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1) A nor'easter is headed for the region, where it will combine with a cold-air mass moving south from Canada -- the perfect recipe for snow after two weeks of mostly mild weather. Is this winter's last gasp before spring? Although snow, sleet and rain could continue through Friday, forecasts say the storm should pass by Saturday, just in time for daylight saving time and an extra hour of sunshine....Read more »
Spring Valley resident Vladimir Leon, a newcomer to the Rockland County political scene, announced Wednesday his run as the fifth candidate for the county executive seat that will be left vacant at the end of this year. Leon, a 37-year-old Democrat, said his educational background and knowledge of Rockland County -- which is facing a $96 million deficit -- will help bring it out of the red. "The...Read more »
A skinny-legged high school senior, who described himself as an advanced placement student, was visibly shaken Tuesday night after the East Ramapo School Board's attorney screamed profanities at him outside the administration building.
A heated School Board meeting had just ended at about 8:30 p.m. after members of the board unceremoniously took off early -- yet again -- leaving the...Read more »
Expect these stories to grab headlines on Newsday.com Wednesday. Check back for updates.
1) Will Julio Acevedo, the driver suspected of racing down a Brooklyn street at more than 60 mph and crashing into a livery cab, killing an expectant Orthodox Jewish mother and her husband, turn himself in to police? On Tuesday, he was conferring with a lawyer and said he planned to surrender to police,...Read more »
Accuweather: Accuweather's app displays the temperature, wind speed and humidity on one clean home screen with a black background and white text. Everything's intuitive and easy to reach: Users can thumb-scroll through the forecast, and a bar at the bottom of the screen provides one-touch access to an extended forecast, video and real-time weather maps. Like the other major weather apps, Accuweather's...Read more »
In the schoolyard, children argue over whose father is the toughest.
In Westchester County politics, adults argue about whose father is the most corrupt.
On Monday night, Kurt Colucci, a Tea Party enthusiast seeking to unseat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, issued a news release that mentioned Astorino's father, a former Mount Vernon cop who served a brief stint...Read more »
There has been a lot of talk about tens of thousands of new jobs coming to the region with the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. But what will the work opportunities really look like?
We might get a better idea Wednesday morning, when bridge project officials host the first in what they promise will be a new series of meetings. Although no one will walk out of the sessions with...Read more »
Years ago, when someone wanted to get up on a soapbox, he got on a soapbox. Today, he gets a Facebook page. Consider, for example, Can This Grungy Sock Get More Fans Than Nita Lowey, a page that fails miserably in its stated goal to attract more supporters than Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) but nonetheless receives points for the creativity of its title. The site doesn't pull punches: “Nita Lowey...Read more »
Westchester County Democrats don't appear to be fielding challengers against Legis. Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers) and Legis. Virginia Perez (D-Yonkers), the lawmakers who crossed party lines last year to give Republican County Executive Rob Astorino the two Democratic votes he needed to enact his 2013 budget.
But that doesn't mean Kaplowitz and Perez aren't looking over their shoulders.
“I'm...Read more »
East Ramapo School Board President Daniel Schwartz didn't say exactly how officials discovered that they shouldn't be holding interviews for appointments to the School Board behind closed doors, but he did reverse the board's policy Thursday, pre-empting a Newsday story citing critics and a legal opinion questioning the legality of such secrecy.
At 9:32 a.m. Thursday, I emailed Schwartz to...Read more »