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SMALLWOOD, NY — Dozens of residents gathered at the recreation area of the Toronto Reservoir on August 20 for a demonstration in support of keeping the access area open to the public. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) said the area was a public beach and it was being operated without a permit.

Backlash against Highland Compressor Station; County may join towns in opposing gas infrastructure

Over the past week, four Sullivan County towns have passed or drafted resolutions opposing the proposed compressor station to be constructed on the Millennium Pipeline in the Town of Highland.  Read more

Green in Tusten, Gas in Highland; Energy Committee takes action

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Town Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 10 was abbreviated due to Supervisor Carol Wingert’s absence, and committee reports were the only thing on the agenda. As it turned out, the energy committee had a lot to report on.  Read more

New rule irks publishers: Are public relations people lobbyists?

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) is primarily concerned with helping those in public service understand the ground rules of governing. The JCOPE website says it promotes integrity by “helping those in public service understand their ethical obligations, ensuring transparency through rigorous public reporting disclosures, and providing accountability through enforcement actions to address ethical misconduct.”  Read more

Pike heroin battle continues

MILFORD, PA — Pike County now plans to devote a portion of the county’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to a growing heroin-abuse problem, the commissioners announced on February 3.

The state and federally funded CDBG money has traditionally gone to community facilities or individual housing restoration benefiting low-income residents.  Read more

Wayne ponders state funding ‘rollover’

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners are looking to their statewide commissioners’ association for direction in responding to an apparent state budget cut.  Read more

River panel completes reorganization

NARROWSBURG, NY — Formally beginning its 28th year of operations last week, the 13-town membership of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is still two towns short of its ultimate potential (Manchester and Buckingham have never joined), with two existing township members (Lackawaxen and Westfall) not in attendance at the meeting.  Read more

Liberty man charged with murder; Accused of shooting wife

LIBERTY, NY — A 65-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his wife. New York State Police say Jorge Gonzalez has been arrested and charged with shooting and killing his 33-year-old wife Ramona Gonzalez.  Read more

Honesdale hospital will grow and fly; $100 million litigation deal possible

HONESDALE, PA — The February 8 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council started with a bang: six members voted to approve Wayne Memorial Hospital’s conditional-use application for a helipad at 1839 Fair Ave. Councilmember Mike Dux abstained, saying that his participation in helipad fundraising activities represented a clear conflict of interest. But the vote to approve the hospital’s purchase and nonconforming use of property adjacent to its visitor parking lot was unanimous, clearing the way for a planned $35 million expansion of the hospital.  Read more

Solar leases examined; Consumers advised to get legal help

MONTICELLO, NY — At a meeting at the government center on February 4, Colleen Monaghan, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) said her organization had received hundreds of inquires from people seeking information about solar leases. Many landowners had received lease proposals in the mail, but were not sure if they represented a good deal.  Read more

County information on Zika virus

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Public Health Services has updated information on its Public Health Information line (845/513-2268, Option 1) for members of the public to call with questions about Zika virus as of February 9. Links on the department’s web page to the latest Zika Health Advisory will also be updated as more information becomes available from the New York State Health Department and Centers for Disease Control.  Read more

PA lawmakers call for bill to keep funds flowing

HARRISBURG, PA — On the same day that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address, Rep. Dan Truitt and other lawmakers held a capitol news conference to urge their colleagues to adopt legislation that would prevent the interruption of crucial services in the event of a future state budget impasse.  Read more

Neurologist now seeing patients in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Citing a need for outpatient neurology services in the greater Wayne County area, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) announced on February 8 that neurologist Julianne O’Boyle, MD has returned to private practice on a part-time basis. Dr. O’Boyle is seeing patients at her practice, Honesdale Neurology, located within the surgery suite at the Stourbridge Professional and Medical Complex, 600 Maple Avenue, Suite #1.  Read more

Maloney endorses Zephyr Teachout

NY 19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Zephyr Teachout received the endorsement of Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York’s 18th Congressional District in her campaign to represent the state’s 19th Congressional District.  Read more

Gibson announces gubernatorial committee

LIBERTY, NY — Congressman Chris Gibson announced on February 8 that he had formed a committee to explore a run for governor of New York in 2018. He represents Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware counties as well as all or parts of eight other counties. Gibson, who has served in Congress since 2010, has said he would not run again after his current term expires at the end of this year.  Read more

Millennium project expands; Another compressor announced for Hancock

REGION — The construction of a compressor station in the Town of Highland along the Millennium Pipeline is just one of several new elements of an expansion of the line that the company calls the Eastern System Upgrade (ESU).  Read more

Reaction to Bloomingburg settlement; Some neighbors are distressed

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — The 396-unit development called Villages at Chestnut Ridge has not yet been fully developed, even though developer Shalom Lamm has been legally able to move forward with the project for about two years. About 45 units are finished.  Read more

Walden man arrested for 50 bags of heroin

NY State Police in Middletown announce the arrest of Walter Herring, age 34, of Walden, New York. Herring was stopped by troopers from the Middletown barracks on Friday, February 5, 2016 at approximately 2:30 PM for a traffic infraction on State Route 211 East in the Town of Wallkill.  Read more

Alternatives to Incarceration meeting

MONTICELLO, NY — The annual Sullivan County Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Advisory Board Meeting was held at the Sullivan County Probation Department on January 27, 2016. The ATI program provides alternatives to incarcerating defendants and supervision of community service work that may be ordered for defendants as a condition of sentencing or probation by the various courts in Sullivan County.  Read more

State money owed in ’15 tacked on to ’16-17 budget

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners are trying to decipher a cryptic letter describing how Harrisburg plans children and youth spending.  Read more

Treasurer applauds coworkers

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Treasurer Nancy Buck announced on January 28 that a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the County of Sullivan Treasurer’s Department by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) prepared in 2015, for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.  Read more