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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

Right to ban drilling upheld a second time

MIDDLEFIELD, NY - For the second time this week, a judge has ruled that New York State towns have the right to establish zoning ordinances that ban natural gas drilling within their borders. Otsego County Acting Supreme Court Justice Donald Cerio, in the case of Cooperstown Holstein, Corp. v. the Town of Middlefield, ruled that the clause in state environmental conservation law that prohibits towns from passing laws that regulate oil and gas drilling does not preempt a municipality's rights to control land use.  Read more

Tusten fined for 2011 late payments

According to a letter read at the Tusten Town Board meeting on February 13, the town has been fined $3,860.70 in penalties and interest for late payments of withholding tax of town employees.  Read more

Highland Comp Plan approaches adoption

Following a public hearing and regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Town of Highland will continue toward adoption of its 2012 Comprehensive Plan. The plan is under review by the Sullivan County Planning Department and may be taken up at the town’s March meeting for adoption.  Read more

Cochecton puts zoning committee on permanent hold

The Cochecton Town Board at its meeting on February 8 decided that the continuation of the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) would be a waste of time. All of the board members expressed disappointment at the committee’s lack of following the direction of the board.  Read more

Progress is slow at bridge meeting

While groups of supporters of the Pond Eddy Bridge hassled into the night with each other and with a consultant engineer over the best design of the new bridge, George Ollert, a resident of Pond Eddy, PA, was getting more frustrated by the minute.  Read more

Esplanade plan to be considered at special town meeting

The Town of Tusten’s Big Eddy Esplanade Selection Committe has picked Chazen Companies from the four companies that submitted bids for a contract to draw up an engineering plan for the project. However, at its last meeting the Tusten town board postponed a vote on the matter, pending among other things a determination as to whether the property owners on Main Street, who need to grant rights of way, will still sign off on the esplanade.
A public meeting will be held on the matter on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall on Bridge Street.

Judge upholds home rule in zoning of natural gas drilling

DRYDEN, NY — A New York State judge has ruled in favor of the right of a municipality to adopt zoning that prohibits natural gas drilling within its borders.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan gets sustainability consultant

SUNY Sullivan will be working with HospitalityGreen, a sustainable operations consultant, over the coming year. Sustainability is already a focus of SUNY Sullivan, with a state-of-the-art green facility and an extensive sustainable education curriculum.  Read more

Six candidates for Hinchey’s seat

TWENTY-SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s district, which stretches from Poughkeepsie to Ithaca, may not be recognizable after this year because of the redistricting process now underway. But that has not stopped four Democratic and two Republican candidates from tossing their hats into the ring.  Read more

Search for principal underway; community involvement sought

The search process to find a new principal for the George Ross Mackenzie (GRM) Elementary School in Glen Spey has been launched and is notable for its strong emphasis on involving the community.  Read more

Annual dairy day promotes switch grass use; farmers look for ways to succeed

One of the Dairy Day programs that attracted considerable attention was a display called “Native Grasses for Energy,” which highlighted the use of switch grass for energy production.  Read more

Year of the Bible flap

HARRISBURG, PA — On January 28, members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a handful of so-called “noncontroversial” measures, which often get passed without much fanfare. This time, however, the measure that proclaimed 2012 as “The Year of the Bible” turned out to be a bit more controversial than the authors might have guessed.  Read more

Sullivan nixed for compression station? Cochecton and Delaware had been considered

In the Orange County Town of Minisink, the prospect of a compressor station being built has galvanized the community to fight against it. The concerns of the residents are centered on safety, health and economic impacts. Most specifically, however, opponents object to the fact that it would be constructed at a site “surrounded by over 145 homes and residential lots within approximately a half mile,” according to information on the anti-station website  Read more

Judge upholds home rule in Dryden case

DRYDEN, NY — A New York State judge has ruled in favor of the right of a municipality to adopt zoning that prohibits natural gas drilling within its borders.

In the case of Anschutz Exploration Corporation v. the Town of Dryden and the Town of Dryden Town Board, the Honorable Phillip R. Rumsay of the NYS Supreme Court in the County of Tomkins concluded that the town zoning ordinance is not pre-empted by the state Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law.  Read more

SC Chamber of Commerce finds unclaimed funds for Sheriff's Office

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Terri Ward contacted the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office recently when she discovered some unclaimed funds listed on the State Comptroller’s website. The Sheriff submitted a brief application and several weeks later a check arrived in the mail.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Anti-fracking bicycle trip planned  Read more

Questions about Apollo deal: what is the Sullivan County Funding Corporation?

A resolution to transfer title to county-owned properties in and around the Apollo Plaza to the Sullivan County Funding Corporation (SCFC) remains tabled as newly elected lawmakers and residents have questions about the process.  Read more

Crash on Route 97

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY -- One of this winter's few snowfalls put motorists in the Upper Delaware at considerable risk as the region received mixed precipitation ranging from rain to icy sleet to slushy snow on February 16. This accident occurred on Route 97 just above the confluence of the Delaware River and Ten Mile River. Crews were still working to clear the roadway when this picture was taken at approximately 4:45 p.m.

A partnership for posterity: Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Eagle Institute take wing

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Two organizations with complimentary missions have announced they will combine forces, resulting in an even more effective achievement of each one’s long-term work to conserve the natural resources of the Upper Delaware region. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has embraced the opportunity to bring the Eagle Institute (EI) under its wings and into its nest, to the benefit of both highly successful organizations.  Read more

Sullivan legislature nixes steering committee

The Sullivan County Legislature voted on Thursday to do away with the steering committee that met once a week to go over policy matters. The committee was made up of three of the nine elected legislators and the county manager.  Read more