ELDRED, NY — The 2019-2020 budget, which includes a $516,237 or 4.95% increase in taxes, was formally presented by district treasurer Caleb Russell at the Eldred school board meeting on February 14.
YULAN, NY — On Sunday, February 17 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol responded to a report of an unconscious male on Martin Drive in Yulan. At the scene, deputies found a subject who had apparently driven to the location on an ATV and attempted to cut down a tree with a chainsaw.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The seven-foot-long fiberglass dove, created in recognition of the Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, has found a home. At the town meeting on February 13, the Tusten Town Board voted unanimously to permanently locate the dove in front of The Narrowsburg Union.
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Should we leave the town as is, or should we be promoting commercial development?” asked councilman Paul Salzberg.
GLEN SPEY, NY — The Lumberland Town Board decided on February 13 to invest up to $2,000 for its part of this summer’s Sullivan County 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on February 13 that he will run for county court judge. The office is currently held by Frank LaBuda. LaBuda has reached the age of 70, which is the mandatory retirement age for judges in New York, and he will step down at the end of the year.
MONTICELLO, NY — A White Lake man has been sentenced to six years in state prison for possession of a large amount of heroin.
MONTICELLO, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state, which he has said he would like to see passed as part of the budget process by the end of March.
As Teamster Union representative for county employees, I can say that there is an even bigger problem our county faces besides the bottom-of-the barrel wages paid to county employees. That problem is the county’s exploding opioid epidemic.
Legislators at the Sullivan County Government Center have had a couple of lively conversations about the pros and cons of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in New York State.