ALBANY, NY — The Democratic Judicial Nominating Convention for the New York State Third Judicial District was held on September 21, at the Albany Court House. Stephan Schick, an attorney from Sullivan County, was nominated as one of the two candidates for NYS Supreme Court Justice, for the district which consists of the counties of Sullivan, Ulster, Greene, Schoharie, Albany, Rensselaer and Columbia. Schick’s name will appear on the ballot on the Democratic line for the November 2012 general election along with a Columbia County attorney Richard Mott. There are two positions to be filled starting in January 2013. Read more
Two men were arrested in connection with three break-ins in Narrowsburg last week. On September 24, New York State Police arrested Michael Wilson, 18, of Callicoon, and Joseph Flora, 19, of Beach Lake, PA, and charged them each with three counts of burglary. Read more
“We haven’t had a car on the roof yet,” joked Eldred Central School (ECS) District high school principal Scott Krebs as he gestured toward a poster displayed on the wall of his office. Read more
“Did you say Martians?” exclaimed one wide-eyed sixth-grader as Nick Spinelli, executive director of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, discussed the many benefits of wetlands during a regional visit last week from the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience (MLE). Read more
Thirty-one miles of the Lackawaxen River flow peacefully through the Pennsylvania valleys of Pike and Wayne counties, but there is a small section of shoreline along the river in the Township of Lackawaxen where the waters are a little turbulent. Read more
19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — A Siena College poll shows Republican Congressman Chris Gibson with a commanding lead over his opponent Democrat Julian Schreibman. The two candidates are competing for the newly formed 19th Congressional district, which includes Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware counties. Read more
“I’m upset, but I’m glad that no one was in the office at the time this happened,” said the Rev. Phyllis Haynes, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg, NY. Read more
The hamlet that has been hit by repeated flooding over the past decade was hit again on September 18, as torrential rains moved through the area. This time it was Cattail Creek coming down from Shandelee mountain that caused the problems. Two homes in Livingston Manor were rendered unlivable, and others were seriously damaged.
A man who, according to a police report, “gnawed” on a woman’s head while naked and covered with blood, was released from a Scranton hospital on September 16, and charged with various crimes including assault and indecent exposure. He was being held on $100,000 bail as of the next day. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — In a four-to-two decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on September 17 threw the case against the Voter ID law back to the lower court, and told the judge, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, that in order for the law, which is also known as Act 18, to be implemented, the court must make a couple of determinations. Read more
PENNSYLVANIA — Block grant distribution of the funds from Pennsylvania’s gas well fees will be implemented by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission around December 1 to county conservation districts, according to Peter Tarby of the Department of Environmental Protection Water Management Program. Read more
The Port Jervis Police Department and Port Jervis School District have implemented a new 20 mph school zone near the entrance to the schools located on Route 209, to help provide safer routes for children who walk to school.
The new school speed zone consists entirely of lower Hamilton Street from the city line, located at Cold Brook (entrance to high school property) at the base of Hamilton Street, to the traffic signal located on Hamilton Street at the Kingston Avenue intersection. Read more
A new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit review process and the draft policy for implementing it met with criticism at the September 17 board of directors meeting of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) in Blooming Grove. Specific concerns were cited about the hasty process involved and the potential for “politicizing” the prioritization of permits. Read more
Some of the top political and business leaders in the county turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at The Sullivan, a facility that was purchased and renovated by developer Butch Resnick and is billed as the county’s only “boutique hotel.” Read more
The Sullivan County Legislature voted on September 20 to approve an override of the 2% property tax increase imposed by Albany. The vote was six to three, a supermajority of the legislature, which is necessary for the override to go forward. Read more