Officials are investigating the deceased's connection to the murder of a New Jersey murder judge's son.
TOWN OF ROCKLAND, NY — According to a report from NBC News, a well-known New York attorney named Roy Den Hollander was found dead in the Town of Rockland on the morning of Monday, July 20. Hollander was described as an “anti-feminist” lawyer, who authorities believe may have been responsible for the murder of a New Jersey federal judge’s son and the wounding of her husband the day before.
Officials said that several law enforcement agencies were investigating whether Hollander died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds and whether a gun found at the scene was the one used to kill the judge’s son and wound her husband.
NEW YORK STATE — Businesses and customers that do not abide by the NYS Department of Health’s COVID-19 requirements can now be fined. The department’s emergency regulations now includes a fine of up to $1,000 for businesses that allow customers to enter or remain in their buildings without wearing a mask or social distancing. Non-compliant customers could also face a maximum fine of $1,000 per violation.
Residents can file allegations of violations online at www.bit.ly/NYSComplaintForm or by phone at 833/789-0470.
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County has announced how it plans to spend the more than $4 million in funding it has received through the CARES Act. Though there is some flexibility to change the amounts later, the preliminary budget allocates $592,753 to support county direct response/administration, $1,200,000 for broadband deployment, $200,000 for behavioral health/substance-use disorder treatment and $2,645,600 for small businesses, tourism businesses, nonprofit grants and other allocations.
The county will work with the Wayne Economic Development Corporation, the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, Downtown Hawley Partnership and Greater Honesdale Partnership. An application process for Wayne County businesses and nonprofits will be announced soon.
LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Department of Family Services is now offering an app called NYDocSubmit, designed to facilitate the process of filing paperwork.
“NYDocSubmit allows certain social services applicants and recipients to take pictures of their documents and submit them to our office using their Apple iOS or Android phone or tablet,” director of temporary assistance Giselle Steketee said. “The app can be used to submit documents for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Temporary Assistance (TA), and Medicaid (MA).”
Residents can also use the app to submit identification, citizenship status, proof of income, medical documentation, proof of residence, resources, shelter/utilities and other documentation as needed. NYDocSubmit should not be used to submit information such as Child Protective Services (CPS) case information, HIV reports, suspected child abuse or maltreatment. It also is not monitored for emergencies.
The app is available via the Apple App Store and Google Play.
PITTSBURGH, PA — Several groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of PA, Public Interest Law Center and the League of Women Voters of PA are challenging the Donald Trump for President reelection campaign’s lawsuit against the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The groups have moved to intervene as defendants in the case.
“The only reason the Trump campaign is trying to limit the use of mail voting is to make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to vote. Drop boxes are a safe and efficient option for people who want to participate in our democracy, particularly in the midst of a highly contagious and deadly pandemic,” said Sarah Brannon, managing director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.
ALBANY, NY — The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) recently announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance for New Yorkers adversely affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. About 700,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable benefit for July to help them avoid food insecurity.
The emergency assistance is issued to any SNAP household that does not ordinarily receive the maximum allowable benefit per month, which is $194 for an individual and $646 for a family of four. These benefits will be distributed later this month, after the regular SNAP issuance. About half of all households receiving SNAP will receive additional benefits for July.
MILFORD, PA — To provide ample time for the county and county officials to prepare for events to be held on county property, the Pike County Commissioners have adopted a policy for public gatherings on county property. The policy requires individuals or entities to obtain a permit by filing an application in person or by mail with the County of Pike at the administration building, located at 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA.
Permit applications must be submitted to the County of Pike at least five business days prior to the proposed date and time of the public gathering, subject to certain exceptions. The full policy and application guidelines are available for download at www.PikePA.org or at the commissioners’ office in the administration building.
ALBANY, NY — In New York, state tax receipts in June were down $1.5 billion or 17.3 percent from the previous year, according to the monthly state cash report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
“As steps toward an economic reopening continue, state tax revenues remain far short of pre-pandemic levels,” DiNapoli said. “Currently, state spending is well below projections, as the Division of the Budget withholds some payments in response to fiscal uncertainty. All eyes are on Washington. New York and its localities badly need more federal aid if they are to respond fully to the COVID-19 crisis.”