ALBANY, NY — State Senator John Bonacic has introduced legislation that would create three casinos in the Catskills and authorize up to seven in the state, if voters in November approve a referendum to change the state’s constitution to allowing non-Indian gambling. Read more
Former Sheriff Dan Hogue, who served two terms in Sullivan County, passed away on May 22. He was 74 years old.
Friends said he had been ill for some time.
He remained active after retiring in 2005 and last year was appointed to a committee in charge of reviewing the state of law enforcement in the county.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Hogue was known to many in the county as "a cop's cop," who was firm but compassionate. Read more
The Wallenpaupack Area School District on May 13 unanimously approved a proposed $63.2 million budget for 2013-14 that includes the hiring of four armed school resource officers. The board hopes to adopt the budget at its June 17 meeting. Read more
Honesdale Borough Council bylaws decree that a tied vote by the council must be broken by the mayor. Mayor Ed Langendoerfer was called on to exercise his vote more than once at the council’s May 13 monthly meeting. Councilman James L. Brennan was absent. All other council members were present. Read more
WEST TRENTON, NJ — Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced that the U.S. Senate on May 15 passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA) by a 83-14 vote that included a provision directing the federal government to pay its share of the commission’s annual budget. The bill must still be approved by the House of Representatives. Read more
The Town of Delaware Board meeting dates have been changed as follows: town board meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Planning board meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The public voted yes to the proposed budgets of the Eldred Central School District and the Sullivan West Central School District. In Eldred, the vote for the $16. 3 million budget was 344 yes votes and 121 no votes. The voters also approved a $14,000 levy for the Sunshine Hall Free Library by a margin of 352 to 121. Linda Bohs was unopposed and was elected to the school board. Read more
The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) has announced that due to substantial reductions in reimbursement from the federal and state governments, as well as other decreases in revenue which they claim are caused by healthcare reform, that it has been forced to immediately reduce its labor force. Catskill Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 60 full-time positions. Orange Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 80 full-time positions. Read more
MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, PA — A red fox tested positive for rabies after it attacked three family pets and reportedly tried to enter the family home. Rabies is a fatal disease that threatens the lives of humans and animals and has been spreading across Pennsylvania for more than a decade, according to Marlene Metzger, PA humane officer, at the Dessin Animal Shelter. Read more
For the first time in a half a dozen years, residents living in the Delaware Valley School District may have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for an increase in school taxes, it was announced at the monthly school board meeting on May 16. The proposed final 2013-2014 budget of $70,610,660 is 2.3% above the current budget, and will translate into an average tax increase of $66 per household. Read more
The chair of the Sullivan County Legislature says he is pleased with Governor Cuomo’s plan that would bring a casino to the county. On May 12, Scott Samuelson issued a press release saying, “While I am still evaluating the details of the governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur ... I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.” Read more
A formal offer to buy the Narrowsburg School was made on Thursday, May 9 by The Solution Project (TSP), a community group with a seven-member board founded in December 2012. TSP is currently making plans to turn the vacant building into a center for community, local food development projects, education and more. Read more
After promising to appoint a committee to examine the issue of fracking in the proposed town comprehensive plan, the board did an about-face and adopted the plan at the town meeting on May 13. Read more