(News Briefs October
A State Supreme Court Judge has ordered that New York City
must pay for all costs associated with privately owned wastewater
treatment plants built to comply with City watershed regulations
Hearing the news, Phoenicians that shot down a city sewer
plan for their hamlet last winter said they knew that they
should hold out for a better deal, and now wonder if this
legal decision sets up an opportunity to get one.
Boiceville, on the other hand, took the city’s offer
for a sewer deal this year. Since the deal is already signed
it is expected that Boiceville will not benefit.
In a September 26th decision, acting Delaware County State
Supreme Court Justice Michael V. Coccoma that the Department
of Environmental Protection must pay for the operation and
maintenance costs for upgrades the company made to a waste
water treatment plant installed by Worcester Creameries at
it’s Mountainside farms dairy operation on Route 30
“The City cannot pass its financial obligation to provide
exceptional quality drinking water onto the Coalition of Watershed
Towns…..it is a cost the City, and it alone, must endure,”
Mountainside Farms and the Coalition sued the City last year
because the sides could not agree on how long the City would
pay the costs. The City only wanted to be responsible for
the next 30 years. The City also refused to pay for costly
equipment replacement to the system, claiming they were only
responsible for the initial design and construction of it.
But Coccoma ruled that it is all the City’s responsibility,
according to the 1997 watershed agreement.
“The only practical interpretation… is that it
requires the City to pay for all capitol equipment regardless
of whether it was original or replacement,” Coccoma
wrote.” Any other interpretation would defeat the general
purpose of the watershed agreement, i.e., to protect and ensure
the City’s water supply without filtration. This could
only accomplished by, through and with the cooperation of
the Coalition of Watershed Towns, who agreed to act in good
faith and take all necessary and appropriate actions, PROVIDING
it was at the City’s expense.”
“Simply put, the City, and the City alone, is responsible
for all costs associated with its filtration avoidance measures,”
The Coalition of Watershed Towns, a regional advocacy group,
agreed to fight the City after the owners of Mountainside
Farms came to the Coalitions Executive Committee last year
complaining that the City was not being cooperative.
Onteora School attorney Daniel Petigrow gave a presentation
on the current status of the Tax Certiorari between New York
City and the town of Olive over the assessment of the Ashokan
Reservoir. at the OCS Board meeting Tuesday night, October
“There are presently five years of tax certiorari petitions
that were brought by the City of New York, involving the Ashokan
property, which are in court and scheduled for a trial that
is supposed to start in April of 2008,” he said.
During public be heard, Olive resident Peter Friedel said,
“I urge the board to consider the fight against New
York City lawsuits. If Onteora and Ulster County do not take
up this fight and Olive loses, all of us will lose. Taxes
will go up for all tax payers in Ulster County and Onteora
central school taxes will go up also.”
Big Deal, Not.
Under pressure from residents in communities downstream from
its Neversink, Pepaction, and Cannonsville Reservoirs, DEP
has agreed to begin very modest water level reductions in
those bodies to help mitigate future flood damage and stabilize
the aquatic environment of the Delaware River. It's not the
thought however, but the volume that matters say some 12,000
people who've signed petitions demanding that the City permanently
reduce capacity in those reservoirs by 20%, in the wake of
major flooding in the southern & western Catskills in
2004, 2005 and 2006. The newly announced system-wide reduction
of 35 million gallons per day represents about one-fifteenth
the water volume the agency moves daily into the Ashokan Reservoir
via the Shandaken Tunnel and the Esopus, and a vastly smaller
portion than that of the 3 affected reservoirs' capacity.
Most residents of the area appear to doubt that in a flood
situation, the reductions will prove to have been in any way
meaningful. Holding capacity in the Ashokan was not effected
by the recent announcement.
Two separate but equally tabloid events allegedly occurred
at the Onterora Junior/Senior High School last week. On Wednesday,
October 3, a preliminary hearing was held in town of Olive
Justice Court after a developmentally disabled minor was charged
with a sex crime following an incident at the High School.
