WASHINGTON DC — This August, well-known environmental writer and leader for action against climate change Bill McKibben, along with other leading environmentalists, environmental groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and religious organizations organized the “Tar Sands Action,” a massive civil disobedience protest to encourage President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. Read more
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd. Read more
The battle between some residents in the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District and the organization Kollel Avreichim took a new turn at the Bethel Town Board meeting on August 27. The meeting took place on a Saturday, which meant that members of Kollel would not be able to attend or speak into the microphone because they are members of the Hasidic community, and Saturday is their Sabbath. Read more
Delaware to consider a sole assessor
HORTONVILLE, NY — Despite the fact that the idea was shot down by residents a number of years ago, the Town of Delaware board will consider changing the number of assessors from three to one. “We are one of the rare towns that have three assessors,” said Jim Scheutzow, board chairman. “Most, if not all, have only one.” Read more
A Sullivan County Supreme Court judge has ruled that a gas-drilling lease in the Town of Tusten is void because restrictive covenants on the deed prohibit using the land for any kind of commercial activity. Read more
As in other towns in Sullivan County, the issues of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been percolating through the local political process in the Town of Bethel for the past couple of years. At a town meeting on August 27, the town board gave its clearest indication to date about the likely path the board will follow. Read more
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on August 23 wreaked a bit of damage nearby: the tip of the Washington Monument was cracked. But its vibrations were felt as far away as Detroit and Canada. That’s according to information from the U.S. Geological Survey’s feature called “Did you feel it?” located at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/se/082311a/us/index.html. Read more
The Towpath Trail, which runs along the Delaware River underneath the Roebling Bridge in Minisink Ford is depicted at left, on August 25. The photo on the right was taken on August 29 at the same location following Hurricane Irene’s visit to the region. The National Park Service has been attempting to restore the walking path since 2009, but various flooding events such as this one have prevented the permanent re-opening of the trail.
The Honesdale Borough Police served an arrest warrant on George J. Snyder, 28 years of age, from Honesdale, at The Wayne County Correctional Facility where he is currently being housed on August 22. The warrant charged Snyder with one count of receiving stolen property graded as a felony of the 3rd degree. Read more
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) will distribute another round dry ice and bottled water to their customers that remain out of power from the impacts associated with Hurricane Irene. The distribution points are as follows from 12:00 noon today while supplies last.
1. Fallsburg Police Department 19 Railroad Avenue, South Fallsburg (845) 434-4422.
2. White Lake Fire House on Route 17B in White Lake.
3. White Sulpher Springs Fire House on Route 52 in White Sulpher Springs. Read more
State Roads Closed Due to Hurricane Irene in Northeastern Pennsylvania - as of 10:30 a.m.
Route 209 is closed in both directions between Second Street and SR 209 due to flooding. Anticipated opening, August 29 at noon. NOW OPEN Read more
Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, today warned New Yorkers to protect themselves from home repair and other scam artists, who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene. Read more
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today provided advice to New Yorkers on what to do if they suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene. Read more
County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County is in the process of cleaning up roads and bridges, and assessing damage. There are at least four bridges with potentially serious damage. There are thirteen roads with trees down, and seven with wires involved that County DPW is coordinating with NYSEG crews to address. There are three roads that just need clean-up. Read more
With new outages being reported each hour through the day Sunday (8/28), PPL Electric Utilities crews worked into the evening to restore electric service to thousands of customers affected by Hurricane Irene. Customers are being advised to prepare for a prolonged, multi-day restoration effort to clean up and repair the widespread damage. Read more
PPL Electric Utilitiesreports power outages caused by Hurricane Irene damage in nearly every county of its 29-county service territory and more than 200,000 customers affected across its system in central and eastern Pennsylvania. More than 9,600 are without power in Wayne County and more than 2,500 are without power in Pike County. Read more
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 8 PM EDT SUNDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* LOCATIONS...ACROSS OTSEGO COUNTY...THE WESTERN CATSKILLS...AND POCONOS...ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN. Read more