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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

Sullivan waives solid waste fees for hurricane debris

At an emergency meeting, the Sullivan County Legislature voted to waive the solid waste fees at the transfer stations to accept storm debris waste associated with Hurricane Sandy, effective Monday, November 5 through Sunday, November 11. The waiver does not include normal household waste.  Read more

DEP announces fuel waivers in response to Hurricane Sandy

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given authorization to grant two kinds of temporary fuel waivers due to fuel shortages from Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

New York counties may see lower indigent defense costs

ALBANY, NY — A new ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals provides an alternative and potentially lower cost route for counties to provide legal services to those who can’t afford their own attorneys. With an annual cost of more than $300 million, the state’s Indigent Defense program is one of nine state mandates that consume 90% of the property tax levy statewide.  Read more

Fireworks in Texas Township; sign law remains a hot issue

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA - The former vice-chair of the Texas Township Planning Commission unloaded a barrage of criticism at the supervisors on November 5. John Bartron accused the supervisors of “stabbing the planning commission in the back” and “hanging it out to dry like a piñata.”  Read more

Sullivan officials call for utility roundtable; information dissemination about Sandy ‘was flawed’

The utility companies that provide electricity to Sullivan County have been busy repairing downed power lines and issuing press releases chronicling their progress. By the morning of November 5, NYSEG reported that there were about 4,800 costumers without power in Sullivan County, down from a high of 24,000. Orange and Rockland reported 1,900 customers in the county were still without power, down from a high of more than 6,500.  Read more

Lawmaker accuses DEP of ‘deceptive’ practices; Marcellus Shale water testing at issue

HARRISBURG, NY — A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Jesse White, is accusing a government agency of deceptive practices in relation to testing for contamination, specifically the testing for possible well water contamination related to drilling in the Marcellus Shale.  Read more

Unofficial Election Results for the Upper Delaware Valley

New York

19th Congressional District
Chris Gibson, REP 134,996
Julian Schriebman, DEM 117,488
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UDC debates hurricanes, floodplains and wetlands

Many homes and businesses were still without power in some Upper Delaware River towns following Hurricane Sandy’s visit to the region last week when the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) met on November 1 after power was restored in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Riverkeeper hosts a pipeline tour; protester threatens to block gas company earthmovers

Forces are gathering to stop the controversial 7.1-mile loop that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is planning for the area north of Milford Borough.  Read more

An army of utility workers hustled to bring back power

Only a handful of Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L) customers remained without power in Wayne and Pike counties by Tuesday morning, a week after Hurricane Sandy blew through the region leaving 23,923 customers in Wayne and 19,665 in Pike in the dark. With power restored, repair crews from faraway states started home or headed off to other areas stricken by the storm where people were still waiting for power.  Read more

Promised Land loses 300 trees

This picnic table wasn’t the only thing to sustain damage when Hurricane Sandy visited Promised Land State Park in Greentown last week. The storm delivered dangerous 60 mph wind gusts and constant 25-mph wind, which proved too much for many of the trees that beautify the popular state park. Park staff estimate that there are at least 300 trees down. Power lines are littered with trees and snapped in some places.  Read more

100 trees toppled at Grey Towers

In a twist of irony, Hurricane Sandy was not kind to the trees at the former home of the founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot. At Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, high winds took out more than 100 trees, mostly white pines and hemlocks on the west and north side of the mansion. No trees damaged the mansion or outbuildings, but more than 1,000 feet of protective deer fencing was demolished by the falling trees.  Read more

Sullivan County update, gas, transportation

Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Thursday regarding the gasoline purchases. We are in the process of communicating with fuel suppliers to determine whether that will need to remain in effect, or could be rescinded. We had a conference call at 11:00 with NYSEG, and we have a call at 4:00 this afternoon with County and Town officials.  Read more

Cuomo explains gas shortage

Albany, NY - A minor gas scare reached as far north as Liberty on the evening of November 1, when cars backed up three or four deep at gas stations to stock up on gas. There is a temporary gas shortage in New York City and New Jersey, sending drivers to look for gas in Orange County, with a kind of snowball effect.
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Bonacic on Hurricane Sandy

Statement from Senator John Bonacic:
Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.
But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities.  Read more


Loch Sheldrake, NY (November 2, 2012) - The first of four finalists for the position of SUNY Sullivan college president, Dr. Ralph Ford, will not be visiting campus on Monday, November 5. This also means that the Community Forum with the candidate scheduled for that day has been postponed.  Read more

Transportation to and from shelter facilities for showers and food available

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Saturday to permit County officials to continue to coordinate efforts with the Public Works crews and utilities crews to open County and Town Roads. We will have a conference call with County and Town Highway officials at 4:00 PM this afternoon, and we had a call at 7:30 this morning for County and Town Highway officials.  Read more

Wayne County shower & re-charging facilities

The following facilities are available to anyone who is without power and in need of a place to shower, clean-up & re-charge their cell phones, IPods, or laptop computers. You can also bring empty water jugs and re-fill containers. Please bring your own toiletries (soap, towel, wash cloth, etc…..)  Read more

Shower & Re-Charge In Wayne County

Certain locations are open for Wayne County residents to use for showers and re-charing of cell phones, laptops and other portable electronics. You can also bring water jugs and containers to refill water.  Read more

NYSEG update

From Sullivan County Officials: NYSEG representatives anticipate the majority of power restoration will take place by midnight on Sunday. NYSEG crews are dispersed throughout Sullivan County repairing the major transmission lines and completing repairs to substations. NYSEG crews have also teamed up with town highway departments to complete the opening of roads for emergency vehicles. Once this phase of repair is completed, restoration to individual homes and business will follow thereafter.  Read more