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NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake.

Bill offers universal health care to New Yorkers

ALBANY, NY —All New York residents would receive comprehensive health coverage under “New York Health,” a universal health care bill introduced on May 8 by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Ranker Thomas K. Duane. The legislation is co-sponsored by 69 other legislators. The legislators were joined by dozens of health professionals and health care advocates for their annual lobby day.  Read more

Catskill Edible Garden Project launched

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper and partnering organizations Cornell Cooperative Extension, Center for Workforce Development, Green Village Initiative and Sullivan Renaissance have launched a project called “Catskill Edible Garden Project – Growing the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs.”  Read more

Finally, a sole assessor in Delaware

At a public hearing on a local law that would change the current system for selecting assessors in the Town of Delaware from the election of three assessors to the appointment of one assessor by the town board, comments were heavily in favor of the new law. Fifteen people signed up to speak.

The first, Rich Ferber, was the only one to speak against it. One comment was a letter endorsing Linda Schwartz. The remaining 13 commenters spoke up for the law, including three former town assessors (Bob White, Frank Fulton and Renee Ozomek) and Virginia Andkjar (one of the current assessors).  Read more

Earley exonerated by DA of crimes; Honesdale council member apologized to former zoning officer

In a letter to Honesdale Borough Council President F. J. Monaghan, Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, exonerated former borough zoning officer Wayne Earley from any wrongdoing in a number of alleged incidents surrounding Earley and his office in the borough building.  Read more

Wetland mapping stirs UDC discussion

“People have to be put above frogs and lizards and snakes,” said David Dean, Town of Deerpark representative to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) during a discussion about wetland mapping at the UDC’s monthly meeting on May 3. “This is going to devastate private property rights, private property values and municipalities’ ability to assess,” he continued.  Read more

Highland hears more on Local Law 3

David Jones, left, owner of Kittatinny Canoes, addressed the Highland Town Board during its monthly meeting on May 8. The Pike County, PA resident spoke regarding the proposed Local Law 3, which would ban heavy industrial uses such as gas drilling within the town.  Read more

Honesdale to get national retail store; old Salvation Army building to be torn down

A real estate developer appeared before the Borough of Honesdale Planning Commission on May 2, seeking a site-plan approval and answering questions from planning commission members.  Read more

More tension in Shohola; family of supervisor feels threatened

It isn’t over yet in Shohola. For the last two years, tensions between two of the Shohola supervisors and a contingent of citizens who support Don and Nelia Wall flashed and sparked at every monthly township meeting.

Chairman of the Shohola Township Supervisors George Fluhr and supervisor Greg Hoeper fired Don Wall as the township zoning officer, and Nelia Wall as the township secretary/treasurer, in March 2010.

“It’s time for a change,” Fluhr said as the explanation, being gagged due to a grand jury investigation that was being conducted at that time.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge project stalls

A recent letter by New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther to Governor Andrew Cuomo joins a long list of those opposed to the demolition of the old Pond Eddy Bridge and the construction of a new multimillion-dollar bridge to service a small number of PA residents.  Read more

Neighbors’ Helping Hand expands; community fundraiser adds ‘flocking’

TOWN OF HIGHLAND, NY — Flocks of pink flamingoes have begun appearing on lawns around the Town of Highland lately. Not the result of global warming, the plastic birds are placed by members of a community organization focused on helping neighbors in need.  Read more

Paying the tax man in Tusten; Auditor reports that despite delinquencies, town finances are in good shape

The Town of Tusten owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $26,610.27 because of late payments and filings, but the auditor said he is confident that the agency will agree to abate most, or all, of that amount.  Read more

Mock car crash a sobering event

Students with somber expressions lined the perimeter of the Eldred Central High School (ECS) parking lot where a reenactment of a gruesome car crash was underway on May 10. The event was conducted two days before the school prom in order to dramatize the dangers of drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The message was clear: Drinking and driving can lead to disastrous and life-altering outcomes.  Read more

Herding cats in Bethel

Every municipality in New York State that issues dog licenses must also appoint an animal control officer to control the dog population, whether domestic or feral.

Municipalities that don’t issue dog licenses have the option of appointing an animal control officer. But there is nothing in the law about the control of domestic cats, and the feral cat populations can get rather high in many municipalities.

The Town of Bethel has developed a plan to help cat owners spay or neuter their cats and, at the same time, help tamp down the feral cat population.  Read more

Sullivan West School budget vote scheduled

The vote for the Sullivan West School District 2012-2013 budget will be held May 15 at each of the Sullivan West election districts between the hours of 12 noon and 9 p.m. The voting locations are the Delaware Youth Center, the Jeffersonville school building and the Tusten-Cochecton Library.

Poor correlation between job growth, IDA exemptions

ALBANY, NY — According to an annual performance report released by state comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on New York’s Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), there appears to be limited correlation between higher IDA tax exemptions and job creation.  Read more

DVAA accepting grant applications

Administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), the Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants Program (SCAHGP) is accepting applications for 2012 funding for nonprofits to present or produce cultural programming in Sullivan County.  Read more

Advisory members sought for UDC water committee

The Upper Delaware Council’s Water Use/Resource Management (WURM) Committee seeks to recruit non-voting, advisory members to provide guidance on issues that regularly come before it.  Read more

Western Sullivan Library gets budget approved, new director and trustees

The Western Sullivan Public Library’s 2012-2013 budget has been approved by the voters. Also on the ballot were three board of trustees positions. All three candidates were approved. They are returning board member Pam Reinhardt and two new members, Sui-Ling Ruiz and Barbara Winfield. All three will serve five-year terms.  Read more

Pike does not adopt impact fee legislation; Commissioners will wait for a well to appear

At the commissioners’ meeting on May 2, Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner clarified the county’s decision not to sign the drilling impact fee legislation, called Act 13.

When he attended the recent convention of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), he spoke to Pamela Witmer, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC), asking if the county should approve the impact fee legislation, even though there are no drilled gas wells in the county.

It’s the PUC’s job to implement aspects of the Impact Fee Legislation, he said.  Read more

After you frack, tell us what you used; banned in Vermont; can frack fluid migrate?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has proposed a new rule related to hydraulic fracturing that would require the disclosure of the ingredients of fracking fluids used on public and Indian lands. The rule has raised criticism from some because the disclosure would come after the fracking has already taken place.  Read more