A 16-year-old boy is accused of sodomizing another developmentally
disabled 16-year-old male student in a restroom at the school
on state Route 28. He is charged with a felony.
On Friday, October 5, an 18-year-old male, Justin Angelakis
of West Hurley, was arrested for trafficking cocaine, a controlled
substance, in and around the High School and charged with
felony attempted sale of a controlled substance after being
taken into custody at the high school by town of Olive police
and the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team task
force, an URGENT detective said. Angelakis was arraigned in
Hurley Town Court by Justice Parker and sent to the Ulster
County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
URGENT will continue to investigate and reports that further
arrests are possible.
The names of both boys involved in the sodomy incident are
being withheld, as both the alleged victim and the suspect
are underage. Olive Town Justice Timothy Cox ordered a competency
hearing for the suspect. Published reports in the Daily Freeman
state that School district records provided by the family
of the suspect say he is classified as “mentally retarded.”
Onteora school district Superintendent Leslie Ford would not
comment on the specifics about the drug arrest at an Onteora
School Board meeting Tuesday night except to say that, “Any
students are bound by the rules of confidentiality.”
She said one of the changes they have made at the high school
is getting a clear message about making healthy choices and
“I wouldn’t say we know of an on going problem
(selling drugs) but sometimes under those kinds of changes
things surface and that becomes good news and it may have
been going on and maybe no one knew about it and then we can
help students,” Ford noted, adding that she would not
comment on the type and amount of drugs found on the student
but did comment on the magnitude of drug use. “I think
we can safely say, in Ulster county marijuana use is a serious
consideration of adults working with teenagers and it isn’t
just our district,” Ford said, adding that this “particular
issue was not something that we dealt with as in issue as
far as our staff handling it, but our staff does a wonderful
job as being fair and caring.”
She said making an arrest on this scale sometimes involves
the staff working with law enforcement or “agents appear
on their own, unrelated to what we are doing.”
Bring back the glory days of Sullivan County and the Catskills
with its resorts and hotels and that would be the basis for
an economic rejuvenation of the region, according to state
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who spoke recently at an
annual “Power Breakfast” of the Sullivan County
Chamber of Commerce.
The part-time Sullivan County resident, who calls Manhattan
home, said each region in the state must create its own identify
and niche for economic development. And for Sullivan, Silver
believes he has the formula.
“I believe we can recapture the glory days of the legendary
Catskill resorts and that’s why I advocate for the establishment
of resort casinos in this region.”
The problem is that US Interior Secretary Kempthorne will
not sign off on the St. Regis Mohawk casino proposal for Monticello
Raceway. When asked what could be done to move that project
forward, Silver said, “We can change the President,
which will change the secretary.”
Seems people are putting the Catskills in their deepest economic
A former home health care aide from Kingston faces a maximum
sentence of 10 years in prison after pleading guilty October
2 to credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, both
felonies, for stealing the identity of a 77-year-old Phoenicia
woman under her care to obtain credit cards.
Barbara M. McClinton, 45, obtained identifying information
about the woman while she was employed as a home health care
provider for her in 2005, according to Glenn Suddaby, U.S.
attorney for the Northern District of New York.
McClinton used the information to obtain at least three credit
cards, with which she bought $30,000 worth of items, including
three cars, car insurance, cell phone services, gas, food,
and clothing, Suddaby said.
McClinton pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge
Gary L. Sharpe.
State Police at Kingston have charged a Phoenicia woman with
second-degree manslaughter in connection with a two-car accident
on State Route 28 in the Town of Olive on August 11 that claimed
the life of the other motorist.
Carol Williams’ vehicle crossed the road and struck
the other car head on, police said. Jose Hurtado, 78, of Roxbury,
died from his injuries.
A police investigation led to the charges against Williams,
which also include driving while intoxicated and failure to
Williams, 48, who was severely injured in the crash, was arraigned
and released in her own recognizance to reappear in Town of
As a result of an audit by the State Comptroller’s Office,
a Delaware County Sheriff’s Department clerk admitted
to stealing at least $28,752 in public funds. Auditors also
could not account for an additional $22,985 because of the
irregular nature of computer transactions.
