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May 2013

Let’s invest in the future

[Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and State Representative John Bonacic.}

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has issued notification of Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2700. NYSERDA is proposing to give $7.8 million to chosen retailers who successfully increase sales of Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) beyond a base-line level.  Read more

I don’t want to meet you, professionally

It has been nearly a year and a half since I began my tenure serving as Wayne County’s coroner. Something that continues to impress me is the stunning reality that no two deaths are exactly the same. Certainly, details of one case may spark flashbacks to previous events investigated by the Coroner’s office; however, the specific and very personal circumstances of each death make my duties a very sensitive experience indeed.  Read more

The rules apply to all candidates

Campaign finance reform has been moved to the front burner in New York State (NYS) in recent weeks. Little wonder, in light of a number of elected officials involved in political corruption scandals that have rocked Albany lately.  Read more

Kids release fingerling trout

About 100 fifth graders swarmed onto an inviting parcel of land in Jeffersonville alongside the pleasantly babbling Callicoon Creek on May 10 to release trout fingerlings into the creek.  Read more

Sullivan chair backs Cuomo’s casino plan

The chair of the Sullivan County Legislature says he is pleased with Governor Cuomo’s plan that would bring a casino to the county. On May 12, Scott Samuelson issued a press release saying, “While I am still evaluating the details of the governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur ... I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.”  Read more

Kadampa center donates $6,900 to town

LUMBERLAND, NY — The Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist Center has contributed $6,900 to various organizations within the town, it was announced on May 7 at the town meeting.  Read more

Bid placed on Narrowsburg school; Solution Project makes offer, has big plans

A formal offer to buy the Narrowsburg School was made on Thursday, May 9 by The Solution Project (TSP), a community group with a seven-member board founded in December 2012. TSP is currently making plans to turn the vacant building into a center for community, local food development projects, education and more.  Read more

Callicoon adopts frack-friendly comp plan; Move to form committee abandoned

After promising to appoint a committee to examine the issue of fracking in the proposed town comprehensive plan, the board did an about-face and adopted the plan at the town meeting on May 13.  Read more

Delaware Valley school approves abatement

The Delaware Valley School District and Pike County commissioners have voted to support Shohola Township’s real-estate tax abatement program. As reported in our May 9 issue, the commissioners had already approved the program, the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) plan for the entire county. However, in order to go into effect in any given locality, the plan must also be approved by the township in question and the affected school district. This has now happened in Shohola.  Read more

Over 100,000 campaign finance violations; Who must file with NYS BOE?

NEW YORK STATE — The laws in New York State regulating campaigns and elections are voluminous and complex, and they run to many hundreds of pages. On the website of New York State Board of Elections (BOE), there is a 132-page election handbook that attempts to boil them all down, but even so, it is dense reading.  Read more