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October 26, 2011

DEP offers emergency relief grants

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection has announced emergency funding that will help flood-affected small businesses in 33 counties to make energy efficiency and pollution prevention improvements. Projects eligible for 50-percent reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 could include high-efficiency lighting systems, building insulation, air sealing, recycling and reuse systems and new water-conservation technologies.

“These grants can help small-business owners create something positive, moving forward, out of what had been a disaster,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said.

Costs incurred between August 23 and December 31 are eligible for grant consideration. The grant application package contains the materials and instructions necessary for applying. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 4 p.m. on December 31. Faxes or other electronic submissions will not be accepted.

Grants are available to for-profit small-business owners whose facilities are in counties that were declared eligible for disaster relief by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which includes Pike and Wayne counties. All types of small businesses qualify for funding, including manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and agricultural outfits. About $400,000 total is available and comes from the state’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.

Jail inmate found hanged

MONTICELLO, NY — Vincent Leone, 31, an inmate at the Sullivan County Jail, was found hanging in his cell at about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. A corrections officer had spoken with him and another inmate at around 6 p.m.
Leone was taken by Mobile Medic to Catskill Regional Medical Center, where he expired. The New York State Commission of Corrections and the sheriff’s internal affairs unit are investigating the death.

In May of this year, Kerry Castello, 45, a fugitive from justice on a warrant from the state of Massachusetts, was also found hanged in his cell, and in June Anthony D’elia, 46, of Bloomingburg, who was being held on a charge of Criminal Contempt in the first degree, was also found hanged.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the suicide.