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BINGHAMTON,NY — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved $37.5 million worth of replacement and repair costs targeting five Upper Delaware River bridges at its May 18 annual meeting, while agreeing to hold a public meeting locally to discuss the overall coordination of bridge projects.

2015 Year in Review: A look back on some of the top stories from this past year

The year in politics

Local elections were held this year in Sullivan County in New York and Wayne and Pike counties in Pennsylvania. Of note is the election of the Sullivan County Legislature. The legislature consists of nine seats, and all but one were up for election (District One’s Scott Samuelson ran unopposed). The results are that six of the nine county seats will be held by new legislators this year.  Read more

Cocchi steps down, dangerous buildings discussed

LACKAWAXEN, PA — At Lackawaxen Township’s last meeting of the year, Supervisors Chair Robert Cocchi said his goodbyes, including his good wishes for Mike Mancini, who’s taking over. “I hope you’ll treat him as well as you’ve treated me. It’s been an honor to serve you.”

Residents expressed appreciation for Cocchi. Marge Wasamer said, “You were always fair and treated us with respect, and we haven’t always shown it and have not always agreed. You’ve done a very good job.”  Read more

Sullivan approves $75,000 in additional legal fees; Cost of Bloomingburg vote litigation expected to soar

MONTICELLO, NY — A number of lawsuits regarding voting in the Village of Bloomingburg have been sparked with the creation of the development called Villages at Chestnut Ridge, being marketed to the Hasidic community.  Read more

Emergency HEAP program to open

MONTICELLO, NY — The Emergency Component of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) opens on Monday, January 4, 2016. If a resident has already received a Regular HEAP benefit for the 2015-2016 season, the resident may be eligible for another benefit under the emergency component of HEAP. Regular component benefits must be exhausted first to be eligible for the heating emergencies component for eligible households.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy holds eagle tours

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners announced a series of eagle-watching events all winter long, including guided bus tours and the third annual Eagle Day at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.  Read more

Wolf signs partial budget, frees funding for school services

HARRISBURG, PA — Republican state lawmakers left Harrisburg on the day before Christmas Eve, and left Gov. Tom Wolf with a budget—but not the one they had been negotiating for six months. On December 29, Wolf signed the budget, which will allow funding for education and social services to flow; but he also vetoed parts of it, which will force Republicans to further negotiate with him.  Read more

White Sulphur Springs man pleads guilty

MONTICELLO, NY — James Letohic, 32, of White Sulphur Springs, pleaded guilty to various charges on December 23, including robbery in the first degree and burglary in the second degree, both violent felonies. Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell said Letohic is expected to be sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 11.5 years in state prison and fve years of post-release supervision.  Read more

Honesdale cop fired after allegedly assaulting a suspect

HONESDALE, PA — A Honesdale police officer has been fired after allegations arose that he assaulted a suspect in a police car. Sergeant Keith Colombo allegedly arrested a DUI suspect on November 29, and handcuffed the man and placed him in the back of the cruise, but did not fasten the seatbelt.  Read more

Sullivan West measures the financial climate

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Working without the benefit of forthcoming state aid figures, Sullivan West Central School Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hackett provided the board of education with a forecast for the district’s fiscal future on December 17.  Read more

No snow in the immediate future

REGION — While the region did see an inch or so of sleet and freezing rain in the overnight hours of December 29, there has still been no significant snowfall in the Upper Delaware Valley this winter. That’s good for highway departments on both sides of the river that are saving a lot of money on salt, sand, cinders and overtime payments.  Read more

Tax increase passed in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Although the year’s last meeting was cut short due to the impending winter storm, Port Jervis’s council and mayor packed in their important items about the city business.  Read more

A Sullivan County icon retires

BARRYVILLE, NY — On Friday, December 18, the Town of Highland threw a surprise retirement party for outgoing Superintendent Andy Boyar at the newly opened Catskills Mountains Resort on Mail Road—just one day before the venue’s grand opening on the 19th.  Read more

Unusual business in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At its December 9 monthly meeting, the Cochecton town board postponed two public hearings, choosing instead to address year-end business matters and several first-of-a-kind situations.  Read more

Narrowsburg Union opens its doors

NARROWSBURG, NY — The old Narrowsburg school building is now open as the Narrowsburg Union. Owners Brendan and Kathy Weiden held an open house on Saturday and welcomed the community to explore their vision for the Narrowsburg Union.  Read more

$5.6 million for Sullivan projects

MONTICELLO, NY — The results of the state-wide Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process in New York have been announced, and more than $5.6 million will go to projects in Sullivan County.  Read more

Damascus honors Jeff Dexter; Two public hearings scheduled

DAMASCUS, PA — At its December 21 monthly meeting, the Damascus Board of Supervisors adopted the township’s 2016 budget, named a new road, scheduled two public hearings on conditional-use applications, appointed a new auditor, and recognized Jeff Dexter’s service to the township.  Read more

New laws in Port Jervis; Menorah complaint lodged

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Common Council meeting on December 21 started with public hearings on three local laws regarding town taxes. Nobody spoke up, and at the end of the meeting the laws were carried unanimously. They included giving the city the ability to override the city code tax limit, and to retain property from tax sales in order to develop the city.  Read more

Karl Wagner departs commissioners’ panel

MILFORD, PA — The season of elected officials’ departures continued in Milford on December 16 as Karl A. Wagner Jr. attended his final regular bi-monthly meeting as a Pike County Commissioner.  Read more

Sullivan legislature supports NY Health Act

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on December 17 once again passed a resolution supporting the New York Health Act, which would provide single-payer healthcare for all residents of the state, and cut insurance companies out of the process. The act has been passed by the state Assembly but not the Senate, where it is stuck in committee.  Read more

Canaan man killed by police

CANAAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said Pennsylvania State Police responded to a “frantic” 911 called after 11:30 p.m. on December 21 “describing a scene involving multiple weapons, multiple potential victims and multiple threats of harm,” at 9 Volunteer Way, Canaan Township.  Read more