Editor’s note: Recently in the aftermath of the Newtown, CT mass shooting, the Journal News, a newspaper that publishes in Rockland and Westchester Counties, NY, posted an interactive map online with the names and addresses of local gun permit holders. This action has stirred up a firestorm, even making the national news. After much heated, negative response, the newspaper hired a private security company with armed guards to patrol its grounds. This letter to The River Reporter comes from one of our readers with ties to Narrowsburg, NY who lives in Westchester County. Read more
I would like to thank everyone who came to my benefit pasta dinner. The money raised will help my parents with bills and expenses they are having due to my illness.
I also want to thank all those who heard about me from the newspapers, or from their friends for their support and prayers. I would like to thank everyone who donated prizes, gifts and other things for the raffles. Read more
Legislator Rouis’s recent request for a six-month Sullivan County Charter Review Commission, reportedly to “recommend guidelines for moving to a county executive form of government,” is a task without relevance and doesn’t comport with the purpose for the commission.
It lacks relevance, because the move hasn’t been agreed to; it requires consent of the legislature. Read more
Construction is near completion on the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Honesdale, the company’s 66th Pennsylvania location.
Tractor Supply Co. is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, and has been operating in Pennsylvania since 1965. The store will be located at 240 Willow Ave. and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time employees. The store will include a sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment. Read more
A request by Michael Sullivan, the director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority for a reduction of the setback rule that applies at the Pike County Business Park from 150 feet to 10 feet was turned down by the Blooming Grove Township Board.
Sullivan was attempting to accommodate a new employer who wanted to park large buses at the site. The Davis Company has a fleet of 25 school buses that would need room for a garage and parking area. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate and House voted to extend parts of the expired 2008 Farm Bill through September 2013, a move that would prevent milk prices from immediately surging.
The White House fact sheet on the big fiscal deal Congress passed, of which the extension was part, has exactly one sentence about the farm bill extension. It says it will avoid the doubling of milk prices that would have kicked in automatically in the absence of any farm bill. The action was being called avoiding the “dairy cliff.” Read more
There is a split in the Sullivan County Legislature, but it doesn’t run along party lines. Instead, it pits four legislators who want county manager David Fanslau to remain in office for at least the next two years, against five legislators who want him to leave.
At a news conference at the government center on January 3, legislator Jonathan Rouis, the former legislative chair, called for the establishment of a charter revision committee to study the notion of changing the county government to one that would have a county executive, as is the case in Orange and Ulster counties. Read more
TOWN OF NASSAU, NY — The New York State Appellate Court has affirmed that towns have the ability to limit activities in the town, even if a state agency has issued a license that allows the activity. The case was Troy Sand & Gravel versus the Town of Nassau and the decision was issued on December 27, 2012. Read more