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December 2015

Thanks for a successful outreach season

As the magic of the holiday season ends, our thoughts turn to our neighbors who were in need of assistance this holiday season. We wish to express our appreciation for all those special people who adopted families and to those who made generous donations to the St. Francis Xavier Outreach Program. We would also like to express gratitude to the members of the Outreach Program committee.

We also want to send a special thank you to The River Reporter staff for all the publicity during the holiday season. If it weren’t for them, these programs would not have been so successful.  Read more

The Sullivan battle against waste, fraud and abuse

The last four years at the Sullivan County Legislature have been truly interesting to watch. The legislature that took office in January 2012 included six new members out of a total of nine—the same situation, incidentally, that the new legislature faces in 2016.

The 2012 legislature faced a $5 million budget gap, and the lingering, crippling effects of the Great Recession. Against this backdrop, in 2012, the legislature launched a campaign to root out “waste, fraud and abuse” from the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) and its clients.  Read more

2015 Year in Review: A look back on some of the top stories from this past year

The year in politics

Local elections were held this year in Sullivan County in New York and Wayne and Pike counties in Pennsylvania. Of note is the election of the Sullivan County Legislature. The legislature consists of nine seats, and all but one were up for election (District One’s Scott Samuelson ran unopposed). The results are that six of the nine county seats will be held by new legislators this year.  Read more

Cocchi steps down, dangerous buildings discussed

LACKAWAXEN, PA — At Lackawaxen Township’s last meeting of the year, Supervisors Chair Robert Cocchi said his goodbyes, including his good wishes for Mike Mancini, who’s taking over. “I hope you’ll treat him as well as you’ve treated me. It’s been an honor to serve you.”

Residents expressed appreciation for Cocchi. Marge Wasamer said, “You were always fair and treated us with respect, and we haven’t always shown it and have not always agreed. You’ve done a very good job.”  Read more

Sullivan approves $75,000 in additional legal fees; Cost of Bloomingburg vote litigation expected to soar

MONTICELLO, NY — A number of lawsuits regarding voting in the Village of Bloomingburg have been sparked with the creation of the development called Villages at Chestnut Ridge, being marketed to the Hasidic community.  Read more

Emergency HEAP program to open

MONTICELLO, NY — The Emergency Component of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) opens on Monday, January 4, 2016. If a resident has already received a Regular HEAP benefit for the 2015-2016 season, the resident may be eligible for another benefit under the emergency component of HEAP. Regular component benefits must be exhausted first to be eligible for the heating emergencies component for eligible households.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy holds eagle tours

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners announced a series of eagle-watching events all winter long, including guided bus tours and the third annual Eagle Day at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.  Read more

Wolf signs partial budget, frees funding for school services

HARRISBURG, PA — Republican state lawmakers left Harrisburg on the day before Christmas Eve, and left Gov. Tom Wolf with a budget—but not the one they had been negotiating for six months. On December 29, Wolf signed the budget, which will allow funding for education and social services to flow; but he also vetoed parts of it, which will force Republicans to further negotiate with him.  Read more

White Sulphur Springs man pleads guilty

MONTICELLO, NY — James Letohic, 32, of White Sulphur Springs, pleaded guilty to various charges on December 23, including robbery in the first degree and burglary in the second degree, both violent felonies. Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell said Letohic is expected to be sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 11.5 years in state prison and fve years of post-release supervision.  Read more

Honesdale cop fired after allegedly assaulting a suspect

HONESDALE, PA — A Honesdale police officer has been fired after allegations arose that he assaulted a suspect in a police car. Sergeant Keith Colombo allegedly arrested a DUI suspect on November 29, and handcuffed the man and placed him in the back of the cruise, but did not fasten the seatbelt.  Read more