State says fundraisers taking majority
of charitable giving
ALBANY, NY — A December 23 report from Attorney General
Eliot Spitzer claims that less than one third of the money raised by
telemarketing campaigns goes to the charity, while the balance is used to pay
expenses associated with the fundraising.
Spitzer said $184.7 million was raised by 588 campaigns
conducted in 2001. Of that, $58.9 million, or 31 percent, made its way to the
charities. The remainder was retained for telemarketers’ fees and other costs.
The report said that in only 29 of 588 campaigns did the
charity receive at least 65 percent or more of the money raised.
In 82 percent of the campaigns, charities got less than half of the donations
and fourteen of the charities actually lost money under fundraising contracts.
State fines ‘wish’ charity for false statements
HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania last week announced a $41,000
fine against a Georgia-based charity for overstating its contributions to
children’s services programs.
The state found that Children’s Wish Foundation
International Inc. of Atlanta, GA knowingly made 41 false statements in 1998
charities registration forms.
The charges related specifically to alleged in-kind
donations made by Children’s Wish to 41 Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide
between July 1, 1998, and June 30, 1999. Four of these Ronald McDonald Houses
are in Danville, Hershey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Children’s Wish claimed it donated nearly $1.6 million in
“various clothes, toys, books, craft items and supplies” to the 41 Ronald
McDonald Houses. The Commonwealth maintained that only approximately $150,000
worth of donated items were received.
Two arrested for burglary
ROCK HILL, NY — A Greeley woman and a Monticello man were
arrested for burglary on December 27 after an automatic alarm brought deputies
to an Emerald Green home where they found a vehicle stuck in snow in the
Floyd R. Van Wagner, a contractor who had worked at the home
and had keys, said he had permission to be there, but the owner said no one
should have been there.
Sullivan County Sheriffs Department deputies charged Van
Wagner, 34, and Sherrie Sanders, 39, with second-degree burglary. Deputies also
charged them with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
after they found the pair had three crack pipes and five crack cocaine rocks
packaged in foil.
Van Wagner and Sanders were arraigned in Town of Thompson
Court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail without bail pending a January 2
Narrowsburg resident killed on Route 97
HANKINS, NY — Mark Andrewski, 42,
of Narrowsburg, NY was pronounced dead at the scene of an automobile accident
in Hankins on December 28.
The accident occurred at 7:01 p.m. at the intersection of
Route 97 and Ridge Road.
Andrewski, who was heading south,
was ejected from his car after sliding off the road at a sharp curve and
hitting a snow bank. According to state police, the car then swerved and spun
around, entering the north lane and struck an on-coming car.
Driving north was John Haberli,
55, of Hankins. Haberli sustained minor abrasions but
was taken to Grover Hermann Hospital, a division of the Catskill Regional
Medical Center in Callicoon, where he was treated and released.
Andrewski was pronounced dead at
the scene by Sullivan County Coroner Michael Speer.
An autopsy was to be performed on Monday, according to state
Andrewski is survived by his wife,
Priscilla, and two children, ages 16 and eight.
Legislature reschedules January meetings
MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature will meet
and organize on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislative
chambers of the county government center.
The January committee meetings have been postponed one week
and will take place on January 9 and January 16 at the regularly scheduled
In 2003, the Veterans Committee will meet on the months of
January, March, May, July, September and November.
The monthly meeting of the full legislature is scheduled for
2:00 p.m. on January 23.
Five killed in Christmas holiday crashes probed by state
HARRISBURG, PA — Five people were killed in traffic crashes
investigated by Pennsylvania State Police during the two-day Christmas holiday.
Police said three of those killed were not wearing seat
In addition to the five fatalities, 231 people were injured
in the 901 crashes that troopers investigated. Some 31 of the crashes were
alcohol-related, including one of the fatal crashes.
Troopers issued 332 speeding citations, arrested 52 people
for driving under the influence, and cited 30 operators for not wearing seat
During last year’s two-day Christmas holiday driving period,
seven people were killed and 151 were injured in 350 crashes investigated by