MONTICELLO, NY — With tax season in full swing, Sheriff Mike Schiff is warning county residents of a continuing telephone scam. Citizens across Sullivan County have received phone calls from scammers pretending to be IRS agents. The callers are aggressive and threaten to arrest their victims in order to get them to make a payment on a non-existent tax bill. The callers sometimes “spoof” the telephone number of the sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agency, which appears on the victim’s caller ID. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf on March 21 announced that 17 organizations involved in 14 projects from across the Commonwealth will receive the prestigious Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. These award winners represent the best in using innovation, collaboration and public service to improve and protect Pennsylvania’s environment. Read more
COOS BAY, OR — The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) often describes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a rogue federal agency that always sides with industry and since the 1980s has never rejected an application for a pipeline project. DRN will now have to alter that claim just a bit, because on March 11, FERC finally did deny an application for a project, and it was quite a large one. Read more
In one of the more dramatic votes at the government center in Monticello in recent months, Luis Alvarez, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, cast the deciding vote which approved the appointment of Cora Edwards to the post of Democratic Election Commissioner on the county’s Board of Election. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — It was where it should be on Saturday evening, March 5, gone the next morning. Witnesses present at the March 9 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas and Highway Superintendent Kevin Esselman among them, testified to that. Said Scenic Byway liaison Larry Richardson, “It had vandalism-proof bolts designed to make it immovable. Someone had to work hard to steal it.” Read more
WHITE LAKE, NY — The beautification group Sullivan Renaissance announced this year that, come August, five municipalities will be in the running for a $100,000 grant secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. The five competitors are the towns of Liberty, Fallsburg, Bethel, Thompson and the Village of Monticello. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The proposed construction of a compressor station along the Millennium Pipeline in the Town of Highland has sparked health concerns among residents in the area. As the shale-gas boom has lead to multiple new gas lines and compressor stations in the region, the concern about possible negative health impacts have emerged in many communities. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on March 10 approved a resolution opposing the state’s pay-you-later decision to withhold 15% of approved human services funding.
In January, the state Department of Public Welfare notified the county that its fiscal 2015-16 budget amount of $5.62 million was approved—kind of.
Gov. Tom Wolf on December 29 signed Act 92 into law, which allowed fiscally strapped PA to roll forward about 15% of the 2015-2016 state child welfare budget, $171.3 million, into the 2016-17 budget. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Mary Amato, who uses her computer to run a small business on eBay, was recently scammed by a man who claimed to be from Microsoft. Amato was using Windows Mail when she experienced a bit of trouble. She then got a call from a man that sounded to be Indian, who said he was from Microsoft tech support. He said he was there to help and prompted her through a set of instructions, and before long had remote control of her keyboard. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites teachers, non-formal educators, homeschoolers and youth group and scout leaders to attend a free Peregrine Falcon Educator’s Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the second floor auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building. The workshop is sponsored by DEP and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) in cooperation with ZooAmerica–North American Wildlife Park and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its investigation of Sullivan County snack manufacturer Ideal Snacks. The investigation was the result of a July 2015 complaint about dangerous working conditions submitted by the Committee for Justice at Ideal Snacks, a group representing approximately 200 workers who were fired last May. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — To encourage film and television producers to create programming in upstate New York counties, two years ago the state expanded the New York State (NYS) Film Tax Credit Program. The expansion allows for productions that have budgets of $500,000 or more to receive an additional 10% for certain expenses related to film and television production on top of other incentives for the industry. Read more