Timelines: August 23, 2012

Aney Paul Resigns From New City Library
Aney Paul resigned from the New City Library Board of Trustees Thursday, August 16, after more than five years.

Paul decided to resign because she felt it was time; she had missed the last two meetings. She told the board that she really enjoyed being on it for this long and the board said they would miss her. She will continue to assist the board, as she is now the new Executive Director of the Search Committee.

Paul, who is also a nurse at Nyack Hospital and a first-term member of the Rockland County Legislature, was thanked and handed a plaque by President Joseph Reiter.

Sex Offender Moves to Spring Valley
A convicted sex offender Luz Grajales, also know as Lucy Ramos, moved into an apartment on Secora Road in Spring Valley.

Grajales, 49, was convicted March 27 of third-degree rape of a 15-year-old boy in Ithaca. She served 90 days in the county jail and was also sentenced to 10 years of probation. She is classified as a level two offender, meaning she is considered a moderate risk to re-offend. Grajales is 5-feet-7-inches tall and 175 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She wears glasses and drives a 2003 white Hyundai Elantra and 2005 silver Toyota Camry.

Strange But True: Facebook Cameras Recognizes Shoppers
A new camera called Facedeals that can identify people as they walk into stores, restaurants and bars is being tried out as a way to keep repeat customers discounts.

Facebook recently bought face.com, an Israeli-based firm that pioneered the use of face recognition technology. In conjunction with Facebook, this camera recognizes your face as you enter the store, and connects with your Facebook account. Once it knows who you are and how frequently you visit the location, you’ll be offered specials or promotions. The camera requires that people authorize the Facedeals app in order for it to work.

Spring Valley Gas Station Robbed
The Citgo gas station at 168 North Main Street in Spring Valley was robbed Saturday, August 18 at 5:19 a.m. and the police are investigating. The police offered no information about the amount of money or goods stolen and no description of a suspect has been provided yet. The investigation is ongoing.

Battle of Stony Point Fallen Soldiers May Be Discovered
Geoscience students in a Rutgers University summer program may have located the unmarked graves of 38 American and British soldiers from the Battle of Stony Point more than 233 years ago.

The students pushed a ground-penetrating radar machine over the historic site. It showed anomalies but it would take an excavation to determine whether they are bones. The director of the program, Julia Warger, said this information is important because it means the park should not be disturbed without further investigation.

Monsey Sex Offender Trespasses Campgrounds
A Monsey sex offender, Yoel Oberlander, 31, has been charged with trespassing a children’s camp and touching the boys in their sleep.

Oberlander is a registered level-two sex offender and has been charged with second-degree criminal trespassing. He has working as a deliveryman for Golden Taste, a food business in Spring Valley, which dropped off at Camp Shalva, a Jewish camp in Thompson, Sullivan County. After his delivery on Friday, August 17 at 5 a.m., he reportedly entered one of the boys’ camps and touched them.

Nyack Man Dead in Rt. 9W Crash
Erick Zayas, 27, died early Monday, August 20 after a car accident on Route 9W in Upper Grandview.

Zayas’s car, a 1996 grey BMW, collided with a Lincoln Town Car at about 3 a.m. The BMW swerved into the northbound lanes and hit the Lincoln head on. Zayas was dead when authorities arrived. The driver of the Lincoln, a Haverstraw man in his 50s was taken to Nyack Hospital with multiple fractures but not life-threatening injuries.

Facebook Stock Slides Even Lower
Facebook’s stock has been progressively dropping and as of Tuesday, August 21 it was at $19.18. On Monday, August 20, it was an all-time low of $18.75, which is less than half the initial public offering price. Mark Zuckerberg’s own personal fortune was cut in half this last week, from $20 billion to under $10 billion.

According to experts, the market is not convinced Facebook has a future. And now the lock-up period, where investors can’t sell their shares, is over. Stakeholders who owned a combined 271 million Facebook shares can now sell their holdings. Facebook’s stock has been struggling ever since it went public in May. It closed its first day just above its initial offering of $38 and has been far below that ever since.

Pomona Man Saves Woman From Jumping TZ
Ed Joseph saved the life of a woman who was about to jump off the Tappan Zee Bridge on Saturday, August 18.

Joseph, 37, was driving north on the bridge and saw a woman pull her car over, get out and soon was dangling over the edge. She was talking on her cell phone to her husband who had just served her with divorce papers. She was extremely distraught. But Joseph managed to persuade the 41-year-old Yonkers woman down from the edge of the bridge and pulled her to safety. Once safe, she was taken to the hospital.

Pelosi’s Remarks Draw Criticism from Jews
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s recent comments that Jewish voters are “being exploited” by Republican leaders drew responses from Jews including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor is the county’s highest-ranking Jewish Republican. He said her remarks were “patronizing” and “insulting.”

