Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22, 2015

February 22, 2015 - A Weekly Roundup Of Sullivan County, 
Catskill Mountians, & New York State News - Issue 2015 #8

The Latest News on Casino Developments in Catskills & NYS:
Curious about failed casino bids? Board has details
Gaming Commission to meet Monday
Catskills Officials Join Forces to Secure the Success of Montreign Resort Casino
Person Stabbed in Monticello, Female Suspect in Custody
Police: Safe wins Man vs. Safe duel
Fallsburg police use Narcan for the first time
Windham supervisor installed eavesdropping software on town hall computer
Judge Dismisses Case Calling For End of Holley Squirrel Hunt
Opinion: New York's Highest Judge Seeks To Water Down The Grand Jury Right
Silver Indicted On Three Counts Of Fraud, Extortion
State Sen. Tony Avella wants to ban machete possession in New York
Court of Appeals affirms reduced charges in H.I.V. case
Windfall urged for NY's working poor
Town of Rockland supervisor loses battle with cancer
Al Sharpton Next? Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins Released from Jail After Serving 27 Days
"'Its not about me, it's about us, it's about the community, so please don't focus it on me, I'm a voice for people who are afraid to speak up, and I don't mind being that voice,'" said Jenkins.

Mayor Jenkins' spokesman wants the Rev. Al Sharpton at Monticello rally-
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As Nun Freezes, Geiger Backs Off Her Poor Policy: Fraud crackdown took toll on those in need in Sullivan County
"Sullivan County denies an 89-year-old nun a few hundred dollars to help pay her heating bill, even though she's been receiving that help for years. Sister Anne Toomey, who lives alone in a trailer in Forestburgh, didn't fill out the right paperwork, the county says."

VIDEO: Sullivan County's poverty crisis -

Fixing The Mess: Sullivan County Family Services provides number of services -
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It's Only Up To NYS To Protect Children : Local laws can't restrict where sex offenders live
"Local governments in New York cannot restrict where registered sex offenders can live, according to a ruling Tuesday by the state's highest court."

Queens man charged in Sullivan County on sex offender charges -
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Ft. Delaware v. Ft. Sumter: New York Towns Threaten Secession Over Gov. Cuomo's Ban On Fracking
"Fifteen New York towns that are upset at Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking have threatened to secede from the state and join neighboring Pennsylvania, where fracking is allowed.  The towns, all members of the Upstate New York Towns Association, have expressed interest in secession, Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch told The Huffington Post. The association is compiling a report to assess the feasibility of joining Pennsylvania.  'We're in the Southern Tier of New York," Finch said, referring to localities in Broome, Tioga, Sullivan and Delaware counties. "There are no jobs. The economy is terrible. There's nothing going on.'

Tales of Actual Legislation: The great State of Long Island -
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Fine Wine In Them Hills: The Road to Eminence (via the Catskills)
"Eminence is run by Andrew Scott and Jennifer Clark, who work with three growers in the Finger Lakes region; two are situated on the east side of Seneca Lake and one on the west side of Cayuga. The wines are vinified in an old cow barn at their property in the Catskills. The nineteen-acre property served as a dairy farm in the past. These days the land sprouts phenomenally large pumpkins, not far off in size from the comically futuristic vegetables depicted in Woody Allen's 1973 movie "Sleeper." The land also provides roaming ground for Lester, the Sharpee-Husky-Bulldog mutt, adopted from a neighbor."
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Farm To Table To YouTube: New cooking show highlights Catskill food and the farmers who grow it
"The episodes will stream on YouTube and there will be a new one each week. "It's a combination of my passion for local food and cooking, and also my friends and I watch a lot of YouTube shows," Wilson said of how "Cat's Catskill Cooking" came about. Right now they are still in the planning stages and want to wait until the summer season to start shooting because, of course, there isn't much growing on local farms during the winter. Visiting the farms also will be an integral part of the show. Wilson said she wants to go to the farm and interview the farmers for each episode. Although, she jokes, "I have a farmer friend that would rather me film his vegetables than him." She will then highlight the farm's products in a recipe she will make on the show (shot in her kitchen in Woodridge). "
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The Last Link:
"The investigation found that schools were requiring illegal enrollment materials from families, including copies ofSocial Security cards and visa expiration dates, which illegal immigrants generally would not have. By asking for them, Ms. Clarke said, districts violate a 1982 Supreme Court decision, Plyler v. Doe, which found that schools cannot deny access to public education on the basis of a student's immigration status.".  Read More -