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ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.

Schumer pushes for food chemical ban

NEW YORK, NY — U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer on February 11 announced a major push to ban a chemical commonly found in fast-food bread products, and suspected to be a carcinogen, from all food products nationwide. Schumer is undertaking this push in light of the Subway Sandwich chain’s decision this week to remove the chemical, azodicarbonamide, from its bread.  Read more

Gunther’s credit card legislation

ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has introduced legislation requiring credit card service companies to issue cards in New York containing “Smart Chip” technology to protect against hacking and fraud.  Read more

Bill outlining ‘discretion’ for conservation officers signed

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Martin Causer’s legislation that clarifies the authority of wildlife and waterways conservation officers to use discretion when enforcing Pennsylvania’s game, fish and boat codes is now law.  Read more

Marino’s animal fight bill passed

WASHINGTON, DC — On February 7, the president signed into law bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino that will make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and will impose additional penalties for taking minors to such events.  Read more

Opponents want more courthouse debate

MILFORD, PA — A group of Milford area residents and businesses is continuing its effort to press the Pike County Commissioners to reconsider plans for the planned expansion of the county’s 141-year-old courthouse.  Read more

Casino dreams in Liberty; Plans for a ‘right-sized’ destination resort

Liberty, NY — Jeff Kay, the CEO of Muss Development, said several times that the impact of the proposed casino resort would be minimal, because the property was formerly the site of a resort hotel.  Read more

PennFuture blasts Corbett’s drilling plan

HARRISBURG, PA — The environmental group PennFuture is criticizing Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget, which he presented to the PA General Assembly on February 4, because it includes $75 million in revenue that would be generated by lifting the moratorium on increased drilling on state park and forest lands.  Read more

Wayne commits to Park Street Complex project

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on January 30 approved a grant commitment letter for the county’s financial role in the adaptive re-use of the former Stourbridge Elementary School as a community business incubator.  Read more

Banning shark fins in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — Democratic Senator Daylin Leach and Republican Richard Alloway have been trying for nearly two years to get legislation passed in Pennsylvania that would ban the possession and sale of shark fins. In December 2013, the two announced that support for their bill is growing, and has picked up the endorsement of the advocacy group Born Free USA.  Read more

Pipeline foes in the river valley

CALLICOON, NY — With the Upper Delaware River drifting by in the darkness, half a dozen local people turned out to the Callicoon Bridge on the evening of February 3 to offer their opinions about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.  Read more

Township trying to communicate better

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Bring cookies and let’s talk about our website, was the gist of a recent township email inviting residents to an informal January 30 town hall meeting.  Read more

PA solar panel legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Doyle Heffley will soon introduce legislation requiring the recipients of grant funding for solar panels to use panels produced in the United States.  Read more

U.S. to buy excess NY grape juice

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand have successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to spend $11.5 million in Section 32 funds to purchase Concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs. The grape industry currently has a surplus of Concord grapes used to make juice, from a large 2013 crop.  Read more

Baker bill would encourage interstate assistance in disasters

HARRISBURG, PA — When a major snowstorm or other natural disaster strikes, Pennsylvania will have a streamlined system for accepting help from neighboring states under a bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Baker.  Read more

UDC seeks nominations

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) is accepting public nominations through March 10 for its 26th annual awards ceremony, to be held on April 27 at Henning’s Local in Eldred.  Read more

Hutchins, former Monticello trustee, sentenced

MONTICELLO, NY — Theodore Hutchins, 41, has been sentenced to six months in the Sullivan County Jail and five years of probation for two felony convictions of coercion.  Read more

Cappelli announces deal with Foxwoods/Muss

LIBERTY, NY — Developer Louis Cappelli, who has proposed building various casino resorts over the years, has announced a deal with Foxwoods and Muss Development regarding the former Grossinger’s Hotel property, which Capelli owns through his company Sullivan Resorts.  Read more

Two Smallwood homes may be demolished

WHITE LAKE, NY — There were two public hearings regarding derelict homes in the hamlet of Smallwood at the town board meeting on January 22. No one turned up to speak at either one.  Read more

Impact of new farm bill on New York State

WASHINGTON, DC — Congress has passed a new five-year farm bill, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, and while Rep. Chris Gibson (R-19) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) are touting the benefits of a new law for New York State farmers, New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) voted against it because of cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) food stamps program, now called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, for short.  Read more

Cancelations and Delays for Wednesday, February 5

Center for Discovery - CLOSED

Eldred School - CLOSED

Hancock Central - CLOSED;

S.C. Boces Adult Program - DELAY; Opening at 10 a.m.

Sullivan County Boces - CLOSED; Offices open at 10

Sullivan West - CLOSED

S.C. Community College – Cancelled, All classes and activities

S.C. Office for the Aging Nutrition Sites, All Nutrition Sites Closed. Homebound Use Emergency Meals

.S.C. Public Healt, Woodridge WIC Clinic is canceled and participants should call the WIC Office

Jeff Bank; All branches will open at 10am  Read more