The body of a man located in the Upper Delaware River by a group of canoeists on May 4, has been positively identified through dental records.
On May 4, State Police at Liberty responded to the Delaware River in the Town of Tusten, approximately 5 miles south of Narrowsburg for a report of a body being located by a group of canoeists.
An autopsy was conducted by Dr. Margaret Prial on May 5, 2013. Read more
The chair of the Sullivan County Legislature says he is pleased with Governor Cuomo’s plan that would bring a casino to the county. On May 12, Scott Samuelson issued a press release saying, “While I am still evaluating the details of the governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur ... I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.” Read more
After promising to appoint a committee to examine the issue of fracking in the proposed town comprehensive plan, the board did an about-face and adopted the plan at the town meeting on May 13. Read more
The Delaware Valley School District and Pike County commissioners have voted to support Shohola Township’s real-estate tax abatement program. As reported in our May 9 issue, the commissioners had already approved the program, the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) plan for the entire county. However, in order to go into effect in any given locality, the plan must also be approved by the township in question and the affected school district. This has now happened in Shohola. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — The laws in New York State regulating campaigns and elections are voluminous and complex, and they run to many hundreds of pages. On the website of New York State Board of Elections (BOE), there is a 132-page election handbook that attempts to boil them all down, but even so, it is dense reading. Read more
The Liberty Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Scott Brown as the new principal of the Liberty Elementary School at the Board of Education meeting on May 7. Brown will replace long-time principal Jeri Finnegan, who will retire in June. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Chris Gibson joined with his colleague Representative Diana DeGette on May 10 to introduce the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act), a bipartisan bill that the representatives say establishes common sense safeguards to protect groundwater from risks associated with the oil and gas drilling technique “hydraulic fracturing,” better known as “fracking.” The FRAC Act would require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids and would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. DeGette has introduced the FRAC Act in each Congress since 2008, but today marks the first time it has been introduced on a bipartisan basis. Read more
“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company. Read more
ALBANY, NY — In an important victory for residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, the Third Appellate Division in Albany on May 3 ruled that municipalities have the right to adopt zoning laws that prohibit fracking. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) shares the sentiments of its Pennsylvania representatives about the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed policy for on-lot sewage systems in high quality and exceptional value watersheds. The UDC and its members in Wayne and Pike counties say the implementation of the policy would likely decrease land values because the most valuable land—adjacent to lakes and streams—would become unbuildable, undevelopable and unusable for most purposes. Read more
With the unemployment rate spiking to a hefty 12.1% nationwide, the Pike County Commissioners took a step that could help the county alleviate unemployment by voting to adopt a tax incentive program to help attract businesses to the county. The action was taken at the commissioners’ meeting on April 30. Read more
About half a dozen turned out in front of the Pike County District Court to urge Judge Jay Rose to sentence a Greentown man to the maximum penalty under the law for allegedly abusing his dog “Lexi.” On March 29, Lexi was found muzzled and bound with duct tape. The owner, Russell Seese, who is a resource conservationist with the Pike County Conservation District, has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty. Read more
The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) announced its executive officers and committee chairs in April. Legally incorporated late in 2012, the GPCF was created to maximize charitable donations from individuals, families and local businesses through organized targeted community philanthropy. Read more