MONTICELLO, NY — In the wake of Randy Parker being placed on administrative leave from the Sullivan County Division of Health and Family Services (DHFS), the new acting commissioner, Joe Todora, and deputy commissioner, William Moon, said they are seeking to remove redundancies from the process of applying for services. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — A bill that would make it a crime for Pennsylvania residents to claim to be military veterans unless they have actually served passed in the Senate on March 4 and has been sent to the House for consideration. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Activists fighting the expansion of the compressor station in Milford are moving in two tracks. Most recently they filed an appeal with the PA Environmental Hearing Board over the plans for the station on March 5. Read more
RIVER VALLEY — A Christmas tree, set up midstream, and surrounding snowmobile tracks last week illustrated the Delaware River ice thickness above the Barryville-Shohola Bridge. The National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY on March 5 reported an above-normal chance of ice-jam related flooding during a sudden thaw.
MILFORD, PA — Drug abuse and prevention continued to be a prevalent topic for the Pike County Commissioners last week.
Jill Gamboni, director of the annual Reality Tour program, appeared to promote public participation in the program, which uses a series of realistically staged scenarios to illustrate the evolution of abuse from its beginnings to arrest, emergency room overdose treatment, prison and a funeral scene. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Carlos Holden, medical director of emergency medicine at Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was invited back to the government center on March 5, a year after his previous visit, to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic in Sullivan County and across the country. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Victoria Zipperlen, 22, of Hawley, and Matthew Javitz, 24, of Honesdale, were arrested on March 5 on drug charges related to the possession of heroin. On February 26, Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale received information that Javitz was in the Honesdale Borough area, having left a court-ordered half-way house in Allentown. Separately, Wayne County Drug Task Force received an anonymnous tip that Zipperlen was dealing heroin in and around Honesdale. Read more
HARRISBUG, PA — Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Hughes on March 9 announced he would introduce universal voter registration legislation to automatically register all eligible citizens to vote. He released a statement that said, “Fifty years ago, thousands of people marched in Selma, AL to fight for the right to vote for all Americans. Many gave their lives in that struggle. We have made much progress as a nation since then, but the dream of universal access to the polls is something that is yet to be obtained. Read more
ALBANY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 1900 (S1900). The bill, which Bonacic sponsored, would protect correctional employees by amending a section of the Penal Law by adding saliva to the already existing list of fluids, and adding intentionally expectorating to the list of actions prohibited, meaning that prisoners would be penalized for spitting at prison workers. S1900 would classify such behavior as aggravated harassment of an employee. A previous version of this legislation passed the Senate in 2014. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — On March 10, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced new bipartisan legislation to allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Legislator Kathy LaBuda was asked if she knew if the Fraud Investigation Team (FIT) brings in enough revenue to pay for itself. She said “I don’t know.” She said her main concern was that legislators should not vote for a resolution that’s going to cost the county money if they don’t know where that money is coming from, and she did not know where the money for this particular resolution was coming from; therefore, she could not vote for it. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Team Shrek and Team Cat in the Hat both of which represented multiple organizations in Sullivan County, participated in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sullivan County fundraiser “All Tooned Up” at the Villa Roma Resort on March 6. The event raised more than $56,000 for the clubs. For more on the event, read Jonathan Charles Fox’s column here.
HONESDALE, PA — By a four-to-two vote at its March 9 meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council voted to reject Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards’ request that borough police be trained and equipped to administer an antidote for heroin overdose. Council members Dan Barnes and James Brennan cast the two votes against rejecting the proposal, Brennan saying that the subject deserves more study. Anita Pisano was absent due to illness. Read more
SHANDELEE, NY — This past weekend the owners of The Arnold House, Sims Foster and Kirsten Harlow Foster, and residents of Livingston Manor hosted friends and family on Shandelee Lake for their first annual ice fishing derby. It’s an event that the Fosters hope to turn into a recurring happening for local residents, part-time homeowners and out-of town-guests visiting the picturesque surrounding areas. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — More than 100 cats were spayed or neutered on February 12 at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark’s shelter, thanks to the staff and state-of-the-art facilities of the mobile clinic of The Animal Rights Alliance (TARA).
Another clinic is planned at the Humane Society for April 9. Space for the clinic is limited. Residents can reserve spots early by calling the shelter at 845/856-3677. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is requested in advance in order to hold your spot. Read more