Judge Stephan Schick handed down a split decision in the case of second home voters in the Town of Cochecton who voted in the November election.
The judge ruled from the bench on December 18 that the five voters, who own and, in the warmer months, live in the property on Fred White Road, are eligible to vote, but the 17 summer residents who own and, in the warmer months, live in the co-ops in Lake Huntington Summer Community are not eligible to vote. 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
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
Members of the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) gathered at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center on December 5, for their annual meeting. There were quite a few comments about the type of development that may come with the establishment of a full Las Vegas-style gaming casino in the Town of Thompson. Read more
GREENWOOD LAKE, NY — Deerpark Supervisor Karl A. Brabenec officially kicked off his campaign for the New York State Assembly on December 8 at the Greenwood Lake American Legion Hall. Approximately 100 friends, family members, and colleagues attended the official announcement, where Brabenec said he will seek the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party lines to become the next assemblyman in the 98th Assembly District. Read more