“The Delaware Sheriff’s Department did not have
safeguards in place to protect public funds, and now more
than $28,000 has been stolen and another $23,000 could be
missing,” Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. “This
is the taxpayers’ money. It should be protected. My
office will continue to cooperate with District Attorney Richard
Northrup and Sheriff Thomas Mills to ensure that every dollar
The audit was conducted at the request of Sheriff Mills.
In August, office clerk Julie Pietrefesa, who worked for the
department from January 2003 to December 2006, pled guilty
to stealing $28,752. Auditors found that $23,203 of this money
came from civil fees collected by clerks that were not recorded
in the computer receipt system or deposited in the bank.
Auditors found that Pietrefesa was able to take $5,549 in
wage garnishment payments because management did not periodically
review garnishment allocation records. In New York, sheriff’s
departments process court-ordered civil judgments. In some
cases, moneys are withheld from a person’s wages and
given to sheriffs’ departments to pay creditors of these
civil judgments. Pietrefesa misappropriated wage garnishment
payments withheld from other county employees to pay her own
personal civil judgment.
New York has joined six other states to file suit against
the Bush administration, challenging stricter eligibility
rules for the government health insurance program that covers
poor children. Separately, New Jersey filed a similar suit
against the administration.
The protests from the states come in the wake of President
Bush’s veto of legislation that would loosen those rules
and increase federal funds for the State Children’s
Health Insurance Program, or Schip. The bipartisan bill would
expand coverage to 10 million children from the 6.6 million
More than 40 states urged Washington to act quickly to reauthorize
funds for the program, which was the subject of angry debate
in Congress over how much the federal government should contribute.
In their legal challenges, the eight states contend that the
new eligibility rules, which went into effect in August and
limit coverage to children living at or below 250 percent
of the poverty level, will either force out children in the
program or leave tens of thousands without coverage who would
In August, federal health officials informed states that they
could no longer receive federal matching funds for children
in families living above 250 percent of the poverty level,
except under special conditions that the states say would
be almost impossible to meet. Three weeks ago the federal
health officials denied a request by New York to insure more
children by covering those in families with incomes up to
400 percent of the poverty rate, or $82,600 for a family of
“Despite every effort to negotiate in good faith, the
Bush administration did nothing but put roadblocks and poison
pills in our path,” Governor Spitzer said at a news
conference yesterday. “The president was out of touch
with the reality on the ground.”
Maryland, Illinois and Washington have joined New York in
the lawsuit, with Arizona, California and New Hampshire filing
amicus briefs in the case.
The Ulster County Health Department will hold its annual influenza
and pneumococcal vaccination clinics at several locations
throughout the county beginning on Tuesday, October 30. No
appointments are necessary, and county residents may attend
any site which is convenient.
County residents who are at greatest risk for influenza-related
conditions are encouraged to receive the flu vaccination.
This high-risk group includes those over the age of 50, as
well as adults aged 18 and over who have heart disease, chronic
broncho-pulmonary disease, renal disease, diabetes mellitus,
other chronic metabolic disorders, severe anemia and/or compromised
immune function, and others who are at risk of influenza-related
conditions. Influenza vaccine is also recommended for home
care providers and others (including household members) who
may be in close contact with high-risk individuals.
Senior citizens who have Medicare Part B benefits will be
able to obtain their vaccinations through Medicare. The recipient
must be entitled to Part B coverage on the date of service,
Medicare Part B must be the primary insurance coverage, and
the Medicare Card must be presented on the date of service.
For those not eligible for Medicare Part B coverage, there
will be a $20.00 charge for influenza vaccination and a $35.00
charge for pneumococcal vaccination, payable at the clinic.
County residents enrolled in Medicare Managed Care programs
should consult with their primary care physician prior to
presenting at one of the Health Department’s sites.
Dates and places for clinics, which run from 9 AM to noon,
include October 30 at the Saugerties Senior Center, November
2 at Ulster Town Hall, November 7 at the Woodstock Rescue
Squad Building, and November 9 at Hurley Reformed Church.
