Ridgewood pol wants to increase penalties for drivers without valid license

Ridgewood state senator Michael Gianaris is calling for legislation to increase penalties for drivers without valid licenses involved in traffic injuries or deaths.

His demand comes after 13-year-old Ridgewood teen Kevin Flores was fatally struck by Philip Monfoletto of Deer Park, a trucker who didn’t have a valid license. Flores was riding his bike when the incident occurred.

Under current law, most cases sought by the district attorney end in a misdemeanor. The most severe offenses will lead to a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

Gianaris’s bill would increase the penalty to a Class E felony for injuring a person, and a Class D felony if it ends in a death.

“This accident is yet another avoidable tragedy caused by a driver who should not have been behind the wheel to begin with,” Gianaris said. “Too many lives have been lost at the hands of drivers whose licenses are suspended or otherwise invalid because the punishment does not match the crime.”



Ridgewood Reservoir added to National Register of Historic Places

The long-awaited news is finally official.

The Ridgewood Reservoir has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service approved the move after the New York State Historic Review Board voted unanimously in favor of the addition in December.

What does this mean? The 50-acre reservoir bordering Queens and Brooklyn will receive additional protections.

Built in 1859 to supply water for the city of Brooklyn, the reservoir located today within Highland Park. It became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950s, and was mostly drained by 1989.

The Old Town of Flushing Burial Ground was also added to the national register.