The newly-seated Sullivan County Legislature on January 26 voted to change the way it awards about $700,000 in room-tax revenue to promote tourism in the county. For the past 12 years, the legislature has negotiated with and awarded a yearly contract to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA). Read more
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signaled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s intent to issue a new planning rule for America’s 193-million acre National Forest System that seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities, by releasing online a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. (See the PEIS at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule). Read more
ALBANY, NY — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has extended the public comment period for the proposed water withdrawal regulations that will amend Parts 601 and 621 of Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on February 6. Read more
At their second meeting of the year, the Borough of Honesdale Council appointed Juanita Pisano to replace former council member Lee Garing who resigned, and selected Ed Langendoerfer, a former council member, as mayor of Honesdale. Read more
PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) is “trying to regroup” following the recent loss of several employees from the leanly staffed agency. While resource conservationist Marci Barrows left to take work elsewhere, Glenn Eby learned on December 20 that his position as District Engineer would terminate by December 31 as a result of budget decisions made by the Pike County Commissioners. Read more
A new organization, The Solution Project, has emerged from the Take Two citizens’ committee, formed in December to come up with a plan to purchase and develop the Narrowsburg school building in a way that will best enhance the community. Read more
If and when it is built, it will have a sloping roof that will provide visitors with a good view of Fort Delaware and the Upper Delaware River below. The proposed design of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) Visitor Center was unveiled at a meeting in Narrowsburg on January 23.
Along with the specialized roof, which will be made of recycled rubber pavers to handle the foot traffic, the 2,400-square-foot building will have a gallery, a multi-use space to be used as a theater or classroom, two offices for the UDSB and Fort Delaware, a gift shop, a warming kitchen and public restrooms. Read more
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
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
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
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 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
Below are statements issued by Congressman Tom Marino, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Read more
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
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
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
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