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September 24, 2016
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Some 20 tanker cars have been stationed on the railroad tracks running under Bridge Street in Narrowsburg for more than a week. Some residents of the community have expressed concern because the cars are marked as carrying “Liquefied Petroleum Gas,” which is also known as propane.

A dispatcher with the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, which owns the tracks, said in a phone call on September 19 that the cars are empty. He said the cars are there for “storage” because there was no other place to put them.

Bethel/Cochecten GOP open house

The Towns of Bethel and Cochecton Republican Committees recently met at the Catskill Distilling Company. Special guest U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson was in attendance as well as other Sullivan County elected officials. Town committee chairmen Harold Russell (Bethel) and Gary Maas (Cochecton) invited area Republicans to join them in renewing the Republican spirit at the town level.  Read more

Summer traffic problems

Main Street traffic in Swan Lake on Fridays and Sundays was the subject of a lengthy discussion at the Town of Liberty department head meeting on Monday, August 5.  Read more

River panel okays basin commission funding support

After a debate and narrow passage at the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) operations committee in July, a letter to area congressmen in support of renewed federal funding of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) was approved without opposition by the full council on August 1.  Read more

Boehner visit sparks protest at campaign event for Chris Gibson

A visit by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to a campaign event for Congressman Chris Gibson sparked a protest by about 75 demonstrators on August 6, across from the entrance of the CVI Building in Ferndale.  Read more

Town of Delaware adopts zoning changes; overrides changes suggested by county

The board of the Town of Delaware voted unanimously to adopt amendments to the town’s zoning code at a special meeting on July 31.  Read more

Rabid fox in Bethel

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is alerting citizens that a rabid fox was captured in the northeast section of the Town of Bethel last week.  Read more

Cuomo signs Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act

Press Release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act, a comprehensive new law that, pending approval of a referendum this fall, will establish four destination gaming resorts in Upstate New York and boost tourism and economic development in communities across the region. Under the casino gaming plan outlined in the new law, all localities in the state will share in increased education aid, or lower property taxes, no matter where the casinos are located.  Read more

Danuff remembered by Lumberland

The Lumberland Town Board on July 24 honored town resident and long-time civic activist Ann Danuff, who died on July 11, at the age of 83.  Read more

Cochecton Center is alive and kicking

Nick and Laura Santana from Woodbury, Long Island. have put their heart and soul into the renovation of Heinle’s General Store, getting it back open and available to the public after it sat empty for a number of years.  Read more

Health assessment for Wayne, Pike; Mental health, drug abuse services needed

NORTHEAST PA — A community health needs assessment for Wayne and Pike counties and the Carbondale area has been completed with support from Wayne Memorial Hospital, PPL and other organizations and individuals to determine the health needs of residents.  Read more

NY distracted driving fines rise

ALBANY, NY — In New York State it is illegal to use a cell phone or send a text or an email while driving, and if a driver does use a cell phone, he or she may be fined. The amount of the fine was increased as of July 26.  Read more

Environmental groups target LNG port; For import or export?

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — The company proposing to build a deepwater natural gas port, which would be located about 17 miles south of Long Island and 24 miles east of New Jersey, says the facility would be used to import natural gas to the Northeast.  Read more

Bishop departs with county’s thanks

“I didn’t know I was that good,” Jack Bishop joked in recalling his learning that he was to be honored by the Wayne County Commissioners.  Read more

No parking tickets, please; Also, Smallwood golf course project moves forward

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — It is a problem that many communities would welcome. Since the opening of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the rebirth of Kauneonga Lake has been so successful that parking issues now surface on summer nights because of all the cars.  Read more

Senator remembers Governor Scranton

HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa released the following statement concerning the death of former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton, who died on July 28.  Read more

Fishkill investigated in Lake Ariel

The PA Fish and Boat Commission is looking into a fishkill in Lake Ariel that involved an estimated 9,000 minnows and about 1,000 other types of fish, including some game fish.  Read more

Assembly holds hearing on GMO labeling

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Assembly held a public hearing to discuss the use of biotechnology in foods and its effects on consumers on July 30. Specifically, the committee considered the prospect of labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO).  Read more

Hit and run in Callicoon

Judy Feldman, a Long Eddy resident and former reporter for Money Magazine, was seriously injured on July 29, when she was struck by a vehicle that then fled the area. Feldman was crossing Bridge Street at the time.  Read more

Funding increased for PA’s DNA law

HARRISBURG, PA — The state budget has been increased $1.5 million to support the state’s forensic laboratories. This will help the Pennsylvania State Police continue to reduce the backlog of DNA samples to be tested, as the General Assembly moves forward on legislation to strengthen and modernize Pennsylvania’s DNA law.  Read more

Christmas tree meeting Monticello

The 60th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York (CTFANY) summer meeting was held in Sullivan County on July 19, with over 200 people attending.  Read more