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Robert Cox, New Rochelle blogger, arrested in bat menacing case — The publisher of Talk of the Sound is facing misdeameanor charges after his weekend arrest Talk of the Sound blogger Robert Cox dented a BMW with a baseball bat after a dispute with a group of people outside his city home early Sunday morning, police said Monday.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @ksaeed1: Robert Cox, New Rochelle blogger, arrested in bat attack via @lohud

Oct 20, 2014

Robert Cox, New Rochelle blogger, arrested in bat attack via @lohud

Oct 20, 2014

Cops say he struck a BMW while clad in his underwear. Robert Cox, New Rochelle blogger, arrested in bat attack

Rockland asks for voluntary water conservation and United Water seeks appeal in its surcharge case — Rockland homes and businesses are being asked to voluntarily conserve water as dry conditions in recent months have begun to affect the water supply, according to county officials. Daniel Miller, the county's hydrologist, said Rockland was asking for voluntary conservation now in case rain and snowfall remains lower than average going forward.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @RocklandWater: Rockland calls for water conservation as supply dips United Water refuses to disclose "hidden" expenses via @lohud

Oct 20, 2014

Rockland homes and businesses asked to voluntary conserve water due to dry conditions. @RocklandWater @UnitedWaterNY

Eric Schneiderman: Cocaine story is 'categorically false' — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday said he hasn't taken any illegal drugs in more than three decades, unequivocally denying an allegation from an activist who accused him of using cocaine in 2005. In an interview with Gannett's Albany Bureau, Schneiderman called the accusation by former longshot gubernatorial candidate Randy Credico a "false, laughable story."

East Ramapo-monitor-reviews-immigrant-services-amid-controversy — The former federal prosecutor who is monitoring East Ramapo schools questioned the district's "understanding of and compliance with" the law governing immigrant students' educational rights in a letter to the superintendent last month. Hank Greenberg, the fiscal monitor assigned to East Ramapo, expressed "concerns" about how the district is serving immigrant students in a Sept.

Michelle Lennon denied parole; she beat her husband to death with bat in 1994 — Michelle Lennon, then 23, beat her husband - supermarket executive Brooke Lennon - to death with a baseball bat after a night of drinking and smoking crack in June 1994. She was recently denied parole; Tomassi was released from jail but died of a drug overdose in July.

New TZ work to close Thruway's Tarrytown exit, lanes — If you're traveling at night near Tarrytown this week, be prepared for new detours related to Tappan Zee Bridge construction. Starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Exit 9 on the southbound state Thruway will be closed until 5 a.m. as crews widen the road.
Oct 20, 2014

New Tappan Zee Bridge work to close southbound Thruway's Tarrytown exit, lanes. @TJuva with the details: via @lohud

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. The late '60s and early '70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers finally carved a look of their own that was taken seriously by Europeans.

Westchester Toyota charged "bogus" fees for car leases — Westchester Toyota in Yonkers will pay $170,000 in fees and restitution to customers it overcharged for car leases. Westchester Toyota in Yonkers will pay $170,000 in fees and restitution to customers it overcharged for car leases. New York Attorney General Eric T.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @YonkersReporter: AG: Westchester Toyota in #Yonkers charged "bogus" fees for car leases via @lohud

Oct 20, 2014

AG: Westchester Toyota in #Yonkers charged "bogus" fees for car leases via @lohud

Lower Hudson Valley hospitals: We're ready for Ebola — Hospitals in the Lower Hudson Valley are prepared to treat patients with Ebola but they need support and funding to continue to meet the challenge, their directors said Monday morning. "We are trained and ready to go to take care of patients," said Dr. Michael Rader, medical director at Nyack Hospital.

Yonkers grade school student diagnosed with EV-D68 — A student at Cedar Place Elementary School in Yonkers has been diagnosed with enterovirus D68. A grade school student has been diagnosed with the enterovirus D68, a school official confirmed. The school district learned over the weekend that the Cedar Place Elementary School student had been diagnosed with the illness, said schools spokeswoman Jerilynne Fierstein.

East Ramapo conversation, play, at Threefold on Wednesday — A free performance of the documentary-style East Ramapo play by local playwright Mark Judelson is planned Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. A conversation about the issues surrounding the troubled school district will precede the performance. The conversation will be facilitated by .

Deskovic takes the stand versus Putnam, Stephens — Peekskill police and Westchester prosecutors and medical examiners share some of the blame for Jeffrey Deskovic's years of incarceration. But he told a federal jury Monday that he was only steamrolled by the criminal justice system because of the hours he spent interrogated by Putnam sheriff's Investigator Daniel Stephens while strapped to a polygraph machine.

33rd annual Brinks Memorial Service in Nyack — Michael Paige places flowers at the site of a memorial honoring his father, Brinks Guard Peter Paige and two Nyack Police officers, Sgt. Edward O'Grady and P.O. Waverly Brown, as hundreds gather for the 33rd annual Brinks Memorial Service in Nyack Oct. 20, 2014.

Thanks for the memories: Cuomo shutters 36 public authorities — Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation that will close the doors on 36 urban renewal agencies or industrial development authorities that were on the books and probably didn't do anything. He signed a law today that will shutter 35 of them -- mainly ones that serve no purposes.
Oct 20, 2014

Cuomo nixes 'ghost' agencies, including those in Haverstraw, Spring Valley, New Square @TeamDemeza @michaelcastell

Kaser inspector looking at building after fire — Fire officials say they found possibly a dozen illegally converted units on Sunday The village's building inspector said Monday that he's has not yet been able to inspect a Cedar Lane apartment building where fire officials say they found possibly a dozen illegally converted units during a fire on Sunday morning.

Cooke execution set — White Plains University of Delaware sophomore was killed in 2005 in off-campus apartment In a brief proceeding on Monday, James Cooke was informed that he is to be put to death on Dec. 4 for the 2005 rape and murder of White Plains college student Lindsey Bonistall.
Oct 20, 2014

Execution date set for killer of #LindseyBonistall #WhitePlains college student killed in Delaware @Lohud via

Michael Cunningham of Brewster, ex-school bus driver, arraigned on child sex charges — A Brewster man arrested this summer on sex-abuse charges involving child is a former school bus driver, and authorities are asking any parent whose child may have had contact with him to notify them. Michael Cunningham, 68, has been held at the Putnam County jail since July 25, when Sheriff's investigators arrested him in connection with the alleged abuse of a 6-year-old child.
Oct 20, 2014

Does this alleged creep who lives in #Brewster look familiar? He's an ex-school bus driver and alleged pedophile.…

Regents may loosen high school graduation requirements — Board of Regents may make it easier for students to focus on career training or "STEM" The state Board of Regents plans to add flexibility to its high school graduation requirements, hoping to make it easier for students to focus on career training, "STEM," the arts and other areas.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @GarySternNY: NYS Regents to relax #socialstudies testing requirements & add new options for #STEM and #CareerTechEd…

Sayreville War Memorial High School football hazing — A community reacted with shock after the football season was canceled for Sayreville War Memorial High School as reports surfaced that seven members of the football team are accused of hazing and sexual abuse of teammates. The Bombers had long been a football powerhouse - the team had won three out of the past four years sectional titles.