NY/PA updates

Millions for local waterways, SBA extends deadline and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware region January 7-13

Posted 1/6/21

Cochecton Town Board attendance limited

COCHECTON, NY — Effective December 30, gallery attendance at Cochecton Town Board meetings is limited to media representatives and those who have …

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NY/PA updates

Millions for local waterways, SBA extends deadline and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware region January 7-13

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Cochecton Town Board attendance limited

COCHECTON, NY — Effective December 30, gallery attendance at Cochecton Town Board meetings is limited to media representatives and those who have business with the board. Supervisor Gary Maas said the recent local surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted this precaution.

The protocol will remain in effect until otherwise noted. Contact information for the supervisor, town clerk, tax collector, assessor and code enforcement officer is available on the town’s website at www.townofcochectonny.org.

Doherty welcomes recent elects

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Robert Doherty last week released the following statement welcoming two newly elected officials who scored historic wins in 2020:

“I’d like to congratulate both incoming district attorney Meagan Galligan and county court judge E. Danielle Jose-Decker upon taking office in 2021—and for breaking the glass ceiling as the first women to sit in those positions in Sullivan County history. Neither of them are strangers to the county, and their victories in November’s elections prove how much Sullivan County’s voters respect and trust them.”

SBA extends disaster loan deadline

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration has been extended through the remainder of 2021, pending the availability of funds. 

The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump.To date, the SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans that provide working capital funds to small businesses, nonprofits and agricultural businesses to make it through this challenging time. 

NEPA gets $5 mil for water cleanup

NORTHEAST PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that 22 projects to clean up NEPA waters have been selected to collectively receive more than $5 million in funding through DEP’s Growing Greener program. Statewide, more than $34 million has been awarded to fund 149 projects to clean up waters. Grantees have up to three years to implement their projects from the award date. According to a DEP press release, “Growing Greener is the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address Pennsylvania’s critical environmental concerns of the 21st century.” The agency is authorized to allocate these funds in grants for watershed restoration and protection, abandoned mine reclamation, and abandoned oil and gas well-plugging projects.

Among the recipients throughout the region, the Wayne Conservation District received  $242,000 for its Northeast Region Nutrient Management Plan Reimbursement Program, and the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District received $500,000 for its Environmentally Sensitive Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program for Community Associations.

Federal budget: $10 mil for Delaware

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Delaware River Basin Restoration Program (DRBRP) received $10 million in federal funding for 2021, a “modest increase” from $9.7 million last year. The DRBRP will provide technical assistance and grant funds in 2021 to address the Delaware River Basin’s environmental challenges in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Early next year, government entities, nonprofit organizations and schools within the basin can apply for funds to implement on-the-ground restoration and conservation projects.

Since 2018, the grant program created by the DRBRP, called the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund, has had a total conservation impact of $50.91 million. These projects will collectively restore almost 17 miles of riparian habitat and 73 miles of stream habitat, conserve and enhance 297 acres of wetland habitat, restore 251 acres of floodplain, improve 10,648 acres of forest habitat and open 3,173 acres for public access.

Cartwright sworn into 117th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) was sworn in this week to a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 “Today is a new beginning, but the biggest challenge confronting us remains defeating the coronavirus and repairing our economy,” Cartwright said. “I will continue to be a voice for all Northeastern Pennsylvanians and work toward realizing the fundamental American promise of opportunity for all. That means giving everyone a fair shot at a good education, a fulfilling job, quality health care and a secure retirement.”

 As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Cartwright says he is slated to become chairman of the Subcommittee for Commerce-Justice-Science. He is also expected to continue as a member of the Financial Services & General Government Subcommittee. Cartwright continues in House Democratic leadership as a co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and a member of the Steering and Policy Committee.

Magisterial judge candidate announced

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — John F. Langton, an employee with the Wayne County District Attorney’s office, recently announced his candidacy for District Magistrate in District 22-03-1 serving Dreher, Lake, Lehigh, Palmyra, Paupack, Salem, Sterling townships and the borough of Hawley. John is running on a split ticket as both a Republican and Democrat in the May 18 primary.

Langton wrote an introductory letter to voters:

“I have lived and worked in Wayne and Pike County for over 21 years… I’m also a local business owner, as a horse trainer and equine dental technician serving many local barns and those who keep horses in their backyards,” he wrote. “In my short time with the Wayne County District Attorney’s office, working underneath Patrick Robinson and A.G. Howell, I started as an entry-level clerk and received my first promotion in less than 6 months. I’ve been chosen to cover for co-workers who were out on extended leaves or moving on to new opportunities. I’ve also served as the interim victim-witness coordinator on several high-profile cases, most notably the sentencing of multiple murder cases and the 12-victim BB Gun shooting in Hawley.”

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