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High court upholds fracking bans; zoning important function of local government

The 14 municipalities in the counties of Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware that have passed zoning that bans hydraulic fracturing and other industrial uses can now rest assured that the bans are legal.  Read more

Ned Lang to sue Tusten; Freedom of speech is at issue

NARROWSBURG, NY — Councilmember Ned Lang, who has been involved with at least two legal battles with the Town of Tusten dating back to issues regarding signs about gas drilling in 2011, is now launching a lawsuit of his own against the town.

Lang read a statement over the phone on June 24 saying he had hired Robert Isseks of Isseks and Smith of Middletown, “to file this litigation to hold those in the Town of Tusten who are responsible for violating my First Amendment rights numerous times, and they still are today.  Read more

June and July are creamy and sweet in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioners Wendell Kay and Brian Smith on June 19 joined in proclaiming June and July respectively as dairy month and ice cream month.

They were joined by the 2014 Wayne County Dairy Princess and her court. Seated from the left are Dairy Maid Abby Hynes, Dairy Princess Zoe Buckingham, and Dairy Maids Brea Rutledge and Paige Gill.

According to the proclamation, 65 active Wayne dairy farms produce 92 million pounds of milk annually, generating $20.3 million in income, of which 85% stays in Wayne County.

Signs along the way; Berlin Township nixes Route 652 signage requests

BEACH LAKE, PA — The burning issue at the June 17 Berlin Township Board of Supervisors meeting was whether two sign requests made by township residents would be approved by the board. They weren’t. Both requests were brought before the board during the public participation segment of the meeting.  Read more

Historic bridge replacement costly

HONESDALE, PA — Because of its historic past, the cost of replacing the Wangum Falls Road bridge is increasing.

The road connects Hoadley’s Road and the Owego Turnpike in Paupack Township and has been closed pending replacement of the bridge over the spectacular falls on Middle Creek.  Read more

EPA accused of ‘land grab’

REGION — Intermittent, seasonal or ephemeral streams are a common sight in the Upper Delaware River Valley. During snowmelt in the spring, or after a heavy downpour, streams spill down the hillsides, over the roads and ultimately into larger streams, rivers or lakes. The question at the center of a new rule proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) is whether those intermittent waterways, and many others, should be protected from pollution under the Clean Water Act.  Read more

County legislators approve funds for investigation

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators approved to spend funds for an outside person or agency to investigate “a number of serious complaints” lodged by employees and the administration of a specific county department.  Read more

The tortured recent history of the Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — While most people agree that the Narrowsburg School was a positive force in the community for decades, the recent history of the school, or more precisely the history of the people trying to determine its future, is a tale of dreams and broken promises.  Read more

Roscoe woman arrested under Leandra’s Law

ROSCOE, NY — New York State Police came upon a 1998 Lincoln Town Car that had landed in a ditch on Tennanah Lake Road on June 22. The driver, 53-year-old Anne Slowey of Roscoe told police that while she was driving, she turned to reprimand her two juvenile children, seated in the rear, and she veered off the roadway.  Read more

PA State Police begin 4th of July DUI crackdown

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police are engaged in a crackdown on drivers operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and it is scheduled to last through the busy 4th of July weekend through July 6.  Read more

Woman killed in drug argument

SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Pennsylvania State Police on June 20 responded to a call regarding a gunshot in a home at 147 Daniels Rd., South Canaan Township, Wayne County. When they arrived they found Rebecca Pisall, 20 years old, with a gunshot wound to her head.  Read more

New York gets 25 new judges

MONTICELLO, NY — The New York State Senate gave final passage on June 20 to legislation that will help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25 new family court judgeships. Currently, 700,000 family court cases are heard each year by 153 family court judges statewide. Under this bill, a new judgeship will be established in a total of 16 counties outside of New York City, and nine in New York City, over the next two years.  Read more

Reclaiming the roads and bridges of Damascus Township

DAMASCUS, PA — At the Damascus Township June 16 Board of Supervisors meeting, Operations Supervisor Steve Adams presented a detailed report of long-awaited road and bridge rebuilding projects currently underway. River Road, Chicopee Road, Plank Road, Hopkins Road Bridge and Boyce Road were among those mentioned.  Read more

Residents speak out against rehab at school; supervisor: the law will be followed

The largest crowd in years gathered at the Tusten Town Hall for the meeting on June 23, drawn by word that the vacant Narrowsburg school building, in the center of the tiny hamlet, will be sold to a couple that plans to open a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in it. Joan and Robert Buto own and operate a rehab facility in Florida called Changes Treatment Center.  Read more

Statements from Narrowsburg School bidders

This is a June 23 statement from Changes Treatment Center regarding their purchase of the Narrowsburg School.

First, Changes would like to thank the Sullivan West Central School Board for all of their
hard work and time spent, it was no easy task knowing how people felt to make this decision.

Secondly, we would like to clear up some of the confusion and misconception that we have been reading about:  Read more

Narrowsburg School sold to highest bidder; Sullivan West Board of Education accepts Buto offer of $751,000

A special meeting of the Sullivan West Board of Education was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on June 19. Immediately after reciting the pledge of allegiance, the board convened an executive session, to discuss two purchase offers for the unused Narrowsburg School, one from Brendan Weiden for a multi-use community center and one from Joan Buto for a substance abuse rehabilitation center.  Read more

Boy Scout gunshots irk neighbors

WHITE LAKE, NY — Officials from the Boy Scouts say they have been conducting rifle shooting at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout facility for 80 years. Neighbors say something has changed in the past few years and now noise from the shooting, especially the shotgun blasts, is making life unbearable.  Read more

Public hearing for Cochecton highway superintendent term change

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Citing the demands of campaigning when weather conditions often require job overtime, Highway Superintendent Kevin Esselman last month petitioned the Cochecton Town Board to change the town highway superintendent’s office term from its current two years to four years. At its June 11 meeting, the board passed a resolution to start the process.  Read more

Port Jervis ups abandoned building fees

PORT JERVIS, NY — There are some 155 vacant or abandoned buildings in Port Jervis, which represents about one out of every 15 buildings in the city. To combat the problem, in May the Port Jervis Common Council passed a new law that requires the owners or mortgagees of buildings that become vacant or abandoned to take a number of steps.  Read more

Foxwoods out and other casino notes

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Muss Development and Foxwoods Resort Casino have abandoned plans to build a casino at the site of the former Grossingers Hotel in Liberty. In an open letter to the residents of the county, the two organizations spelled out in detail their reasons for doing so.  Read more