Many Rockland County politicians, including State Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and legislators Toney L. Earl, Nancy Low-Hogan and Aney Paul, are calling for federal officials to reconsider President Donald Trump’s decision to end a protection status that would force nearly 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S. to return home.
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by Ethan Morel
For most Americans, the 4th of July is a time of celebration. It is a commemoration of America’s independence. It is a time to enjoy summer weather, to barbecue, watch fireworks light the sky, and reflect on the glory of the original BREXIT.
But on June 28th, at the Veterans Plaza in Nyack, NYS Senator David Carlucci took the podium to let residents know that this is also one of the most dangerous times of the year. (And not just because of shark attacks.)
by Jennifer Mancuso
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly deemed that solitary confinement beyond 15 days constitutes torture. Yet in New York State, inmates are locked in solitary confinement cells for months, years, sometimes decades. Sometimes they’re locked up for infractions as minor as walking too slowly or having what is perceived as a “bad attitude.” There is currently no limit on the amount of time an inmate can be held in solitary confinement. In the United States, 4.4% of inmates are held in solitary confinement. In New York State, 9% of inmates are held in solitary cells. That is more than double the national average.
Suez water customers got a reprieve this week — rates will rise but not so much. Activists and politicians offered a muted cheer; Nyack & South Nyack residents yawned (they are customers of the Nyack Water Department and aren’t affected). And Clarkstown scheduled hearings about drawing boundaries to create a ward system including Upper Nyack and other neighborhoods. Plus Two Hammond’s Highlights at the Nyack Center: a community policing meeting and the annual Annual MLK Oratory contest, this year celebrating the Obama legacy.
Did Donald Trump Wear Rockland County Coat-tails?
by Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
On Election Day, voters in Rockland weren’t just choosing a new president. Among the many other races on the ballot were elections for NY State Senate and State Assembly. Thanks to the gerrymandering of New York State legislative districts, Rockland is divided between two state senate districts and four assembly districts. How did local candidates fare — and did the Trump Effect impact local races?
by Max Cea and Dave Zornow
R.E.M. sang “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I’m feeling fine.” But that was years before the 2016 presidential election.
Today is the day. The end — of this mad marathon through the depths of Mordor if not the American empire. Forecasts, though, don’t predict anything apocalyptic, just overcast skies and a bit of rain, which, you know, seems all too appropriate.
Anyway, enough about the weather. Here’s what you need to know to prevent the apocalypse — or just to have a say in the future of Nyack development.
by Peter Henry
Have you ever seen a hawk flying through Nyack, towards the huge mountain that’s always looming in the north, and wondered, What does it see, hundreds of feet in the air? I have. And the answer is available, atop Hook Mountain. There, you can see Hudson Valley neighborhoods and landmarks, such as Nyack’s old high school, Rockland lake, and the Tappan Zee Bridge; each become miniscule, model versions of the actual structures. The view from the top of the Hook puts Nyack in a new perspective. But the Hook itself, with its winding hiking trail that extends from Rockland Lake in Valley Cottage, to Nyack Beach State Park, all the way to Haverstraw, and its ample animal and plant life, is itself a monument to behold.
by Dave Zornow
For the last two years, Rockland’s New York State senator has lived in the political no man’s land between Democrats and Republicans as a member of the NYS Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference. But David Carlucci and the other three members of the IDC are now playing the role of kingmakers to determine which party will have a majority when the next session of the state’s senate is sworn in next year. With neither Republicans nor Democrats having enough seats to gain control of the upper house, IDC Chairman Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) is trying to negotiate a power sharing agreement with Senate Republicans. Carlucci, Klein, Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), and David Valesky (D-Syracuse) formed the IDC in Jan 2010.
Nyack, Augst 29 — Two women from Washington are coming to Nyack on Thurs to talk small business. US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey will be at the Maria Luisa Boutique on S. Broadway to promote the Success Act, legislation that would encourage investments in small business stock, double the deduction for start-up expenses and continue tax breaks for spending on new equipment.
by Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
In Part II of this series on New York State redistricting, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick looks at techniques political parties use to maintain majorities in areas where they are in the minority.
We all know that New York is a predominantly Democratic state, yet Republicans have maintained control of the New York State Senate for all but two of the last 48 years. Despite the fact that it’s been 20 years since a Republican won a U.S. Senate election, 28 years since a Republican presidential candidate carried the state and 38 years since Republicans had a majority in the State Assembly, the State Senate keeps a GOP majority year after year. Their secret weapon is called redistricting, and if the proposed new maps for the Senate districts pass in anything close to their current form, Republicans won’t be losing their majority any time soon.