For recorded information about all dates and times, which
also include sites in the south and west of the county, please
call the Ulster County Health Department Flu Hotline at 340-3093.
Information can also be obtained through www.co.ulster.ny.us/health.
Former New York City Department of Environmental Protection
spokesperson Geoffrey Cobb Ryan passed away peacefully on
August 24th, 2007 at the age of 74 with Betty Hamilton and
his brother Chilton by his side.
Ryan, a longtime aficionado of the Catskills, was an avid
birder and conservationist and devoted an incredible amount
of time and effort to the Audubon Society. He helped found
New York City Audubon Society; served as chair of the Audubon
Council of New York State; was Vice Chair and a charter member
of the Audubon New York Board of Directors and a member of
the Board of the National Audubon Society.
A special service is set to take place for him at the Prospect
Park Audubon Center in Brooklyn the morning of Monday, October
On what started as a normal Saturday night one week ago, residents
of a small, remote Peruvian town saw a bright light streak
across the sky, heard a resounding bang and suddenly found
themselves at the center of a media frenzy.
Initial suspicions of an airplane crash quickly spiraled into
widespread reports that a meteorite had plummeted to Earth
and left a smoking, boiling crater whose supposedly noxious
fumes were reported to have sickened curious locals who went
to peer at the hole.
But it turns out none of the hysteria was deserved. If noxious
fumes did emanate from the crater, they were most likely the
result of a hydrothermal explosion that could have actually
formed the crater, or were released from the ground when the
meteorite struck, if in fact one did, according to many geologists.
Some health officials even suggest, now, that the symptoms
described by the locals, the large number of people reporting
symptoms, and the apparently rapid spread have all the hallmarks
of a case of mass hysteria.
“The Peruvian event seems to be a rare case where we
may be witnessing collective anxiety that is approaching near
hysteria,” said Benny Peiser, a social anthropologist
at John Moores University in England.
So much for the Andromeda Strain.
The next meeting of the Shandaken Women’s Network, set
for 6 to 9 PM on Tuesday, October 16th at the home of Melissa
Thongs in Shandaken, will not only feature a free potluck
dinner and networking meeting, but the group’s annual
Election of and Executive Committee and Officers for the coming
year. The meeting will focus on introductions within the membership
and discussion of future directions for the network. Melody
Newcombe has volunteered to serve as President, Angel Ortloff
as Vice-President, and Ann Byer will help with the Welcoming
Committee. Volunteering to continue to serve on the Executive
Committee are Dolly Shivers (Treasurer and Welcoming Committee),
Elly Wininger (Membership), Judith Boggess, Liz Horn, Diana
Mae Munch, and Julia Blelock. Additional volunteers are welcome.
Please contact the SWN for directions and reservations (by
email:firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 688-7057).
For more information, please visit the website of the Shandaken
Women’s Network (www.shandakenwomen.net).
The purpose of the Shandaken Women’s Network is to establish
a place for women in business and involved in community affairs
to network and support each other’s endeavors. Membership
is open to all women who live or work in the communities that
make up the Catskill Region, east of the Delaware Watershed.
They meet the third Tuesday of each month, except January.
Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress hosted a conference recently
that focused on how municipalities can benefit from shared
services and how they can get funding from the state when
they do so. Many municipalities around the state already have
reconfigured services for fire and police departments and
tax assessors’ offices, but Pattern President Jonathan
Drapkin said there is much more that can be done to inform
municipalities of their options for saving taxpayer moneys.
“The short of it is that as taxes continue to increase,
and residents and businesses feel more pressured staying in
New York, the question is what are we going to do about it?
One of the options is to continue to look at shared services,
collaboration of services and consolidation of services,”
Drapkin said. “It may not work everywhere, but when
you can do it well, you can provide services at least at an
equal level, sometimes even an improved level, at a less cost
to the taxpayer.”
Three years ago, the state introduced the Shared Municipal
Services Incentive grant program, which allocates, on a yearly
basis, around $14 million to communities that foster shared
Communities looking to benefit from the grant program were
urged to contact the state Department of State for more information
and also to do some research of their own.
