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September 22, 2014
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Monticello

Sullivan County cuts workers

When we turn on the lights on January 1, 2012, we’ll be close to $11.5 million in the hole; so while we sit here and struggle with $2 million today, you can multiply that by five, and that does not take into account health insurance increases, pension increases, or cuts in funding from Albany. So as difficult and wrenching as this is, the task has just begun. The rhetoric needs to be toned down.”  Read more

Tomatoes, fish and energy at the landfill

The idea of tapping the gas created in the capped landfill in Monticello has been broached in the past, but this time around, the proposal is proposed as a part of a larger plan to transform the acreage around the landfill and the adjacent abandoned Apollo Plaza shopping mall into a use that can produce revenue for the county.  Read more

County court system considered

In March, the residents of the Village of Liberty will vote on whether they want to dissolve the village court and let the cases and court functions be absorbed by the Town of Liberty court. Members of the town board have indicated that they are not so enthusiastic about that possibility, but if the voters vote to dissolve, the town won’t have any choice.

Three members of the village board want the court to be dissolved because it runs a deficit somewhere above $28,000 per year.  Read more

IDA to post more info on website

For the past few years, Rock Hill resident Dave Colavito has been waging a campaign to have information about projects that receive tax breaks in Sullivan County made more readily accessible to the public. He served on the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission in 2007 and 2008, and that was one of the resolutions of the commission.  Read more

Unions say no salary freeze

Saying they will not make any more concessions than they already have, three unions that represent workers in Sullivan County have teamed up to resist wage and benefit freezes instituted by the legislature for the fiscal year 2011.

The unions are: Teamster Local 445, which represents the bulk of the workers; International Laborers Local 17, which represents workers in the Department of Public Works; and the New York State Nurses Association, which represents county nurses.  Read more

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