DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED — An extensive list of nature, environment and land preservation organizations in the Delaware River watershed will share a $35 million grant from the William Penn Foundation (WPF) aimed at protecting high-quality water resources and restoring water quality where needed. Over 15 million people rely on the watershed as their source of drinking water. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Now that the New York State Gaming Commission (SGC) has sent out requests for applications (RFA) for one of the four casino licenses that will be available this year, local officials have begun to adopt positions on which projects they support. Read more
Judge Stephan Schick had expected lengthy testimony and legal arguments; he told the lawyers he would be available for the entirety of the four days leading up to the swearing in of newly elected officials in the Village of Bloomingburg. Read more
ELDRED, NY — On March 13, the Eldred Central School District (ESD) announced it will hold an election for one seat on the school board to take place on May 20. The seat is filled by Carol Bliefernich, who has been appointed as the district’s representative to Sullivan County BOCES, and who is running for re-election to the five-year seat. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Mike Peifer says that funding for school construction projects that have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be a priority as the budget process moves forward in Harrisburg. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The March 13 Sullivan West Central School Board meeting was all about the kids. From superintendent Nancy Hackett, to the board members, to faculty and staff, to parents and public, there was universal agreement that the student musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” presented March 7 to 9, was nothing less than a triumph of talent, spirit and hard work. Cited by all as an example of what students can accomplish when properly motivated, it serves as testament to what Sullivan West is doing right. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — The fifth annual County Health Rankings, which measure the health outcomes and impacts of practically all of the counties in the United States, were published on March 16, and once again Sullivan County is second from last in New York State. Sullivan placed 61 out of 62 counties, ahead of only Bronx. Read more
DINGMAN, PA — Following a lengthy executive session on March 20, the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education approved a $17,000 appropriation to fund a feasibility study for a new Career Technology Education and Workforce Development (CTE) facility, to be done by Burkavage Design Associates and educational consultant Clyde K. Hornberger Ed.D. Read more
ALBANY, NY — The state budget agreement announced in Albany on March 31 includes $1.5 billion in tax credits that will go to homeowners. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the property tax relief package is designed to incentivize local governments and school districts to share services and reduce their financial burden on the taxpayer. In the first year under the reform plan, New Yorkers will receive property tax relief if their local governments stay within the property tax cap. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The League of Women Voters is among more than 50 environmental organizations and community groups that have co-signed a letter requesting that Pennsylvania legislators not take action on a mining drainage bill before an environmental impact assessment has been completed, and if a vote is taken before that, urging elected officials to vote “no.” The League believes that while this bill started with good intentions in October 2011, it is now extremely dangerous. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Sen. John Yudichak, on March 27, joined leaders in education, environmental protection and business at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center to unveil details of a plan to enact what he called a fair and reasonable severance tax proposal on the Marcellus shale industry. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Signs of the heroin epidemic in Sullivan County and beyond are everywhere. The police agencies in the county send a seemingly endless stream of notices about heroin-related arrests to local media outlets. At a recent Town of Liberty meeting, resident Terry Bauer sought support for addiction treatment programs and said she was providing shelter to a friend who is dealing with heroin withdrawal; state Sen. John J. Bonacic announced that he is part of a joint task force, which will examine the “alarming” rise of use of heroin and other opioids in New York. Read more
Honesdale Mayor resigned on April 1, and his resignation letter was effective immediately.
Mayor Ed Langendoerfer told news outlets he has become increasingly frustrated with the board of the borough and especially critical of the way the board has handled hiring in the police department.
The board hired a police commissioner to head the department instead of the former acting police chief, and has been involved in a legal dispute with the former acting police chief.
The board has 30 days to appoint a new mayor.
The court case about the legitimacy of more than 100 voters in the March election in Bloomingburg got off to an surprising start, with an attorney for one of the candidates asking the judge to recuse himself because of the judge’s wife’s social media activities. Read more