HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issued its first Shale Gas Monitoring Report specifically related to gas drilling in state forests. Among many findings the report noted, “Overall, approximately 1,486 acres of forest have been converted to facilitate shale-gas development. This included 161 miles of new or improved roads, 191 pads (of all types), and 104 miles of new or widened pipelines.” Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus Township Board of Supervisors spent the greater part of its April 21 meeting defending itself against charges from two residents that ranged from nepotism and collusion to dereliction of duty. Presented during the public comment period before agenda items were tackled, the charges centered around the planning commission’s long-awaited decision on minimum property lot size. The two residents were vocal in their support for a minimum lot size of not less than two acres per parcel. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners said they were wrapping up the multi-month debate with preservation activists over their plans to move or demolish one of the buildings in Milford’s National Historic Preservation District for construction of an addition to the county courthouse. Read more
NY 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Two-term Congressman Chris Gibson formally announced that he is running for another term in the 19th District, which includes Sullivan, Delaware ,Ulster, part of Orange and six other counties. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Just 62 days after a fire destroyed parts of the Ledges Hotel, owner Justin Genzlinger announced they are back in business. The hotel opened April 17, and Genzlinger and staff were busy putting together the final touches for their grand opening that night, a bridal party coming that day and a concert on Saturday night. Genzlinger joked that “literally the paint is still drying in a few rooms.” Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — It is hard to overstate the enthusiasm Jeff Siegel has for his baby—the Bagel Festival. Last year, in the run up to the first Bagel Festival, Siegel obtained resolutions from the village, the town, the county, the state assembly and state senate all naming Monticello the Bagel Capital. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — “If you get a little note in the mail, we’re not doing a heavy assessment. We’re just checking,” Supervisor Nadia Rajsz said on April 9 in prefacing her announcement of a property revaluation that the town is planning to begin late this summer. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Four county legislators have expressed a desire to go forward with LaBella Associates to oversee design and construction of the new Sullivan County jail, which has been ordered by the New York Commission of Corrections (COC). That is the choice of legislative chairman Scott Samuelson and legislators Kathy LaBuda, Jonathan Rouis and Ira Steingart. A fifth legislator, Alan Sorensen, said he was “leaning” in that direction. Read more
ALBANY, NY — While Sen. John Bonacic represents a large portion of Orange County, he does not believe one of the four casinos that will be licensed in the state this year should be located in that county. In a video posted on his website, he said the single casino, or two casinos if it comes to that, should be located in Sullivan or Ulster or both. Read more
LEBANON TWP, PA — A motorcycle rider who was fleeing from PA State Police lost control of his vehicle on Niles Pond Road in Lebanon Township on April 10. Police say John Greaves, 51, lost control at a curve and went off the roadway striking several trees before being knocked off the motorcycle. Police say Greaves was attempting to get the motorcycle back up when the trooper arrived on the scene.
Greaves was charged with eluding police.