BEACH LAKE, PA — In a December 16 meeting that lasted only 40 minutes, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted its proposed 2015 budget, without comment from the board or questions from the public. It also adopted a new ordinance electing township participation in the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships (PSATS) Unemployment Compensation Trust, which will allow the township to pay lower unemployment insurance premiums. And it passed a resolution to advertise public review of a proposed nuisance ordinance. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sparse attendance at a relatively brief December 18 Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education meeting may have undercut somewhat the serious student welfare and social conscience issues presented. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Beginning his announcement of the county’s new budget proposal last Wednesday, Commissioners Chair Rich Caridi began with the salient point, “There will be no new taxes in this budget.”
The combined county millage (tax) rate remains at 18.54 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
The proposed $37.9 million spending budget includes a $473,000 cut in spending, which reflects a similar projected reduction in county revenues.
This would be the third consecutive year without a tax increase, and county spending has dropped $3 million in that period. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Nancy Buck was sworn in to become the Sullivan County treasurer on December 11, after the legislature unanimously voted to appoint her to the position the previous week. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Radio station WJFF, located in Jeffersonville, sends its broadcast signal out from a Sullivan County-owned tower on Elk Point Road in the town of Liberty. The tower was a topic of discussion at a public safety meeting in the government center on December 11. (This reporter provides WJFF with weekend news segments.) Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Much of the current transportation program in Sullivan County is concerned with getting seniors and Medicaid patients to appointments, and the Office for the Aging runs shopping buses, but there are also trips open to the general public. According to the county website, there are “two round-trip routes, one of which runs on Thursdays from Lumberland/Bethel to Monticello, and a second that runs on Fridays from Delaware/Callicoon to Monticello.”
Also, ShortLine Bus provides service between Fallsburg, Monticello, Liberty and Loch Sheldrake on a daily basis. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — In the early morning hours of December 13, Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies responded to a one car motor vehicle accident on Clements road in the Town of Liberty. Deputies found that a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee had run off the road and struck a tree stump. The front and rear passengers had been ejected from the vehicle. Both victims were taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic and then transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla in serious condition. The driver, Hailey G. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to crack down on hunters who trespass on private property will be reintroduced in the upcoming legislative session by Sen. Rich Alloway. The legislation would authorize Pennsylvania Game Commission officers to enforce trespass laws and issue citations. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — John Ortiz, 45, has been arrested after a standoff with police. On December 14, at about 3 p.m., deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office were called to 20 Haddock Rd. in the Town of Thompson for a barricaded subject. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The demonstrations that have erupted across the nation in recent weeks appeared in Monticello on December 14, when about 40 people turned out to demand justice for all. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — There was a full house at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on December 15 following news that the former secretary was arrested the previous week on charges of misappropriating more than $200,000 in funds over a 10-year period. Shawn Marie Roe, 54, faces six felony charges including theft, fraud and computer crimes. Read more
ALBANY, NY — It was announced today, Wednesday, December 17, by the Gaming Facility Location Board that they recommend one casino in the Catskills and Hudson Valley region, and that casino is Empire Resorts' casino Montreign in Town of Thompson, Sullivan County. Read more
ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker, M.D. the acting New York State health commissioner, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing should be allowed to go forward. Zucker cited several existing studies on fracking and its impacts on human health and said that many of them raised “red flags,” but he said that there were not enough studies, and specifically “longitudinal studies,” that could settle the question with certainty. Read more
The Tusten Town Board meeting that was supposed to be held on Tuesday, December 9 has been moved to Wednesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.