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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Firefighters aid in DWI arrest

TOWN OF FORESTBURGH, NY — On the evening of November 9, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on collision on State Route 42 in the Town of Forestburgh. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies observed members of the Forestburgh Fire Department physically restraining one of the drivers. “The subject who caused the accident was apparently trying to leave the scene,” said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “The firemen did a good job keeping him there until the patrol arrived.”  Read more

PA: merit-based judge appointments?

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state lawmakers on November 12 introduced legislation to establish a merit-based system for appointing statewide judges. Republican Rep. Bryan Cutler said, “I believe that it is time to have a conversation about how we select our judges. I personally believe that the integrity of our justice system requires that we select judges based on more than voter turn-out, name ID or fundraising ability. I believe we should be looking for the members of the bar with the highest qualifications, not just the best political skills.”  Read more

Sullivan County Human Rights Commission urges passage of ENDA

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission has issued the following statement: “We are pleased that the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that will provide basic protections against workplace discrimination to LGBT people. However, we are concerned that the House of Representatives will not get enough votes to make this important bill into the law of the land. The Human Rights Campaign has been working toward this moment for nearly two decades.  Read more

Sullivan to transfer property to Cornell

Everyone agreed that the building that houses Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County is in serious need of repair. The heating system, for example, is on its last legs, and staff this year strung some temporary wires and thermostats to coax heat into some of the colder places used for public programs.  Read more

Scenic Route 6 proposal in Honesdale?

Before broaching familiar debates on traffic flow and the police chief job description at its November 11 monthly meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council was treated to a slide presentation by Ed Coar of the Wayne County Planning Department. Honesdale has been invited to join the 110 municipalities that currently comprise the Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corridor that runs through 427 miles and 11 counties of the state’s northern tier. Coar described the presentation’s purpose as “full disclosure regarding the implications of Honesdale’s decision to sign on as a participating municipality in the corridor management plan.”  Read more

Denning residents irked by proposed turbine; citizens want their voices heard

TOWN OF DENNING, NY — The Town of Denning Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is considering an application for a variance that would allow a wind turbine to be built on Eve Arden Road. According to minutes of the ZBA meeting on October 30, the structure would stand a total of 176 feet.  Read more

Cuomo lands at Bethel Woods; gaming hailed as breathing new life into Catskills

The old-timers in Sullivan County say that the county died as a tourist destination because of the three “A”s: airplanes, automobiles and air conditioning. Now, Governor Andrew Cuomo and many local leaders are betting that a casino or two can breathe new life into the tourism sector of the Catskills and beyond.  Read more

Training for Sullivan firefighters

MONTOUR FALLS, NY — For the 19th consecutive year Sullivan County Firefighters traveled to the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls to attend five different training classes.  Read more

Foundation targets watershed

DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED — The William Penn Foundation (WPF) is well known in the Philadelphia area. In early October, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that the foundation gave a $5 million grant to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to help pay for increased public access to the city’s waterfront.  Read more

Women’s gains in business proclaimed

HONESDALE, PA — Noting their diligence and the tremendous obstacles that women in business have overcome and the challenges they continue to face in the workplace, the Wayne County Commissioners on October 24 proclaimed National Business Women’s Week in Wayne County.  Read more

Pike native ends ‘National Generational Equity’ tour

WASHINGTON, DC — Nick Troiano, a Pike County, PA native and 2007 student body president of Delaware Valley High School, concluded a cross-country “Generational Equity Tour” on Capitol Hill last week with a high profile event calling for passage of the bipartisan INFORM Act.  Read more

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants False Claims Act

HARRISBURG, PA — PA State Representative Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, said the $2.2 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries announced this week by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has significant ramifications for Pennsylvania.  Read more

One killed in Palmyra accident

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — A two-car crash on the Owego Turnpike in Palmyra Township on November 2 left one person dead and three others transported to hospitals with serious injuries. Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) say Manuel Mirailh, 57, of Lake Ariel was killed when he lost control of his car, a 1998 Oldsmobile, and he crashed head-on into a 2014 Mazda.  Read more

Quarter of New York property value exempt

ALBANY, NY — According to a new report issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, more than 25% of real property value in New York is exempt from county, city and town property taxes. The total value of these exempt properties is $680 billion. The value increases to $826 billion for properties exempt from more than one type of local government or school district taxes.  Read more

Police arrest two for welfare fraud

MONTICELLO & LIBERTY, NY — New York State Police at Liberty, working with the Sullivan County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Unit, arrested two Sullivan County residents after investigating two separate cases involving the filing of false public benefits applications.  Read more

Pennsylvania adopts new breast cancer bill; Goal is improving detection

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett on November 1 signed into law new breast cancer legislation that requires facilities that offer mammograms to notify patients about breast density. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch, who attended the signing ceremony.  Read more

Food program cut for most vulnerable; Thousands in region impacted

WASHINGTON, DC — Food pantries in the region have been putting extra effort into their operations since the economy collapsed in 2008. Now, they will have to put forward even more effort to help feed the hungry because benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—formally known as Food Stamps) were cut by $5 billion beginning on November 1.  Read more

Little Marcellus gas in New York

NEW YORK STATE — While many lease-holders in New York State may be wondering why Governor Andrew Cuomo keeps delaying the adoption of new rules on hydraulic fracturing, part of the answer may be that even when the new rules are in place, New York State is not likely to see much in the way of new revenues from the famed shale play.  Read more

2013 election results

These are the unofficial results for 2013 elections so far:  Read more

Four other New York propositions

New York State — Should voters in New York choose to turn over their ballots on election day they will find not only ballot propositions on gambling and the exchange of land in the Adirondacks, but also four other propositions on which they will be able to vote.  Read more