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MONTICELLO, NY — A visitor to the Sullivan County Legislature showed lawmakers a map of the world at a meeting of the agricultural and sustainability committee on January 15. The map showed which areas are likely to be most negatively affected by climate change. The impact on the Catskills is going to be much less than other areas.

Walls indicted by grand jury; Fluhr and Hoeper 'vindicated'

The much-awaited grand jury report has finally arrived after nearly two years of bitter rumor and speculation in Shohola Township with two sides lining up in favor or against the Walls.  Read more

Congressman Hinchey to retire; future of district uncertain

KINGSTON, NY — Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who served the NY 22nd Congressional District for 20 years, and who served in the New York State Legislature for 18 years before that, announced that he is retiring. At a packed and emotional event in Kingston on January 18, Hinchey noted that he recently suffered a bout with colon cancer.  Read more

Initiatives for energy, organics and high tunnels offered

PENNSYLVANIA — Several major conservation initiatives offering technical and financial assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program are currently available to farmers nationwide.  Read more

EPA gets water to Dimock—finally

DIMOCK, PA — A number of residents from our area, including Narrowsburg, NY’s Brandi Merolla, who snapped this photograph, visited Dimock on January 20 to see a tanker truck sent by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deliver water to families on Carter Road. Residents on the road have complained that the water in their wells is still tainted by the natural gas drilling operations of Cabot Oil & Gas, but the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently ruled that Cabot could cease making replacement water deliveries to them.

Sullivan residents protest Supreme Court decision; is a constitutional amendment against corporate personhood possible?

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Members of the group MoveOnSullivanNY travelled in a caravan around the county on January 22 spreading the word about their opposition to the Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  Read more

New York & Pennsylvania officials react to the State of the Union Address

Below are statements issued by Congressman Tom Marino, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  Read more

Congressman Hinchey Will Retire From Congress at End of Current Term

Kingston, NY -- With profound gratitude to the people of New York's 22nd Congressional District and the former 26th Congressional District who he's had the honor of serving, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today announced that he will not seek reelection and instead will retire from Congress at the end of his current term. The congressman made the announcement at the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston, New York, which was where he announced his first campaign for Congress in 1992. Hinchey has spent the past 38 years of his life in public service, including 18 years in the New York State Assembly and 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Read more

More municipal documents going online in New York

ALBANY, NY — Beginning on February 2, all governments in New York State that have regularly updated websites will be required to post on those sites any documents that are going to be discussed by municipal officials during the regular course of an open meeting. For instance, plans for a new shopping mall would be posted when the developer is seeking permits from a planning board or zoning board.  Read more

Pike training facility completion delayed; lack of communication blamed

The opening of the Pike County Emergency Service Training Facility will probably be delayed for four or more weeks due to two pieces of equipment that have yet to be received from a manufacturer in the nation of Jordan in the Middle East.

The two units, called air handlers, are an essential part of the geo-thermal HVAC heating and cooling system in the new facility.  Read more

Compressor station considered for Deerpark

DEERPARK, NY — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering a site in the Town of Deerpark, the Wagoner Meter Station, as a possible location for a compressor station proposed by the Millenium Pipeline.  Read more

Leases seen as conflict of interest at NYS towns training

ALBANY, NY — The consensus of opinion at an ethics course at the recent NYS Association of Towns training for newly elected officials was that it is a conflict of interest for town officials who have signed natural gas leases to make land-use decisions related to natural gas drilling in their towns.  Read more

Day of Action challenges corporate personhood

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The MoveOn Sullivan NY Council is organizing a Day of Action on Saturday, January 21 to seek the community’s support for an amendment to the United States Constitution. It invites those who wish to participate to contact moveon sullivanny@gmail.com.  Read more

Corbett administration fires conservation official

HARRISBURG, PA — Kurt Leitholf, the longtime head of the Citizens Advisory Council that has oversight of the state’s parks and forests, was fired on January 13 by PA Governor Tom Corbett’s administration, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Read more

No funds for frack inspectors in Cuomo budget

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget provides no funding for the estimated 140 positions deemed necessary for enforcement of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed natural gas regulations. Cuomo explained the decision by saying, “You would not be hiring staff to regulate hydrofracking unless you believed you were going ahead with hydrofracking, and we haven’t made that determination. So the budget won’t anticipate hydrofracking approval.”

Gas at a glance

Wrongful death suit filed against drilling company and driver

Southeast Directional Drilling of Casa Grande, AZ and company employee James R. Hoffpauir of Montgomery, TX are facing a federal lawsuit filed by the wife of John T. Jones III and his 18-year-old daughter, Allison Jones. The suit claims an overweight truck loaded with drilling mud and driven recklessly, overturned onto a Subaru Legacy driven by John Jones who died despite attempts by his injured daughter to save him. The accident occurred on July 29, 2011 in Susquehanna County.  Read more

Conservation subdivision law considered; Lumberland law would make them mandatory

Most of the attention to the proposed new zoning code for the Town of Lumberland so far has gone to Article 10, which would ban some high-impact industrial uses in the town such as gas drilling. But there is another element of the law that will also represent a significant change: the adoption of mandatory conservation subdivisions in some areas.  Read more

The Heron Restaurant opens in Narrowsburg

The storefront that until recently was the home of the Main Street Café in Narrowsburg has a new restaurant and new proprietors. Marla Puccetti and Paul Nanni opened the doors of The Heron with a soft opening on January 14, and are now open for business. Nanni said that initially the restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch on the weekdays, and brunch and dinners on the weekend.  Read more

Entrepreneur developing Wayne broadband, empty storefront in Honesdale gets new life

Mike Morris of Beach Lake has a vision. He and his partner Stephen Smith of New York City are developing a broadband data system that will be housed at the former Sullum’s department store at 525 Main Street in Honesdale. When fully operational, the center will employ 20 technicians.  Read more

Samuelson is county chairman

The newly installed Sullivan County Legislature voted to make Scott Samuelson the chairman after the swearing in ceremony at the government center on January 11.  Read more

Hawley solicitor says Herzog is a resident

“Yes, indeed Elaine Herzog is a resident,” Robert Bernathy, solicitor for the Borough of Hawley said during the council meeting on January 11.

“We are not obligated to fill a vacated seat to the candidate who received the next highest vote. We are following the law which falls under Section 901 of the Borough Code,” Bernathy said.  Read more