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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Housing funds for Hudson Valley

NEW YORK STATE — Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $6,659,460 in federal funding for Hudson Valley housing authorities. These funds have been allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the housing authorities in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties to develop, finance and modernize their public housing facilities for people in the community.  Read more

Arrests in child porn cases

NORTHEAST, PA — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced that the her Child Predator Section, in partnership with several law enforcement agencies, has arrested 16 suspected child predators over the past two weeks in Northeast PA.  Read more

Port Jervis seeks housing grants

PORT JERVIS, NY — At what was to be the second public hearing on a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application on February 16, Valerie Maginsky, the Community Development Agency’s liaison officer, reported, after a lot of research, the grant will not be pursued by the city this time, but instead the agency will seek another, more suitable housing program to address Port Jervis’ housing needs.  Read more

Confusion over Narrowsburg deck; Engineer bashes consultant’s survey

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Tusten Town Board meeting held on February 10, town engineer Wes Illing was there to make a presentation about the Chazen Companies’ design for the Narrowsburg deck. During his presentation, it became apparent that the geo-technical (or geo-tech) survey that Chazen conducted under the existing deck was not sufficient, in Illing’s view.  Read more

Wolf declares death penalty moratorium

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on February 13 a moratorium on the death penalty until a report is issued by the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment.  Read more

County manager appoints acting DFS commissioner

Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek has named Joseph Todora, MSW, LMSW as Acting Commissioner of the Division of Health and Family Services and the Acting Commissioner of Social Services effective February 10, 2015.  Read more

New priest for ministry

MONTICELLO, NY — The Reverend Diana Southwick Scheide has been ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. She will serve a new collaboration of churches called the Delaware Catskill Episcopal Ministry.  Read more

Waymart woman sentenced for statutory rape

HONESDALE, PA — A 22-year-old Waymart woman has been sent to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for six to 23 months for having sex with a 15-year-old boy. She had previously pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault, which is a felony.  Read more

Pike goes outdoors for economic development

MILFORD, PA — Pike County again combined tourism and economic development, with the county economic development authority’s participation at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg this week.  Read more

Gibson’s position on GMO labeling

REGION — The debate over the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues to play out. The State of Vermont has passed a law requiring labeling of GMO foods. The law is being challenged by food industry groups who say there is no need for a law because there is “consensus” among experts that GMO foods pose no danger to public health.  Read more

M&M Ford Lincoln turns 25

LIBERTY, NY — Howard Braunstein, the owner of the M&M Auto Group in Liberty, assembled his staff to the Ford showroom on February 6 to receive a plaque from the automaker to commemorate 25 years in business with the car maker. Wendy Daley, a market representation manager for Ford, presented the plaque.

Braunstein said that with the coming of the casino about 10 miles away in the Town of Thompson he expects M&M Auto Group to expand a bit.  Read more

Sullivan whistleblower policy examined

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators briefly discussed a proposed new whistleblower policy, the creation of which was prompted by an investigation of complaints “by and about” Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Department of Family Services (DFS), who has been placed on administrative leave.  Read more

Shooting incident in Parksville

SPRING GLEN, NY — A Livingston Manor man, Balsey DeWitt, 30, has been arrested by the New York State Police at Liberty on several charges in connection with a shooting.  Read more

Sunshine Hall Free Library to receive face lift

ELDRED, NY — After years of planning, the re-facing of the exterior of the Sunshine Hall Free Library will begin in April 2015.

“For many years we’ve been able to carefully put aside funds to dedicate to this necessary project. The bidding process has been completed and we are now ready to proceed,” said Shain Fishman, treasurer for the Board of Trustees.  Read more

Beach Lake man jailed

SCRANTON, PA — A Beach Lake man is in jail after flagging down cars on an interstate highway and assaulting their passengers.

State police say 25-year-old Gregory Lee Nicholas Jr. flagged down two separate vehicles while standing in the middle of Interstate 81 in Scranton on February 8 at about 12:30 a.m. After the first car stopped, according to police, the suspect jumped into the back seat of the vehicle with a couple sitting in the front seat. Nicholas used a box knife and cut the male driver’s face and then warned him not to call anyone or he said, “I swear I’ll cut your throat.”  Read more

Jury exemptions for PA seniors over 75 years of age

HARRISBURG, PA — On February 4, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB210, introduced by State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, which would allow exemptions from jury duty for senior citizens age 75 and older.  Read more

Healthy hearts in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — If you want to live longer, you need to exercise. That was the message as the Wayne County Commissioners proclaimed last week as Cardiac Rehabilitation Week.  Read more

For the birds

REGION — Ever wonder how high-pressured medical professionals unwind? Dr. Paramjeet Singh, who is a surgeon with the Orange Regional Medical Group, found an outlet in outdoor photography while taking a much needed break a few years ago. “I took a short break two years ago from my busy schedule, and went hiking on Perkins Memorial Drive in Bear Mountain,” he explained. “I met a couple who were counting hawks in their fall migration. They got me into hawk counting and hawk photography.” He’s never looked back and spends his spare time now photographing hawks and eagles.  Read more

Planners recommend brewery and parking changes

ELDRED, NY — Acting on town board resolutions for review, the Town of Highland Planning Board on February 4 recommended updates to local zoning that would provide relaxed parking requirements for new businesses and allow small craft brewery operations like the one planned in Eldred.  Read more

Monticello woman arrested for assault

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Police have issued a press release detailing how they responded to a call on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. to the Horizons Apartment Complex at Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello. When they arrived, they found a 31-year-old man with a stab wound to his left arm. The victim was then transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic Ambulance for medical treatment.  Read more