The Town of Cochecton board passed two resolutions at its August 14 regular monthly meeting aimed at making Sullivan County more attractive and prosperous. One resolution endorsed pending New York State legislation designed to permit a limited number of Class III gaming facilities within the mid-Hudson region, defined to include Sullivan and Ulster counties. Another set hearing dates for review and determination of further action on decaying properties containing unsafe structures. Read more
Proposition One on the ballot in the November election will be a question as to whether voters in the state want to alter the state constitution to allow non-Indian Class III gaming in the state. If the voters approve, that would open the way for four casinos to open in three regions in the state, the Capital Region, the Finger Lakes and the Catskills. One of the regions would be able to open two casinos. Read more
New York State Police in Middletown are investigating the apparent drowning of a New Jersey man in the Delaware River. On August 17 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Jamel Rounds, age 21, of Paterson, NJ was swimming in the Delaware River near a private residence on Sleepy Hollow Road in the Sparrowbush section of the Town of Deerpark. Read more
Kevin McManus of McManus and Associates Land Development Services presented a conceptual master plan for a new Grossinger Country Resort at the Town of Liberty board meeting on August 19.
Developer Louis Cappelli is proposing the development of a casino along with town houses and many other components at the location of the former Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel at the intersection of State Route 17 (soon to be Interstate Route 86) and State Route 52 in Liberty. Read more
“I guess the watchword for the day is – don’t get any on you.” That line from performer John Sebastian drew a laugh as it acknowledged that a short time later the ashes of Richie Havens would be scattered over the field at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts where the original Woodstock Festival was held in 1969. Read more
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue sadly announced that the body of twenty-year-old Amjed Hasan of Clifton, New Jersey, was recovered from the Delaware River by National Park Service (NPS) rangers at 5:15 p.m. His body was spotted by two fishermen near the old railroad bridge abutments just north of the Interstate 80 toll bridge. Rangers arrived on scene by boat and made the recovery a few hundred yards downstream concluding a multi-day, multi-agency search. Read more
BUSHKILL, PA: Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that park rangers from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are assisting New Jersey State Park Police with a search for a missing person. Amjed Hasan, 21, of Clifton, New Jersey, was last seen swimming in the Delaware River near the Douglas Trail parking area in Worthington State Forest on Old Mine Road in New Jersey just before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13. Read more
The body of a Beach Lake man was discovered in the Delaware River nearly two months after he went missing on the Lackawaxan River. The body of Sean Martin, 29, was found far downstream on the river near Mashipacong Island on August 9. His kayak overturned in the Lackawaxen River near Hawley, PA on June 14. Read more
Nelson Ruiz, a resident of Shohola, was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the New York City School District out of approximately $2.7 million. He must also repay the money.
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that Ruiz also bribed a Department of Education (DOE) employee in furtherance of the fraud scheme. Read more
Two cell towers have been proposed that would be located in Damascus Township, but the names for the sites are from New York State locations. One, which would be located on Jurgensen Road, is called the Callicoon site, and another, which would be located in Milanville, is called the Narrowsburg site. Read more