HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill that gives municipalities the ability to direct recreation fees for the benefit of all residents of their communities. The new law, Act 135 of 2014, permits municipalities to use recreation fees received from new development to operate, maintain, or expand any recreational facilities within the municipality. Prior to this law, municipalities were required to use that money to provide a park in the development where the recreation fee was generated, which Rep. Read more
WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on September 29 urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to grant New Yorkers immediate access to a strain of medical marijuana most commonly known as “Charlotte’s Web” before legalization is implemented in the state. The waiver would allow cannabis oil to be transported across state lines from Colorado into New York State. The request originally came to the senators from New York families with young children suffering from diseases where cannabis oil proved to be effective in reducing pain and controlling symptoms. Read more
HORTONVILLE, NY — River issues came up several times during the Town of Delaware council meeting on September 10.
Supervisor Ed Sykes praised the role of the lawmakers who took part actively in securing a $2.8 million grant approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for flood relief for the towns in western Sullivan County hit by the flash flooding of July. Read more
NORTHEAST U.S. — In some years, the displays of autumn leaves are brighter than others. The following explanation as to why comes from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The largest part of the county’s funding for children and youth services is provided by the state, and estimates of 2015 expenditures go to the Department of Children and Youth in Harrisburg as state budget negotiations get underway this time of year. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Although Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker took pains to spell out the reasons why the city is considering imposing a sewer fee, resident after resident stood up in the packed room at the Monday, September 22 meeting to make their case against it. They spoke of the hardships the fee would cause to the already pressed city residents, many of whom simply can’t afford to pay any more fees. Decker had posted the proposed new fee outline on his popular Facebook page before the meeting, giving residents a heads-up of what’s being planned. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Nancy P. Hackett said at the district’s September 18 board of education (BOE) meeting that, as of 8:47 a.m. that morning, both the Lake Huntington and Jeffersonville campuses of Sullivan West Central School District were in precautionary “lockout” mode, following notification by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that alleged PA sniper suspect Eric Matthew Frein is thought by law enforcement officials to be somewhere in the Delaware River corridor. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Saying state water-quality protection regulations are precluding private property development in the county, the Wayne County Commissioners have lent their support to legislation to amend those regulations.
The commissioners approved a letter supporting House Bill 1565 to the members of the state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last Thursday. Read more
ALBANY, NY — As the New York State Gaming Commission held public hearings on the proposed casinos this week, Sen. John Bonacic stressed that economic benefit and job creation are important factors to consider as the commission determines which areas will get a casino, and which areas won’t. Read more
BLOOMING GROVE, PA — At press time, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) had not found and arrested Eric Matthew Frein, but said they are getting closer to him.
They are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is looking for community-minded people to join its volunteer mediator panel to provide mediation services in local courts. Although no special degree or prior mediation experience is required, good communication skills and a desire to help others resolve their conflicts effectively and appropriately is a prerequisite. Read more
NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake. Read more
DINGMAN, PA — Opponents of a proposed expansion of gas pipeline compressor station in Milford Township on September 19 asked for the support of the Delaware Valley School District.
They found some sympathetic responses among school board members, but the board’s statutory ability to get involved was an issue to be resolved. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Councilman Robert Ritchie, who is liaison to the Port Jervis Industrial Development Agency (IDA), agreed to a deal with the Future Home Technology Inc. over its delinquency with taxes, he reported during the Common Council’s September 8 meeting—provided the council agreed. Read more