Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced on August 8 that she would introduce legislation to help stem the tide of opiate addiction in New York State. The legislation will require the New York State Department of Health to notify prescribers annually of the number of prescriptions for opiates they have written and their ranking within the county they practice. Read more
Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, will remain on the ballot. Cuomo’s campaign challenged Teachout’s residency in the state, but a judge ruled on August 11 that Cuomo’s team had not proved that she lived in another state. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — One of the subjects of heated discussion at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on July 21 was the controversial Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which was approved by the federal government despite local opposition. The focus of complaint involved noise produced by a compressor on the pipeline, particularly when it starts up, and especially in the Fawn Lake Community. Neighbors said this noise is heard around the clock. During this time of year, the foliage blocks much of the noise; however, during the fall and winter, there is no muffling and the noise is considerably louder. Read more
TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — A 33-year-old Narrowsburg man was killed in a collision on the evening of August 2, when he was involved in a head-on collision on State Route 17B in the Town of Bethel. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Mayor Kelly B. Decker had a tough message—but also words of hope—to the city residents in the recent town meeting. He said, “Our revenues are down as people are not paying their taxes and other fees, as well as our county sales tax share is down by an extreme number. That reduces our revenues, while our expenses stay the same. I have met with our department of public works and our police, and I want to assure people that they are staying well within their budget, right on their target; but we are going to come out with a deficit, unless something drastically changes with the county tax share.” Read more
HONESDALE, PA — After arguing for three years that damage to the now-defunct Honesdale EMS ambulance building was not due to an earthquake, an insurance company has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a claim in the matter. Read more
CALLICOON CENTER, NY — “If this room delivers the anti-fracking vote, you will change the election.” Zephyr Teachout, a candidate who would like to become the Democratic candidate to become governor of New York State in the primary election on September 9, made that statement to about 75 supporters at a private home in Callicoon Center on August 2. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Sen. John Bonacic announced on August 4 that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed Senate Bill 1885-C sponsored by Bonacic, which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Real Estate broker Ellie Hyde of Century 21 Country Realty has read news accounts in recent days that say she represents Joan Buto in the sale of the Narrowsburg School, and wants to set the record straight. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — Lieutenant Chris Paris made a courtesy visit to the July 21 Lackawaxen municipal meeting in order to introduce himself to the area and to answer the general public’s questions. He has been at his post as leader of the Blooming Grove State Troopers’ barracks now for 14 months. He made it clear that his role, as law enforcer, is to enforce the laws as they stand; he has no role in their development, and citizens are encouraged to contact their local representatives if they have questions regarding changing any laws. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The annual 4-H Junior Livestock Sale will be held Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m. at the Wayne County Fair Grounds in Honesdale. After the blue-ribbon winners are auctioned, there will be two auctions held simultaneously.
The sale will feature 206 pigs and 35 steer as well as 62 goats and 39 lambs, all home-raised by local 4-H members.
The sale is conducted by the Wayne County 4-H Junior Livestock Committee and auctioneer John Wetmore.
A free barbeque is available to all registered bidders. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A group of residents of Narrowsburg, most of whom live very close to the vacant Narrowsburg school building, filed a lawsuit against the Sullivan West School Board over the proposed sale of the school. The lawsuit also names Joan Buto, the woman who wants to purchase the school and open a drug and alcohol rehab center. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg Organized For Responsible School Usage (NORSU), a group of concerned home and business owners who want to encourage economic growth by promoting and preserving the character, natural resources and cultural heritage of the pre-Revolutionary War hamlet of Narrowsburg, in the Town of Tusten, NY, officially announced its formation. NORSU was founded to prevent the conversion of the historic Narrowsburg Rural School—decommissioned in 2005—into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic slated for a downtown zoning district which currently prohibits such a use. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — The first order of business at the July 21 regular monthly meeting of the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors was apparent even before it was announced by operations manager Steve Adams. Acting as board chairman in Jeff Dexter’s absence, Adams said that township secretary Karyle Woods has been replaced by treasurer Delores Card, who now holds the title secretary-treasurer. A resolution amending the township personnel manual to reflect this change was introduced by Adams, seconded by Supervisor Joe Canfield, and passed unanimously by the two supervisors present. A board-appointed position, the secretary-treasurer reports to the operations manager and serves at the board’s pleasure. Read more