Workers at three Sullivan County businesses participated in the Day Without Immigrants protest by not showing up to work on February 16. Those three businesses—related to food and agriculture—and their employees contribute a lot to the county in terms of taxes and the local economy.
The election of Donald Trump as president has sparked the formation of many activist groups around the country. The organization that wrote the Indivisible Guide, which is a primer on best practices for resisting the Trump agenda, says 4,500 groups across the country have registered with their website.
Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the most heavily gerrymandered states in the country. After the last census in 2010, Republicans in the House and Senate in Harrisburg had a commanding lead—Gov. Tom Corbett was a Republican, and the PA Supreme Court had a Republican majority.
Despite a new president who has said that climate change is a hoax, and who has also said he would walk away from the Paris Climate Agreement, there are some analysts who have said that the United States may meets its emission targets under that agreement anyway because of the efforts of state and local governments.
It’s beginning to look like Republicans in Washington, DC are coalescing around the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at essentially the same time, rather than pursuing a repeal-and-delay strategy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent last week travelling to six cities around the state to deliver regional State of the State speeches. Traditionally, the governor of New York gives one State of the State speech in Albany with lawmakers in attendance.
A few years ago, Sullivan County legislators decided they wanted taxpayers to have a better idea about how their taxes are spent, so they decided to present a partial breakdown of spending on property tax bills.
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) over provisions in the 2016 Ethics Reform Law that was passed in the last hours of the legislative session that ended in June.
With the arrests of developer Shalom Lamm and two of his associates on December 14, [see news story on page 4] it seems that some of the residents in and around Bloomingburg may finally see a bit of justice. But it may be coming too late to make any real difference on the ground.
In his capacity as the chair of the Sullivan County Public Works Committee, legislator Joe Perrello threw down the gauntlet at a meeting on December 8. He said there would be no negotiation over the future of the Interim Western Sullivan Transfer Station in Cochecton.