What's new in the Upper Delaware region November 4 to 10
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County treasurer Nancy Buck has just been appointed president of the NYS County Treasurers and Finance Officers Association, replacing outgoing president and Herkimer County treasurer Kim Enea. Buck will oversee the conferences and the finance school during her yearlong term as president, and will work closely with the NYS Association of Counties to monitor and lobby for relevant Albany legislation.
“I am incredibly honored and privileged to become the next president of this group of statewide fiscal leaders,” Buck stated. “And I’m excited to bring them to Sullivan County next year for the association’s summer conference, where they’ll get a taste of our legendary hospitality.”
Buck has been a member of the association for 20 years, attending quarterly conferences, teaching at its annual three-day finance school, in collaboration with the NYS Association of Counties, and regularly seeking advice through a listserv with her colleagues. “They have been an unbelievable help to me,” she said. “I am grateful to be of help to them as well.”
BETHEL, NY — On Wednesday, October 27, Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) announced $31,900 in funding to support the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The grant, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the American Rescue Plan grants program, will maintain Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ preservation fellowship—the most ambitious fellowship program to date and a necessary addition as the museum overcomes pandemic-related interruptions.
Continuing the preservation fellowship will enhance and expand existing programming that has increased the museum’s institutional capacity to respond to community needs, strengthen public programming, and partner with other community-based organizations. The fellowship encompasses oral histories, public engagement projects, and the opening of new areas of the 800-acre historic site to exploration and public use.
MILFORD, PA — The Board of Commissioners of Pike County has established a new mortgage assistance program for low- to moderate-income homeowners. Eligible applicants will receive up to three months of assistance with mortgage payments. Interested homeowners can apply by going to https://www.pikeforward.com/.
To be eligible for the program, homeowners must reside in Pike County, be behind in mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have income less than 80 percent of the area median—up to $63,100 for a family of four. Through a separate program, the county also has funding available to assist renters and landlords.
Interested homeowners can call Stephanie Everson, human services housing coordinator with Pike County, at 570/832-0156, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TUSTEN, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will award $4,700 to fund a Town of Tusten zoning updates and open space planning project through its fiscal year 2022 Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program.
The Town of Tusten will implement several of the recommendations included in the Comprehensive Plan completed this year with UDC TAG funding assistance. Zoning revision work will include clarifying definitions, location of accessory structures, small-scale livestock uses, fence provisions, and sign regulations. Additionally, the Tusten zoning update committee will examine home occupation requirements to encourage small businesses, short-term rental regulations, cannabis sales and adjustments to help meet housing needs and objectives.
The new comprehensive plan also recommended reactivating the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) that originally formed in 2007 and spearheaded the Tusten Natural Resources & Open Space Inventory in 2011. The CAC will play a vital role in contributing to the dialogue for future use and protection of land in the town for potential open space and recreation opportunities.
HARRISBURG, NY — On Wednesday, October 27, the PA State Senate voted 32 to 18, just short of a veto-proof margin, to adopt a concurrent resolution to block final DEP regulations from going into effect that would set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
The resolution now goes to the House, which must also adopt the resolution before it would go to Gov. Tom Wolf for his action. Wolf has already said he would veto the resolution if it got to his desk. The Senate and House would then have the opportunity, by two-thirds vote, to override his veto.
HARRISBURG, PA — Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam launched a new dashboard on Friday, October 29, to provide a comprehensive view of the COVID-19 impact on residents and staff in 688 nursing homes across the state.
The department published the new Skilled Nursing Facility data dashboard with facility-level COVID-19 resident and staff cases, deaths, and vaccination rates leveraging data that nursing homes are already required to report to the federal government. This will be updated weekly each Friday.
Prior to this dashboard’s publication, nursing homes were required to report weekly COVID-19 data to both the state and federal governments. By shifting to using the federal data, the state reporting requirement is eliminated, allowing administrators more time to focus on residents. The dashboard is on the long-term care COVID-19 data page at https://bit.ly/3BEcJOV.
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