Rockland County

IDC Takes Proposed Campaign Finance Bill On The Road

May 9, 2013
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A group of New York state Senators held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed campaign finance reform bill. They say with the most recent lawmaker names that have emerged in connection with a federal corruption investigation, the need for such reform is all the more urgent.

State Comptroller Has Concerns With Rockland's Budget

Apr 23, 2013
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The New York State Comptroller says he is concerned with the budget in one Hudson Valley county.

As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was introducing a measure to crack down on political corruption Tuesday, a local legislator in the Hudson Valley started work on a proposal for his county, one he hopes becomes law on the state level as well.

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After being charged with bribery in a real-estate development scheme as part of a larger political corruption case in New York, it is still unclear whether the mayor of Rockland County’s Spring Valley will remain in office.

Village of Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret face bribery and mail fraud charges in connection with a federal corruption case stretching from New York City to Spring Valley to Albany. Here’s Jasmin during a news conference streamed at lohud.com at 10 this morning at Village Hall.

2013 County Health Rankings Are Released

Mar 21, 2013

An annual report on health rankings for counties across the country has just been released. Four Hudson Valley counties are in the top 10 in New York.

It’s the fourth annual report on health rankings, and gives a snapshot of the overall health of counties. Abbey Cofsky is senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which developed the report with the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.

And it is some of these factors that propelled Rockland County toward the top of the list in New York.

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Two Hudson Valley towns are on the receiving end of a combined $3.6 million in federal funds. The money is to reimburse the cost of cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy.

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NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef delivered his final state of the county address to the County Legislature Tuesday night taking aim at budget and financial challenges and the county’s experiences with Hurricane Sandy.

Vanderhoef, who is retiring at the end of the year, spent a significant amount of time discussing the county’s budget woes, assuring county residents the worst of the recession was over but more structural changes were necessary.

A Rockland Man Allegedly Threatened NY Politicians

Feb 22, 2013

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Police have accused a Hudson Valley man of making death threats on Facebook against New York’s governor, New York City’s mayor, and several members of Congress. Police say they found two rifles, bayonets, ammunition. and body armor at the man’s Rockland County home. Clarkstown police say 49-year-old Lawrence Mulqueen of Nanuet was arraigned Thursday on charges of making terroristic threats, illegally possessing weapons, and harassment. Police were called Wednesday afternoon by Mulqueen's landlady, who said he'd been harassing her. They say she tipped them to Mulqueen's alleged threats, made on a Facebook page under a pseudonym. Police say the FBI helped with the investigation. A town court clerk says no lawyer is listed for Mulqueen in court records. Mulqueen is being held until a court date Monday.

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NEW CITY – The Rockland County Legislature Tuesday night voted on three separate resolutions pressing both federal and state lawmakers in Albany to implement additional gun control and mental health legislation, including amendments to the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.

The Tri-State Area Awaits Sandy Disaster-Relief Funds

Jan 29, 2013
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President Barack Obama says he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. The U.S. Senate approved the bill Monday after the House earlier this month had stripped the bill of spending unrelated to disasters.

The publication of an interactive gun map online by a media group in the Hudson Valley has prompted all sorts of reaction, locally and nationally. And now some state lawmakers say they expect to be discussing the matter of public information and gun-permit holders during the 2013 legislative session in Albany. 

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  The Rockland County government public employees represented by the CSEA are speaking out against proposed cuts to programs and layoffs in the 2013 county budget.  The proposed spending plan was the topic of a public hearing in New City Tuesday night.

The budget, which includes the elimination of 70 positions and cuts to public health programs such as mosquito control and the county’s breastfeeding initiative for new mothers, was presented in late October and has been going through detailed review in the legislature.

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