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Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.

Charity funds stolen

Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale are investigating the theft of funds intended for charity. According to a police press release, Betsy Arnold, 35, “stole $870 in funds that were intended to help a cancer victim and used the funds to go on a shopping spree for herself.” The release says Arnold also stole prescription medication from the same victim over the course of several weeks. Charges have been filed against Arnold.

Sullivan community wind forum

Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) has issued an invitation to the general public for information about the final report of the two-year study of community-owned wind. The study was conducted in Sullivan County.  Read more

Proposed fracking rules issued; further changes likely coming

ALBANY, NY — When state environmental officials filed for a 90-day extension to the fracking rule-making process on November 29, by law they also had to issue the revised rules as they then existed for public review and comment. The revised rules for hydraulic fracturing were published on the website of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) (www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.html) on November 30.  Read more

Elected officials mute on PA pipeline

Rick Caridi, chairman of the Pike County Commissioners, is disappointed. Efforts to get elected officials to ask two federal agencies to reopen hearings on a controversial gas pipeline project have proven futile. So far no officials have written letters.  Read more

PPL to lower its rates for customers that do not use other providers

ALLENTOWN, PA — PPL Electric Utilities will lower its generation service charge on December 1, based on the latest cost to supply to customers who have not chosen an alternative supplier in the competitive market.  Read more

Historic mining debris in Wurtsboro; tailings force closure of state land

Sullivan County residents may be forgiven if they didn’t know there was once a substantial mining operation in Wurtsboro. After all, it has not been in operation since 1920. But back in the day, the mine was reportedly a busy place.  Read more

Tax abatement program proposed for Hawley

It’s frequently argued that communities need some tax-incentive programs these days to attract new businesses or to expand existing ones, and that a by-product of such expansion is the creation of new jobs for the area.  Read more

Narrowsburg waterfront revitalization project unveiled; residents mostly express support

The proposed project meant to revitalize the waterfront in the hamlet is no longer called an esplanade. The project now includes what is called a river walk, which would be created within a “linear park.”  Read more

Two pot-growing operations halted

PHILLIPSPORT, NY — Officers from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office have halted two separate marijuana-growing operations in the small hamlet of Phillipsport, near Wurtsboro.  Read more

Compressor station foes hail new report; prominent engineer calls for project rejection

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — Members of the community who are trying to put a halt to the construction of the compressor station in their town say a new report from a prominent pipeline engineer gives support to their position that the project is not safe.  Read more

Gibson won’t re-sign tax pledge; Republican open to ‘bipartisan compromise’

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Chris Gibson said he won’t re-sign a pledge not to raise taxes. Formally called the Tax Payer Protection Pledge, it was formulated by conservative lobbyist and operative Grover Norquist. Those who sign it promise to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”  Read more

Increased penalties for assaulting PA conservation officials

HARRISBURG, PA — A new law, which takes effect on Dec. 23, increases the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of assaulting a Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) or Deputy WCO to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.  Read more

Toys for Tots program

The River Reporter is an official drop-off spot for Toys for Tots for the Narrowsburg and Cochecton area. There will be Toys for Tots Christmas parties on Thursday, December 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Narrowsburg Inn on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, with dessert courtesy of the Catskill Hudson Bank. There will also be a party on Friday, December 7, at 6 p.m. at Tony’s on the Lake, Route 52, Lake Huntington. Admission at both events is a new, unwrapped toy. There will be free buffets and music, and Santa will be there, so kids are welcome.

Livingston Manor woman was arrested for leaving children unattended

A Livingston Manor woman was arrested for leaving her three young children unattended in a vehicle while she went shopping. On the afternoon of November 26, deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office on patrol in Livingston Manor spotted the three children in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Peck’s supermarket.  Read more

Pennsylvania considers British company to run state lottery

HARRISBURG, PA — The administration of Governor Tom Corbett has been seeking companies interested in taking over the management of the state’s lottery, the proceeds of which are used to fund programs for the elderly.  Read more

The New York State Police embrace social media

ALBANY, NY — New York residents can now “like” the state police on Facebook and “follow” NYSP on Twitter.  Read more

Lackawaxen parcel approved as boat launch

There will be no booze, no parking, no trespassing. Those are some of the public safety issues addressed in the Lackawaxen township board’s proposal regarding use of a parcel of land on the Lackawaxen River owned by Kittatinny Canoes (KC). Whether it can be used as a commercial launch for watercraft had been previously answered by the property’s history.  Read more

Sullivan tax-exempt initiative moves forward

Sullivan County officials plan to seek the support of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) in attempting to amend the law that covers tax-exempt properties in the state.  Read more

Sullivan approves fraud investigator; is it easier to get benefits in Sullivan

For years, the wisdom of the street said that it’s easier to sign up for benefits like food stamps in Sullivan County than it is in other locations. At a meeting of the county legislature on November 15, Randy Parker, the newly installed commissioner of the Department of Family Services (DFS), indicated that the perception of ease among potential applicants is, in fact, true.  Read more

Fracking health review deadline

ALBANY, NY — The three health experts who have been tasked with reviewing the state’s assessment of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing have been asked to complete the review soon. That’s according to Lynn Goldman, dean of George Washington University’s School of Public Health. Goldman told several news organizations that the review completion date is December 3, but her agreement with the state runs through mid-February 2013.  Read more