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My View: Sullivan County budget solution: Even up taxes
So instead of starting another commission run by people who have never strapped on a gun and have no idea what it's about, how about we look to get some businesses going in this county? This area is no longer a tourist area for people other than the Hasidic folks, who don't pay taxes to the towns, villages or county on property that they own. They avoid paying taxes by saying they're a religious organization. I for one am sick of hearing that we have no money when the towns, villages and county have all these tax-exempt properties, and more are being removed from the tax rolls every day. I have no problem with their synagogue being off the tax rolls - but not every piece of property they own.
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ARC of Sullivan driver killed when van runs off highway
The occupants in the minivan owned by ARC, an aide and a wheelchair bound client who had been seat in the rear of the vehicle, suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital for evaluation - the aide to Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill and the client to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Read More
County issues continue; plan to form police commission
Legislators Cora Edwards, Kitty Vetter and Cindy Gieger reiterated their concerns that positions are being filled individually before the big-picture strategic planning process is complete. "I think we need to set a policy for filling vacancies," said Vetter. County Manager David Fanslau, who's long advocated for a hiring freeze, said it's at the Legislature's discretion. Read More
State Police investigate fatal accident in Monticello
The operator of a 1986 AMC Jeep traveling northbound on St. Rt. 42, attempted to pass another vehicle on the right, in front of Dunkin Donuts. While passing this vehicle he inadvertently struck it causing him to lose control of his Jeep and slid sideways into the southbound lane of Rt. 42, and subsequently strike a Shortline bus with the driver's side of his vehicle. Prior to the collision, the driver of the Shortline bus had observed the operator of the Jeep lose control of his vehicle, and stopped the bus. The Jeep struck the bus while it was stopped.. Read More
Motion to sanction Tusten, Lumberland goes down at UDC
Roeder argued that the RMP is supposed to protect the private property rights of river corridor residents as much as it protects natural resources. While agreeing with the UDC's position that the RMP precludes heavy industrial uses in the river corridor itself, Roeder noted that given the horizontal nature of hydraulic fracturing, river corridor residents would be able to access their gas if drills were sited in their towns outside the corridor. Since they can no longer do this in Tusten and Lumberland, Roeder concluded that those bans take away river corridor residents' rights, and should be targeted by the UDC. Read More
UDC Hosts Family Raft Trip Aug. 5
The average length for this trip is four hours, depending on river levels, wind, and desired pace. The host livery will provide the rafts, paddles, life vests, morning transportation, and a safety orientation. Minimum occupancy per raft is four people, while six is the general maximum. Parties of less than four will be matched at the UDC's discretion.. Read More
Monticello Day Slated for August 5th
Monticello Day was born out of a cherished respect for Monticello's history in combination with a strong commitment to the future of Monticello, the heart of Sullivan County. The committee has announced that more than 30 activities will be taking place. The line-up is still in progress, but includes: Luigi's Zeppole-Calzone Cart; Zumba by Lisa Tracy; Henry Good's Highway Hilton New & Old 18 Wheeler Super-Cool Cabs; Chamber on the Run RV; Historian John Conway; Dunking Booth and more by Spencer Daniel's Agency; Historical Bio Boards reflecting the first 200 years of the History of Monticello; Monticello MMA; IBAM Boxing Demos; Walk Live Classes; a few Harley Davidson Motorcycles; Bethel Motor Speedway - Steelhorse Race Team and much more.. Read More
The Fast and the Affluent at Monticello Motor Club
There are a number of public courses in the United States where drivers can rent time to drive solo, but there are few private clubs that cater to well-to-do drivers. Asphalt tracks and expensive clubhouses are cumbersome to build and maintain. A local permit process can take months, if not years.
"About once a week I get a call from an entrepreneur trying to replicate our business," said Ari Straus, the president of the Monticello Motor Club, a private club 90 miles north of Manhattan that has 4.1 miles of racetrack. "I've yet to see a single one actually launch."
