ALBANY, NY — A new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will require manufacturers to collect and recycle mercury-containing thermostats at no cost to consumers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on December 19. The law implements a statewide thermostat product stewardship program to ensure that hazardous mercury is properly handled, preventing potential adverse health effects and damage to the environment. Read more
The Blooming Grove Township Supervisors said they will take court action in connection with ongoing sewage violations at the Village Plaza strip mall on State Route 739.
“We are starting legal procedures now,” chairman Randy Schmalzle said at the December board meeting. Read more
A group of Liberty art students on December 12 became the first-ever students from Liberty High School to join the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). The students were inducted in a ceremony in the gallery space owned by Green Door Magazine on Main Street in Liberty. Read more
Members of the Sullivan County Legislature were divided over whether the county should hire another lawyer for the Department of Family Services (DFS) at a meeting of the Government Services Committee at the government center on December 12. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. House of Representatives on December 12 passed a bipartisan budget agreement that establishes spending levels for the next two years. The legislation passed 332-94, and was the result of negotiations between Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Democrat Patty Murray. Republican Congressman Chris Gibson voted in support of the agreement. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker has helped pass legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate to to help volunteer fire companies buy needed equipment through state-sponsored low-interest loans. The bill to increase the loan limits on the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP) passed the Senate 49-0 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature. Read more
Three members of the Village of Bloomingburg planning board voted “no” to the construction of a proposed school for girls that has been proposed in connection with a 396-unit development, which has sparked widespread protests in the community. Read more
“The colder, the better,” said Michael G. Stanton, the brave soul who takes a shower on Main Street in the bitter cold temperatures of December every year to raise funds for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. His comment, however, came late last week before the snowstorm that rolled through on Saturday, making this annual event even more interesting. Read more
Press release: Pike County Business Development Corporation is pleased to announce that on December 11, 2013 Kahr Arms, a subsidiary of Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. closed the purchase of the Pike County Business Park on Well Road.
Mr. Justin Moon, President of Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. said he hopes to break ground by the end of the year. The New York arms manufacturing company will begin constructing a 40,000 square foot facility to house both their corporate offices and a manufacturing center on the 12 acre parcel (Lot 5) on the 600 acre property. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A couple of swashbuckling entrepreneurs held a grand opening for their new shop on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg on December 7. John Pisanelli and his son Chris Pisanelli are the owners of Captain Bludde’s Collectibles.
Among the collectibles in stock are lots of Star Wars-related items and pirate paraphernalia.
The shop is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be identified by the Skull and Crossbones flag flying above the front door.
TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — A project that was first proposed as a Chinese Disneyland has now been transformed into an educational project that is planned for about 570 acres in the Town of Thompson off Wild Turnpike. According to the environmental impact statement that was presented to the town planning board on December 3 by developer Sherry Li, the China City of America Project (CCAP) will include four college classroom buildings, four student activity centers, and related facilities such as 2,056 dormitory units. Read more