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News briefs June 14

Democratic candidates in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County voters packed the Town of Liberty Senior Center on June 7 to meet the Democratic Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in the New York 19th Congressional District in the June 26 Democratic primary. The event was sponsored by the Town of Liberty Democratic Committee and featured congressional candidates Gareth Rhodes, Brian Flynn, Antonio Delgado, David Clegg, and representatives from the Jeff Beals and Pat Ryan campaigns. Also attending were New York State Senate candidates Jen Metzger and Paramilla Malick. The congressional primary will be held on June 26.

Milford man sentenced

MILFORD, PA — Mark W. Gates, age 38, of Milford, was sentenced to up to 84 months in a state correctional facility, fined $4,600 and had his driver’s license suspended for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and related offenses.

Gates hit another vehicle with his vehicle along Silver Lake Road on August 5, 2015, and left the scene of the accident, failing to provide his information to the driver of the other vehicle. Gates was found by the state police not far from the scene with constricted pupils, slurred and confused speech. Gates admitted to consuming Adderal prior to driving.

In another incident, the state police were dispatched on February 20, 2016, to Route 6 in Shohola Township for a report of Gates driving erratically. When Gates was located, he refused to pull over, attempting to use his vehicle to strike the patrol vehicle, putting the troopers at risk of injury, and fled at a high rate of speed, crashing into a wooded area.

In a third incident, state police were dispatched on June 22, 2016, to a business in Milford Borough and one in Milford Township where Gates had entered and caused a disturbance, threatening employees and customers.

Delaware Riverkeeper Network celebrates World Fish Migration Day

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) held a paddle and press conference on June 7 at Penn Treaty Park to honor World Fish Migration Day and to bring attention to the critical importance of continued water-quality improvements for our rivers, migratory fish, and the overall health of our communities.

Approximately 20 concerned community members and representatives joined DRN for the event. Paddle participants kayaked from Palmyra Cove Nature Park, NJ to Penn Treaty Park, Philadelphia, where a press conference was held to celebrate the return of migratory fish to the Delaware River and call for stronger protections for water quality standards.

Migratory fish have returned to the Delaware River as the water quality has improved through increased protections. However, there need to be further improvements so that the oxygen levels and the water quality standards for the Delaware Estuary are fully supportive of the river’s fish populations, including the highly endangered Atlantic sturgeon of the river.

“Right now we are urging governors Murphy, Wolf, Carney and Cuomo, through the DRBC, to pass the regulations needed to enhance oxygen levels in the river,” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

Boating safety course offered

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit will host a free one-day New York State Boater’s Safety Course on Saturday June 30, 2018. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the White Lake Fire Department, 1596 State Rte. 17B. You must be at least 10 years old to attend and must pass a written test at the end of the session.

Anyone born after May 1, 1996 is now required to pass an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat in New York State. All operators of personal watercraft (jet skis/wave runners) must possess the boater safety certificate and be at least 14 years old.

Seating for the class is limited, and pre-registration is required. New York State charges a fee of $10 for the boater’s certificate, which does not expire, and is waived for students less than 18 years old.

To sign up call 845/794-7100, press for option 1, and speak with the deputy on the desk.


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