NARROWSBURG, NY — Towns in New York are beginning to reduce street lighting and replace existing bulbs with LED bulbs to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. There’s another benefit too: a major cost reduction. The Town of Tusten is on its way to reap these benefits. Through the work of the Tusten Energy Committee, the town could see a cost reduction in their energy bill of 20%. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — By a vote of 382 to 140 on May 19, the Sullivan West Central School District 2015-2016 budget passed. Board of education incumbents Lucas Arzilli and Rachel Brey, both running unopposed, were re-elected. Arzilli received 360 votes and Brey received 399 votes. The seat of incumbent Kevin Murphy, who did not seek re-election, went to Mark Huggler, whose 271 votes overtook Cathy Armstrong’s 202 votes. The new board will be instated in July. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — At the May 20 board of supervisors meeting in Lackawaxen Township, Supervisor Mike Mancino was approved by the board to be an authorized signer for all township bank accounts held at The Dime Bank and the Honesdale National Bank. Because of the Shawn Roe controversy, in which former secretary Roe is accused of stealing $220,000 from the township over a 10-year period, all three supervisors must now sign all outgoing checks for the township, and all checks are signed in public, during the course of the meetings. Read more
REGION — Police officials on May 28 arrested five people in New York City involved in a drug ring operation that stretched from Long Island to Livingston Manor. Officials seized $5 million worth of heroin (over 26 pounds) and $115,000 in cash and two guns.
The operation was sparked by an overdose death in Livingston Manor two years ago, which prompted Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff to track down the dealer with the help of multiple agencies and officials. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis residents will be without access to public swimming this summer. Mayor Kelly Decker reported West End Beach will only open for river access for boating this season, and the riverside can be used for picnics, or general enjoyment, but no swimming will be allowed. In addition, West End Beach will be renamed West End Park and Recreation Area. Read more
ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced unanimous passage of legislation amending the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights on June 1. The legislation that originally created the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights, also carried by Gunther, was signed into law in 2009. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The House voted unanimously on June 1 in favor of an amendment that rejected Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, which would raise income and sales taxes and reduce property taxes. Rep. Seth Grove, who authored the amendment, said, “The tax increases proposed by the new governor earlier this year are so unpopular that every member present voted against it today. With increases proposed for the income tax and the sales tax on a host of other products and services, Pennsylvanians cannot afford another $12.7 billion in new taxes over the next two years.” Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Reps. Mike Peifer and Rosemary M. Brown announced this week that five area projects in Pike County have been chosen to receive state grants through the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Finance Authority’s (CFA) Local Share Account (LSA) program. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 27 formally adopted the final rule on the definition of “Waters of the United States” that are protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA). Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — At its May 18 meeting, the Damascus board of supervisors dealt with a number of long-standing issues, including multiple PennDOT bridge replacement projects; amendment of the township’s cell tower ordinance; a proposed conditional-use cell tower; and a proposed nuisance-abatement ordinance. By happy coincidence, it was also the annual Supervisor for a Day education event in Damascus Township. That meant that Wayne Highlands Damascus eighth-grade social studies students Jacob Adams (son of supervisor Steve Adams), Thor Crozakian, Brandon Lawson and Garrett Quick would preside at the town board meeting. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — At the Tusten Town meeting on May 12, the town board voted to put the bid out for the rebuilding of the Main Street deck. However, before the vote there was more discussion about the design and cost of the deck, with many points being rehashed, such as whether or not the foundation needs to be rebuilt. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The many abandoned animals in the area at the Pike County Humane Society once more face the threat of losing their shelter. It’s in danger of having to close, unless enough money can be raised by the end of the month to pay the bills, and no new animals are being accepted at this time. Barry Heim, the center’s director, said at the pet adoption drive in Milford’s Community House grounds next to Chant Realty, that it costs close to $28,000 a month to run the shelter. The money goes to take care of the animals, to help pay for food, medical costs, shots and upkeep of the grounds. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Pike County is fighting back against tick-borne diseases.
By their May 20 proclamation creating a new task force to foster awareness, treatment and prevention, the Pike County Commissioners recognized an epidemic of debilitating tick-borne diseases is prevalent in Northeastern PA. Read more
ELDRED, NY — Workers from William Daw Construction are pictured at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library last week. The $45,000 exterior project, funded by a combination of grant money and donations, includes insulation, vinyl siding, window framing and entrance work. Daw said he expected to finish the project later this month. The vinyl replaces the largely original 1920 stucco exterior. The library, originally housed next door at Sunshine Hall, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Read more