Headlines: $19M in Medicare fraud, “horrific” accident, nurses laid off
some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
chiropractor will spend several years behind bars. James Spinda
has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison and will pay nearly $19
million in restitution for defrauding Medicare and other insurance companies.
Spina previously owned Dolson Avenue Medical in Middletown, which now has
a new name.
Former Orangetown Town Supervisor and current Peekskill City Manager Andrew Stewart was injured in a car accident on Wednesday. Police say Stewart was heading eastbound on the Bear Mountain
Bridge Road just before 9 a.m. Wednesday when his 2003 Toyota Tacoma went into
the westbound lane and struck a rock wall. Stewart was taken to the intensive
care unit at Westchester Medical Center. His condition is not known yet,
but Mayor Andre Rainey called it a "horrific
accident." State police say they are looking at whether
a medical emergency contributed to the accident. There were no other vehicles
involved. A special meeting of the Common
Council is being held on Zoom Friday night to appoint an acting city manager.
Putnam Hospital Center is laying off 11 nurses
despite reports of understaffing, according to the New York State Nurses
Association. The association says one of the nurses being let go is a 30-year veteran
of the hospital.
Welcome news for soon to be graduates at
Manhattanville College as in-person ceremonies will take place over several
days in May. Only 2020 and
2021 graduates are invited to attend. But guests can watch via livestream.