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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.

New initiative to end oil, gas environmental exemptions

WASHINGTON, DC — Lawmakers in Washington DC are once again making a push to end exemptions to environmental laws and regulations for gas and oil operations. Two laws are working their way through Congress that would address the exemptions, and the laws have support from 67 members of the House of Representatives and over 200 national organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Earthjustice. The laws are being sponsored by Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright, whose district includes Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.  Read more

Santa Express coming to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Thanks to a donation by local businessman Ned Lang and his company Lang Industries to the Tusten Youth Commission, the Santa Express will be making a stop in Narrowsburg this year. The annual holiday-themed float makes stops all over the area, and Santa and his magical friends will be in town on December 5 at approximately 8:30 p.m. in front of the old school building. “It’s important for this town to support the kids,” Lang said. The Santa Express has been coming to Narrowsburg since 2008.  Read more

Sullivan DA warns of scam

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell is warning county residents of a telephone scam that is currently targeting people in the county. Farrell said that the caller can be live or leave a recorded message that falsely threatens a lawsuit from the IRS and then seeks payment and identifying information.  Read more

Thanksgiving Day incident; Town of Bethel man arrested

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Ryan C. Diventi, who lives in White Lake, was arrested on Thanksgiving night after firing a rifle at a residence in White Lake.  Read more

New sports training center in White Mills

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Sports Factory of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a 30,000 square-foot complex in the building that was once the Chromo-Tube Factory in White Mills, will hold a grand opening and open house on Saturday, December 12. The center will provide comprehensive training and treatment for athletes in a variety of sports, including baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse and field hockey.  Read more

Uber bill passes PA Senate

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Senate approved legislation on November 24 that would authorize transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to operate statewide, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Camera Bartolotta.  Read more

Fracking analysis presentation in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Town of Tusten will be hosting a discussion of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine’s results regarding resident’s perceptions of hazards associated with hydrofracturing and the results of the water analysis of resident’s homes. In 2014, the NYU School of Medicine visited the Town of Tusten in New York State and two counties in Pennsylvania to determine if residents of communities where fracking was active or imminent had specific public health and safety concerns, and to test a limited number of home water samples.  Read more

Bonacic statement on Sheldon Silver

MIDDLETOWN, NY — State Sen. John Bonacic issued a statement on the guilty verdict of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. A jury on November 30 found Silver guilty on seven counts of corruption. He had been accused of illegally using his office to enrich himself.  Read more

Disability advocate in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Disability advocate Bob Fox, from the Northeast Pennsylvania Center for Independent Living (CIL), will be available at Sen. Lisa Baker’s Hawley office on Wednesday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist individuals with disabilities, ages 18 and over. Information on a variety of services will be available including attendant care, transportation, employment, skills training, peer counseling, home modification and community integration. Appointments can be made by calling Baker’s office at 570/226-5960.  Read more

Tusten absentee ballots totaled

NARROWSBURG, NY — With all ballots now counted and the election certified, the election results for two positions on the town board are final. Incumbent council member Tony Ritter received 201 votes running on the Republican Line, newly-elected council person Brandi Merolla received 194 votes on the Democratic and Independence lines, and Klu Padu received 134 write-in votes.

New York Bar pushes for constitutional convention commission

ALBANY, NY — Every 20 years, the residents of New York State are asked in an election whether or not there should be a constitutional convention to determine if changes should be made to the state’s constitution.  Read more

Santa and company in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A plethora of Santa’s fans were on hand to ring in the holiday season as hundreds lined Main Street in Jeffersonville, NY for the 21st annual James Dworetsky Holiday Parade. Firetrucks festooned with holiday lights and festive floats from counties far and wide entertained the crowd as kids received treats handed out by firefighters along the parade route. This year, Santa was heard to cry “Aye, Matey!” as the Lumberland Fire Department pirates joined the parade. For more on the cavalcade, see Jonathan Fox’s column on page 25.

Wayne plans for 2016 service cuts

HONESDALE, PA — Lacking a state budget, Wayne County will be making substantial social services cuts in January, according to the county commissioners’ November 30 statement.  Read more

Bell plots future at DV

WESTFALL, PA — Superintendent and newly minted doctor of education, Dr. John Bell, presented his strategic plan for the Delaware Valley (DV) School District on November 19.  Read more

Sullivan West cancels trips to France and NYC

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Sullivan West Central School District has cancelled its spring recess trip to France.  Read more

Smallwood resident learns lesson in advocacy

ALBANY, NY — Smallwood resident and activist Nina Nannarone was one of about 120 volunteers who travelled to Albany on November 17 and 18 to learn about ways to advocate on legislative issues in the upcoming legislative issues beginning in January.  Read more

Gutekunst: Highland not financially stressed

ELDRED, NY — A week after Highland voters returned two incumbent councilmen and elected a third as the town’s new supervisor, the board still felt the need to justify its financial planning.  Read more

Neighbors question zoning law

NARROWSBURG, NY — An article about a proposed apartment house in the Town of Tusten ran last week with a picture of the wrong building. The building at right is the one that has neighbors questioning the town zoning laws. A special-use permit is needed for the conversion of the 100 by 20 foot seasonal hunting camp into an apartment building with 10 single-bedroom units along with a caretaker’s apartment.  Read more

Senate confirmation for PEMA head

HARRISBURG, PA — Those seeking to lead the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will be subject to the Senate confirmation process if a bill sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker is signed into law.

Baker, who sits on the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said the responsibilities and profile of the PEMA Director have increased in recent years, making the role even more critical to state security and public safety.  Read more

PA House passes liquor privatization bill

DUNMORE, PA — The Pennsylvania House on November 19 advanced legislation that would privatize the wholesale and retail distribution of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania. House Bill 1690 passed by a 110-86 margin and was opposed by six Republicans and all Democrats.  Read more