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REGION — The sides of the roads are filled with pink and white blooms as mountain laurel is blooming in the shade of the forests that cover the hills here. Mountain laurel is the state flower of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and its range runs from southern Maine to northern Florida.

Boymelgreen’s partner settles

NEW YORK CITY, NY — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on January 18 a settlement with several subsidiaries of the publicly traded conglomerate Africa Israel Investments Limited (AIIL). It requires the developer to complete 15 Broad Street in Manhattan, which has been stalled for nearly a decade, and surrender control of the building to the condominium owners; to resolve defect claims at three condominiums in Manhattan and Brooklyn; and to pay $2 million to New York City to compensate for improper receipt of tax benefits.  Read more

PA bill to keep local government open

HARRISBURG, PA — To ensure that critical government services are not impacted if the state budget is not passed on time, PA State Sen. Pat Stefano will introduce legislation that would establish a special fund to maintain their operations.  Read more

Lawsuit by student strip-searched at Wayne Highlands

HONESDALE, PA — A former student has filed a lawsuit against Wayne Highlands School District because the student claims he was strip-searched in an unlawful search and seizure. Ryan Highhouse was taken to the principal’s office in February 2014 after another student reported $250 in missing cash.  Read more

State money trickles in for Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — State money finally began to flow toward Wayne County last week, business manager John Haggerty reported on January 7.  Read more

Highland compressor station looms

ELDRED, NY — Former Supervisor Andrew Boyar’s December rumored warning became the first challenge for his successor’s administration on January 12.  Read more

Stress and safety in Lumberland

GLEN SPEY, NY — Appointees in political jobs are often replaced when administrations change, but a recent change has left bad feelings at the Lumberland Town Hall.  Read more

Shooting deemed justified by Wayne DA

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney (DA) Janine Edwards has ruled that the shooting of 21-year-old Derek DeGroat was justified. She said she believes that the troopers on the scene the night of the incident on December 21, 2015, had “reasonable fear for their lives and the lives of others.”  Read more

Camping and zoning

NARROWSBURG, NY — A discussion about zoning laws pertaining to camping became heated at the recent Town of Tusten Town Board meeting on January 5. The question of regulating camping trailers, or RVs, was at issue.  Read more

Group home counselor sentenced on sex counts

MONTICELLO, NY — Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced on January 8, that Michael Cubero, 39, was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing a woman in his care in a group home. It is the maximum penalty allowed by law.

In June of 2015, a Sullivan County jury found Cubero guilty on two counts of a criminal sexual act in the third degree, one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and two counts of sexual abuse.  Read more

Peckham named river council chair

NARROWSBURG, NY — In keeping with a report from their nominating committee’s report last week, 12 of 13 voting town and township delegates on hand for their January 7 meeting elected a new trio of Upper Delaware Council (UDC) officers, headed by Fred Peckham of Hancock, who was named as chair.  Read more

Chief Judge Judith Kaye remembered

ALBANY, NY — The first woman to be appointed to the New York Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Judith Kaye, also headed the highest court in the state for about 15 years, longer than any other jurist in that position. She passed away on January 7.  Read more

Honesdale reopens budget, finds errors

HONESDALE, PA — At the January 11 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council, President Mike Augello admitted that the previous week, the first ever of his council tenure, had been a learning experience more intense and surprising than he had anticipated. That admission set the stage for two disclosures: that much of the work he thought was handled by council is actually performed by borough employees and that reopening the 2016 budget had led to discovery of calculation errors.  Read more

Updated: Millennium Pipeline buys 80 acres from Eldred Preserve; Plans compressor station

ELDRED, NY — On December 23, Millennium Pipeline Company bought about 80 acres of land from the Eldred Preserve, according to documents in the Sullivan County Clerk’s office.  Read more

Case against Milford compressor station survives

HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Environmental Hearing Board at the end of December refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of residents against the Columbia Gas Transmission Company and the PA Department of Environmental Preservation (DEP) regarding the Milford Compressor Station.  Read more

Coroner report released in Wayne police shooting

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell released his report the morning of January 7, on the death of 21-year-old Derek DeGroat. The report officially rules the death a homicide, and also uses the term “suicide by cop.”  Read more

Representative Sandra Major will not seek re-election

HONESDALE, PA — After nearly three decades in public service, Pennsylvania State Representative Sandra Major at the end of December announced she will not seek re-election in 2016.  Read more

PA legislation would eliminate plea bargains for gun crimes

HARRISBURG, PA — State Sen. John N. Wozniak plans to introduce legislation soon to remove the possibility of a plea bargain for any individual charged with using a firearm in the commission of a crime.  Read more

Hanson named to Highland vacancy

ELDRED, NY — Reorganizing on January 5, the Highland Town Board unanimously named long-time Yulan resident Jim Hanson to fill the council seat vacated by Jeff Haas, who was elected as supervisor last fall.  Read more

Schumer bill would help disabled; Legislation would give them choice to stay at home

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Heaping praise upon the Center for Discovery and the cutting-edge treatment it provides to people with disabilities, Sen. Charles Schumer on January 7, appeared at a new Center for Discovery facility to announce new legislation intended to give disabled Americans a choice.  Read more

Teachout considers a run for Gibson’s seat; Endorsement by Working Families

NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the race to become the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, is reported to be considering running for the congressional seat for New York’s 19th District, which is currently held by Republican Chris Gibson. Gibson has said he would not run again.  Read more