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BINGHAMTON,NY — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved $37.5 million worth of replacement and repair costs targeting five Upper Delaware River bridges at its May 18 annual meeting, while agreeing to hold a public meeting locally to discuss the overall coordination of bridge projects.

Gun law protests continue; Cuomo considers amendment

ALBANY, NY — Senator John Bonacic was one of several lawmakers to address protesters outside the capital building on February 28 to show their opposition to the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE), which bans the sale of assault weapons.

Many counties and towns in New York have passed resolutions opposing the law, and buses from all over the state brought gun enthusiasts to the rally. Assemblyman Marc Butler, who serves Herkimer and Fulton counties, said he recently held an informational session about the new law that drew about 1,000 residents.  Read more

Greentown man investigated

A Greentown man is under investigation for alleged animal abuse. A Pennsylvania Humane Society Police Officer, a dog warden and Pennsylvania State Police are continuing to gather evidence. The dog was found with her limbs and muzzle duct taped last Friday in an outbuilding at the dog owner’s residence.

Anyone with any information about this is asked to contact Humane Society Police Officer Marlene Metzger employed by Dessin Animal Shelter 570/647-0239.

Pipeline protestors arrested

Three men were arrested on trespass charges for trying to block progress in the development of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline loop around Milford. Members of the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department made the arrest. Police believe that Newburg, NY resident Stephen Olympia, 23, was perched in a tree high above the path of the pipeline for three days, blocking attempts of tree-clearing in the area. Along with the trespass count, he was also charged with resisting arrest.  Read more

Narrowsburg St. Patrick’s Parade

The first annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march down the streets of Narrowsburg on March 17 at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Narrowsburg Inn, Roto-Rooter Plumbing, Enviroventures and VIP Restroom Trailers. The Grand Marshal will be Lou “Big Al” Ferriger.  Read more

Liberty to consider rolling back zoning

In a rare meeting of three Liberty boards—the town board, the planning board and the zoning board—members are expected to discuss rolling back zoning changes. The zoning review committee spent several years working on the zoning changes that were adopted by the town board in 2011.  Read more

Sequestration cuts take hold

REGION — With sequestration, or across-the-board spending cuts now the law of the land, at least for the time being, federal entities of all stripes are being asked to make due with less. For the National Park Service (NPS), that means cutting the budget by 5%. For the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, that works out to about $164,000 for the remainder of this year.  Read more

Nearly $142 million tax break sought; Concord project applies to IDA

The destination resort project being planned for the site of the old Concord Hotel is ambitious. According to documents on the project’s website (www.eptconcordresort.com), “When complete, the EPT Concord Resort will include an 18-hole golf course, a casino resort, harness horse race track, grandstand/showroom, simulcast facility, hotels, a recreational vehicle park and an entertainment village with supporting retail stores. In addition, there will be a residential village with a mix of housing, including condos, apartments, townhouses and detached single-family homes.  Read more

Livingston Manor trio busted

Responding to complaints by citizens of “open air” drug dealing on the streets of Livingston Manor, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a six-month investigation which has led to three arrests. Flavio Lugo, 19, of Livingston Manor was arrested on January 2; John M. Bryant, Sr., 63, of Livingston Manor was arrested January 17; and Curtis Kennedy, 25, of Monticello was arrested February 6.  Read more

Berlin Township buys truck

Berlin Township has bought a 2012 Ford 550 truck for $69,658. The purchase was made through Pennsylvania’s piggyback program, which allows municipalities to benefit from cooperative purchasing through the Commonwealth’s Department of General Services’ commodity contracts. Utilization of state-awarded contracts by local governments fulfills local bidding requirements and increases savings to the municipalities.  Read more

Police ID persons linked to series of home burglaries; Hunt is on in Town of Highland

Thanks to a vigilant resident, Town of Highland constables are hot on the heels of the person or persons responsible for a series of home break-ins. It was noted at the town board meeting on February 12 that there have been in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 break-ins reported in recent months. Because of that, the board unanimously voted to add $10,000 to the constabulary budget to beef up patrols.  Read more

Sheriff to residents: ‘calm down’; No one is going to confiscate your guns

Sheriff Philip Bueki said that the reaction to the massacre of children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT is the opposite of what might be expected. He said, “Instead of people talking about controlling high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, the sales have gone through the roof, and people that normally didn’t think about buying high-capacity magazines or assault weapons are now going out and buying them by the droves.”  Read more

Sullivan moves forward with $8.8 million bond; State early voting opposed by legislature

Several lawmakers expressed reservations about committing the county to spend some $8.8 million on a new emergency radio system for the county, but in the end, the vote was unanimous to move forward with it.  Read more

PA cocaine ring busted

Members of a major drug ring have been arrested, according to PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane, and two of them live in Honesdale. A press release from Kane said that 20 people were arrested on February 22, as part of a two-and-a-half year investigation into the operation.  Read more

Damascus road workers retained

The Damascus Township Board of Supervisors on February 18 voted unanimously to extend the employment of two township road workers who were appointed last month as foremen for 30 days. Supervisor chairman Jeffrey R. Dexter was absent from the meeting.  Read more

Children and Youth Committee discusses on Child Protection Bills

HARRISBURG, PA — The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania State House, chaired by Representative Kathy Watson, held a public hearing February 26 on a number of bills designed to further protect children. The measures deal with mandated reports of child abuse, improvement of procedures for reporting child abuse, protections from employment discrimination for those who report child abuse, and training for mandated reporters, including state-licensed professionals and child care workers.

Wayne County commissioners meeting

At the commissioners meeting on February 21, the Wayne County Historical Society was granted permission by the commissioners to have access to the Old Stone Jail and the Bethel School for the tourism season.  Read more

Honesdale bank robber sought

Police are still looking for a man who robbed the Citizens Savings Bank on Willow Avenue in Honesdale on February 20. Honesdale police chief Joseph LoBasso said the suspect is a white male who entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. The note said the intruder had a gun.  Read more

Gibson named most liberal Republican

WASHINGTON D.C. — The National Journal has named Congressman Chris Gibson as the most liberal Republican in the House of Representatives.  Read more

Lumberland officials support return to board of supervisors

Town of Lumberland officials on February 13 approved a resolution supporting the restoration of a countywide board of supervisors to replace the current county legislature.  Read more

County manager moving on; Proposed change to county charter moves forward

The effort by five of the nine county legislators to remove the county manager was finalized February 21 with the announcement that the legislature had voted to approve a separation agreement. A statement issued jointly by county manager David Fanslau and Scott Samuelson, chair of the legislature, read, “Mr. Fanslau and the Sullivan County Legislature have amicably agreed to enter into a Separation Agreement, ending Mr. Fanslau’s position as Sullivan County Manager, effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 2. The legislature thanks Mr.  Read more