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August 2011

Liberty man charged with forgery, identity theft

A Liberty man has been charged with Forgery and Identity Theft after he attempted to obtain a New York State Driver’s License at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Monticello. Adelaja Oke, 45, was taken into custody by DMV Investigators and Sheriff’s Deputies as he tried to file a driver’s license application at the County Government Center on Tuesday. It is alleged that he used forged documents and the identification of another individual. Oke was arraigned before Sullivan County Court Judge Michael McGuire and sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Delaware claims fifth drowning victim

SKINNERS FALLS, NY — The third person to drown in the Upper Delaware River in just over a week, and the fifth so far this season, was recovered by divers just before dusk on August 4.

Search and rescue crews located the body of 19-year-old Najee Powell from Ridgefield Park, NJ below the Skinners Falls Rapids where the young man had been swimming with a group of 11 friends between the ages of 17 and 21.

According to National Park Service Chief Ranger Joe Hinkes,the group attempted to swim across the river from the New York side. None were wearing lifejackets.  Read more

Casey and Toomey Introduce Bill to Give Beneficiaries Greater Choice in Medicare Advantage

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. SenatorsBob Casey(D-PA) and Pat Toomey(R-PA) introduced the Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Actto restore the ability of Medicare Advantage recipients to change Medicare Advantage plans. The bill will reverse a change made in the Affordable Care Actthat eliminated the ability of Medicare Advantage recipients to change plans during the first three months of a calendar year.  Read more

GILLIBRAND FIGHTS TO ARM LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH MORE RESOURCES TO PROTECT NY COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES

Washington, D.C.– To help relieve the strain of tight local budgets on New York’s law enforcement agencies, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is co-sponsoring the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Improvements Act, legislation to strengthen resources for local law enforcement, giving them more of the tools they need to protect local communities and keep New Yorkers safe.  Read more

Casey: Stop Sending China Hundreds of Millions in Development Aid

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of senators calling for an end to U.S. development aid to China, now the world’s second-largest economy. Since 2001, the U.S. has provided more than $275 million in direct assistance to China for projects such as expanding internet access and improving public transportation. In addition, China receives billions from multilateral institutions like the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank, to which the U.S. is among the largest contributors.  Read more

Reward: FBI Seeks Public’s Assistance Locating Fugitive Sam Chatman

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in locating Sam Chatman, who is wanted for allegedly robbing two banks in the New York area. Chatman is described as a black male, 5’7’’ to 5’9’’ tall, and 200 lbs. He is 54 years old and is known to frequent casinos. Chatman is believed to have several weapons and should be considered armed and dangerous.  Read more

Hinchey Urges U.S. Postal Service to avoid Closure of Rural Post Offices

Washington, DC- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today wrote Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick R. Donahoe for the United States Postal Service (USPS), urging against the closure of nine post offices in rural parts of Ulster, Sullivan and Delaware Counties in New York. The Postal Service recently announced it is studying the potential closure of the postal stations.  Read more

Casey: Salmonella Outbreak Highlights Need for Better Coordination

WASHINGTON, DC–In response to reports of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has sickened at least 77 people nationwide, including 5 in Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today sent letters to President Obama and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging them to increase coordination among agencies and keep inspectors on the job.  Read more

Fundraising concert

August 27, 2011

Kenny Young & the Eggplants perform benefit for Neversink Valley Museum at D&H Canal Park visitor's center, 7:30pm, $5 members, $7 non-members. 845/754-8870.

Animal Reiki workshop

August 16, 2011

Healing technique for stress relief & support for physical & emotional issues at Your Dog's Place training center, 8/18, 6:30-8:30pm, $20. RSVP by 8/16: 570/503-6471.