Here are some headline-grabbing stories in the Hudson Valley.
An excessive force lawsuit against Mount Vernon Police has now been re-launched. Ronald Ketcham, a retired federal probation officer from New Rochelle, says police arrested him as they searched for a person with outstanding warrants in 2017. He was released after police determined he was he was not the man they were looking for. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2019. But now a federal appeals court has overturned that decision and sent it back to the lower court. Ketcham’s lawyer said his client was grateful to be able to present his case to a jury. Attorney for Mount Vernon police officers did not respond to News 12’s request for comment.
A warning to watch for COVID-19 vaccine scams and stimuli. New York Attorney General Letitia James said recently con artists were posing as the “IRS bailout department.” and attempt to steal people’s personal information through phishing emails. James warns that promises to skip the immunization line or receive additional stimulus payments are lies and New Yorkers must remain vigilant.
A drive to Manhattan could soon be more expensive. The US Department of Transportation has advanced congestion pricing in New York City. Under the proposal, local officials would charge a variable toll once a day for vehicles entering or remaining in the “Central Business District” on 60th Street in Midtown in Battery Park. According to the United States Federal Highway Administration, the plan would generate $ 15 billion over four years for the MTA.