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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The torrential rains came again to the Upper Delaware Valley, resulting in flooding, closed roads, evacuations and thousands of residents without power. But this time, there were no serious injuries.

Is FERC biased in favor of gas companies? A central question in the Minisink case

WASHINGTON, DC — In case after case involving gas infrastructure projects, residents opposed to those projects say it appears that regulatory agencies, in this case the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), are too cozy with the industry they are regulating, and that those relationships create an unequal playing field for residents who try to influence projects.  Read more

Knotweed is sprouting and spreading

NARROWSBURG, NY — If you’ve been along the river’s shore lately, there is a good chance you’ve seen bright red sprouts pushing through the shoreline soil.  Read more

In memory of Mark North

NARROWSBURG, NY — By all accounts, Mark North had a lot of friends in Narrowsburg when his life was cut short on August 6, 2006 in a car accident. Mike “Chip” McGrath still gets a bit choked up when he remembers his friend.  Read more

Today’s tech is tomorrow’s recycling

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s Recycling Center dealt with 128 tons of old technology last year, and the facility is on schedule to match that volume in 2014, reported recycling coordinator Mary VanPatten on May 1.  Read more

Cappelli Liberty project complements Muss/Foxwoods

LIBERTY, NY — Back in August, the Cappelli Organization, represented by Kevin McManus and Henry Zabata, presented a conceptual master plan for a new resort for the former Grossinger’s Catskill Resort in the Town of Liberty.  Read more

Lumberland gets $50,000

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John Bonacic announced on May 5 that the Town of Lumberland has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.  Read more

PA House adopts law dealing with tenant’s abandoned property

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania house on May 5 gave its approval to legislation sponsored by Rep. Scott Petri that would clarify the Landlord/Tenant Act with regard to the disposition of personal property left behind when tenants move out. Petri says his bill would save money on court costs that would be passed along to future tenants and would allow vacant properties to get back on the market sooner, increasing the availability of housing.  Read more

Assembly proclaims Nurse’s Week in New York State

ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced passage of a resolution she sponsored proclaiming May 6 to May 12, 2014 Nurses Week in the State of New York.  Read more

Seven arrested on heroin and charges in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — In an effort dubbed “Operation Spring Clean-Up,” Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards announced on May 2 that seven individuals have been arrested on charges related to heroin or cocaine distribution.  Read more

Food hub discussed

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) figured prominently in discussions about the proposed food hub at a meeting at the government center on May 1.  Read more

Legislature to consider casino tax breaks; role of IDA to be defined

At a meeting of the Sullivan County Casino Impacts Committee at the government center on May 5, legislator Alan Sorensen, chair of the committee, said the county legislator would be discussing the role of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) regarding the possible establishment of one or possibly two casino resorts in the county.  Read more

Split DV vote OKs new administrators’ pact

SHOHOLA, PA — Following an hour and ten minute executive-session discussion on April 24, the Delaware Valley Board of Education returned to approve a new three-year contract for the district’s top 23 administrators.  Read more

Dollar Store in Hawley raises questions

HAWLEY, PA — Much of this area struggles with the balance between drawing commerce and jobs to the area and maintaining its quiet, rural character. This issue was strongly in evidence at the latest meeting of the Hawley Borough Council, when Jason Raleigh, an engineer representing Dollar General Development, gave a presentation of projected traffic. Raleigh’s job was to analyze the current traffic situation and roads near the proposed location of a Dollar Store, approximately 600 feet south of the Silk Mill off Route 6 East, and advise on the possible impact, problems and solutions.  Read more

Anti fracker wins top environmental award

REGION — Helen Slottje, who with her husband David Slottje has advised numerous municipalities in New York State on how to craft local laws to ban hydraulic fracturing and other high-impact industrial activities, has been named as one of the winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Award. The award, which comes with a prize of $175,000, was announced on April 28.  Read more

Sullivan West milestones

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The April 22 Sullivan West Central School District board meeting brought to light what everyone involved in the school already knows: spring is about passage, both public and private. Graduation, prom, retirement, tenure, hiring, board elections and budget submission set the stage for transitions that mark chapters in community and personal life.  Read more

‘Wayne Tomorrow’ helps provide food and jobs today

HONESDALE, PA — A county visioning plan for meshing the initiatives of Wayne County’s business, government and cultural communities is expected to produce new jobs for students and outlets for Wayne agricultural products, a county official reported on April 24.  Read more

Casino race is on

LIBERTY, NY — The Foxwoods/Muss Development team is just one of 12 different groups or organizations that have shelled out $1 million each for a chance at getting one of possibly two casino licenses that may be awarded in the Catskills/Hudson Valley region.  Read more

PA Senator vows sit-in over marijuana

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Daylin Leach held a news conference on April 28 with Pennsylvanians who Leach said would be directly and negatively impacted by a veto of a medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1182, to announce their plans to assemble in the governor’s reception room until he agrees to meet with them.  Read more

Lawmaker appeals right-to-know

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Greg Vitali on April 28 appealed the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ denial of his right-to-know request seeking information about Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to raise $75 million through the additional leasing of state parks and forests for natural gas drilling.  Read more

Jenkins sentenced

LIBERTY, NY — Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, was sentenced to three years probation on April 29, with the first 45 days to be spent in Sullivan County Jail. Jenkins’ attorney Michael Sussman said he would file for a stay of the sentencing while the verdict is appealed. If the stay is denied, Jenkins will have to report to jail on May 1.  Read more