What's going on in your community June 17 to 23.
MONTICELLO, NY — Expanded voting options return for the June 22 primary elections in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Government Center Lobby, 100 North St. in Monticello, will be the polling place for in-person early voting from Saturday, June 12 through Sunday, June 20.
The last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot is June 21. The last day to return an in-person ballot is June 22; ballots must be delivered in person or postmarked by that date. Despite the listed deadlines, the post office has advised that they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before the election.
Sample ballots are available at the Sullivan County Board of Elections website. For more information, call the Sullivan County Board of Elections at 845/807-0400.
HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania State Legislature has passed House Resolution 106, terminating Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration. The resolution comes after last month’s primary election, which added a section to Article IV of the Pennsylvania Constitution allowing the legislature to end an emergency declaration after 21 days.
Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) made a statement following the passage of the resolution, saying, “With passage of HR106, unilateral decisions have come to an end, and moving forward we will be able to work together collaboratively to support, stabilize and strengthen our state.”
BARRYVILLE, NY — Property owners Leslie Rutkin, left, and Matthew Smith stand with Town of Highland co-historian Debra Conway and Sullivan County Historian John Conway in front of the Saturday, June 12 reveal of the third historical plaque in the Town of Highland.
The Conways worked with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to produce the marker, which credits John A. Roebling as assisting in the design of the original 1855 suspension bridge that connected Shohola, PA with Barryville, NY. The marker is located on the old bridge abutment on River Road. At the ceremony, John Conway revealed that The Delaware Company, which the Conways founded, has signed a contract with Sullivan County to run the facility and develop the historical programming at Fort Delaware, located in Narrowsburg.
ELDRED, NY — The Town of Highland Democratic Caucus will occur Wednesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Eldred Preserve, at 1040 Rte. 55, taking into consideration recent changes to New York COVID-19 restrictions.
All enrolled Democratic voters are eligible to partake in the caucus process, which will nominate candidates to participate in November’s general election. John Pizzolato will be running for nomination as the Democratic candidate for Highland supervisor; for a statement of candidacy from Pizzolato, see the editorial section.
NARROWSBURG, NY — After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Narrowsburg Fire Department’s Fourth of July Parade and Chicken Barbecue returns. The parade will step off at 3 p.m. from the intersection of Bridge Street, Kirk Road and Erie Avenue and will proceed down Erie Avenue, past the River Reporter, up Main Street and onto Bridge Street to the firehouse.
Floats from area businesses and civic organizations are welcome and are encouraged to thematically represent “Better Together.” The theme comes from the title of a video made by Greencard Pictures at the start of the pandemic, directed by Zac Stuart-Pontier, emphasizing connectivity and mutual support in a socially distanced world. “It just kinda symbolizes that we do things better together, that we are better as a community when we’re together,” said Stephen Stuart, assistant chief and safety officer of the fire department.
Takeout chicken barbecue with coleslaw, baked potato, cranberry sauce, roll and dessert will be available for pickup from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the firehouse. Tickets are available at myrivertickets and through members of the Narrowsburg Volunteer Fire Department.
BETHEL, NY — On Saturday, June 12, the Town of Bethel unveiled a bench at the Forest Reserve in Smallwood in honor of Bethel Constable Darryl Yates. Town supervisor Daniel Sturm spoke before a well attended gathering, which included Senator Mike Martucci, Undersheriff Eric Chaboty, legislative chair Rob Doherty, members of the Bethel Town Board and police force, and members of Yates’ family.
Yates began his career as a police officer in Woodridge, then spent around 10 years as a constable in the Town of Bethel. He and his friend and partner officer John Panos were awarded the Citizenship Award from the Town of Bethel for saving a drowning man in White Lake. He passed away on September 16, 2020, at the age of 53.
“We all miss him greatly,” said Sturm. “When you think of a public servant, Daryll was it. He was well respected by the community and by his peers. He served us all with honor, dedication, and high values.”
WASHINGTON, DC — In an effort to ensure every child in America has the freedom to reach their full potential, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Five Freedoms for America’s Children on June 9.
Casey’s plan identifies five basic freedoms necessary for children to succeed: the freedom to be healthy, the freedom to be economically secure, the freedom to learn, the freedom from hunger, and the freedom to be safe from harm. Proposals to guarantee those freedoms include automatic enrollment in Medicaid until age 18, the establishment of children’s savings accounts for every child whose parent(s) or guardian earns under $100,000 per year and permanent expansion of the Child Tax Credit.