The Town of Delaware Board meeting dates have been changed as follows: town board meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Planning board meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The public voted yes to the proposed budgets of the Eldred Central School District and the Sullivan West Central School District. In Eldred, the vote for the $16. 3 million budget was 344 yes votes and 121 no votes. The voters also approved a $14,000 levy for the Sunshine Hall Free Library by a margin of 352 to 121. Linda Bohs was unopposed and was elected to the school board. Read more
The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) has announced that due to substantial reductions in reimbursement from the federal and state governments, as well as other decreases in revenue which they claim are caused by healthcare reform, that it has been forced to immediately reduce its labor force. Catskill Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 60 full-time positions. Orange Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 80 full-time positions. Read more
MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, PA — A red fox tested positive for rabies after it attacked three family pets and reportedly tried to enter the family home. Rabies is a fatal disease that threatens the lives of humans and animals and has been spreading across Pennsylvania for more than a decade, according to Marlene Metzger, PA humane officer, at the Dessin Animal Shelter. Read more
For the first time in a half a dozen years, residents living in the Delaware Valley School District may have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for an increase in school taxes, it was announced at the monthly school board meeting on May 16. The proposed final 2013-2014 budget of $70,610,660 is 2.3% above the current budget, and will translate into an average tax increase of $66 per household. Read more
Another court has weighed in on the matter of the Toronto Reservoir, and said that residents have the right to use a road in Chapin Estate to reach the recreational access area at the reservoir. Read more
The body of a man located in the Upper Delaware River by a group of canoeists on May 4, has been positively identified through dental records.
On May 4, State Police at Liberty responded to the Delaware River in the Town of Tusten, approximately 5 miles south of Narrowsburg for a report of a body being located by a group of canoeists.
An autopsy was conducted by Dr. Margaret Prial on May 5, 2013. Read more
The chair of the Sullivan County Legislature says he is pleased with Governor Cuomo’s plan that would bring a casino to the county. On May 12, Scott Samuelson issued a press release saying, “While I am still evaluating the details of the governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur ... I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.” Read more
A formal offer to buy the Narrowsburg School was made on Thursday, May 9 by The Solution Project (TSP), a community group with a seven-member board founded in December 2012. TSP is currently making plans to turn the vacant building into a center for community, local food development projects, education and more. Read more
After promising to appoint a committee to examine the issue of fracking in the proposed town comprehensive plan, the board did an about-face and adopted the plan at the town meeting on May 13. Read more
The Delaware Valley School District and Pike County commissioners have voted to support Shohola Township’s real-estate tax abatement program. As reported in our May 9 issue, the commissioners had already approved the program, the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) plan for the entire county. However, in order to go into effect in any given locality, the plan must also be approved by the township in question and the affected school district. This has now happened in Shohola. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — The laws in New York State regulating campaigns and elections are voluminous and complex, and they run to many hundreds of pages. On the website of New York State Board of Elections (BOE), there is a 132-page election handbook that attempts to boil them all down, but even so, it is dense reading. Read more
The Liberty Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Scott Brown as the new principal of the Liberty Elementary School at the Board of Education meeting on May 7. Brown will replace long-time principal Jeri Finnegan, who will retire in June. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Chris Gibson joined with his colleague Representative Diana DeGette on May 10 to introduce the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act), a bipartisan bill that the representatives say establishes common sense safeguards to protect groundwater from risks associated with the oil and gas drilling technique “hydraulic fracturing,” better known as “fracking.” The FRAC Act would require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids and would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. DeGette has introduced the FRAC Act in each Congress since 2008, but today marks the first time it has been introduced on a bipartisan basis. Read more