ALBANY, NY — The New York State Assembly held a public hearing to discuss the use of biotechnology in foods and its effects on consumers on July 30. Specifically, the committee considered the prospect of labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The state budget has been increased $1.5 million to support the state’s forensic laboratories. This will help the Pennsylvania State Police continue to reduce the backlog of DNA samples to be tested, as the General Assembly moves forward on legislation to strengthen and modernize Pennsylvania’s DNA law. Read more
PENNSYLVANIA — The mission of 60 PA Department of Health (DOH) state health centers is to prevent possible epidemics by offering services to deal with such illnesses as tuberculosis and HIV. The centers also provide services to residents who are ill and have no health insurance. Read more
TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Emerald ash borers, those invasive bugs from Asia that are devouring millions of ash trees in the Northeast and Midwest in the United States, have now been discovered in locations in Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties, and it’s only a matter of time before they turn up in Sullivan. Read more
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling today on one of the outstanding issues in the litigation over Act 13. Act 13 deprived municipalities of their ability to zone oil and gas operations as all other land uses are zoned. In July 2012, the Commonwealth Court declared this part of Act 13 unconstitutional. The case is currently on appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Read more
Visitors to the popular river spot, Skinners Falls, will notice a change this summer. Surrounding the field near the parking lot is now a fence, and there is now a $1 fee to get inside. The field, which one can walk through to get to the path that leads to the rocks down by the falls, is private property owned by Rick and Lisa Lander of Landers River Trips. Read more
“It’s an opportunity that almost never comes around. I can’t remember the last time it happened.” Addressing all present at the July 15 Damascus Township Board of Supervisors meeting, chairman Jeffrey Dexter was referring to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant monies available for use at the discretion of the township. Dexter asked the board members present, “If we were to go forward with a grant application, how would we spend the money?” The immediate consensus was that it would be designated for long-needed road rebuilding. Read more
The relatively new president of Sullivan County Community College, Dr. Karin Hilgersom, gave a presentation to county legislators on July 11 about the budget for next year and other developments at the facility. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Trout-fishing enthusiasts have long had a goal of keeping water temperatures in a stretch of the Upper Delaware River cool enough during heat waves to protect the health of the trout and ensure the survival of the cold-water fishery. Read more
On July 23, The Honesdale Lackawaxen Shipping Association reported to the Honesdale Borough Police that a railroad car sustained damage sometime within the past few weeks. Upon inspection it appeared as though one or more unknown actors attempted to forcibly open two of the rail car doors causing minor damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department at 570/253-1900.
BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a 51-year-old Brooklyn man drowned in the Delaware River on July 20 near Kittatinny Point on the New Jersey side of the park. This is the second drowning in the Delaware River within the recreation area in 12 days. Read more
HORTONVILLE, NY — A special meeting has been scheduled for the Town of Delaware for Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The board will be considering proposed zoning changes. The change that has received the most attention at recent meetings concerns changing the zoning for parcels in the River Corridor, which would expand the number of special uses that might be created on those parcels.
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An overflow crowd of 110 registered Democrats attended the Town of Callicoon caucus on July 21 in the Jeffersonville town hall, and enthusiastically endorsed Nancy Lee for supervisor, and Ken Hilton and Van Morrow for town council. Republican Kris Scullion, the incumbent highway superintendent, was cross-endorsed by the Democrats. Read more