SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP, PA — Shohola Supervisor George C. Fluhr has fired back at Shirley Masuo, following her announcement that she will remain a candidate for supervisor despite the fact that her legal challenge to Fluhr’s name on the Republican ballot has been denied. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Common Council meeting started with two public hearings, the first one to amend a local law so that the city could, if necessary, raise property taxes over the 2% state-mandated cap. When questioned by a member of the public, both Mayor Kelly Decker and councilman Frank Bell explained that this was being done in case there was “something catastrophic between now and the end of the year; this is to protect against something catastrophic.” Read more
HONESDALE, PA — When Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) initiates a new cardiac catheterization program in early 2016, Dr. Raymond Resnick is expected to be at the helm. Resnick, who is board certified in both interventional cardiology and cardiovascular diseases, joins the staff this summer after 10 years in practice with Great Valley Cardiology in Scranton. He will see general cardiology patients beginning in July, while helping Wayne Memorial pave the way for cardiac catheterization. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Exit 30 off Interstate 84 in Pike County will soon be named in memory of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II, a member of the Pennsylvania State Police who was killed at the Blooming Grove barracks, approximately one mile away from that interchange along Route 402. Legislation designating the exit in honor of the fallen trooper was unanimously approved June 29 and sent to the governor for his signature, according to Sen. Lisa Baker, who sponsored the bill. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Kenneth Walter, a local government critic and member of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission and the Sullivan County Ethics Review Committee, announced on June 24 he is withdrawing from the primary race to become the Democratic candidate for county legislator from District Three. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — A crowd of about 70 people, which included workers fired from Ideal Snacks in May, gathered at Lapolt Park in Liberty on June 26 for another march through to town to the company’s location. Read more
REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history. Read more
Tusten Town council members Jane Luchsinger and Tony Ritter called a special meeting of the town board for the purpose of setting a date for a public hearing regarding a Community Development Block Grant Program. The reason for this is that Luchsinger has a deadline on this grant work and the board needs to get the public hearings set for the month of July; this can't wait until the July meeting. This Special Meeting is to be held on Friday, June 26 at 11 a.m. in the front office of the Town Hall.
ELDRED, NY — At a sparsely attended June 17 special meeting, the Highland Planning Board unanimously approved a conditional special- use permit sought by William Zaccari/Larry Rosner doing business as Catskill Woods LLC, for a proposed family resort on former Sokol Woodlands property at 211 Mail Rd. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A committee working on changing the location of the Narrowsburg Fourth of July fireworks display is hoping to get it moved back to its original location at Lander’s Narrowsburg Campground. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has said it could support such a move, which would keep the fireworks far enough from local eagles’ nests to satisfy regulatory requirements. Read more
SHOHOLA, PA — At the Shohola Township meeting on June 11, resident Carrie Thomas raised the issue that the Pike County Humane Society (PCHS) is currently suffering from a lack of funds. The PCHS is the only non-kill shelter in the area. Thomas was upset that the PCHS will now accept animals only from townships that have donated money to the society this past year. Barry Heims, director of the PCHS, essentially confirmed this statement by writing in an email that “...in order for us to survive we may have to cut the services to the municipalities that do not support us.” Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Joseph Todora, the acting commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS), said, “We had over 800 applications that were pending for more than 30 days when we walked into the job, today we have none. I would like to put into place a process that says, we’ll get your application done today.” Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Is it a conflict for a member of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission (SCCRC) to remain on that commission while at the same time running for a seat on the Sullivan County Legislature? The commission will ultimately make suggestions to the legislature about possible changes to the county’s charter, and three members of the SCCRC have announced legislative campaigns. Read more
PIKE COUNTY, PA —Matthew Paul Trentacosta, 31, of Matamoras, was sentenced to 19 months to seven years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,100 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crimes of retail theft and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Trentacosta took merchandise totaling $596 from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it on October 16, 2014. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Legislators on both side of the aisle praised the new Pennsylvania State Education Funding Formula created by a bipartisan task force over the past year, although many Democrats have said it can’t be effective unless education funding cuts imposed under former Gov. Tom Corbett are reversed. Read more