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Delgado wins House race, tax debt settlement scams to watch out for and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware November 26 to December 2

Posted 11/25/20

PENNSYLVANIA — According to Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s weekly COVID-19 update on November 23, the commonwealth had seen a seven-day case increase of 36,133 cases, …

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Delgado wins House race, tax debt settlement scams to watch out for and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware November 26 to December 2

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Delgado wins House race

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the Associated Press projected that Rep. Antonio Delgado had won his bid for reelection to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District. The counting of absentee ballots widened Delgado’s lead over Republican challenger Kyle Van De Water.

“With the race now officially called, I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity to once again serve every community in NY-19 and thank Mr. Van De Water for his concession call and his spirited campaign focused on the issues,” Delgado said. “The work continues, as I have already met this month with all four of my bipartisan, locally-based advisory committees focusing on small businesses, health care, agriculture and our veterans.”

Service commission reduces NYSEG rates

NEW YORK STATE — The NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) has released an order in the rate case of New York State Electric & Gas Company (NYSEG), which significantly reduces the proposed rate increase from nearly 25 percent over three years to less than six percent (two percent in the first year, 1.95 percent in the second year and 1.99 percent in the third year). The decision came after significant criticism by Sen. Jen Metzger (NYS-42) about raising rates amid a pandemic which has financially hurt many NYSEG customers. The PSC Order further requires that NYSEG provide emergency relief in the form of $100 in bill credits to vulnerable residential and small business customers. 

Wayne commissioner chairs sustainability fund

SCHNECKSVILLE, PA — Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF), a nonprofit organization that assists energy users in overcoming financial, educational and regulatory barriers to sustainable energies, has announced that Wayne County Commissioner Jocelyn Cramer has been named its new board chair.

Cramer has been a member of the board of directors of (SEF) since 2017. She also sits on the board of directors of The Cooperage Project and SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) in Honesdale. 

“I hope to give as much as I get from this appointment, as I learn more and more at every meeting I attend,” Cramer said. “This is an honor for me and something I enjoy very much.”

Pike County conducts housing survey

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Pike County Human Services is conducting an online fair housing survey with the assistance of consultant Hailstone Economic.

This survey will help the county to understand residents’ attitudes and experiences related to fair housing, understand business practices in housing-related industries and identify areas where the federal Fair Housing Act and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act are not being followed so that fair housing choices can be protected for all county residents.

The fair housing survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. The deadline to respond to the survey is Monday, November 30.

The survey can be found at www.MyHousingSurvey.com or on the county’s website www.pikepa.org under the “What’s New” section.

Beware of tax debt settlement scam

NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is alerting taxpayers to a variety of scam letters being mailed to New Yorkers that offer to assist in settling outstanding tax debt. 

The tax department is not sending these letters, nor are these companies affiliated with New York State or working on its behalf in any way. To help New Yorkers protect themselves, the tax department has posted examples of bogus collection letters to its website and shared tips on how to spot a scam. You can view examples of these bogus collection letters and how they compare to official tax department correspondence at www.tax.ny.gov/press/consumeralerts.htm.

Sullivan Catskills tops state in tourism spending

Liberty, NY— Empire State Development has released its 2019 Oxford Economics Study detailing each of New York State’s 62 counties and their respective travel regions’ tourism growth. For the second consecutive year, Sullivan Catskills rose to the top as the fastest-growing county for tourism spending at 12.2 percent.

 “We are excited to see that our decades of perseverance and strategic investment in marketing has paid off,” stated Roberta Byron-Lockwood, CEO of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association. “We have made our legendary Sullivan Catskills come alive again.”

Sun River Health takes over WIC services

MONTICELLO, NY — After November 27, Sullivan County’s WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program will be run by Sun River Health (formerly Hudson River Healthcare), Public Health Director Nancy McGraw has announced.

 “Sun River Health has 25 years’ experience in operating WIC programs in the Hudson Valley and has a federally qualified health center in Monticello with a variety of services for women, infants and children,” McGraw said.

Existing services for WIC participants will continue to be available, without interruption, in Monticello and Liberty at new locations, while the Wurtsboro site will remain the same. The Liberty location is still being determined, but the Monticello location will be at Sun River Health’s offices at 19-23 Lakewood Ave. All current Sullivan County WIC employees who wished to transfer with the program will be employed by Sun River Health. Questions about the changes can be directed to Sun River Health at 845/791-3350 in Monticello or 845/454-8204 in Poughkeepsie.

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