Sullivan County

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The Sullivan County Public Health Department is notifying the public of possible exposure to an individual who recently tested positive for measles.

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In the wake of a measles outbreak in parts of New York City and Rockland County, the Sullivan County Legislature on Tuesday approved measles vaccination requirements for summer camps.

New York will soon begin the next steps for improving Route 17 to accommodate increased traffic through Orange and Sullivan Counties. The state Department of Transportation is moving toward a preliminary review process. Advocates who support the widening of Route 17 welcome the state’s next step.

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With ongoing measles outbreaks in Rockland County and New York City, Sullivan County is preparing for the summer months when there is a large influx of visitors and second homeowners.

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Two measles cases have been confirmed in residents of Sullivan County, New York. This comes amid a measles outbreak in Rockland County.

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There will be public hearings in Sullivan County, New York about potentially staggering legislators’ terms, an idea recommended by the county’s most recent Charter Review Commission.

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New York state funding for child advocacy centers is headed to a few counties in the Hudson Valley area. The aim is to ensure that child abuse victims and their non-offending family members have access to these services closer to home.

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Two Nor’easters in March left portions of the Hudson Valley without power — in some cases, for nearly two weeks. And severe thunderstorms May 15 also knocked out power for days, including in Sullivan County.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek about potential financial aid, improving responses with power companies and prepping-long term for increasingly brutal weather.

Storm Leaves Destruction In The Hudson Valley

May 16, 2018

Following Tuesday’s severe weather in the Hudson Valley, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo toured storm damage in Putnam County and delivered a recovery update Wednesday. And he spoke about two deaths in Orange County.

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A rally against fracking was held Thursday in Albany's West Capitol Park. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on an issue most New Yorkers thought was resolved back in 2014.

Sullivan's Beaverkill Covered Bridge Reopens

Jun 22, 2017
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the reopening of the historic Beaverkill Covered Bridge in Sullivan County after a $2.6 million rehabilitation project.

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A commission delivered a final report Thursday proposing that Sullivan County change its form of government.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has announced that work has begun on a $7 million project to replace two bridges near the Rondout Reservoir in Sullivan County.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says charges against 21 people hit two drug rings targeting Sullivan County.

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It was just over six months ago that the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board announced that it was recommending three casino licenses. One was for the mid-Hudson Valley/Catskills region, in Sullivan County. WAMC’s Allison Dunne spent a winter's day in the area of Sullivan where the resort casino is slated to be built and encountered a lot of cautious optimism. Now that summer is nearly here, early visions of the region’s future are coming into focus.

Two Mega Millions Winners Hail From Sullivan County

Mar 18, 2015
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State lottery officials say a county in the Hudson Valley has its second jackpot winner in recent months. The winner will be presented with the token check Wednesday morning. 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says a highway that runs through the Hudson Valley should be expanded. He says the expansion is key to accommodating the anticipated increase in traffic with a casino coming to Sullivan County.

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Wednesday’s announcement by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board that it is recommending only one casino license for the mid-Hudson Valley/Catskills region means eight proposals are going home empty-handed. Sullivan County casino supporters are cheering, but there’s disappointment in Ulster and Orange Counties.

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There was a large turnout Tuesday for a public hearing on the nine proposed casinos for the Hudson Valley and Catskills. A constant stream of people continued throughout the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board’s 12-hour session in Poughkeepsie.

Foxwoods Ditches Bid For Catskills Casino

Jun 17, 2014
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A second development group is dropping its proposal to build a casino in the Catskills, citing the possibility of a competing casino closer to New York City.

Developer Bows Out Of Casino Bid in Sullivan County

Jun 5, 2014
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A development group that wanted to build a casino in the Catskills is dropping out, saying the possibility of a competing casino closer to New York City would make their proposal unsustainable.

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A Hudson Valley-based provider of educational, health and residential services for children and adults with disabilities is on the receiving end of a federal grant to expand one of its services.

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Elections were held in villages across New York Tuesday. Republicans have emerged victorious in a closely-watched Albany County mayoral race.

The 24-year run of incumbent Ravena Mayor John Bruno has come to an end: the democrat bested 535 to 302 votes by local businessman Bill Misuraca, whose strong showing surprised some political observers. His GOP running mates also toppled the sitting democratic trustees. The Republican party has gained considerable ground over the last few years in the surrounding town of Coeymans, which apparently has now influenced Ravena politics.

Many villages across New York are holding elections today. One of those contests is a showdown between a longtime incumbent Democratic mayor and a prominent local Republican business owner.

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A number of business, labor, and elected officials joined together in Ulster County this afternoon to urge New Yorkers to vote in support of casino gambling in the state. A few opponents voiced their concerns as well.

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BETHEL – The Sullivan County 911 center will upgrade its communications system with a grant from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic said the funds will allow for the county to buy a new 911 emergency telephone system at its facilities in Bethel and a new backup system at Liberty State Police, as well as new recording equipment for all calls and radio communications.

Cornell Cooperative in Sullivan Plans Furloughs

Mar 29, 2013

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Sullivan County is asking the public to donate money to stop the weekly furlough of employees that will begin in mid-April. Cornell Coop’s Executive Director says that as a result of the county legislature having cut funding by 20 percent, he would rather reduce staff hours across the board, including for his position, than cut any programs, at this point. He says the weekly furloughs will require staff to take one day a week without pay, and all programs and activities at the Coop’s center in Liberty would be suspended one day a week.

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ALBANY – All counties in the Mid-Hudson/Catskills region experienced job growth for the 12 months ended in January with the exception of Sullivan, the State Labor Department reported Thursday.

Columbia County had the most job growth at 3.3 percent while Sullivan County lost 1.6 percent.

The Dutchess-Orange metro area had job growth of 2.1 percent while Ulster County grew by two percent. The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester County metro area had job growth of 0.6 percent.

Greene County jobs grew by 0.9 percent.

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MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau will end his county employment at 12:01 a.m. on March 2, Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson and Fanslau announced at the close of the business day on Thursday. 

The announcement came after the monthly county legislature meeting during which legislators, by a five-four majority, adopted a local law requiring only a simple majority to hire or fire a county manager.

The legislature and Fanslau have “amicably agreed to enter into a separation agreement” ending his position as county manager.