This week’s issue – May 19, 2017

Photo by Jason Kaplan Every two years a mock drill is conducted in front of the junior and senior classes at the high school. This year the script was changed and the accident was caused by distracted driving rather than Driving While Intoxicated.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Every two years a mock drill is conducted in front of the junior and senior classes at the high school. This year the script was changed and the accident was caused by distracted driving rather than Driving While Intoxicated.

Script for mock car crash changes

The script may have changed, but the end result was still the same. Every two years, juniors and seniors at Cornwall Central High School get to witness a mock drill involving a two-car crash. In the past, the accident was the result of Driving While Intoxicated. This year, the script changed.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, first responders from Vails Gate Fire Department, Town of Cornwall Police Department, and the ambulance corps from New Windsor and Cornwall responded to the crash, which was supposedly caused by distracted driving. Page 1A

Budget OK’d in century’s lightest vote

School board president Charlie Frankel stepped to the middle of the gym floor and tried to get everyone’s attention. He was holding the results from the budget vote.

In the past, there would have been an immediate hush. But this year, there was little suspense. More than 72 percent of the voters said “yes” to a budget that was at the cap, and that included very little change from the previous year. The turnout was the lightest of the century. Only 1,315 people cast ballots on the budget — less than half the number that showed up in 2005, 2006 or 2013. Page 1A

Driver out of hospital and into jail

For Andras Geiger, America has been a tragic experience. The 23-year-old man arrived from Belgium with a friend on March 2. Two days later, he was the driver in a fatal accident in Mountainville. He had to be airlifted to Westchester Medical Center, and one of his passengers was killed. On March 7, Mr. Geiger was charged with DWI and vehicular homicide. He remained in the hospital for two months, and when he was finally discharged, he was arraigned in Goshen and remanded to Orange County Jail. Page 1A

Board suspends clearwell expenditure

During Monday night’s business meeting, the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees tabled a decision to approve a $30,000 change order for the clearwell project at the Black Rock Water Treatment Plant. To date, efforts to eliminate leaks in the clearwell have been unsuccessful.  Mayor Brendan Coyne said the board wasn’t prepared to approve the expenditure until after a discussion with the parties involved in the project. A meeting, to discuss the project and billing, was scheduled for Wednesday. Page 3A

Varsities claiming division titles

Cornwall defeated the Warwick girls lacrosse team to clinch its first league title. The Dragon baseball team captured the league crown when Port Jervis defeated Goshen. The tennis team completed its fifth straight undefeated season. The net men have won 68 matches in a row. Danny Goetze, Mike Bertotti and Gannon Yarmus advanced to the Section IX tournament in golf. The Lady Dragons surprised Port Jervis 12-2 in softball. The boys lacrosse team outscored FDR after losing to Minisink Valley. Seth Goitia broke 50 seconds for 400 meters for the first time this season, and finished second in the Shen Invitational Meet in Clifton Park. Page 6A

Fun stuff at historic site

So, what’s going on at the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site in the months ahead? A lot!

The site is located at 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, which is one-quarter mile north of the Bear Mountain Bridge Traffic Circle. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 446-2134. Page 7A

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