The conference was held at SUNY New Paltz.
5 Million Lost
When Congress asked about 5 million executive branch e-mails
that went missing, a White House lawyer pointed the finger
at an outside IT contractor. The only problem? No such IT
contractor exists, according to sources close to the investigation
of a possible violation of the Federal Records and Presidential
White House Office of Administration Deputy General Counsel
Keith Roberts told the House Oversight Committee on May 29
that “an unidentified company working for the Information
Assurance (IA) Directorate of the Office of the Chief Information
Officer was responsible for daily audits of the e-mail system
and the e-mail archiving process,” according to committee
chair Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. That briefing came about
after it was confirmed by the White House in April that millions
of e-mails had vanished from Executive Office of the President
(EOP) archives from 2003-2005.
Waxman requested that the White House provide his committee
by Sept. 10 with an internal Executive Office of the President
report on the e-mail system it said it prepared following
the discovery of the missing e-mails, as well as the identity
of the contractor responsible for daily audits and archiving.
That deadline has come and gone with no response from the
Bush administration on Waxman’s request.
The offices of the president and vice president are required
to preserve all official communications, including e-mail,
by the Presidential Records Act, a Watergate-era law which
establishes that such communications are the property of the
American people and cannot be destroyed. The Federal Records
Act covers the archiving of communications by other parts
of the executive branch.
Contrary to the White House’s statements to the Oversight
Committee, several sources, including an IT company currently
doing contractual work for the Executive Office of the President,
have said that no outside company had a managed services contract
to audit the Executive Office of the President’s e-mail
archiving system daily during the period when the e-mails
Meanwhile, the Oversight Committee is also investigating the
use of Republican National Committee e-mail services by White
House staff members, following allegations that RNC e-mail
was used for official communications to avoid archiving under
the Presidential Records and Federal Records acts. The Bush
administration has countered that RNC e-mail was used to comply
with the Hatch Act’s provisions against campaigning
with public resources by federal civil servants.
The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC). Board of Directors
has approved grants for five municipal planning projects in
the Schoharie Reservoir basin. The projects will be undertaken
as part of the CWC’s Local Technical Assistance Program
(LTAP) and are intended to curb future stormwater problems
and turbidity in the basin.
Grants totaling $500,000 were awarded at the Sept. 25 CWC
Board meeting. Funds will go to the Town of Windham to compile
a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) to identify
the impacts of and mitigations for reasonably foreseeable
future development; the Town of Roxbury to do a Comprehensive
Plan addendum and a GEIS; the Town of Conesville for a GEIS
for the Manorkill area; and the Town of Jewett for a Stormwater
Analysis. The Town and Village of Hunter and the Village of
Tannersville will team up to prepare a GEIS for the Route
23A corridor through the town.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is
funding the LTAP projects under terms of a 2006 SPDES permit
issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
to the City for its discharges of turbid water from the Schoharie
Reservoir via the Shandaken Tunnel into the Esopus Creek and
In other action at its monthly meeting, the CWC Board approved
a $1 million low-interest loan to Numrich Arms Corp. of West
Hurley, Ulster County. The funds will help pay for a new 26,000-square-foot
warehouse on the company’s Williams Lane property to
lease to affiliate Numrich Gun Parts Corp., the largest supplier
of gun replacement parts in the world employing 75 people.
The building will be use to store the company’s175,000-item
The CWC board also approved a Special Education Program grant
of $19,700 to Calliope Creative Foundation for a video documentary
on this summer’s Mountaintop to Tap Trek by 12 high
school students from New York City and Sidney. The video will
be produced by Delhi Stories, Inc. and will be screened at
an upcoming opening of a CWC-funded exhibit of student photographs
and writings from the 100-mile trek.
For more information on the non-profit Catskill Watershed
Corporation and its environmental protection, economic development
and education programs, go to www.cwconline.org, or call 845-586-1400.
