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January 2016

A celebration of the life of Jack Yelle

On December 17, 2015, the community of Roscoe lost one of its most beloved friends: Jack Yelle.

Jack was a family man, a friend, watercolor artist, teacher, veteran, community volunteer, chess player, camper, nature enthusiast, fly fisherman, generous, a gentleman—and the list continues... well in one word, Jack was extraordinary. A man who went above and beyond, a man who would be the first to say thank you, give praise, compliment, ask about your loved ones, and the first to ask how he could help with anything going on in the community.  Read more

Same suits this time around?

Many years ago, my business manager said (after elections), “The suits will be the same, only the faces change.” Will the 2016 legislature alter that axiom?  Read more

Eating in the dark

On January 12, a federal agency decided to make a move that will make it harder rather that easier for Americans to know what’s in their food or how the food was raised. The issue is the “grass fed” label that had been defined since 2006 by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which is an organ of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Read more

New council members in Port Jervis

CITY OF PORT JERVIS, NY — At the year’s first Port Jervis Common Council meeting, Mayor Kelly Decker and other council members welcomed four new members, saying they brought with them new energy enabling the city to move forward with projects.  Read more

Cochecton honors Larry Richardson

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — It began with supervisor Gary Maas’s announcement at the January 13 meeting of the Cochecton town board that the board would be going off agenda for a few minutes, and ended with former board member Larry Richardson’s heartfelt thanks to board members, town officials and volunteers with whom he has worked in the course of his 27 years of community service.  Read more

Legislators briefed on casino

MONTICELLO, NY — The six new members of the Sullivan County Legislature, along with the three that have been there a while, received a presentation from Charles Degliomini, executive vice president of Empire Resorts, which is in the process of creating the Montreign Casino in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Guccini joins the commissioners’ panel

MILFORD, PA — Pike’s newest commissioner, Steve Guccini, sat in on his first regular semi-monthly commissioners’ meeting on January 6.  Read more

Organizations demand investigation of federal agency

REGION — Some 165 environmental and citizens organizations have written a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to use their seats on the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources to order an investigation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Read more

County chairs back Teachout

NY 19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — On Saturday, January 16, chairs from Democratic committees across New York State’s 19th Congressional District met and interviewed four potential candidates for the seat that will be decided in the upcoming November elections.  Read more

Boymelgreen’s partner settles

NEW YORK CITY, NY — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on January 18 a settlement with several subsidiaries of the publicly traded conglomerate Africa Israel Investments Limited (AIIL). It requires the developer to complete 15 Broad Street in Manhattan, which has been stalled for nearly a decade, and surrender control of the building to the condominium owners; to resolve defect claims at three condominiums in Manhattan and Brooklyn; and to pay $2 million to New York City to compensate for improper receipt of tax benefits.  Read more