On June 12th at 6:00, a discussion and vote will take place in order to support a resolution Naftuli Moster, along with Legislators Carey and Hofstein sponsored. This resolution calls for the county to support Assemblyman Zebrowski’s bill A1305, which looks to strengthen the Education Department’s ability to enforce standards in the education received at non-public schools. If it passes this committee, it will head to the full legislature. It has received bipartisan support the last time it was discussed.
“A Rockland County Legislature investigative panel has started digging into the county Sewer District’s management of projects that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
The panel meeting Monday has obtained mounds of documents from Rockland Sewer District 1, including the Western Ramapo Sewer Extension project that has ballooned from a starting cost of $72 million to $181 million and is plagued by lawsuits.
The panel’s overall goal is to determine what mistakes occurred, offer suggestions on approving the administration or making changes, and making referrals, if necessary, to law enforcement for further investigation. [Read more…]
The owner of a Clarkstown transportation company who runs the Rockland County bus system was arrested Thursday morning on federal charges for allegedly taking payments for work on Rockland BOCES vehicles that was never done.
Richard Brega, 49, allegedly paid bribes to BOCES Transportation Director William Popkave and falsified documentation to indicate his company, Brega D.O.T. Maintenance Corp., had repaired and maintained school vehicles, prosecutors said in a news release announcing the five-count indictment.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the pair schemed to defraud BOCES then “tried to cover their tracks through fake invoices and deceptive money transactions.” [Read more…]
Apparently, the stink attached to Ramapo’s auditor fraud, made redolent with fines and sanctions from the SEC, has motivated other local clients of O’Connor Davies to skip the clothespins and go directly to showing the auditing firm the door. In a press release yesterday, County Executive Ed Day is asking the County Legislature to open the windows and fire PKF O’Connor Davies. The company has three contracts with the County for $1 million. [Read more…]
A Rockland County lawmaker is calling for federal and/or local authorities to investigate the sources of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to Family Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress’s 2011 campaign.
Legislator Charles Falciglia said he is requesting the probe because Eisenpress’s campaign received near maximum contributions from more than 20 individuals and companies during a four-day period. The majority of those donors never previously donated to a candidate. [Read more…]