After voters statewide approved casino gambling in New York State in 2013, numerous applicants this year sought licenses to operate gaming facilities, presenting their proposals to the selection committee. On December 17, 2014, the Gaming Facility Location Board announced its decision: one casino for Sullivan, in the Town of Thompson, and none in Orange—a relief to those who had argued that a casino in Orange would have made one in Sullivan irrelevant.
Casinos by the Numbers
16 applications submitted
4 or fewer to be awarded Read more
TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — The sprawling sports machine palace at the corner of Route 6 and Route 652 in Texas Township is up for sale. Rusty Palmer, the colorful owner of the property, told media outlets he is looking to downsize, but he says he is still in business and selling lots of sports equipment.
Palmer built the vast facility, which is more than 100,000 square feet, after a 2005 fire totally destroyed the original building that housed his business. Read more
ELDRED, NY — A public hearing will be held on January 8 at 7 p.m. for variances so that a Dollar General Store can be built in Eldred. In order for the plan to go forward, the Town of Highland Zoning Board of Appeals must grant two variances. A Facebook page had been established in opposition to the plan at www.facebook.com/saynotodollargeneral, which says the store will have negative impacts on the community.
MILFORD, PA — A Pike County man, Jeremy Daniel Rose, 38, was sentenced by Pike County for failing to register his address under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Rose, with a last known address of Bushkill, was sentenced to five to 10 years in a state correctional facility. Read more
CHERRY RIDGE TWP., PA — Vanessa Van Gorder, 24, of Paupack was killed on Christmas Day at 11 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and her car left the road. According to details provided by Pennsylvania State Police, after the car left the road, it struck a ditch and rolled over several times. Van Gorder was ejected from the driver’s side window.
There were no other injuries in the incident and the investigation is continuing.
REGION — The sales figures compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture for 2013 were released in December and showed increases in both New York and Pennsylvania.
In New York, cash receipts for the year total $5,677,561,000, up more than $200 million from the previous year, with about $2.8 billion coming from dairy and milk products. Read more
Town of Greenville, NY — A Town of Greenville woman has been arrested; police say she stole $27,000 from her son while he was stationed in Afghanistan.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Middletown says Pearl Smith, age 46, was arrested on December 23rd and charged with grand larceny aggravated identity theft.
Police say Smith was developed as a suspect after her son, a U.S. Army soldier deployed to Afghanistan, reported to troopers that someone had used his identity information to withdraw money from a personal banking account. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County sheriff Mike Schiff warned in November of a scam involving customers of Orange and Rockland Utilities in the southern part of the county. That scam has progressed into Sullivan County proper and now involves customers of New York State Gas and Electric (NYSEG). Read more
REGION — The early part of 2014 was marked by the polar vortex, which sent cold air into the region and the country resulting in record-breaking cold temperatures in many areas. Forecasters are not predicting a return of the phenomenon; in fact, winter may be warmer than average, especially if El Niño conditions form in the southern Pacific Ocean, which has been given a 65% chance of happening by the Climate Prediction Center, the National Weather Service and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — National Park Service (NPS) regional and local staff, Delaware River Basin Commission and Army Corps of Engineers staff journeyed west for the National Park Service Natural Gas Summit in September. They viewed Pennsylvania’s gas fields and gas facilities as far afield as Susquehanna and Bradford counties and spoke with people there and in the Upper Delaware. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council raced through the 45- minute public portion of its December 8 meeting, as if anxious to get down and dirty in the executive session that followed. It was there that Police Chief Rick Southerton and the council planned to hammer out temporary police duty schedules that fall within the borough’s end-of-year budgetary constraints. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — Barely had those assembled for the December 15 meeting of the Damascus board of supervisors finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance than Chairman Jeff Dexter was extending the board’s wishes for safe and happy holidays and adjourning the meeting. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — It was recently brought to the attention of the Town of Tusten that the deck on Main Street in Narrowsburg will need to be replaced. In August, the Tusten Town Board agreed that it would be their responsibility to replace the deck. At the September meeting, the Narrowsburg Beautification Group contributed its Golden Feather Award of $25,000 toward the rebuilding of the deck, and the $106,000 grant from the state for the Waterfront Revitalization Project will go to the deck. In November, it was announced that the cost would be around $300,000. Now, at the December Town Board meeting, the board discussed the cost, saying it is too high. Read more
MILFORD, PA — In an area where tourism is king, the nurturing of the hotel and tourism industry is economic development.
Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the four-county Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) emphasized that point early on in his annual report to the Pike County Commissioners, saying the bureau’s business is “economic development through tourism marketing.” Read more
BETHEL, NY — With a line that got a pretty good laugh, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of New York State Sen. John Bonacic, “When I first met him, I thought he had a speech impediment: ‘casino, casino, casino.’” The joke ultimately became praise for Bonacic and for his persistence in pursuing a casino for Sullivan County for so many years. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — A lot of toys, worth between $2,000 and $3,000, were stolen from the Toys for Tots program in Honesdale on December 19. Shari Tirado, the coordinator of Toys for Tots in Wayne and Pike counties, said a thief made off with the toys that were intended to go to teenage boys and girls, as the organization was preparing to go into a second round of handing out the toys. Read more
FERNDALE, NY — The Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) is hosting its second online photo contest, this time centered on the region’s beauty during the winter season.
The organization’s first contest, focusing on fall foliage, resulted in more than 1,000 votes cast for 174 photos submitted by 91 photographers. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The race for city court judge in Port Jervis has been certified by the Orange County Board of Elections, and James Hendry will be sworn in by outgoing Judge Victoria B. Campbell on December 31 at 1 p.m. in city council chambers. The ceremony is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Read more