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April 2015

PennDOT repeats the bridge message

HONESDALE, PA — A state highway official has repeated her message about keeping the Narrowsburg bridge open during planned repairs. The question is whether the message was directed at the people voicing concerns.  Read more

Pike DA addresses Lackawaxen residents

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin addressed Lackawaxen residents regarding two major cases at a township meeting on March 18. The first to be addressed was the case of Shawn Marie Roe, past township secretary/treasurer, who was dismissed in 2013. Roe was recently charged with the misappropriation of approximately $200,000 of township funds over her decade-long tenure in her position. Roe has been charged with six felony counts by the state.  Read more

Port Jervis landlords grumble

PORT JERVIS, NY — In an effort to catch up with absent landlords who don’t keep up, or abandon, their properties and also owe the city taxes, city council is proposing a license for landlords; but it was met with resistance from the landlords who are present in town. Many of them stood up one by one in the recent Port Jervis common council meeting to protest something they believe would merely add more unnecessary fees and take away their rights, comparing it to government interference with Nazi techniques.  Read more

Pride Awards announced

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual Sullivan County Pride Awards. The 24th annual Pride Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, May 3 at the Villa Roma Resort. Tickets cost $50/person. For tickets email of fice@catskills.com or call 845/791-4200.  Read more

Man arrested for driving 106 mph

MONTICELLO, NY — On March 29, New York State Troopers from Wurtsboro arrested 21-year-old Hermann Gutierrez of Newburgh, for driving while intoxicated.  Read more

Child immunizations addressed by Pennsylvania legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state senator Tom McGarrigle has introduced legislation to increase access to child immunizations.  Read more

Pike Democrats announce forum

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Democratic Committee is sponsoring a candidates’ forum to introduce the three Democratic candidates for Pike County Commissioners for this year’s election. Each candidate will present his platform in person, followed by a question-and-answer period.  Read more

Sullivan West and BOCES

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The days of the rural one-room schoolhouse are long gone, but even today three former rural school districts, after consolidation into one, with a current K-12 enrollment of 1,195 students, can’t meet 21st-century educational demands without the supplementary and complementary services of the Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  Read more

More talk on executive versus manager

MONTICELLO, NY — Judging by the experts invited to address them, the members of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission seem especially interested in exploring the differences between the form of government Sullivan County has—an elected legislature with an appointed county manager—and the form some other counties have, which is an elected legislature and an elected county executive.  Read more