PENNSYLVANIA – A Pennsylvania judge rejected a challenge to the state’s controversial new voter ID law today. Lawyers for the groups bringing the suit, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), the Advancement Project, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter, had argued that the law puts up unconstitutional barriers to the fundamental right to vote and threatens to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people without valid ID. The groups plan to appeal the judge’s decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Read more
RIVER VALLEY — The producers of bath salts, which also are know as synthetic drugs or synthetic cannabinoids, have been able to stay a step ahead of the drug laws by frequently changing the chemical makeup of their products ever so slightly so that the products did not match exactly any substances that were banned. Now, new laws at the state and federal level make it a crime to sell the stuff, and in Sullivan County, a local law has been proposed that would make the sale of bath salts punishable by a year in prison. Read more
NEWBURGH, NY — Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is recruiting leaders from across the region to join the next class of its regional fellows program. The Pattern Fellows Program is designed to expand the horizons of those already acknowledged as leaders in their communities and disciplines by helping them explore regional approaches to their work. Read more
SUNY Sullivan’s 2012-2013 Workforce Development grant funds are now available. The maximum award available is $50,000.
Funding criteria give first priority to businesses that are newly relocated to New York State, business start-ups, businesses that are expanding their operations, and/or employers creating new jobs. Read more
As the next step in Sullivan County’s fulfillment of the Climate Smart Pledge it signed as part of the NYS Department of Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities Program, a Climate Action Plan (CAP) citizens’ advisory panel has been formed, and met for the first time on Thursday, August 9. Read more
The Lumberland Town Board announced at its monthly meeting on August 8 that it will be considering a proposal to establish a Service Award Program for active volunteer members in the Lumberland Fire Department. According to the town’s website, the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) is a simple type of retirement program intended to help the town recruit and retain volunteers. Read more
After considerable debate, the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) rejected an opportunity to join the steering committee of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) at its monthly meeting on August 2. It did, however, authorize UDC executive director Laurie Ramie to participate in conference calls as an observer for a trial period of six months. Read more
Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell presented the legislature with a resolution that would raise his salary some 27% over three years, lifting it from $127,000 to $161,700 in 2014. Read more
It’s never dull if you regularly attend the monthly meeting of the Shohola Township Supervisors. This time, the township is being sued by resident Carrie Thomas, who is a stickler for correct procedures and who challenges the supervisors regularly. This time, she caught the council red-handed for an infraction of the Sunshine Law. Read more
FREMONT CENTER, NY — There are normally just a couple of members of the public at the Town of Fremont meetings, but at the one held on August 8, the number jumped to more than 70, with residents packed through both doorways and peered in through the windows into the small chamber. Read more
The Category C Projects in are the most ambitious and complex of all the projects, and this year there were four competing for the top prize at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony at Sullivan County Community College. The top prize is the Golden Feather Award, worth $25,000, and given out each year by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
Agency will discuss Williams Energy’s air quality plan approval application
WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to discuss Williams Energy’s proposed Air Quality plan approval to construct the Central compressor station in Bridgewater and Brooklyn townships, Susquehanna County.
The 6 p.m. meeting and hearing will be at Montrose High School at 15 Meteor Way. Read more
The Delaware Free Library on Main Street in Callicoon will be getting an upgrade starting later this month, thanks to a donation from a local patron and a New York State library construction grant, in addition to existing library funds. Work is expected to be completed sometime in 2013. Read more
Teams of experts from outside Sullivan County will spend August 9 to 12 visiting 25 Sullivan Renaissance projects before selecting winners in three beautification categories and honoring one project for the best overall showing of flowers. For the first year, judges will also recognize one of 11 long-time maintenance participants for the abundance of flowers in their community. Read more
County Manager David Fanslau has announced the issuance of an Economic Development Survey as a first step in the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan for Sullivan County. The survey has been sent out to employers in the county. Read more