Campers serve meals at Federation of the Homeless
Some of the kids have so much, they brought 10 garbage bags full of snacks they couldn't eat - from boxes of M&Ms to bags of Lays potato chips - that their parents gave them on a recent visiting day. That material comfort is why the camp sends some teen campers to help out at the Federation. "We felt the need to expose the kids to something like this," said camp owner Howard Landman. "None of them are worried where they get their next meal." Read More
Lazy Beagle Golf Tournament Benefits Catskill Arts
The Lazy Beagle Pub & Grill will host its Fourth Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 22 at the Tennanah Lake Golf Club in Roscoe, N.Y. The 4-ball scramble tournament will benefit the Catskill Art Society (CAS) and will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. Tournament Sponsors include Catskill Brewery, Jeff Bank, New Hope Community, and Sol and Blanche Arker. Read More
Today's Uncensored New York State News:
Repeal antiquated liquor laws
Fans can walk into a convenience store on a Sunday morning and buy beer for their tailgating party. But he can't serve beer before noon to fans who come to his game day brunch. "The Sunday morning thing, I think, is kind of prehistoric," Prenoveau said. "New York State is very hard to work with. They work against the businesses, instead of working with us." Read More
Credit where it isn't due
With the blessing of the state Education Department and the Board of Regents and the help of the private sector, some districts have made it easier for students to gain course credit through virtually unsupervised online education. With the ease of a computer, and sometimes even from the comfort of home, so-called "credit recovery" allows students to complete an entire semester's or a year's worth of coursework in a fraction of the time. And with no one looking over their shoulders, they're free to cheat. Is this what one of the America's costliest public school systems is buying - high school diplomas that signify nothing more than a graduate's ability to copy answers off the Internet? Read More
Jason Kidd must face serious DWI charge the same as anyone else
The maximum punishment for misdemeanor DWI is a year in jail and a $2,500 fine, but too many get off with a mandatory license suspension and probation. The law also requires convicted drunken drivers to sell their car or to install an ignition interlock, a device that keeps a vehicle from starting until the owner blows into it to demonstrate sobriety. This is not punishment. It's a safety measure. Jail is punishment. Putting Kidd behind bars, should the proof be there, would send a powerful warning to others. Read More
Family Time, Not Social Scene, Draws Cuomo to Hamptons
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hails from Queens, tinkers with car engines and vacations in the Adirondacks. But the governor has another side, too. He lives in a home that was just featured in Elle Decor. He sends two of his children to an elite boarding school in Massachusetts. And every summer, he spends a significant amount of time on the fashionable East End of Long Island Read More
NY expected to allow posting of bail by charities
New York lawmakers have passed legislation to authorize charities to post bail up to $2,000 for those charged with misdemeanors and unable to come up with the money. Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Bronx Democrat and sponsor, says some innocent people will plead guilty when they can't afford bail, fearing consequences like losing jobs or child custody or eviction.. Read More
Consider this: Drug addiction's innocent victims
"So they scream, they shrill, they tremor, they don't eat. They are children who are almost inconsolable continuously," Crouse Hospital's Dr. Michelle Bode told staff writer James T. Mulder. The distressing story of the most innocent victims of the prescription drug epidemic paints a clear reason to address the problem of addiction. Read More
Gambling: fool's gold for politicians
Gambling often disappoints as a revenue-raiser and as an economic-development strategy. Nor should we ignore the documented social costs, including the disturbing fact that a significant part of gambling revenues comes from problem gamblers. Read More
Kurly's Kommentary: Should county officials start contemplating filing for bankruptcy?
Like those cities in California, Sullivan County should think about going bankrupt.
All the terrible factors and conditions that forced those California cities into Chapter 9 are very much in play here too in Sullivan County."
by Steven Kurlander
Published in Kurly's Kommentary on July 16, 2012
Last week, the California cities of Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and San Bernardino filed for protection under Chapter 9 of the US Bankruptcy Law seeking forgiveness and reorganization of its debts and obligations.
Municipal bankruptcies used to be rare, but not anymore.
A Los Angeles Times article this weekend highlighted a number of reasons for the unusual bankruptcy actions by the cities:
"Like hundreds of other cities around the country, Stockton, San Bernardino and Vallejo share a number of fundamental problems that drove their finances into the ground. Blue-collar cities with aging infrastructure, they have relatively poor populations. And they're saddled with ballooning pension and healthcare obligations for civic employees and retirees. Then came the recession, and with it foreclosures, crashing property values and the disappearance of retailers that were vital to sales-tax revenue. Cities that had been scraping by suddenly found their bank accounts depleted and their budgets in a death spiral."
Does that sound familiar? Isn't Sullivan County NY in the same boat?
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