Automobile Hit-and Run
A 37-year-old Orange County man has been charged with the felony of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident in a hit-and-run accident. Additional charges are pending. At around 6:30 PM on Sunday, police were notified about a person lying in the road on Glenwood Road near Revere Road in Blooming Grove. The 56-year-old victim was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead. Police said the victim was walking south when he was struck. New York State Police and Blooming Grove police investigation led to the driver’s vehicle at his home a short distance from the accident scene. The driver was being held in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Tax Foreclosure Auction
Orange County will hold a tax foreclosure auction of more than 200 properties on Thursday, March 9th at 10:00 AM at Orange County’s Emergency Services Center at 22 Wells Farm Road in Goshen. The aggregate value of delinquent taxes on the properties totals approximately $2.1 million. Auction-day registration will begin at 8:00 AM. Deeds will be issued in the name that is on the registration and ownership of the property will not be conveyed until the deed is recorded in the Orange County Clerk’s Office. Successful bidders will be required to pay a deposit equal to $1,000 or 20 percent of the total contract price (bid price + buyer’s premium) on demand via cash, bank teller/cashier check, money order or credit card (Master Card or VISA only). All properties will be sold “as is.” Residents can visit www.orangecountygov.com/realproperty or www.NYSAuctions.com for information about the auction. A printed auction brochure can be obtained by visiting Orange County’s Real Property Office at 124 Main Street in Goshen or at any town clerk’s office in Orange County. A pamphlet can also be acquired by calling 1-800-243-0061.
Five Hudson Valley residents were among the 41 people that United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents took into custody in New York last week. President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order prioritized the deportation of previously convicted criminal illegal immigrants, giving full authority to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). ICE arrested 680 individuals nationwide. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Monday those taken into custody “pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system.” The detainees are now awaiting deportation or criminal convictions.
The individuals arrested in the Hudson Valley are as follows (names were not released):
A 30-year-old Ecuador national convicted of sexual assault, arrested in New City.
A 30-year-old Honduras national with a conviction of assault, arrested in Monroe.
A 28-year-old Guatemala national convicted of driving under the influence, arrested in Brewster.
A 52-year-old Mexican national with a conviction of driving under the influence, arrested in Suffern.
A 35-year-old Honduras national who is considered a fugitive with a final order of removal, arrested in Newburgh.
Notwithstanding the recent ICE activity, immigration in the Hudson Valley will most likely be affected by the recent President Trump executive order temporarily banning travel from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya, and refugees from all countries. A section of the executive order lowering the cap on total refugees the United States will accept from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year ending September 30th was not affected by the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling refusing to reinstate the travel ban.
Accordingly, it is likely that no further refugees will be settled in the mid-Hudson Valley in 2017 according to the director of the Immigration and Refugee Program for the Eastern Region of the Church World Service Poughkeepsie, which had planned on resettling more refugees locally following the federal court ruling. Church World Service, together with local volunteers, had planned to relocate 80 refugees within a 50-to-100 mile radius of Poughkeepsie early this year. However, only one family relocated — a family of five from the Congo who had spent six years living in a refugee camp of 20,000 in Malawi. As the United States has already accepted more than 35,000 refugees in 2017, less than 15,000 spots are available before reaching President Trump’s imposed cap.
President Trump has indicated that he plans to release a new executive order regarding immigration and refugees. Early reports of a draft of the order claim that it targets the same seven countries listed in the original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the United States. Green card holders and dual citizens of the United States and any of the seven countries would be exempt from the travel ban. The new draft would also no longer direct authorities to single out and potentially reject Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications.