State Supreme Court Judge Gerald W. Connolly on October 18 dismissed a lawsuit brought against Democratic candidate Pramilla Malick, who is running against incumbent Republican Senator John Bonacic for the state senate district that includes Sullivan County and parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Sean Franklin Brown, 41 of Bushkill, was sentenced to state prison for up to six years for assaulting his 14-year-old daughter. Read more
ELDRED, NY — After pertinent public hearings, the Highland Town Board at a rescheduled October 13 meeting approved a local law to exceed the state budget cap, and also approved the 2017 budget and a zoning amendment that incorporated a state model-permit application for small (12kw) solar-power units. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Before recycling centers, there were landfills. And before landfills, there were old-fashioned town dumps. At one time or another, 433 Mitchell Pond East Rd. has been all of these. Currently a trash and recycling station is operated there by Sullivan County Department of Public Works (SCDPW); its future is uncertain. Read more
REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.
This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar. Read more
Loren Goering, National Park Service Upper Delaware chief of facility management, is pictured detailing ongoing rehabilitation work at the Roebling Delaware Aqueduct. Leaking storm-drain conduits under the ramps and paving of the drive ramps themselves were completed last week. The aqueduct’s surface only required re-sealing. Some work remains to be completed by November 8. The aqueduct remains closed to traffic weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phase two of the project, involving below-water repairs to the ice breakers, will be completed next year, pending approval of project funding. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — After a second debate on October 6, the National Park Service (NPS) was asked for a legal position about the authority behind an Upper Delaware Council (UDC) position paper/memorandum querying members about solar power development in the river valley. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) move to close a section of shore area at the Toronto East public access of the Toronto Reservoir once again received a large amount of attention at the Bethel town meeting on September 28. Read more
Update: The mannequin has been found.
CALLICOON, NY — A mannequin that stands more than six feet tall and was helping to point the way to an art event disappeared on October 8, the date of the Callicoon Art Walk. Graphic artist Alexis Siroc said the mannequin was one of three that were on display, but the other two were placed in more discreet positions. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At its September 29 monthly meeting, the Town of Cochecton Planning Board addressed three of the most contested topics to come before it in recent years: the Stanzoni Lake Huntington campground proposal; the six-month moratorium on commercial solar installations; and follow-up on Cochecton Self Storage, LLC. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) voted October 6 to award $36,280 in fiscal year 2017 Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) for seven projects that help fulfill goals of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Read more
ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has informed the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) that funding for the proposed visitors center in Narrowsburg has been denied.
Ron Epstein, an assistant commissioner with DOT, wrote in a October 11 email, “While this project is meritorious and will contribute to revitalizing and transforming your community, unfortunately this project was not advanced under this particular funding opportunity.” Read more