Scattered clouds
Scattered clouds
44.6 °F
October 23, 2014
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search

TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

MONTICELLO, NY — The last commission to examine the Sullivan County Charter was convened in 2005. It met twice a month for two years and ultimately recommended changes to the county.

This process is scheduled to occur every 10 years, so the county legislature is beginning the process of forming a new commission, and the co-chair of the previous commission, Robert Green, met with the legislature to give his input on how the process might play out.

No funds for frack inspectors in Cuomo budget

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget provides no funding for the estimated 140 positions deemed necessary for enforcement of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed natural gas regulations. Cuomo explained the decision by saying, “You would not be hiring staff to regulate hydrofracking unless you believed you were going ahead with hydrofracking, and we haven’t made that determination. So the budget won’t anticipate hydrofracking approval.”

Gas at a glance

Wrongful death suit filed against drilling company and driver

Southeast Directional Drilling of Casa Grande, AZ and company employee James R. Hoffpauir of Montgomery, TX are facing a federal lawsuit filed by the wife of John T. Jones III and his 18-year-old daughter, Allison Jones. The suit claims an overweight truck loaded with drilling mud and driven recklessly, overturned onto a Subaru Legacy driven by John Jones who died despite attempts by his injured daughter to save him. The accident occurred on July 29, 2011 in Susquehanna County.  Read more

Conservation subdivision law considered; Lumberland law would make them mandatory

Most of the attention to the proposed new zoning code for the Town of Lumberland so far has gone to Article 10, which would ban some high-impact industrial uses in the town such as gas drilling. But there is another element of the law that will also represent a significant change: the adoption of mandatory conservation subdivisions in some areas.  Read more

The Heron Restaurant opens in Narrowsburg

The storefront that until recently was the home of the Main Street Café in Narrowsburg has a new restaurant and new proprietors. Marla Puccetti and Paul Nanni opened the doors of The Heron with a soft opening on January 14, and are now open for business. Nanni said that initially the restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch on the weekdays, and brunch and dinners on the weekend.  Read more

Entrepreneur developing Wayne broadband, empty storefront in Honesdale gets new life

Mike Morris of Beach Lake has a vision. He and his partner Stephen Smith of New York City are developing a broadband data system that will be housed at the former Sullum’s department store at 525 Main Street in Honesdale. When fully operational, the center will employ 20 technicians.  Read more

Samuelson is county chairman

The newly installed Sullivan County Legislature voted to make Scott Samuelson the chairman after the swearing in ceremony at the government center on January 11.  Read more

Hawley solicitor says Herzog is a resident

“Yes, indeed Elaine Herzog is a resident,” Robert Bernathy, solicitor for the Borough of Hawley said during the council meeting on January 11.

“We are not obligated to fill a vacated seat to the candidate who received the next highest vote. We are following the law which falls under Section 901 of the Borough Code,” Bernathy said.  Read more

Catskill Citizens mails 10,300 letters, DEC receives more than 40,000 in total

January 11 was the last day letters to the DEC could be postmarked and still be considered by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed new gas drilling rules. On that day, Bruce Ferguson, a member of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, along with members Carolyn Duke, Jill Wiener, Ann Finneran, Laurie McFadden and Roy Tedoff delivered boxes stuffed with about 10,300 letters to the US Post Office In Callicoon Center.  Read more

Hinchey urges withdrawal of dSGEIS

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to withdraw the revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) on high-volume horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale.  Read more

Reward offered for return of Torah

MONTICELLO, NY — The Landfield Avenue Synagogue has put out a reward for the return of a valuable Torah scroll that was stolen from it on December 31. The scroll was obtained in 1997, using funds raised by the congregation over the course of a year, to replace a 100-year-old Torah in battered condition. It was hand-written by a special scribe known as a sefer with the tip of a goose feather, and its estimated worth is $35,000.  Read more

Chef Ramsay to visit River Rock for reality TV show

MILFORD, PA — Chef Gordon Ramsey will be visiting Milford’s River Rock Inn (formerly the Laurel Villa) from January 16 through 20 to make an episode of his new hotel makeover show, “Hotel Hell.”
In the new reality TV show, to be aired on Fox, Ramsay will tour the country to perform makeovers of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, similar to his restaurant makeovers on “Kitchen Nightmares.”  Read more

Wayne election board sends dispute to court;losing candidate in Hawley says he should fill seat

Hawley Borough Council candidate Orlando Marrero, who was on the losing side in the November elections, now says that he should take the place falsely won by Elaine Herzog.  Read more

Tax consultant slams Bethel assessor; charges bias against weekenders, Jewish property owners

Tax consultant David Allen made an appearance at the Bethel Town Board meeting on January 4 to try to talk the board into settling some tax assessment disputes. That was not successful, but in an interview after the meeting, Allen lodged a couple of serious allegations against tax assessor Marge Brown and the Board of Assessment Review.  Read more

Pike gets two DCNR open-space grants

The Pike County Planning Department ended 2011 with a couple of open space grants, turning over two large tracts of land that otherwise would probably come under the development bulldozer.  Read more

EPA adopts new mercury rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After persistent resistance from the coal industry for the past 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 22, issued new standards limiting the emission of mercury and other toxic substances from coal-burning power plants.  Read more

Tusten board fills vacancy;Reynosa installed until end of year

At a meeting of the town board that was relatively free of the strife that has characterized the meetings of the past couple of years, the Tusten Town Board filled the vacancy that was created by the resignation of Carol Wingert, who won the election in November to become town supervisor.  Read more

UDC: new members and a spirit of cooperation for 2012

New faces were at the helm and around the table as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) kicked off the new year at its January 5 meeting. After acknowledging the new representatives, retiring UDC chairman Larry Richardson handed over the gavel to Town of Lumberland representative Nadia Rajsz, who will serve as chairman for 2012.  Read more

Battle of the small school districts; Roscoe accuses Livingston Manor of issuing ultimatum

The presentation slide on the big screen could not have been more clear: “The Roscoe Central School (RCS) Board wanted this community to know that the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) Board has delivered RCS somewhat of an ultimatum. Either RCS agrees to move forward with a merger study or LMCS may no longer be interested in sharing sports with RCS.”  Read more

Garage fire in the flats

Firefighters from six companies responded to a fire in the flats on the morning of January 9. Smoke billowed out of a large hole in the roof of the structure as firefighters worked to make the building safe enough to inspect.  Read more

LaBuda installs officials in Highland

The Town of Highland conducted its oath of office ceremony on January 3 at the town hall in Eldred. Pictured from left are councilman Frederick Bosch, councilman and deputy supervisor James Gutekunst, Judge Frank LaBuda, highway superintendent Tom Ebers and superintendent Andrew Boyar.