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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The torrential rains came again to the Upper Delaware Valley, resulting in flooding, closed roads, evacuations and thousands of residents without power. But this time, there were no serious injuries.

‘Convoluted’ tax cap creates confusion; ECS elementary school principal search to begin

Through most of the past year, the Eldred Central School (ECS) District has been grappling with the impacts of a contingency budget and making deep cuts in preparing the upcoming budget. Now school officials must address the impacts of the New York Tax Levy Cap approved in June 2010—and the false perception that it limits tax levy increases to two percent.  Read more

Bonacic DNA legislation passes Senate

ALBANY, NY — The NYS Senate passed legislation (S.5560a) today, co-sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, which would expand DNA testing to all misdemeanors and felony violations of New York’s penal law.  Read more

Zoning hearings set for Bethel, Lumberland

WHITE LAKE AND GLEN SPEY, NY — The Town of Bethel will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the town’s zoning code that would, among other things, prohibit natural gas and oil exploration and production on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Duggan Community Center.  Read more

Stolen Torah recovered

A valuable Torah stolen in December from the Landfield Avenue Synagogue has been recovered. Police arrested Christopher Colvill, 41, of Woodridge, on Tuesday, January 24 morning and charged him with criminal possession of stolen property. They recovered the scroll, valued at $35,000, from his house.  Read more

College to offer free tuition to top Sullivan grads

SUNY Sullivan’s interim president, Dr. William Murabito, has announced the introduction of a new Presidential Scholars program aimed at making a college education more accessible for high-achieving students graduating from Sullivan County high schools.  Read more

Honesdale budget up for public view

The Honesdale Borough Council has made the 2012 budget available for public inspection until February 7. The copy of the tentative budget is available for viewing at the borough building at 958 Main Street. The budget must be adopted by February 13.  Read more

Pike County adds to its fleet of buses

The Pike County Commissioners approved the inclusion of two 16-passenger vans and two seven-passenger minivans into the county’s transportation fleet.  Read more

Legislative steering committee called illegal; Sorensen to stop attending

County legislator Alan Sorensen is asking his colleagues to consider some major changes. In an email sent in the wake of a vote by the legislature to change the way tourism dollars are awarded in the county, Sorensen posted on his blog, www.legislatorsorensen.com, a suggestion that the county do away with the legislative steering committee, which is made up of the county chair, the vice chair, and the leaders of the majority and minority parties, who meet weekly with the county manager.  Read more

Visitors association compared to Halliburton;Democratic chair responds to change in tourism money (updated story)

MONTICELLO, NY — Darryl Kaplan, the chair of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee, issued a press release on January 31, defending the decision of five of the newly elected Democrats of the legislature to change the way tourism dollars are awarded.  Read more

From the road to the faucet: a sip of sodium?

Managing regional roadways during winter conditions is a balancing act that involves weighing the pros and cons of various products, their cost-effectiveness and their impacts on human and environmental health. Ironically, the same products that can harm plant, animal and human life are also the ones that increase human safety when it comes to driving during ice and snow events.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge up for discussion; byway committee wants decision re-examined

The bridge that runs over the Upper Delaware River from Pond Eddy, NY to Pond Eddy, PA, serves about 50 cars per day and a community with 24 properties and 12 full-time families.  Read more

Gun theft in Honesdale

The Honesdale Borough Police Department is investigating a theft of a firearm and an undisclosed amount of money from a residence in the Sunrise Mobile Home Park, located off Rt. 191 in the Borough.

The victim indicated the burglary occurred sometime between 01/13/12 and 01/20/12 while he was away from his residence. During that time frame a person(s) entered his residence and stole a Ruger 9mm Semi-automatic pistol and an undisclosed amount of money.  Read more

New process for tourism dollars; critics call it a political payoff

The newly-seated Sullivan County Legislature on January 26 voted to change the way it awards about $700,000 in room-tax revenue to promote tourism in the county. For the past 12 years, the legislature has negotiated with and awarded a yearly contract to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA).  Read more

New Forest Planning Rule seeks to restore nation’s forests: Final Environmental Impact Statement by US Forest Service released

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signaled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s intent to issue a new planning rule for America’s 193-million acre National Forest System that seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities, by releasing online a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. (See the PEIS at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule).  Read more

Liberty holds school budget forum

The Liberty Central School District, in coordination with Sullivan County BOCES, will hold a community budget forum to discuss the 2012-2013 school budget on Thursday, February 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Liberty High School.  Read more

Public comment period extended on water withdrawal

ALBANY, NY — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has extended the public comment period for the proposed water withdrawal regulations that will amend Parts 601 and 621 of Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on February 6.  Read more

Pisano to fill borough vacancy; Honesdale council defends budget

At their second meeting of the year, the Borough of Honesdale Council appointed Juanita Pisano to replace former council member Lee Garing who resigned, and selected Ed Langendoerfer, a former council member, as mayor of Honesdale.  Read more

Damascus couple plan fiber mill

Adam and Elizabeth Thumann plan to open a fiber mill in Calkins and sought a conditional-use permit from the Damascus Township Board on January 16.  Read more

Engineer position eliminated from conservation district; Pike’s ‘environmental protection will suffer’

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) is “trying to regroup” following the recent loss of several employees from the leanly staffed agency. While resource conservationist Marci Barrows left to take work elsewhere, Glenn Eby learned on December 20 that his position as District Engineer would terminate by December 31 as a result of budget decisions made by the Pike County Commissioners.  Read more

Citizens’ group makes presentation on Narrowsburg school building, survey offered

A new organization, The Solution Project, has emerged from the Take Two citizens’ committee, formed in December to come up with a plan to purchase and develop the Narrowsburg school building in a way that will best enhance the community.  Read more