DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — According to Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell, a fatal car accident took place in the early morning hours of January 9. The coroner’s office was dispatched at 2:59 a.m. to the scene on Callicoon Road in Damascus Township near the New York State border. The crash took the life of 19-year-old Joseph Anthony Ducey. There were no passengers or other drivers involved in the accident.
Reportedly, the crash occurred at around 2 a.m. when Ducey’s car struck a tree along the edge of the roadway. Howell arrived on the scene at 4:20 a.m. with senior death investigator Carol Lienert and chief deputy coroner Mark James. Upon examination, the decedent was pronounced dead at 4:23 a.m.
Ducey resided at home with his family in Damascus.
An autopsy conducted the following day determined the cause of death to be blunt head and neck trauma due to motor vehicle accident; manner of death was ruled accidental.
Pennsylvania State Police in Honesdale are also investigating the fatal crash.
ALBANY, NY — Empire State Development (ESD) has announced more than $3 million in its “Raising the Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund to assist restaurants in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will help eligible restaurants adjust their operations to the impacts of COVID-19 and adherence to New York’s public health and safety measures during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited.
The funding can be used for COVID-19-related improvements and equipment that will allow the business to comply with social distancing guidelines, expand take-out and delivery operations, or accommodate outdoor dining. Qualifying purchases and expenditures must be from September 1, 2020 onward to be eligible. Initial round grants are up to $5,000.
LIBERTY, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the expansion of the state’s vaccination distribution network to help accelerate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to New Yorkers currently eligible under group 1A and begin the vaccination of New Yorkers eligible under group 1B.
“We have been partnering with Garnet Health and coordinating planning efforts countywide, providing staffing and logistical support for the ongoing vaccination efforts,” Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw said on January 11.
The county has scheduled weekly vaccination clinics starting Wednesday, January 20, and then twice-weekly beginning mid-February by registration/appointment-only for the first group needing their second shot.
More information regarding the registration process will become available once the county hears about vaccine shipments. Check www.sullivanny.us/Departments/Publichealth/COVIDvaccines for the latest information.
NARROWSBURG, NY — At its January 5 reorganizational meeting, the Tusten Town Board made individual job appointments as well as board member appointments, many of which were reappointments of those serving in the same capacity last year.
For a comprehensive list of appointments, salary schedules, board meeting schedules, delegations of authority and town board liaison assignments, visit www.bit.ly/TustenAppt and select the agenda for the January 5 meeting.
The next regular town board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM. Instructions for joining that meeting can be found by selecting the January 12 calendar entry at www.townoftusten.org/calendar.html.
ALBANY, NY — On Monday’s State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed the launch of the nation’s first public health corps to support New York’s effort to vaccinate nearly 20 million people. As part of the effort, up to 1,000 fellows will be recruited to assist with vaccination operations and will receive an intensive public health training curriculum developed by Cornell University.
“We are honored to partner with Governor Cuomo and the State of New York to create the new Public Health Corps. As a leading research university, Cornell looks forward to training those who will do the critical work of ensuring the fair and effective distribution of the vaccine to the people of New York,” said Martha E. Pollack, president of Cornell University.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are accepting applications from those interested in being considered for a presidential appointment to the position of U.S. Attorney or U.S. Marshal in the Eastern, Middle or Western District of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has a long history of cooperation between its two U.S. senators on filling federal vacancies.
In order to be considered, applicants should visit the following link to fill out and submit an online application at www.casey.senate.gov/usattorney-and-usmarshal.
The deadline for submitting a completed application is Monday, February 8.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, President Donald Trump signed a veterans’ benefit package into law that incorporates the text of Rep. Antonio Delgado’s (NY-19) bipartisan Fairness for Local Veteran Cemeteries Act and Improving Benefits for Underserved Veterans Act. Included in the law is Delgado’s bill to ensure counties in states without a state-run national cemetery, including New York, can access federal funds to establish, expand, or improve a county-run veteran cemetery. The law also includes the Delgado-led bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to publish a report on veterans’ benefits, disaggregated by sex and minority group member status.