Legnini, 4th Grader at Phoenicia , took this
portrait of a new friend outside her West Shokan home recently.
Riveting, isn’t it? Ahh... we do love summer!
Upon Us Again?
State Real Property Office Fails To Accept City Settlement Figures
By Gary Alexander
Dusting off his traveling shoes on Monday night, Olive Deputy
Supervisor Bruce LaMonda looked forward to Tuesday’s reapproach
to the specter of the Large Parcel Law without a trace of nostalgia.
Heads To Court
Despite Better Negotiating Climate, Our Ashokan Neighbor Has
Big Plans In Mind
By Paul Smart
What’s up with New York City? A couple months back, they
seemed to be making nicey-nice all around the Catskills, reaching
a decent settlement with the town of Olive over its long-contested
Ashokan Reservoir valuation, okaying new recreation regulations
for its properties, and generally being cooperative throughout
a series of Red Room discussions in the Governor’s Albany
offices. Now, they’ve sent out challenges to assessments
on a number of their local sewer plants, in Hunter, Margaretville
and Pine Hill, among others, and taken a position to drop the
value on the Hurley portion of the Ashokan by nearly 77 percent.
Court’s Decision Forcing City’s Sewer Obligations
Raises Hopes For A Better Offer
By Paul Smart
The City of New York must pay for all upgrades to private
sewer systems that protect the quality of its vast Upstate
water supply, as well as basic Operations and Maintenance
costs. At least according to a growing number of readings
of a recent decision by the State of New York Supreme
Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, which has
upheld a ruling by Delaware County’s State Supreme
Court Justice Michael Coccoma, who last year agreed with
the Coalition of Watershed Towns that the City needed
to pay for maintenance and upgrades at Worchester Creameries,
a small business on the Roxbury/Grand Gorge border.
Slow Motion Katrina?
Home Heating Fuel Increases
Spark A Crisis Response
From Our Politicians
By Charlie Blumstein
Politicians of every stripe
are responding with rhetoric
to what some are calling
a slow motion Hurricane
Katrina-like disaster that
is unfolding due to the
recent spikes in the prices
of motor and home heating
fuels,as well as food, health
care, education, housing
and real property taxes.
Jar Of Olives...
One Big World
By Carol LaMonda
Someone described this column
as a sugarcoated vitamin pill.
They said that it has that combination
of syrupy homilies and just enough
political satire. I reread a few
columns and realized that I do
try to make some sort of statement
and then balance my cynicism with
just a few paragraphs, but it’s
my opportunity to share some good
news to counteract the media blitz
of violence, economic hardship,