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TV star Judy "Judge Judy" Sheindlin said her "motherly instincts" kicked in when she found out about the criticism leveled at her son Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy by Sheriff Donald Smith regarding Levy's actions during an investigation into the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Levy's former live-in trainer, Alexandru Hossu, 35, an undocumented immigrant...Read more »
A rusting old Garrison railroad station sign that predates Metro-North's 1983 beginnings and was all but forgotten has been given a place of honor.
At the urging of Putnam County Legis. Barbara Scuccimara, Metro-North workers restored the sign, which had been tucked out of sight behind a bench on the river side of the railroad's tracks.
"It is our great pleasure to be a good neighbor...Read more »
Retired social worker Jose Roman on Wednesday said he would challenge Westchester County Legis. Virginia Perez (D-Yonkers) in a Democratic primary in September.
Roman’s announcement puts a face on a long-expected challenge to Perez, who came under withering criticism from fellow Democrats last year after she cast a decisive vote in favor of Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s budget.
Astorino’s...Read more »
It seems school board member and Spring Valley mayoral candidate Bernard Charles had a better place to be Thursday night than an NAACP forum -- a place where there were far more voters to whom to make his campaign pleas.
Rather than attending a community forum hosted by the NAACP, Charles was spotted at Rockland Boulders stadium where thousands of Hasidic Jewish men and boys gathered to hear...Read more »
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner couldn’t believe he was included in a recent NYPIRG study that found almost 104,000 violations in New York politicians' campaign finance disclosures.
“I'm going to reach out to the Board of Elections to determine if it was a computer error, a Board of Elections error or my error,” he wrote in an email to Newsday, adding that, for him, keeping track of...Read more »
Metro-North is shaking up the mix of eateries at Grand Central Terminal, where it racked up record-breaking revenue last year.
Before the end of the year, Shake Shack, the burger, fries and, oh yeah, shake joint, will replace Zocalo, a Mexican restaurant that has been in litigation with the MTA for several years, officials said Wednesday.
The Danny Meyer chain, which among other...Read more »
Beware of Bambi. It's deer season, folks.
The New York State Thruway sent out its twice-a-year "Antler Alert" Wednesday, warning motorists that May and June are months when deer are more likely to wander near highways. (October and November are also big months for roaming deer).
Some 2,000 deer vs. car collisions occurred on the Thruway last year, despite dozens of deer crossing...Read more »
Goodbye, punch. Hello, tap.
Every week or so I take the zombie train from Pearl River to Penn for journalistic repointing and managerial face time at our Manhattan office.
I take the 5:22 a.m. on the Pascack Valley Line and I'm easy to spot. I'm the shambling, coffee-spilling wreck with the nine-months pregnant computer bag.
But today, NJ Transit's pilot digital ticketing made...Read more »
A local Rockland County reporter known for walking the political beat is now taking a run on the campaign trail.
Dylan Skriloff, 33, editor-in-chief at the Rockland County Times, was nominated by the county's Republican Party this week as its pick for Stony Point's town supervisor, making him the only contender so far against incumbent Geoffrey Finn.
But Skriloff, who was born in Rockland...Read more »
Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin may have to look to other avenues to pay for her legal fees as some residents aren’t eager to open their wallets for her legal defense fund.
“She ruined Spring Valley,” said village resident Colette Lamar, 42.
“She’s been caught red-handed and she has to face the consequences. It’s outrageous to ask the public for funds," said Lamar, who went as...Read more »