Legislators have not yet voted, but it seems likely that they will move forward with a plan to build nine new emergency communications towers and purchase new frequencies to aid in the communication among emergency responders. Read more
Legislator Cindy Gieger said that only three farmers regularly receive recycled newsprint from Sullivan County transfer stations, and a fourth receives it occasionally. The policy to allow farmers to receive recycled newsprint for no cost was established in 2003. Read more
The Sullivan County Legislature, at a meeting on February 1, gave department heads permission to fill about 50 vacant positions that are considered critical for the smooth functioning of county government. The legislature changed the hiring policy because of the recession so that every new hire had to be approved by the legislature. Read more
Dennis DeGroat, 39, of Bloomingburg, will be spending 13 years in prison with 10 years of post-release supervision for the rape of a girl who was 13 years old. Read more
The final two members of a burglary ring have been sentenced. Elliot Hernandez, 19, of Monticello, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for his role in four burglaries of homes in the Towns of Forestburgh and Thompson. Read more
Sandy Shaddock, the business representative of Teamsters Local 445, which represents some 600 Sullivan County employees, is raising concerns about Randall Parker, the commissioner of the Division of Health and Family Services (DFS) and possible conflict of interest because of changes he has made to foster care and child protective services in Sullivan County. Read more
Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park, 9am-5pm. Cardboard sled race, Wing Fling and more. Tickets: $35 for a family of five. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 845/791-4200.
Sullivan County manager issues a flood watch effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Flood Watch for Sullivan County that is effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. Read more
Andre Davis, 28, of Monticello, was sentenced on January 28 in Sullivan County Court to 12 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision for his conviction for the possession of a stolen and loaded handgun. Read more
The Sullivan County Legislature is quietly negotiating a departure agreement with county manager David Fanslau. Five of the nine legislators have been calling for a change of managers since last summer. Because of a change to the county charter in 2007, it takes a supermajority of legislators to either appoint or dismiss the county manager, even if the manager’s contract is not renewed, which is the case with Fanslau. The five legislators have begun the process to change the county charter back to the way it was before 2007, in which the manager could be changed by a simple majority.