Kevin Brady of Precision Flow Technologies in Saugerties has
been named Businessperson of the Year in Ulster County and
is among the eight recipients of the 2007 Ulster County Business
The awards, whose recipients are featured below, will be given
out Thursday evening during a dinner at Wiltwyck Golf Club
in the town of Ulster.
Sponsored by the Ulster County Development Corp. and the Chamber
of Commerce of Ulster County, the awards honor individuals
and companies that have made significant contributions to
the county. Business of the Year honors will go to Herzog’s
of Kingston. The special Heart of Ulster County Award will
be presented to Anita Williams Peck of Williams Lake Resort
in Rosendale. Best Small Business of the Year winner is seven21
media center of Kingston. The Arts Society of Kingston has
been named Best Cultural Business of the Year. The Best New
Building Project of the Year award is going to the Tischler
Dental in West Hurley. The Kingston Health Pavilion will receive
the award for Adaptive Re-use Building Project of the Year.
Best Tourism Business of the Year honors are going to the
Emerson Resort and Spa of Mount Tremper.
Tax dollars apportioned to Ulster County libraries in 2007
by the county legislature will be used to purchase premier
knowledge resources according to Ulster County Library Association
President Lynn Ridgeway. In past years, funds have been distributed
to individual libraries to defray the cost of programs and
various expenses. This year the funding will be spent to benefit
all libraries and their cardholders in the same way.
“This represents a change in method by which member
libraries are usually supported,” said Ridgeway, who
is also a library trustee with the Plattekill Library. “In
the past, libraries received a check, now they will be receiving
services equal to, or greater than, the amount of money they
would have received.”
The Association has purchased annual subscriptions including
the Historical New York Times, HeritageQuestOnline, and NetLibrary
downloadable audiobooks with the $57,500 received in July.
New Flood Maps
Ulster County residents are invited to review the county’s
new flood maps at an “open house” that will be
held by federal and state floodplain management personnel
on Tuesday, October 23.
Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
(NYSDEC) will be on hand to answer residents’ questions
about the maps, their risk for flooding, flood insurance and
development standards in flood zones.
FEMA is mid-way through a five year initiative to update all
the nation’s flood maps. The Ulster County maps were
recently issued in a preliminary format. There will be a formal
three month appeals period before the maps are finalized.
This round of flood mapping in Ulster County will only include
the areas outside of the New York City water supply Watersheds.
The “open house” will be held in the Legislative
Chambers of the Ulster County Office Building from 7:00 to
8:30 pm. The County Office Building is located at 244 Fair
Street in Kingston. Driving directions and other information
can be obtained at the following website: http://rmc.mapmodteam.com/RMC2
or by calling FEMA’s Regional Management Center-2 at
Ever notice how much energy Jr. High kids have? Now there’s
a new opportunity for them to blow off steam and do constructive
work after school. The new educational facility at the Reservoir
Church in Shokan is hosting an after-school program of non-sectarian
activities in support of families in the Onteora School community.
The program consists of an hour of homework help, and an hour
of fun activities. It will run from 3:00 to 5:30 on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Thursdays when school is in session until
The Youth Activities Director is an athletic senior from Saugerties
High School , Leland Radovanovic. The facilities are new and
include a large hall, spacious classrooms, a full kitchen,
a playing field, and sports and cooperative game equipment
for indoors and outside. The school has scheduled a bus stop
at the driveway on the Northwest side of Rt. 28 for safe access
to the program.
The program is supported by a grant and is led by a volunteer
committee of certified teachers. Marilyn Wakefield taught
at Rhinebeck Schools, Gloria Sumner at Kingston , and Carol
Lamonda and Jim Ulrich at Onteora. The study supervision will
be provided by adult volunteers. The Reservoir Church offers
its facilities for free, and a nominal fee will help pay the
Youth Activities Director.
The RAP program coordinator, Jim Ulrich, says, “This
program could grow to include more grades, and become a great
asset to the school and to families, but only if it gets the
participation and support of the community now in the beginning.”
