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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.

Lumberland changes zoning hearing date

GLEN SPEY, NY - The Town of Lumberland has changed the date of its public hearing on its proposed zoning rewrite to Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m. The hearing will be held in the Town of Lumberland Town Hall, located at 1053 Proctor Rd. The date had previously been set for Wednesday, November 30.

The proposed zoning law, Local Law 4 of the Town of Lumberland for the year 2011, titled "Town of Lumberland Zoning Code," can be viewed by clicking here

Rally replaces protest in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ — A crowd estimated at nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton on November 21 to celebrate the postponement of the vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed natural gas regulations—and to keep the pressure on.  Read more

Rally replaces protest in Trenton

A crowd estimated at nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton on November 21 to celebrate the postponement of the vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed natural gas regulations—and to keep the pressure on.  Read more

Environmental groups claim victory; DRBC postponement clouds drilling future

REGION — Environmental groups claimed a huge victory on November 18, the day after the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced it had postponed the meeting to vote on the proposed new rules for hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Report: cleaner energy could be cheaper as well

Americans would probably see lower, rather than higher, electricity costs by 2020 if the United States adopted a long-term strategy to replace coal-fired electricity with energy efficiency initiatives and renewable resources, according to a new report from Synapse Energy Economics commissioned by the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI).  Read more

Cochecton budget approved

As the first order of business at the monthly meeting of the Town of Cochecton, the board unanimously voted to approve the 2012 budget. The budget includes a 1.65% increase over last year’s budget, which is under the New York State two percent property tax cap.  Read more

Catskill Art Society buys its building

The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is now the owner of the building that it has occupied for the last four years at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor. The space, once a movie theater, was redesigned to house CAS in 2007. The building includes two galleries, classrooms and an exhibition space in a large center hall on the first floor, as well as a still-raw upstairs space, planned as theater space and artists’ studios.  Read more

Bills trade off home rule for impact fee

Both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature have now passed versions of a bill regarding natural gas impact fees, regulations and zoning. Reconciling the differences and developing a compromise bill to send to Governor Corbett is the next step.  Read more

Pike commissioners seek large easement

Pike County has been after this for nearly six years and now it may have it. The county is seeking an easement on the 4600-acre Little Bushkill Headwaters Reserve, a prime slice of the Delaware River watershed in Lehman Township.  Read more

Sullivan cancels healthcare contract; returns to state insurance program

Sullivan County legislators voted unanimously to cancel a two-week old contract with a company called EBS-RMSCO to administer the county’s self-funded health plan. The sticking point was a “joinder” that county manager David Fanslau was requested to sign, which involved an agreement between EBS-RMSCO and the large health provider Group Health Inc. (GHI).  Read more

Shelly Field honored with SYDA Award

The 26th Annual SYDA Foundation Community Service Award was presented to Shelly Field at the government center on November 18. Harriet Cole, the owner of a Manhattan-based media company, presented the award.  Read more

Marijuana grow house shut down; fourth in Sullivan County this year

It seems that Sullivan County is quickly becoming the preferred location in which to open a marijuana grow-house operation. Four of them have been shut down by authorities this year alone.  Read more

Pond Eddy post office on the list

The U.S. Post Office in Pond Eddy is one of more than 3,000 across the country that is set for possible closure. When resident Jeanne Mulcahey and her friends heard it was under threat, they launched an effort to try to keep it open, which included a letter-writing campaign to Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  Read more

Peace group “Occupies” Honesdale

In sympathy with the growing “Occupy” movement in cities of America and elsewhere, protesting the unfairness of the economic system symbolized by Wall Street, a group of Wayne County residents secured permission from the Borough of Honesdale to set up a camp.  Read more

Activist initiatives multiply; wise advice from elders with experience

Despite postponement of a momentous vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed natural gas regulations, activists carried through with a planned rally in Trenton, NJ on November 21 (see page 1). The rally was one of a quickly multiplying number of initiatives on the part of people responding to a sense that the time has come to be heard on issues ranging from the economy to hydrofracking.  Read more

Wurtsboro Troopers arrest Wurtsboro woman for DWI

On November 19, 2011, State Police in Wurtsboro arrested a woman for DWI following a traffic stop on Main st in the Village of Bloomingburg. Christine Baker, a 45 year old Bloomingburg resident, was stopped on Main St V/Bloomingburg for a traffic violation.  Read more

Hundreds Will Gather Outside of Trenton War Memorial to Rally After Cancellation of Critical DRBC Vote on Fracking

Trenton, N.J. – Next week, residents from across the Delaware River Basin will gather outside of the Trenton War Memorial, once the site of a critical, scheduled meeting of the
Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to vote on a proposal that would have allowed fracking in the river basin. To the acclaim of residents and anti-fracking advocates alike, the vote was officially canceled on Friday.  Read more

PFBC seeks comments on environmental assessment component of grant

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment review the agency has drafted as part of its application for a federal grant.

The PFBC has applied for the grant through the Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentives Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. The program is designed to provide private landowners various incentives to open their land to public fishing and wildlife-related recreation and to improve conditions for wildlife and their habitats.  Read more

DRBC postpones November 21 meeting; new date to be set

WEST TRENTON, NJ - The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that the special meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 to consider draft natural gas development regulations has been postponed to allow additional time for review by the five commission members.

No additional information is available at this time.  Read more

Northeast sees four pipeline projects

The first of four Northeast pipeline projects was placed in service earlier this month by Tennessee Gas Pipeline, (TGP) a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation. This action on TGP’s 300 Line Project marks the completion of one of the largest natural gas infrastructure projects currently under way in the Northeast United States.  Read more