Harriet A. Rauchut was driving east near the Oakley's Place restaurant just outside of the hamlet when her Mercury Grand Marquis sedan was hit by a pickup truck that had crossed into the eastbound lane, police say.
Forty-five-year-old Richard E. Herrel of Delhi was driving west in the pickup truck, a Chevrolet Silverado, when he "attempted to avoid an unknown object in the roadway" and drove into the oncoming lane in front of Rauchut, the press release states.
Emergency responders transported both drivers to Margaretville Memorial Hospital, where Herrel was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and where Rauchut was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. by Nanette Treadwell, a physician's assistant at the hospital.
Delaware County Coroner Richard Ucci later ruled that the cause of Rauchut's death was "blunt force trauma," police say. Read more
Gary Rosa has won a heated race for Delaware County's new family court judge position over county attorney Porter Kirkwood 5,150 to 4,662, according to unofficial election night results published by the Delaware County Board of Elections on Nov. 3, 2015. Read more
All employees of the county will be required to sign a form stating that they have read the policy.
All members of the board, as well as department heads and several other administrators, will be required to file disclosure forms each year that state private employment and business interests for both the signee and his or her spouse. Read more
Above: Leigh Melander, owner of a lodge in Fleischmanns, argued against a proposed bed tax during a public hearing on Oct. 28. Photo by Robert Cairns.
After a run-up of weeks and a public hearing held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors withdrew a local law that would have created a two percent tax on hotel and motel occupancy.
As the resolution to adopt the tax came up on the agenda at the Wednesday, Oct. 28 meeting of the board, Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo, who chairs the board's economic development committee, withdrew it.
“There are some substantive changes we'd like to make to it,” he said.
Triolo said that comments received at the pubic hearing, as well as at three previous informational meetings, led his committee to change the language in the law so that it will apply not only to traditional hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast businesses, but also to vacation rentals booked through online services such as AirBnB and casual rentals advertised through services such as Craigslist. Read more
Halloween is this Saturday, Oct. 31, and the Catskills are celebrating with costume bashes, trick-or-treat events, zombies, witches and more. Here’s our five county guide to the best spooky events of the weekend.
In Andes, the annual Harvest Moon Ball is a Halloween tradition featuring a potluck, costume-contest and kid-friendly dance party that takes over the back room of the Andes Hotel every year. Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
O’Neill’s Shire Pub in Delhi is hosting its Spook-Tacular Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. They’ll have DJ Pat hosting a costume contest with prizes for scariest, sexiest, best Couple, and funniest costumes. Read more
Above: Mounted officers rode through obstacles during a demonstration of skills on Friday. Photo by Robert Cairns.
Delaware County has its first mounted police patrol since the 1980s.
Six members of a multi-jurisdictional force of cops on horseback graduated on Friday, Oct. 23 from a week-long certification course held at Golden Gait Farm in Masonville.
Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond was one of the graduates. He said that mounted patrols have been part of Delaware County’s history since the sheriff's office was founded in 1797, and existed as recently as 30 years ago.
“Delaware County was well-distinguished in regard to former Sheriff [Levon] Telian having a mounted division,” DuMond said.
Above: Officers and horses were tested as they rode around a police car with lights flashing and the siren blaring. Video by Robert Cairns.
DuMond said that horses are still useful, especially for searches and crowd control. Read more
Riding on a motorcycle in a leather jacket through the peak of the Catskills fall colors, Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a procession of bikers around the Ashokan Reservoir to a private luncheon at the Catskill Interpretive Center in the Ulster County hamlet of Mount Tremper on Friday, Oct. 23.
Earlier today, Cuomo announced that he was launching a $5 million I LOVE NY marketing plan for the Catskills region, a 2016 "Catskills Challenge" and a "Ride the Catskills" tourism website.
The new website, which contains motorcycling and biking itineraries for Catskills visitors, is a sub-section of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's website. Read more
Above: Delaware County Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis answered questions about a proposed “bed tax” at Wednesday's meeting of the county's board of supervisors. Photo by Robert Cairns.
A local law to create a hotel and motel occupancy tax came a step closer to reality on Wednesday, Oct. 14, when the Delaware County Board of Supervisors scheduled a public hearing on the law to add two percent to the bills for overnight stays.
Wednesday's introduction of the law does not put it into effect. A vote on establishing the tax will likely follow the public hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 28 at 12:35 p.m., prior to the board's meeting. The hearing and the meeting will take place in the board room at the county office building at 111 Main Street in Delhi.
It seemed, briefly, that the introduction of the law would be delayed.
Davenport Supervisor Dennis Valente questioned a provision of the law that would allow the county treasurer to require businesses to post a bond for the amount of the tax.
Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis explained that the provision would give the county recourse to collect the tax from businesses that “consistently” fail to remit it.
“It's just a tool to make sure they’re paying on a more timely basis,” Nealis said.
Valente asked if bonding is a practice used to collect other taxes. Read more
Above: A crane lifts a Delaware & Ulster engine into the air on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Photos by Rebecca Andre.
The 2015 season of train rides aboard the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, a scenic railway that runs from the Delaware County hamlet of Arkville to the town of Roxbury, was forced to end unceremoniously early this year due to "mechanical difficulties," according to DURR president Dave Riordan.
Major repairs are necessary on three of the railroad's engines, said Riordan, who was at DURR's Arkville headquarters on Wednesday, Oct. 14 overseeing repairs. Around noon, a giant crane lifted one of the engines into the air.
Above: A crane lifts an engine. Photos by Rebecca Andre.
The last DURR train ran on Sept. 23, according to Heather Wright, the head conductor. Read more