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Monday, May 25, 2020


Roadwork on State Route 17B continues

BETHEL — Once again, work on State Route 17B in Bethel has started, and detours are already in place.
According to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the construction started in March 2020 and will replace deteriorated structures that carry State Route 17B over the ... read more

Highland taking bids for salt shed

ELDRED -- Bids are being accepted until May 28 for construction of a new salt shed in the Town of Highland. According to Supervisor Jeff Haas, the salt shed, which will be located next to the town's new highway garage that's been occupied since the end of last year, will cost no more than ... read more

State Police to crackdown on impaired driving over Memorial Day weekend

The New York State Police will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving throughout this Memorial Day weekend. The STOP-DWI enforcement period starts on Friday, May 22, and runs through Tuesday, May 26. State Police and our local law enforcement partners will be out in force ... read more

Region still in red phase as need for contact tracing sought

SULLIVAN COUNTY — The state has announced a plan for reopening the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and now regions work toward meeting all seven metrics in order to begin Phase I of reopening. Sullivan County is part of the Mid-Hudson Region and, as of press time Thursday afternoon, has met ... read more

County honors EMS frontline workers during National EMS Week

MONTICELLO — Sullivan County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) leaders, along with police and fire agencies, held a parade in front of the Government Center in Monticello on Wednesday to honor and thank frontline workers during National EMS Week.
The event was particularly meaningful as many of ... read more

McGuire resigns from bench, begins position as county attorney

MONTICELLO — In a letter to the New York State Court of Appeals, Michael McGuire stated that he was withdrawing his appeal to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct and resigning as County Court Judge effective Thursday, May 14.
The Commission had released a 66-page determination ... read more

Coping with staying at home for COVID-19: Part 8

SULLIVAN — Continuing to explore how county residents are coping with working remotely and/or being home for an extended period of time in an effort to “PAUSE” and flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19, here's a look at how two more locals are dealing with these challenging ... read more

Meetings 5/22 - 5/26

Until further notice, all future Town/Village Board meetings will be held via videoconferencing, as permitted by the NYS Open Meetings Law. Due to public health and safety concerns, the public will not be permitted to attend the meeting in person. The public, however, will be able to fully observe ... read more

Sullivan County's Memorial Day 2020 will be observed, but not with large groups

MONTICELLO - The impacts of coronavirus will greatly limit - but not totally eliminate - Memorial Day services in Sullivan County.
In order to comply with the Governor's order that no more than 10 people may gather for an event, the County's official Memorial Day observance at the Veterans ... read more

Trust for Public Land to build Callicoon park

CALLICOON — The Delaware Town Board met virtually through Zoom on Wednesday night and announced that the Trust for Public Land had closed on the old campground property along the Delaware River in Callicoon.
For some time now, the town board had been in talks with the Trust for Public Land, a ... read more

More cases of coronavirus at Sullivan County Jail

MONTICELLO — Sheriff Mike Schiff announced during a live town hall on Thursday of last week at the Government Center that more inmates at the county jail had tested positive for COVID-19.
As previously reported in the Democrat, one inmate tested positive on Monday, May 11. Schiff said that 20 ... read more

Clerk's Office positions reinstated

MONTICELLO — After the Sullivan County Legislature voted to abolish 77 positions within county staff due to reduced revenue projections because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clerk's Office took a substantial hit.
It went from 14 positions to four, which County Clerk Russell Reeves called ... read more

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