican Primary for the 99th Assembly District. Schmitt said he believes Roddey’s petitions contain inconsistencies. “We must protect the integrity of the […]

$15 Million More in the Hole

Rockland County budget news gets even worse  BY SARA GILBERT The Rockland County Legislature met Tuesday, July 24 to receive news that despite tax hikes and 100 layoffs, the county is an additional $15 million in debt so far during this budget year, bringing the grand debt total to an estimated $95 million. Acting County Finance Director […]

Summit Park, East Ramapo Schools Are Big Topics, Among Others, at Legislature Meeting

BY VINCENT ABBATECOLA   The Rockland County Legislature met on Tuesday, July 10 at the Allison-Parrish building in New City, where they discussed issues regarding Rockland Community College’s budget, final plans for Summit Park Nursing Home, and special education for East Ramapo students. First, the legislature discussed Rockland Community College’s budget for 2012-2013. During the […]

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Help Protect Students from Cyberbullying

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation this week intended to help protect students from cyberbullying as well as other forms of harassment, bullying, and discrimination. The new law is designed to beef up a school’s response to harassment and bullying through increased reporting, investigation, intervention, training and prevention. Cuomo said the law requires schools to […]

Rx Drug Abuse Bill Passes Legislature

First-In-The-Nation Law Will Require Doctors To Check Patient Prescription History And Pharmacists To Update Database In Real Time The New York State Legislature has unanimously passed the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, or I-STOP. Introduced in June of 2011 by Attorney General Schneiderman, I-STOP is an online database that enables doctors and pharmacists to […]

Rockland Legislature Votes to Layoff 102 Workers

Estimates have gone up and down as to how many county employees will be laid off in order to (hopefully) balance this year’s budget and begin to restore the confidence of creditors. The county legislature finally voted Tuesday 14-2 to move forward with a plan to layoff 102 workers and get rid of 45 vacant […]