HARRISBURG, PA — The League of Women Voters is among more than 50 environmental organizations and community groups that have co-signed a letter requesting that Pennsylvania legislators not take action on a mining drainage bill before an environmental impact assessment has been completed, and if a vote is taken before that, urging elected officials to vote “no.” The League believes that while this bill started with good intentions in October 2011, it is now extremely dangerous. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Sen. John Yudichak, on March 27, joined leaders in education, environmental protection and business at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center to unveil details of a plan to enact what he called a fair and reasonable severance tax proposal on the Marcellus shale industry. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Signs of the heroin epidemic in Sullivan County and beyond are everywhere. The police agencies in the county send a seemingly endless stream of notices about heroin-related arrests to local media outlets. At a recent Town of Liberty meeting, resident Terry Bauer sought support for addiction treatment programs and said she was providing shelter to a friend who is dealing with heroin withdrawal; state Sen. John J. Bonacic announced that he is part of a joint task force, which will examine the “alarming” rise of use of heroin and other opioids in New York. Read more
Honesdale Mayor resigned on April 1, and his resignation letter was effective immediately.
Mayor Ed Langendoerfer told news outlets he has become increasingly frustrated with the board of the borough and especially critical of the way the board has handled hiring in the police department.
The board hired a police commissioner to head the department instead of the former acting police chief, and has been involved in a legal dispute with the former acting police chief.
The board has 30 days to appoint a new mayor.
The court case about the legitimacy of more than 100 voters in the March election in Bloomingburg got off to an surprising start, with an attorney for one of the candidates asking the judge to recuse himself because of the judge’s wife’s social media activities. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A free workshop sponsored by the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will be held on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tusten Town Hall. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — It was a full agenda at Hawley Borough Council’s March 12 meeting. While much of the meeting was focused on this past difficult winter, there were also plans discussed for the upcoming spring season. Read more
MILFORD, PA — New voices last week joined in the Pike courthouse addition debate that has dominated county commissioners’ meetings since the beginning of the new year. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on March 20 passed a resolution to support and advocate for two casino resorts to be located in the county. The resolution said the county has been seeking casinos for four decades, and said the casinos would provide financial support for education and desperately needed property tax relief. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Berlin Township officials voted to give Cathy Hunt a salary increase after she had not had a raise since 2009. At the township meeting on March 18, supervisor Charles Gries and supervisors’ chair Paul Henry voted to increase Hunt’s salary from $350 to $375 per week. Read more
FALLSBURG, NY — Teachers and members of the Fallsburg teachers union turned out to the Fallsburg town meeting on March 24 to protest the way they have been treated by police and the school resource officer in the wake of two discoveries of heroin in a men’s bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in recent months. Read more
SHOHOLA, PA — Much of the Shohola supervisors meeting of March 13 was devoted to topics related to potential growth in the Shohola business districts. Of particular interest is the portion of Route 6 that runs through Shohola Township and is designated as commercial. This is, in fact, one of the very few areas of Shohola that does permit commercial businesses, since such a large area of the township is devoted to state game lands. The supervisors are working towards bringing businesses and jobs to this area in a variety of ways. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — One option becoming popular for organizations that wish to move into solar power is for the organization to lease part of its land to an investment company, which will then install the solar panels and sell reduced-cost electricity to the organization. Read more