HONESDALE, PA — At the June 8 Honesdale Borough Council meeting, Bob Jennings told the council he had received a call from Michael Morris, who left a voicemail message saying a lawsuit in the amount of $100 million would be filed this week against council members serving in the early months of 2014. That would include some present and some former council members alleged by Morris to have participated in improper administration of Department of Community and Economic Development funds intended for a commercial building renovation. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Cheers to new beginnings. Karl Schloesser, Allaina Propst and Steven Propst will begin transforming the former Country Dawn store into Here & Now Brewing Company in early June.
Here & Now will be a 7BBL brew café that crafts seasonal, local, and whimsical beers that are primarily served on-site alongside food the company describes as “simple and well-prepared.” The focus will be on retail sales along with growlers to go. Down the line, if laws allow, the brewery plans to expand, with distribution to local restaurants, including exclusive, custom beers. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The number of Pike municipalities offering tax benefits to businesses developing LERTA-certified properties expanded by one last week.
Pennsylvania’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) allows local taxing authorities to provide for tax exemption for certain deteriorated industrial, commercial and other business property and for new construction in deteriorated areas of economically depressed communities. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Charles Degliomini, the executive vice president of Empire Resorts, is hearing a lot of comments these days from people who are skeptical that the state will ever grant the company a license for the Montreign Casino at the Adelaar Resort. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Agriculture and Sustainability Committee of the Sullivan County Legislature will hear a presentation by Mike Gordon on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a program that allows municipalities to negotiate low-cost electric rates for businesses and residential customers, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. Read more
ALBANY, NY — Village of Liberty Police on June 7 arrested three individuals after an investigation into heroin sales. Police had begun investigating after a series of non-fatal heroin overdose incidents and one fatal suspected heroin overdose on June 2, in Liberty. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Kenneth Walter, a government watchdog well known at meetings of the Sullivan County Legislature and Sullivan County Community College announced on June 8 that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 3rd District legislative seat that encompasses Neversink, Rockland and the Parksville area of Liberty. Walter has the endorsement of the area’s Working Families Party and will be on the November 3 general election ballot. Read more
MILFORD, PA —An erratic car ride up the busy 4th Street next to the new location of the Milford Farmers’ Market at the Grotto Restaurant grounds ended up in the arrest of the two men in the car, both the driver and the other man who is believed to be his brother. No names were released by the arresting police officer. Read more
REGION — For people in some parts of the country, for instance Texas, egg rationing has begun in some food store chains and the cost of eggs is soaring. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as of June 1, the price of a dozen large eggs in the Northeast has increased from an average of $1.16 at the end of April to $2.43. Read more
FORESTBURGH, NY —More than 1,500 acres of forested land belonging to the estate of the late Ben Wechsler with some acreage along the Neversink River will be put up for auction on June 30 by Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. The auction will be held at the Westchester Marriot, 670 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown. The property is being auctioned in two parcels: a 1,051-acre tract and a 512-acre tract that has been subdivided into seven lots. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Cindy Gieger, the crusading legislator who waged a war on “waste, fraud and abuse” in the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) and who stepped on quite a few toes in the process, announced on June 8 that she will not be seeking another term in office. Read more
Charles Degliomini, Executive Vice President of Empire Resorts, is hearing a lot of comments these days from people who are skeptical that the state will ever grant the company a license for the Montreign Casino at the Adelaar Resort. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The president of Sullivan County Community College (SUNY Sullivan) Dr. Karin Hilgersom, has asked the Sullivan County Legislature to commit to spending $8 million or perhaps $10 million, depending on other funding, to help the college pay for a Healthy World Studies and Tech Transfer Institute (HWI). Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Towns in New York are beginning to reduce street lighting and replace existing bulbs with LED bulbs to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. There’s another benefit too: a major cost reduction. The Town of Tusten is on its way to reap these benefits. Through the work of the Tusten Energy Committee, the town could see a cost reduction in their energy bill of 20%. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale resident Stanton “Stan” Pratt and his spouse, Barbara Pratt (standing), listen to commissioners read and approve a certificate of recognition honoring Pratt’s service and work as an army combat photographer during the Vietnam War. Many of Pratt’s photos are included in “Vietnam, 50 Years Looking Back,” a new Wayne Historical Society Exhibit. Visit www.riverreporter.com for a further look at his work. The commissioners shown are Wendell Kay, left, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz.
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — By a vote of 382 to 140 on May 19, the Sullivan West Central School District 2015-2016 budget passed. Board of education incumbents Lucas Arzilli and Rachel Brey, both running unopposed, were re-elected. Arzilli received 360 votes and Brey received 399 votes. The seat of incumbent Kevin Murphy, who did not seek re-election, went to Mark Huggler, whose 271 votes overtook Cathy Armstrong’s 202 votes. The new board will be instated in July. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — At the May 20 board of supervisors meeting in Lackawaxen Township, Supervisor Mike Mancino was approved by the board to be an authorized signer for all township bank accounts held at The Dime Bank and the Honesdale National Bank. Because of the Shawn Roe controversy, in which former secretary Roe is accused of stealing $220,000 from the township over a 10-year period, all three supervisors must now sign all outgoing checks for the township, and all checks are signed in public, during the course of the meetings. Read more