Legislature passes 2014 budget, including 9.9 percent tax increase

BY MICHAEL RICONDA New City – After months of talks and consulting with both private accounting firms and State Comptroller’s office, the Rockland County Legislature adopted an amended budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year, including a 9.9 percent property tax increase. The $760.9 million budget is buttressed by the Rockland County Deficit Financing Act, […]

November Brush Fire Blamed on Camp Fire

November Brush Fire Blamed on Camp Fire

Emergency Services provide update on Clausland Mountain Fire investigation BY MICHAEL RICONDA New City – Weeks after a massive brush fire ravaged the woodlands of Clausland Mountain in Orangeburg, clear answers have emerged as to its origin and cause. Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services Director Gordon Wren and Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco were […]

Rockland County welcomes new bank into fold

Rockland County welcomes new bank into fold

Putnam Savings Bank opens first Rockland branch in New City BY KATHY KAHN Putnam County Savings Bank welcomed its board members of Rockland’s business community at its ribbon cutting in its newest branch on Monday, November 18 —its first in the county. “This is our 10th branch,” said Robert Farrier, senior vice president and branch […]

Rocklanders speak out on 2014 budget

By Michael Riconda New City – In a significant change from last year’s packed and occasionally tense hearings, only a handful of people turned out for a series of public hearings on Rockland County’s 2014 budget on November 19. In total, three hearings were held, with speakers’ arguments covering multiple points across all three topics. […]

County Legislature explores increased arsenic levels of Monsey well

BY MICHAEL RICONDA New City – Attorney and local activist John J. Tormey III is ringing alarm bells about elevated arsenic levels in one of United Water’s Monsey wells. His concern was explored in a discussion of the County Legislature Environmental Committee on November 13. Tormey, who made a name for himself opposing FAA plans […]

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