Pennsylvania lawmakers and the governor are supposed to pass a budget every year by July 1. But this year, they passed half a budget. The parties involved agreed on how much money they wanted to spend, but they could not come up with an agreement about how to pay for the proposed budget.
A debate at SUNY Sullivan on the pros and cons of a New York State constitutional convention was held on October 11 between convention expert Gerald Benjamin and union organizer Michael Grubiak. Benjamin favors a convention; Grubiak does not.
On September 18, a three-judge federal appeals panel threw out the corruption conviction of former New York State Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam. Father and son had been convicted of fraud and bribery, and Dean of using his office to pressure his company to give his son a mostly no-show job.
Over the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of participating in online coursework presented by Cornell University’s Institute for Climate Smart Solutions.
Every day I come face to face with a disease that debilitates the lives of those caught in its throes—addiction. Equally painful are the daily collateral affects felt by family, friends, neighbors and total communities.
Every day I talk about hope.
The Sullivan County Charter Review Commission in June delivered a final report to the county legislature, and 12 of the 13 members recommended that the county change its form of government from one with an appointed county manager to one with an elected county executive.
Being in the room for a meeting of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission was a chance to see up close the deep personal anguish experienced by a young person facing the reality that she might be kicked out of the only country she’s ever really known.
The thought that water equals life has become a rallying cry for environmentalists and others who think we should pay more attention to the liquid that fills our lakes, rivers and oceans—an especially poignant thought in an area like the Upper Delaware that is in a sense defined by the body of water that threads through it.
On August 30, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] telling the federal agency it was not going to grant the necessary water quality certificate to allow the Millennium Pipeline Company to move forward with their Valley Lateral Pipeline (VLP) project.
The November election is just around the corner, and New York State voters will be asked if the state should have a constitutional convention.