The utility companies that provide electricity to Sullivan County have been busy repairing downed power lines and issuing press releases chronicling their progress. By the morning of November 5, NYSEG reported that there were about 4,800 costumers without power in Sullivan County, down from a high of 24,000. Orange and Rockland reported 1,900 customers in the county were still without power, down from a high of more than 6,500. Read more
HARRISBURG, NY — A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Jesse White, is accusing a government agency of deceptive practices in relation to testing for contamination, specifically the testing for possible well water contamination related to drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Read more
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Chris Gibson, REP 134,996
Julian Schriebman, DEM 117,488 Read more
Forces are gathering to stop the controversial 7.1-mile loop that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is planning for the area north of Milford Borough. Read more
Only a handful of Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L) customers remained without power in Wayne and Pike counties by Tuesday morning, a week after Hurricane Sandy blew through the region leaving 23,923 customers in Wayne and 19,665 in Pike in the dark. With power restored, repair crews from faraway states started home or headed off to other areas stricken by the storm where people were still waiting for power. Read more
This picnic table wasn’t the only thing to sustain damage when Hurricane Sandy visited Promised Land State Park in Greentown last week. The storm delivered dangerous 60 mph wind gusts and constant 25-mph wind, which proved too much for many of the trees that beautify the popular state park. Park staff estimate that there are at least 300 trees down. Power lines are littered with trees and snapped in some places. Read more
In a twist of irony, Hurricane Sandy was not kind to the trees at the former home of the founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot. At Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, high winds took out more than 100 trees, mostly white pines and hemlocks on the west and north side of the mansion. No trees damaged the mansion or outbuildings, but more than 1,000 feet of protective deer fencing was demolished by the falling trees. Read more
Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Thursday regarding the gasoline purchases. We are in the process of communicating with fuel suppliers to determine whether that will need to remain in effect, or could be rescinded. We had a conference call at 11:00 with NYSEG, and we have a call at 4:00 this afternoon with County and Town officials. Read more
Albany, NY - A minor gas scare reached as far north as Liberty on the evening of November 1, when cars backed up three or four deep at gas stations to stock up on gas. There is a temporary gas shortage in New York City and New Jersey, sending drivers to look for gas in Orange County, with a kind of snowball effect.
Statement from Senator John Bonacic:
Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.
But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities. Read more
Loch Sheldrake, NY (November 2, 2012) - The first of four finalists for the position of SUNY Sullivan college president, Dr. Ralph Ford, will not be visiting campus on Monday, November 5. This also means that the Community Forum with the candidate scheduled for that day has been postponed. Read more
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Saturday to permit County officials to continue to coordinate efforts with the Public Works crews and utilities crews to open County and Town Roads. We will have a conference call with County and Town Highway officials at 4:00 PM this afternoon, and we had a call at 7:30 this morning for County and Town Highway officials. Read more
The following facilities are available to anyone who is without power and in need of a place to shower, clean-up & re-charge their cell phones, IPods, or laptop computers. You can also bring empty water jugs and re-fill containers. Please bring your own toiletries (soap, towel, wash cloth, etc…..) Read more
From Sullivan County Officials: NYSEG representatives anticipate the majority of power restoration will take place by midnight on Sunday. NYSEG crews are dispersed throughout Sullivan County repairing the major transmission lines and completing repairs to substations. NYSEG crews have also teamed up with town highway departments to complete the opening of roads for emergency vehicles. Once this phase of repair is completed, restoration to individual homes and business will follow thereafter. Read more
I-84 East Rest Area - Site 61, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice
I-84 West Rest Area - Site 62, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice
SR 402 is closed in both directions between Thunder Swamp Road and Silver Lake Road in Porter due to downed trees.
SR 409 is closed in both directions between Pine Flats Road and Silver Lake Road in Porter due to a downed tree.
SR 434 is closed in both directions between Shohola Falls Road and McKean Valley Road in Shohola for a downed pole and utilities. Read more
Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY - Sullivan County David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The following County Roads remain closed: CR 31 in Glen Spey; CR 44 in Sackett Lake; CR 173 in Monticello and Bridgeville; CR 162 in Yankee Lake; CR 94 in Mileses/Hankins; and CR 95 in Obernburg. CR 56 is now closed due to wires down near the Mamakating Transfer Station. Read more
Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY - Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Saturday to permit County officials to continue to coordinate efforts with the Public Works crews and utilities crews to open County and Town Roads. We had a conference call with County and Town Highway officials at 7:30 AM this morning, and a call is scheduled for this afternoon for County and Town officials. Read more