Families who are interested should call Jim for an application:
At The Fair…
An alert off duty parole officer and a quick thinking Sullivan
County Sheriff’s deputy apprehended a level 3 sex offender
at the Grahamsville fairgrounds on Saturday, October 6. New
York State Parole Officer Wayne Martin, who was off duty with
his grandchildren, spotted Gary Fulton , 29 of Liberty, a
parolee and level 3 sex offender, near the stage where awards
were being presented to children who had participated in the
Pumpkin Parade. Martin alerted Sergeant Luis Alvarez of the
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol who was standing nearby,
monitoring the crowd. Sergeant Alvarez took Fulton into custody
without incident. Fulton was charged with violating a condition
of his parole that requires that he has no contact with children
under the age of 18. His presence at the Pumpkin Festival
is still under investigation. Fulton was sent to the Sullivan
County Jail pending further action by the State Board of Parole.
Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff said the public was
never in any danger. “This event in Grahamsville was
well covered by sheriff’s deputies, state troopers,
and the DEP Police,” he said.
Local residents planning to register to vote in the Nov. 6
election must have their registration forms in the mail by
midnight Oct. 12, the state-mandated dateline in all counties.
Residents who already are registered in their home county
but have moved to a new address within the county should notify
the Board of Elections of the move.
Also coming up is the need to request absentee ballots. Applications
for these ballots must be postmarked no later than Oct. 30.
Ulster County currently has 33,863 Democrats, 33,829 non-enrolled
voters, 30,607 Republicans and 3,708 members of the Independence
Party. Voter turnout in Ulster County for the last all-local
election, in 2005, was 50-55 percent.
“Creating Desirable Communities” will be the featured
topic at Catskills Local Government Day Wednesday, Oct. 17
in Margaretville. David Ivan, Michigan State University Extension
Director and Economic Development Specialist, will give the
lunchtime address at Hanah Country Inn, where the annual gathering
will be sponsored by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC)
and the New York State Department of State (DOS).
Municipal officials and staffers, planning and zoning board
members, economic development coordinators and other interested
citizens are welcome to attend. For an agenda and registration
materials, go to www.cwconline.org/special/gov_day, or call
David Ivan’s presentation will be a lively look at some
of the 225 communities he recently surveyed in 10 Midwestern
and East Coast states to determine how the most successful
ones manage to fill storefronts, capitalize on art and cultural
heritage, engage citizens and attract young professionals.
Ivan’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion,
“Beyond Facades: Realizing Our Main Street Potential.”
Speakers will include Linda Overbaugh of Heart of Catskill
Chamber of Commerce explaining how the Village of Catskill
has diversified its retail base; Victor Dadras of Dadras Architects
of New York City and Liberty, on the topic of “Saving
Historic Buildings for Commerce,” and Nan Stoltzenburg,
of Community Planning and Environmental Associates of Berne,
NY offering advice on “Turning Vision Into Action: Tools
to Help You Get There.”
Several morning workshops are also scheduled for Code Enforcement
Officers, financial managers and other municipal officials.
Topics include Intermunicipal Cooperation in Building Code
Enforcement, Enforcement of Zoning and Other Local Laws, Information
Security for Municipalities, and Shared Services: Benefits,
Examples, Encouragement and Funding. Two two-hour sessions
on planning issues may satisfy the new state training mandate
for planning and zoning board members.
Space is limited for these workshops so those interested are
advised to register without delay. For more information on
the non-profit Catskill Watershed Corporation and its environmental
protection, economic development and education programs, go
to http://www.cwconline.org/, or call 845-586-1400.
Using a mobile phone for more than 10 years increases the
risk of getting brain cancer, according to the most comprehensive
study of the risks yet published.
The study - which contradicts official pronouncements that
there is no danger of getting the disease - found that people
who have had the phones for a decade or more are twice as
likely to get a malignant tumour on the side of the brain
where they hold the handset.
The scientists who conducted the research say using a mobile
for just an hour every working day during that period is enough
to increase the risk - and that the international standard
used to protect users from the radiation emitted is "not
safe" and "needs to be revised".
They conclude that "caution is needed in the use of mobile
phones" and believe children, who are especially vulnerable,
should be discouraged from using them at all.