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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

Bushkill man sentenced for child pornography

BUSHKILL, PA — Larry Jerome Nelson, 57, of Bushkill was sentenced by Pike County President Judge Gregory Chelak for possession and dissemination of child pornography on April 20.  Read more

Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan committee begins meetings

MONTICELLO, NY — The Agriculture Task Force recently had its first meeting and is taking steps to implement the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. The plan was instituted in December 2014 by the Sullivan County Legislature with a grant from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and is designed to evaluate the current status of agriculture in Sullivan County and outline initiatives to further promote and enhance it, with an emphasis on agricultural economic development.  Read more

Tusten signs solar panel lease; Panels coming soon

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Energy Committee has been working hard on getting solar panels for the town, and after awarding the bid to Atlantech Solar a few months ago, the contract has officially been signed. Committee chair Brandi Merolla said the panels will likely be installed this summer.  Read more

Spring rain engorges Darbytown Falls

NARROWSBURG, NY — A healthy dose of spring rain pumped life into the Darbytown Falls, which are located on the Pennsylvania side of the Upper Delaware River across from Narrowsburg, and cascade down 200 feet of rocks into the river.  Read more

The Bloomingburg complaint; Sweeping accusations of a plot to hijack local government

WHITE PLAINS, NY — The complaint filed in federal court on April 14 by the Town of Mamakating and the Village of Bloomingburg paints what it claims is a nine-year story of deception and what the complaint calls “racketeering” by developer Shalom Lamm and his partner Kenneth Nakdimen. The complaint, authored by New York City lawyers Philip Simpson and David Holland, says that the planning for the controversial 396-unit known as the Villages of Chestnut Ridge in Bloomingburg, was deceptive from day one.  Read more

Pit bull attacks mother, daughter; dog to be euthanized

Jamie Fico, who is six months pregnant, received an alarming surprise on the afternoon of April 16. She said, “The neighbor down the road came knocking on the door screaming. She doesn’t speak English very well. I came out to find out what’s going on and she tells me, 'The dog bites in the woods.' So now, I’m hearing about a dog bite, I’m pregnant, so I put my daughter in the car and I drive down there,” a short distance away from her Smallwood home.  Read more

DV okays $8.8 million for gym expansion

SHOHOLA, PA — New construction plans at Delaware Valley moved forward on April 9 as the board finalized elementary school plans in Matamoras, approved bidders for the high school gym expansion and discussed funding for a new career technology education (CTE) wing.  Read more

It’s not just Cochecton’s dilemma

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There are miles of crumbling road in the town of Cochecton. But the town can do almost nothing about it, because they are not town roads. They are county roads. Calling attention to a problem widespread in Sullivan County, Cochecton Supervisor Gary Maas said at the April 8 Cochecton town board meeting, “There’s going to come a time when the towns have to put the county on notice that its roads are dangerous.”  Read more

Towns want casino benefit

WHITE LAKE, NY — Elected officials around Sullivan County believe the sales tax revenue to the county will increase significantly in 2017, and many believe that additional revenue should be shared with the 15 town governments in the county. This belief is bolstered by the fact that 44 out of 57 counties outside of New York City already share sales tax revenue with the towns within their jurisdictions.  Read more

Highway super won’t yield to pressure

GLEN SPEY, NY — Noting that he is an independently elected official, the Lumberland highway superintendent said in an April 2 letter to Supervisor Nadia Rajsz that he would do town highway projects in the way he sees as best.  Read more

Inmate dead, three officers injured

FALLSBURG, NY — One inmate died and three officers were injured on April 13 at the Sullivan County Correctional Facility, a state prison. The incident has been confirmed by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), but the details have not been released. Officials will say only that the matter is being investigated.  Read more

‘Jinx’ editor to lead workshop at Sullivan Renaissance Spring Forum

FERNDALE, NY — Zachary Stuart-Pontier, editor and co-producer of the documentary miniseries “The Jinx,” which covered the life and alleged crimes of millionaire Robert Durst, will host a workshop at the Sullivan Renaissance Spring Forum on Saturday, April 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the CVI Center, 165 Sullivan Ave.  Read more

Mountaindale man arrested

MOUNTAINDALE, NY — The New York State Police at Ellenville announce the arrest of Dylan A. Dordal, 18, from Mountaindale on strangulation and harassment charges.

On April 12, 2015, a female victim reported to the state police at Ellenville that she had gotten into a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, Dordal, on the previous evening. The victim explained she was at his residence in Mountaindale when the domestic incident took place. She told police she was slapped, choked and bitten by Dordal during this dispute.  Read more

PA automatic voter registration

HARRISBURG, PA — State Reps. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Scott Conklin (D-Centre) plan to introduce legislation reforming Pennsylvania’s voter registration system by instituting automatic registration of all eligible voters, with provisions for opting out.  Read more

Tightening veterans’ benefit applications

MONTICELLO, NY — A year ago, the Veterans Administration (VA) made headlines regarding revelations that sick and injured veterans were waiting months for treatment, and although Congress gave the VA more than $16 billion to speed up the treatment process, things have not improved much. According to a report by the Associated Press published on April 9, the number of patients experiencing delays of 30 to 90 days has stayed about the same, and those experiencing delays of more than 90 days has doubled.  Read more

Finally flowers

REGION — After a brutally cold winter that left a lot of snow on the ground, the snow is finally mostly melted and has filled the rivers and started to replenish the reservoirs. The melt has given way to bare earth. In a growing number of spots that earth is yielding tentative batches of crocuses and daffodils. The examples shown hear poked through the soil in front of a residence on Main Street in Jeffersonville.  Read more

DA makes strong case for Naloxone; Honesdale council reverses position on overdose antidote

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards addressed the Honesdale borough council at its April 13 meeting to make plain the seriousness of the local heroin epidemic as well as the scope of legal and health implications stemming from it, and to dispel misconceptions surrounding Naloxone (Narcan) use as an opiate overdose antidote. Following her presentation, the council voted unanimously to permit borough police use of Naloxone, reversing its earlier decision to prohibit police use of the antidote.  Read more

Dam bursts off Route 97

The Narrowsburg Fire Department responded to the scene of what appeared to be a burst dam off of State Route 97 about a mile south of Narrowsburg on the afternoon of April 13.

Highway Superintendent Glenn Swendsen said the dam was located at the town pond, and the water was headed toward Cackletown, and perhaps then down to Little Lake Erie.

Bethel awards Mysteryland permits; Neighbors object to noise

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the town meeting on April 8, the Bethel town board awarded permits to allow Mysteryland to take place once again this year over the Memorial Day weekend. In addressing some complaints from neighbors last year, there were specific limits placed on the permits.  Read more

Promoting awareness of sexual assault

HONESDALE, PA — Teal, the color for sexual awareness programs, was evident in both Wayne and Pike counties last week, as county commissioners recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month with proclamations.  Read more