Pelosi made the comment during an interview with Bloomberg TV. She was asked whether she thought Obama would win the Jewish vote, which usually goes to Democrat candidates. She suggested that the Jewish voters were being exploited by Republican leaders portraying Obama as un-supportive of Israel.

Six Flags Closes Drive-Thru Safari
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is no longer going to allow guests to drive their own cars through the Wild Safari this coming year. The park did not give a reason for this change, but said more information on how the animal sanctuary will operate in the future will be disclosed by August 30.

Currently, and for the last 38 years, the park has allowed visitors to drive their own cars or take a guided bus tour through its 350-acre animal sanctuary. Since it’s opening in 1974, there have been more than 10 million drive-thru visitors. The 1,200 animals in the sanctuary will remain at the park.

Gunman Attacks Family Research Council
On Wednesday, August 15, Floyd Corkins entered Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. with a 9mm pistol, 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The gunman was stopped at the entrance of the headquarters by an unarmed staff member, Leo Johnson. Corkins pulled his gun and shot Johnson. Johnson was able to subdue the shooter and call for help. Johnson had surgery and his wounds are not life threatening.

FRC has stated it will be increasing security to ensure the safety of workers and guests. After the shooting, the FRC team gathered and prayed and discussed its future. FRC plans to continue with its mission: “Family Research Council champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” And “‘marriage’ is a union of one man and one woman.”

Pennsylvania Judge Upholds Voter ID Law Despite Attacks
Backed by the National Center for Public Policy Research, home of the Voter Identification Task Force, Judge Robert Simpson decided to uphold Pennsylvania’s voter ID law that protects all Pennsylvanians from voter fraud despite challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union The ACLU argued that the law would disfranchise more than a million Pennsylvania voters, specifically black, Latino and elderly voters.

New York Website to Reforms Voter Registration and More
On Thursday, August 16, a new website was launched that allows New Yorkers to register to vote of update their address and party enrollment. This streamlines voter registration and DMV services.

New York currently ranks 47th in the nation for voter registration with less than 64 percent of eligible residents registered to vote. The DMV processes roughly 300,000 motor voter applications a year. This is a time-consuming manual process. Drivers fill out paper forms, which are sorted and sent via mail to a county board of elections. This process is prone to human error, delay and sometimes do not get processed.

The new system replaces the vast majority of paper forms and allows for the centralization and digital transmission of voter registration applications. Now, anyone with a driver’s license or non-driver’s ID can update his or her address or party enrollment information online at https://my.dmv.ny.gov.

Arab Spring Takeover Leads to Crucifixions
The Arab Spring takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood has led to crucifying opponents of the newly installed President Mohammed Morsi. During a recent rampage, Muslim Brotherhood operatives crucified those opposing the new president by hanging them up on trees naked. Targeted people include anyone who is resisting the new government.

Crucifixion is a haad punishment in the Quran and an obligatory part of Shariah, according to Center for Security Policy Senior Fellow Clare Lopez. It’s a traditional punishment in Islam.

Girl Testifies in Rape Case
A 13-year-old girl testified on Tuesday, August 21 that she fought two boys as they tried to rape her in June, a day after they raped another girl. The girl who testified was 12 at the time of the incident. She said in court that the boys dragged her into the other girl’s room and tried to undress her but she fought back and bit them until they bled. She said she heard the older girl scream when the boys attacked her earlier. The older girl was raped by the boys and the younger girl heard, tried to break down the door but couldn’t. The girls said they were too embarrassed to tell an adult immediately, but eventually they did inform their parents.

The accused boys are Rey Jey Alexis, 12, Kensley St. Fleur, Guerson Bellevue and Jerry Jean-Baptiste, all 13. They are all charged with first-degree rape and sexual abuse.

Four Cars Set on Fire in Nyack
Arson investigators and Orangetown police detectives are working in Nyack to uncover what happened Tuesday, August 21 where four cars were set on fire overnight within two blocks of each other. Police believe that thefts from 10 cars in the area are related to the fires and are asking residents to contact them if they see anything suspicious. They are also asking neighbors if they have surveillance cameras to check them for anything that might be helpful to the investigation.

The cars on fire were parked in driveways at 35 Summit St., 23 Summit St. and 16 Washington St. The fourth car was discovered after firefighters left the area by a resident of Summit Street who found that the inside of her car was damaged by fire. Each car incident has one key component in common – the car doors were left unlocked. Police are urging residents to lock their car doors, even when the car’s in the driveway. They said thieves are looking for easy targets and will take anything they can find, including small coins and electronics left in cars.