Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent last week travelling to six cities around the state to deliver regional State of the State speeches. Traditionally, the governor of New York gives one State of the State speech in Albany with lawmakers in attendance.
A few years ago, Sullivan County legislators decided they wanted taxpayers to have a better idea about how their taxes are spent, so they decided to present a partial breakdown of spending on property tax bills.
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) over provisions in the 2016 Ethics Reform Law that was passed in the last hours of the legislative session that ended in June.
With the arrests of developer Shalom Lamm and two of his associates on December 14, [see news story on page 4] it seems that some of the residents in and around Bloomingburg may finally see a bit of justice. But it may be coming too late to make any real difference on the ground.
In his capacity as the chair of the Sullivan County Public Works Committee, legislator Joe Perrello threw down the gauntlet at a meeting on December 8. He said there would be no negotiation over the future of the Interim Western Sullivan Transfer Station in Cochecton.
According to the U.S. official Federal Poverty Level (FPL), 14% of families living in upstate New York are living in poverty. But the FPL was developed in 1965 and has not been updated since 1974.
On November 22, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, added a couple of charges to those already lodged against Joe Percoco and several others involved in huge development projects. Percoco, who was formerly a top aide to Gov.
The Sullivan County Legislature voted eight to one on November 17 to become part of the Energize NY program, which will lend money for energy improvement projects to buildings that are commercially-owned or owned by nonprofits.
About 22 million or so people have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, and many others, inlcuding five people at The River Reporter, have health insurance policies created under Obamacare reforms.
A recent analysis by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman indicates that 86% of handguns recovered from crime scenes in this state come from another state. That statistic makes it clear that this country needs a federal law that covers all states and would require background checks on all persons buying a gun.