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December 20, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

Narrowsburg Bridge single lane through 2015; Emergency repairs to begin soon

The weight limit for the bridge that spans the Upper Delaware River at Narrowsburg has been lowered in the wake of an inspection that was carried out in November 2012.  Read more

Kudos for Wayne professional

The Wayne County Commissioners at their meeting on January 31 recognized contributions made by Juliann Doyle. The Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP) honored Doyle for her notable work in the Human Service Department, for “reporting and information gathering for property and liability incidents.” Upon acceptance of the award, she acknowledged the work of all the staff who contribute to the making of a successful department. “Doyle is a ray of sunshine and a wonderful example of what the county has to offer,” said commissioner Jonathan Fritz.  Read more

Economic impact of public lands; Study shows reservoirs are helpful

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is touting the beneficial impacts of its reservoirs and other holdings on the Catskills, which are highlighted in a new study commissioned by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD), Catskill Mountainkeeper (CMK), and Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA).  Read more

Sullivan County fills 50 vacant positions

The Sullivan County Legislature, at a meeting on February 1, gave department heads permission to fill about 50 vacant positions that are considered critical for the smooth functioning of county government. The legislature changed the hiring policy because of the recession so that every new hire had to be approved by the legislature.  Read more

Time to get PA out of alcohol business? Governor Corbett unveils a plan

HARRISBURG, PA — For decades governors of the Keystone State have dreamed of selling off the state liquor store system to the private sector, and now Governor Tom Corbett has presented a detailed plan about how to move forward with it.  Read more

Rapist sentenced to 14 years; Family Violence Response Team credited

Dennis DeGroat, 39, of Bloomingburg, will be spending 13 years in prison with 10 years of post-release supervision for the rape of a girl who was 13 years old.  Read more

Burglary ring members sentenced for break-ins in four towns

The final two members of a burglary ring have been sentenced. Elliot Hernandez, 19, of Monticello, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for his role in four burglaries of homes in the Towns of Forestburgh and Thompson.  Read more

Shohola man arrested for burglary of Barryville diner

Daniel Hipsman, 21, of Shohola, PA was arrested on February 2 on petit larceny and criminal mischief charges by Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies. Hipsman admitted to breaking into the Towne Diner in Barryville on January 23, and stealing approximately $40 dollars in cash.  Read more

More gun resolutions in the pipeline

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — At least two more local towns are considering resolutions opposing national gun control legislation proposed in the wake of the Newtown, CT shootings.

The Town of Fremont will vote on such a resolution at the town board’s next regular meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.  Read more

DRBC to review two pipelines

NORTHEAST, PA — In a reversal of a decision made in July 2012, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has determined that it will review two pipelines that go through Wayne and Pike counties. The review will be done “after the fact,” as the pipeline shave already been completed.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DNR) had been urging the DRBC to take that action because the rules that govern the DRBC require it, and DNR would like the agency to compel the pipeline owners to take additional restoration action along the path of the lines.  Read more

TGP court challenge redux; Cummins Hill appeal rejected by FERC

WASHINGTON, DC — When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) came down on the side of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), rejecting the appeal by the Pike County Cummins Hill protest group and other groups for further public hearings, TGP was smacked with another challenge, this time in federal court.  Read more

February weather stats

REGION — How long will the ice last on Ten Mile River?

If the past is any indication, it should remain through the month of February. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), for the years 1986 thorugh 2010, the average high temperature in this region on February 1 is 29.4 degrees Fahrenheit; by February 28, the average rises to 35.5 degrees.  Read more

Union rep raises ‘conflict’ concerns; Foster care system at issue

Sandy Shaddock, the business representative of Teamsters Local 445, which represents some 600 Sullivan County employees, is raising concerns about Randall Parker, the commissioner of the Division of Health and Family Services (DFS) and possible conflict of interest because of changes he has made to foster care and child protective services in Sullivan County.  Read more

Emergency repairs to begin on Narrowsburg Bridge

NARROWSBURG, NY — After a recent inspection of the Narrowsburg Bridge, a 15 ton weight limit for single vehicles and 27 ton limit for combination vehicles like tractor trailers was placed on the bridge over the Delaware River. Emergency repairs are scheduled to begin in mid-March. From mid-March until the end of May, the bridge will be open to a single lane of traffic during the day, controlled by flaggers. At the end of each day, the bridge will be opened to two lanes of traffic, but the weight restriction will remain in place.  Read more

Sullivan County manager issues a flood watch effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Flood Watch for Sullivan County that is effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.  Read more

Notes from the NOFA-NY conference; Weekend of activism and organics

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The premier organization that represents organic farming interests in New York State approved a major policy statement at its annual conference last weekend, urging the ban of an herbicide used in conjunction with some genetically-modified agricultural crops. Some 1,300 people, including farmers and residents of the Upper Delaware Valley attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association-New York (NOFA-NY) conference in Saratoga Springs on January 25 through 27, during which about 75 NOFA-NY representatives approved some newsworthy policy resoutions.  Read more

New detective will work on crimes against women; Wayne position funded for one year

A new detective will join the office of the Wayne County District Attorney beginning immediately and focus mainly on crimes against women.  Read more

Lawyers wade into Callicoon comp plan battle; Slottjes ask county planning commissioner to reject town’s submission

As officials of the Town of Callicoon move forward to adopt a controversial comprehensive plan, two prominent environmental attorneys are acting on behalf of a “number of residents” of the town.  Read more

Tusten mulls demolition law

The Tusten Town Board, at a public hearing on January 14, tackled the difficult question of a demolition law, touching on the subjects of what is considered an abandoned building and when a building should be deemed unsafe.  Read more

Sullivan West board votes for sale; Retaining mineral rights is an issue

The Sullivan West School Board voted January 10 to sell the shuttered Delaware Valley School Building for $1.16 million, but not before a lengthy debate about the district relinquishing mineral rights on the 10.9-acre property.  Read more