Jurors selected for fatal crash case, Monticello School District forgiven and more

What's going on in the Upper Delaware Region July 30 to August 5

Posted 7/28/20

Jurors selected for fatal crash case

MONTICELLO, NY — Acting District Attorney Meagan Galligan announced at a recent press conference that 23 jurors have been chosen to hear a case about …

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Jurors selected for fatal crash case, Monticello School District forgiven and more

What's going on in the Upper Delaware Region July 30 to August 5

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Jurors selected for fatal crash case

MONTICELLO, NY — Acting District Attorney Meagan Galligan announced at a recent press conference that 23 jurors have been chosen to hear a case about last year’s deadly car accident involving former Fallsburg judge Isaac Kantrowitz. The case has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The accident occurred on June 2, 2019 when Kantrowitz was driving his car and struck and killed two teenagers, Justin Finkel and Devin Zeininger, who were walking along the road. Prior to the fatal accident, Kantrowitz had been involved in three other accidents in recent years.

NYS Senate forgives Monticello School District

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Senate has passed Sen. Jen Metzger’s bill forgiving the Monticello Central School District for $1.9 million in penalties for the late filing of capital reports many years ago. The bill, which also passed the General Assembly, retroactively validates Monticello’s reports as being timely filed. The State Legislature passed this same bill last year, but the governor vetoed it at the time.

The Monticello School District received a partial amnesty back in 2012, but the remaining $1.9 million penalty is onerous and excessive, according to the Metzger. Noting that over 70 percent of Monticello students qualify for free and reduced lunch, Metzger said, “this is a district that cannot afford to give up a single dollar in penalties.”

Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance receives USDA award

WAYNE, PIKE COUNTIES, PA — Rep. Matt Cartwright recently announced that the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance (WPWA) will receive a $272,828 award through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Program.

WPWA will use funds to address the low employment conditions in the hospitality and leisure industry—which is the largest sector in both Wayne and Pike counties—by creating paid internships and skill-specific training relevant to the industry. The grant will also cultivate the future landscape of job growth in the region by offering technology-focused training programs. The development of this technology-training track will be done in partnership with the Stourbridge Project, the local Business Incubator, and the local PA CareerLink Office.

Great American Outdoors Act passed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act on July 22. The legislation will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million a year and provide $9.5 billion over five years to repair aged infrastructure at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas. These dollars will benefit outdoor areas in the Delaware River Watershed—New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware—through Land and Water Conservation Fund programs. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump to sign into law.

Wolf won’t block transparency legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — After originally threatening to veto it, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will allow transparency legislation to become law without his signature. The bill, which passed unanimously in the General Assembly, allows PA residents access to public records from state agencies during times of declared emergency. Wolf criticized the bill as “ill-conceived and poorly drafted,” but said he would “err on the side of transparency.” His decision comes after months of scrutiny for his various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the commonwealth’s controversial waiver program that decided what businesses could remain open and what were forced to close while in the red phase.

Wayne County August food pantry dates

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Wayne County has announced its food pantry dates for August:

The Lakewood Food Pantry: Northern Wayne Health Center, 412 Como Rd., Lake Como, Wednesdays, August 5 and 19 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Damascus Pantry: Township Building on Conklin Hill Road, Thursdays, August 6 and 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Honesdale Pantry: 214 Willow Ave., Tuesdays, August 11 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lakeville Pantry: Township Building, Thursdays, August 13 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Newfoundland Area Pantry: Dreher Township Building, 899 Main St. Wednesday, August 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To receive food assistance from the Wayne County Food Pantry, call the Area Agency on Aging Office at 570/253-4262 to register.

DEC seeks pool owners for invasive beetle survey

ALBANY, NY — State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently encouraged New York’s swimming pool owners to participate in DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey during August. The goal of the survey is to locate infestations of these invasive pests before they cause serious damage to the state’s forests.

DEC is asking swimming pool owners to periodically check pool filters for insects that resemble the beetle and report suspects either by emailing photos to foresthealth@dec.ny.gov or mailing insects to DEC’s Forest Health Diagnostics Lab at 108 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY 12054, attn: Jessica Cancelliere. 

Asian longhorned beetles are about one-and-a-half inches long, black with white spots and have a black-and-white antenna and leave perfectly round exit holes about the size of a dime in branches and trunks of host trees.

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