NEW YORK — Riverkeeper is challenging new U.S. Department of Transportation crude-by-rail standards in federal court, saying that they fail to protect the public and the environment from proven threats. The clean-water advocacy organization wants better rules to address what they consider an ongoing national safety crisis. Read more
REGION — The River Reporter’s editorial assistant Isabel Braverman and office dog Abby get the scoop on the best ice cream around. Summer in the Upper Delaware River Valley means river excursions, hiking, festivals, and of course, ice cream. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, go to page 22 for a list of ice cream places. To all of our readers, have a great summer!
DUNMORE, PA — The pending replacement of the 1904 Pond Eddy Bridge and major rehabilitations for Upper Delaware River crossings in Narrowsburg, Cochecton and Skinners Falls dominated the reports at the New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission’s annual meeting held May 13 at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0 headquarters. Read more
About 115 people from the community and beyond marched on May 8 in support of workers who were laid off two weeks ago from Ideal Snacks. All of the workers were reported to be undocumented immigrants, some of whom had worked for the company for ten years.
The marching route was overseen by police officers from Village of Liberty Police, the Sullivan County Sheriff's office and the New York State Police. The marchers included Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards, Sandy Shaddock of Teamsters Local 447, other Teamsters members, church groups, human rights advocates and others. Read more
By FRITZ MAYER
SHOHOLA FALLS, PA — Pennsylvania State Police have made an arrest in the death of a woman who fell into a ravine at Shohola Falls in March 2013.
The body of Gail Dews of Wayne, NJ, 56, was recovered on March 11, after dozens of firefighters and emergency responders worked for more than eight hours to recover her body from the bottom of a ravine beneath a bridge on Route 6 near Shohola Falls. Read more
This is a press release from the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO.
Workers and allies will rally on Monday May 18th in support of the hundreds of workers who were recently laid-off without notice by Ideal Snacks. Read more
BETHEL, NY — For the second consecutive year, Bethel resident Vincent Reilly (leading the pack) was the first to cross the finish line at the fourth annual Allyson Whitney 5k run/walk at Kauneonga Lake. One of 910 registrants participating in the event, Reilly said, “If you’ve got to pick a race to enter and a cause to support—this is the one!” after his record-time win of 18:09. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — President James Brennan read aloud at the May 11 meeting of the Honesdale borough council a brief April 15 email from Harry DeVrieze announcing his resignation from the council, effective April 13, 2015. Although no reason was given for the sudden resignation, the council voted unanimously to accept it, Brennan and Bill Canfield adding “with regret” as their votes were cast. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There were plenty of empty seats at the May 7 public hearing on Sullivan West Central School District’s 2015-2016 proposed budget. Taxpayers stayed home in droves, apparently uninterested in the largest budget in district history. At $336,136,227, the proposed budget is $1,196,492 larger than the current school year budget and represents a $156,395 (0.90%) tax levy increase. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — When about 200 people lose their jobs, it has a big impact in a village such as Liberty, which has a population of a little more than 4,000. That’s what happened last week when Ideal Snacks, which is located in the heart of the town, laid off most of its production workers. Read more
ELDRED, NY — The proposed budget for the next school year was presented at a meeting of the board of the Eldred Central School District on May 7. The increase in the budget amounts to a hike of .81%, with an increase in the tax levy of 2.88%. Because some expenses are exempt from the tax, this increase remains inside of the 2% property tax cap mandated by Albany. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) approved $4,072 to support river and shoreline clean-up projects during its May 7 monthly meeting. The individual award amounts based on applications submitted by five of the UDC’s member municipalities are: Damascus Township, $1,000; Town of Tusten, $900; Town of Lumberland, $775; Lackawaxen Township, $736; Town of Highland, $661. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Norman Johnathan Charles Miller, 50, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 18 months to five years in a state correctional facility, fined $4,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for five years for the crimes of two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and two counts of driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked. Read more
SMALLWOOD, NY — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 5 issued an order rejecting a requested amendment by Eagle Creek that would have eliminated the possibility of swimming at the Toronto Recreation Area Site by changing a final order issued in March 2014. Read more