The River Reporter and Radio Catskill team up to give you a news update you can see or hear over the weekend.
New York The Sullivan County government is facing a difficult year financially, according to county manager Josh Potosek, the county could lose up to 20 percent in state aid, and could approach a 7-10 million dollar loss in sales tax revenue. The county is looking at ways to restructure and readjust to become more efficient.
A primary election took place in New York last Tuesday. The Board of Elections received a record high number of absentee ballots this year, and will not begin counting those until July 1. As it stands right now, in the Republican primary for 19th Congressional District, Ola Hawatmeh is ahead of her opponent Kyle Van De Water by 475 votes. In the race for Sullivan County District Attorney, Frank LaBuda is ahead of Meagan Galligan by 47 votes.
In Pennsylvania news, both Wayne and Pike counties have received about $5 million in federal CARES Act funding. The funds will be dispersed to businesses and groups that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York State Commissioner of Health has announced that overnight summer camps will not be open this year. Day camps are approved to open on June 29.
Callicoon Riverside Park is the winner of a $50,000 grant awarded by the outdoor clothing company LL Bean. The grant will help construct a 47.5 acre community park with trails, picnic area and a public entry point to the Upper Delaware.
Honesdale Borough Council is in search of a new Vice President now that Bill Canfield has resigned from that position. He had served on council for the past seven years. Interested applicants must submit a resume to the borough office by July 1 at 3 p.m. The council will be interviewing candidates at their next meeting on July 6.
Wayne County Commissioner Joe Adams has been accused of pressuring local outlet Wayne Pike News into removing a story they had posted on their website about a Black Lives Matter protest in Honesdale. Several residents attended the last commissioners meeting to speak critically of Adams. The commissioner has called such allegations “inaccurate, untrue and unfair.” Wayne Pike News has not commented.
The PA House of Representatives passed legislation that would ease restrictions on openly carrying firearms during an emergency declaration. If passed in the Senate, the bill will make it more difficult for a governor to close gun shops, the way Gov. Wolf briefly did during the pandemic.
Honesdale residents can watch fireworks from their cars this July 3. The display can be watched from the Walmart, Home Depot and Baer Harley Davidson Parking lots.
The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to soon vote on reforming the state’s probation system. Critics of probation say that it makes it next to impossible for people to rebuild their lives after getting out of prison.