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NARROWSBURG, NY — Amid a bit of finger-pointing, members of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. (UDSB) voted unanimously on July 25 to seek funding via the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund a visitors’ center at Fort Delaware. Plans for the center were drawn up in 2011 with a $25,000 grant the UDSB obtained for a feasibility study of the project.

Hawley boy needs kidney

HAWLEY, PA — Nine-year-old Bobby Fortuna of Hawley is one of more than 8,000 residents in Pennsylvania that is on the list waiting for a transplant of one organ or another. In Bobby’s case it’s a kidney.  Read more

Wayne & Pike come together on tourism

HONESDALE, PA — The Pennsylvania counties along the Upper Delaware River valley will be partners in tourism marketing this coming spring.  Read more

Bipartisan PA lawmakers call for redistricting reform

HARRISBURG, PA — A bipartisan, bicameral group of state lawmakers held a capitol news conference Tuesday to discuss its efforts to reform the way Pennsylvania congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn.  Read more

Sullivan County settles civil rights lawsuit

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed against it by the estate of Vincent Leone, a 31-year-old inmate who committed suicide at the Sullivan County Jail on October 22, 2011. The total amount of the settlement was $375,000.  Read more

PA senators to introduce ag funding

HARRISBURG, PA — Citing agriculture’s key role in Pennsylvania’s economy and the need to adequately prepare for a potential outbreak of bird flu and other threats, Sen. Elder Vogel and his colleagues Ryan Aument, Gene Yaw, Dave Argall and Lloyd Smucker, all Republicans, are preparing legislation to restore funding for agriculture-related items vetoed from the state budget by Gov. Tom Wolf.  Read more

Highland zoning public hearing will not cover compressor stations

ELDRED, NY — The River Reporter erroneously reported the subject of the Town of Highland Public Hearing at 6:45 on February 9, prior to the regular meeting of the town board. The public hearing meeting is not meant to address compressor stations, or other natural gas infrastructure.  Read more

Eldred votes on Common Core

ELDRED, NY — To the extent possible, members of the board of the Eldred Central School (ECS) want to protect students from some of the more extreme impacts of standardized testing and other elements of Common Core standards. The board voted unanimously on January 14 to approve a resolution that, in many cases, places ECS priorities over Common Core priorities.  Read more

The case for a helipad on Fair Avenue

HONESDALE, PA — No one in attendance at the two-hour January 21 public hearing before the Honesdale Borough Council disputed the need for a life-flight helipad close to Wayne Memorial Hospital. The bone of contention was its proposed location: 1839 Fair Avenue, one mile from the hospital, on property owned by Wayne Memorial Health Systems (WMHS) near the medical offices of Highland Physicians.  Read more

New Pond Eddy Bridge unveiled

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township’s meeting room was full when the final plans for the new Pond Eddy Bridge were revealed by the design team on January 21.  Read more

New council members in Port Jervis

CITY OF PORT JERVIS, NY — At the year’s first Port Jervis Common Council meeting, Mayor Kelly Decker and other council members welcomed four new members, saying they brought with them new energy enabling the city to move forward with projects.  Read more

Cochecton honors Larry Richardson

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — It began with supervisor Gary Maas’s announcement at the January 13 meeting of the Cochecton town board that the board would be going off agenda for a few minutes, and ended with former board member Larry Richardson’s heartfelt thanks to board members, town officials and volunteers with whom he has worked in the course of his 27 years of community service.  Read more

Legislators briefed on casino

MONTICELLO, NY — The six new members of the Sullivan County Legislature, along with the three that have been there a while, received a presentation from Charles Degliomini, executive vice president of Empire Resorts, which is in the process of creating the Montreign Casino in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Guccini joins the commissioners’ panel

MILFORD, PA — Pike’s newest commissioner, Steve Guccini, sat in on his first regular semi-monthly commissioners’ meeting on January 6.  Read more

Organizations demand investigation of federal agency

REGION — Some 165 environmental and citizens organizations have written a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to use their seats on the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources to order an investigation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Read more

County chairs back Teachout

NY 19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — On Saturday, January 16, chairs from Democratic committees across New York State’s 19th Congressional District met and interviewed four potential candidates for the seat that will be decided in the upcoming November elections.  Read more

Boymelgreen’s partner settles

NEW YORK CITY, NY — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on January 18 a settlement with several subsidiaries of the publicly traded conglomerate Africa Israel Investments Limited (AIIL). It requires the developer to complete 15 Broad Street in Manhattan, which has been stalled for nearly a decade, and surrender control of the building to the condominium owners; to resolve defect claims at three condominiums in Manhattan and Brooklyn; and to pay $2 million to New York City to compensate for improper receipt of tax benefits.  Read more

PA bill to keep local government open

HARRISBURG, PA — To ensure that critical government services are not impacted if the state budget is not passed on time, PA State Sen. Pat Stefano will introduce legislation that would establish a special fund to maintain their operations.  Read more

Lawsuit by student strip-searched at Wayne Highlands

HONESDALE, PA — A former student has filed a lawsuit against Wayne Highlands School District because the student claims he was strip-searched in an unlawful search and seizure. Ryan Highhouse was taken to the principal’s office in February 2014 after another student reported $250 in missing cash.  Read more

State money trickles in for Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — State money finally began to flow toward Wayne County last week, business manager John Haggerty reported on January 7.  Read more

Highland compressor station looms

ELDRED, NY — Former Supervisor Andrew Boyar’s December rumored warning became the first challenge for his successor’s administration on January 12.  Read more