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
At one time there was some $850,000 available to build a Scenic Byway Visitors Center on Route 97. But because there was a county match required of $150,000, and tough economic times gripping the county and world, the project has not come to fruition. Read more
The film FrackNation was screened at Sullivan West High School on May 8, and played to an audience of perhaps 100 people, a majority of whom were clearly in favor of gas drilling. Read more
“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company. Read more