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WHITE LAKE, NY — During public comment at the Bethel town meeting on May 12, attorney Kirk Orseck made a brief presentation concerning the well-known used car dealership on Route 17B in Mongaup Valley, Seven X Motors. Orseck said that he represented a group called Gale Road Residents Association, and detailed a number of complaints he said were violations of town code and state law. Orseck said representatives of an engineering firm had accompanied him to the meeting.

Democrats capture PA Supreme Court; The next redistricting process may be impacted

HARRISBURG, PA — It was an off-year election that just passed; normally that means more Republicans turn out to the polls than Democrats and thus Republicans win more state-wide races. But that was not the case for the state-wide races for judgeships this year, which were swept by Democrats.  Read more

Challenges in Thompson voting

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — Before the election on November 3, Bill Rieber, the incumbent supervisor of the Town of Thompson who was running again for the office, told his supporters that it had come to his attention that “hundreds of questionable absentee votes from closed and boarded-up camps and colonies in Thompson have been submitted to the Sullivan County Board of Elections.”  Read more

A run for the food pantry

Staff of Catskill Hudson Bank (CHB) took time out of their busy schedule to take the Shopping Cart Challenge at Pete’s Market on Monday, November 9 at 9 a.m. Debbie Reimer, manager of CHB Narrowsburg Branch, was the lucky shopper.

Reimer was cheered on by coworkers Joann Letendre, Laurel Anderson and Sandi Jay, and ran around Pete's collecting as many groceries as she could in only three minutes. The value of the final amount of food that was collected was $267. All groceries will be donated to the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Read more

Big changes at Sullivan Legislature (Updated)

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Voters decided it was time for a change in several of the county legislative districts, and that will mean a decidedly different make-up in the legislature, which currently has seven Democrats and two Republicans.  Read more

Five-month running champs honored

HONESDALE, PA — Paraphrasing the proverb, Commissioner Jonathan Fritz last week lauded a victorious group of Wayne runners, saying, “It takes a village…”  Read more

Sullivan West task force aims to keep kids safe

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — With many sharing emotional tales of how drug abuse has touched their lives, members of the Sullivan West Community Task Force gathered for the first time to start strategizing over how to help their youth avoid that risk.  Read more

Highland finalizes budget

ELDRED, NY — Following a brief and sparsely attended October 29 public hearing, the Highland Town Board approved a new spending budget for 2016.  Read more

DV officials fume over lottery diversions

WESTFALL, PA — Feelings of a perceived state government prejudice against Pennsylvania’s public schools arose once again in the October 22 meeting of the Delaware Valley Board of Education.  Read more

Pike re-bonds for debt savings

MILFORD, PA — Pike County can anticipate savings of at least $190,000 this year in the county’s bond indebtedness after the commissioners’ decision to refund Pike’s 2010 general obligation bonds, according to David M. Payne, director of PNC Capital Markets LLC.  Read more

Public invited to Long Eddy visioning session

LONG EDDY, NY — On Saturday, November 14, the public is invited to the Chestnut Café on Route 97 to participate in a visioning session and guided discussion for the Long Eddy river access from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge re-opened

POND EDDY, PA — The Pond Eddy Bridge was re-opened to traffic on October 30, but with a three-ton weight limit. A contractor finished inspections the previous day and the result showed that it would be safe for low-weight vehicles to cross the more than 100-year-old span.  Read more

Damascus man arrested for growing pot, hiding drugs in safe

DAMASCUS TWP, PA — A 30-year old Damascus Township man was arrested after his wife tried to get emergency protection from him on November 1. Police obtained a search warrant for the home of Leroy Catania of Callicoon Road after being contacted by Billy Jo Wormuth, who told police that Catania had a pot-growing operation in the attic, and possessed multiple guns, which he was legally prohibited from owning.  Read more

Cuomo signs Gunther legislation regarding opiates

MONTICELLO, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on October 28 signed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther that will allow pharmacies to accept unused controlled substances from their customers.  Read more

Café Devine closes

CALLICOON, NY — Café Devine, a popular eatery in Callicoon, is closing. A post from owner Patti Devine on the restaurant’s website says: “It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today to announce the closing of Café Devine. For more than six years, I have devoted myself to serving wholesome food and drink to area residents and visitors, but now the time has come to move on and focus on my health and family.  Read more

New power line proposed

BLAKELY, PA — The PPL Electric Utilities Corporation has begun the application and approval process for the first segment of Project Compass, a major new transmission line proposed by PPL.  Read more

TGP back to Wayne and Pike; Riverkeeper intervenes

HAWLEY, PA — Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to construct a new 13-mile pipeline along side an existing pipeline in Wayne and Pike counties. The application for the Orion Project calls for construction to begin in 2017 and for the pipeline to go into service in 2018.  Read more

Special-use permit granted for summer camp; Lodgings for staff families at issue

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — If a summer camp provides 100 beds for campers and 32 beds for staff members and their families, can it really be considered a summer camp, or is it some sort of hybrid combining a summer camp and a bungalow colony?  Read more

Some New Yorkers scramble for new coverage; Healthcare rug pulled out from under thousands

ALBANY, NY — Some of the most affordable health insurance plans to emerge in New York State after the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, became law were those created by Health Republic Insurance of New York (HRINY). People signed up with HRINY in large numbers, but now, the agencies that control the health insurance market are telling thousands of HRINY’s customers, including several at The River Reporter, that they must immediately find new coverage because their existing policies will be terminated at the end of November.  Read more

Unofficial Election results for 2016

Sullivan County
County Coroner
Patrick Harrison Dem, Wor 6017
Albee Bockman Rep, Con, Ref 6675

Legislator District Two
Kathleen M LaBuda Dem, Con, Ind 789
Nadia Rajsz Rep, Wor, Ref 952  Read more

Grain truck on its side in Narrowsburg

Narrowsburg, NY - Earlier this morning, a truck carrying a load of corn tipped over in Narrowsburg.

The driver, who was not injured had never been to Narrowsburg Feed & Grain. He parked the truck and went inside the building to ask where he should unload. As he was inside the building, the truck began to roll down the hill.

In an attempt to stop the truck, the driver ran out the door and hopped into the cab. He applied the brakes to no avail. The truck went over an embankment, and according to the driver, rolled slowly on its side.  Read more