I cover courts, police, legal issues and general assignment, including investigative reporting. I've worked for The Journal News since February 1984. I've covered government, as well as the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York City that nominated Bill Clinton.
Retired Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik, who spent almost 50 years with the department, died Monday after battling cancer. He was 74. The Rockland County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post this morning that Kralik, who had lived inÂ Sloatsburg, spent 49 years with the department, including two decades as sheriff. The department said funeral arrangements were pending.
Former Rockland County bus company operator Richard Brega was charged this morning with falsifying business records in connection with funneling thousands of dollars in campaign donations through his family, friends and employees to elected officials. The multiple felony counts brought by a Rockland grand jury come on top of federal bribery charges against Brega accusing him of falsifying documents to show his company had repaired Rockland BOCES school buses when no work actually was done.
SPRING VALLEY - After an attic fire at their home, the owners of a Prospect Street house are being hit with double-barreled violations from the village and county for operating an illegal three-family house, allowing an attic apartment and lacking smoke detectors. The fire that erupted in the attic Tuesday from a cigarette displaced six people and damaged the upper floor, authorities said. Spring Valley firefighters contained the flames, but the attic remains uninhabitable from the fire.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".