Read Your Latest Sullivan County & Catskill Mountain e-News, Business, & Interesting Stuff 10/19/12

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Sullivan hears tourism ideas; public shut out

Representatives from the two nonprofits vying for Sullivan County’s tourism-promotion contract gave oral presentations before Sullivan County’s nine legislators Thursday morning. But a decision that comes with roughly $500,000 in public room-tax money is being made out of the public view and under a cloud of secrecy.

Related: SCVA under scrutiny again


Rapid loss of patrol officers worries sheriff

Legislators preliminarily agreed on Thursday to have Sheriff Michael Schiff hire five temporary deputies to replace a substantial and relatively rapid loss of patrol officers. “We just lost three people within the last three weeks,” said Legislator Gene Benson. At Legislator Cora Edwards’ behest, the associated costs (including salaries) were capped at $75,000. “Don’t ask me to vote on a resolution if there’s no cost attached,” she explained.


Leader of police union (who patrols Catskills) says state needs more troopers

State Police PBA President Thomas Mungeer said the force is still probably 300 Troopers below what it should be.  He said crime and all of the other events in the life of a Trooper aren’t dropping in number. The union president said  knows that well because he’s on road patrol in the Catskills.


Arrests made in Bloomingburg bank robbery

State Police have arrested two people in connection with Monday morning’s robbery of the Citizens Bank branch in Bloomingburg.


Just a few hours after attending a hydrofracking rally in Albany, notable Sullivan County pro-fracking activist Noel van Swol has died. “I still don’t understand it yet. It has not set in. He was a very strong supporter and he was a strong voice for us,” said friend Ige Grafe-Kieklak. Police say the 70-year-old Long Eddy resident was heading back home from the rally when his car veered off the road in Jeffersonville and hit a tree on Monday afternoon..


Several years ago, the Town of Thompson passed a law prohibiting any expansion of nonconforming uses, including summer camps in residential neighborhoods. The Town of Liberty appears to be headed in the opposite direction with a new law that will allow the planning board to waive a site plan review on some projects, and that includes waiving the public hearing that accompanies a site plan review for a nonconforming use.


Authorities say a man found dead over the weekend in upstate New York was killed. Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell tells the Middletown Times Herald-Record ( ) that the death of 29-year-old John Conklin Jr. has been ruled a homicide. Conklin’s body was found Saturday in the Town of Fremont, 98 miles northwest of New York City.


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Monticello Schools wins $399K “Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness” Grant Award

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Editiorial: Cuomo slaps hands that want a fair shake

While the nation’s unemployment rate has been declining over the last year, New York State’s has been rising sharply, presenting a challenge for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he tries to build an image as a fiscal centrist who can transform the state’s business climate.


Two women with New York ties soon to be saints

This weekend, the long road to sainthood will finally be realized for two women with roots in Upstate New York. Mother Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized during a ceremony Sunday. Hundreds of Catholic faithful have traveled to Vatican City for the celebration


Supporters of the controversial gas drilling practice hydrofracking gather in Albany for a rally. They want the governor to reverse the moratorium on fracking, saying it could bring jobs and other economic benefits to the area.


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed David Skorton, president of Cornell University, as chairman of the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board on Thursday, completing his takeover of horse racing in the hope of ending decades of scandal and mismanagement in an industry important to the state.

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