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Millions granted for broadband infrastructure in Catskills

Above: The podium at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's August 3 announcement about $54.2 million in grants slated for broadband internet service across New York State. Photo via the governor's Flickr page.

Hundreds of miles of remote rural roads and thousands of local homes, businesses and anchor institutions will be lifted from the telecommunications Dark Ages following the announcement of new NY Broadband Program grants

Round one award winners in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to connect every New Yorker to the fiber optic 21st century were announced on August 3.

The grants were part of an intensive $500 million plan from Governor Andrew Cuomo to modernize the entire state by the end of 2018.  Read more

State OKs pink camo; lady hunters unimpressed

Photo by Breigh Hammarlund, via Flickr. 

In an attempt to make hunting more appealing to young girls, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law into effect on July 21 that okays the use of florescent pink camouflage as an alternative to the traditional blaze orange protective coloring for young hunters.

But not every female hunter thinks it’s a good idea.

Richmondville resident Alysha Hoffman told the Watershed Post, "I am glad the color is approved, but I hope that's not the only reason females decide to hunt . . . That's just nonsense."  Read more

Five years after flood, Schoharie recovery nonprofit faces uncertain future

Above: The sign outside SALT's offices in the Schoharie County village of Schoharie. Photo by Timothy Knight.

When Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee shattered communities in the Catskills in August 2011, the flood recovery group Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery (SALT), which serves the Schoharie Valley, sprang up to help in one of the areas hit hardest by the storms.

Five years later, SALT has accomplished its immediate post-flood mission. According to Sarah Goodrich, SALT’s executive director, the organization met its immediate goals by bringing in funds and rebuilding homes for flood victims in the aftermath of the disaster.

SALT coordinated 36,000 volunteers, “leveraged” $7 million and raised $2 million after the disaster, according to Goodrich.

"We helped over 600 families," she said.

But now the recovery organization is facing new challenges: falling revenue due to slackening donations and a complaint to the AmeriCorps VISTA program over the use of volunteers.

Underscoring those logistical problems is a larger question: What role does a flood recovery organization have in a community when the disaster is over?  Read more

And the winners are....

Golfers whether there for the fun and camaraderie or to win and bragging rights we thank you all. And the winners are: ....First Prize - NBT Team - Brad Anderson, JR Lawrence, Randy Eighmey and Justin Eighmey ....Second Prize - Farley & Associates Team - Donald Farley, Christine Dunphy, Christine Batey and Mike Batey ....Closest to the Pin - Lori Cohen and Tony Tanner ....Longest Drive - Christine Dunphy and Doug Hinkley. Congratulations to all. Fourth Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Margaretville Health Foundation brought out some past players and new faces to continue the support of our Central Catskill community healthcare facilities, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Facility. The Driving Range and the Putting Greens were utilized by all as players got their game on!

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New York Gov. Cuomo plugs Catskills with Robert De Niro

Above: A poster promoting Lake Wawaka in the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville, one of six ads that will promote the Catskills region in the NYC public transit system this summer. To see all six posters, click here. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulled out all the stops to promote the Catskills region this week. As his staff bombarded social media with a media blitz about the charms of the Catskills region, the governor spent a day hitting Catskills tourism hotspots, at one point appearing with movie star Robert De Niro at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

De Niro, who owns 78 acres in the Ulster County town of Gardiner, cracked Borscht-Belt-style jokes while extolling his love of the Catskills.

“I wanted to change my name from Robert De Niro to Rugelach De Goldfarb De Niro Steinberg, and spend the summers in the Catskills telling jokes,” De Niro said, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Above: Robert De Niro delivers a tribute to Borscht Belt-style jokes. Video via New York Upstate.com.

“If there is a region of the state that has more potential for tourism activity, it is the Catskills,” Cuomo said, according to a transcript of his remarks issued by his office. “Mr. De Niro and I were talking on the way up, it is still basically a secret for generations of New Yorkers.”

Above: Actor Robert De Niro, who has a home in Ulster County, delivers one-liners at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on June 30 as part of the Catskills Challenge. Photo via the Gov. Andrew Cuomo Flickr page. 

On Wednesday, June 29, Cuomo was scheduled to take a “Ride the Catskills” motorcycle ride from Windham to Roscoe, stopping at Woodstock Harley-Davidson and Belleayre Mountain Ski Center along the way. But, according to the Catskill Mountain News, Cuomo himself wasn't in the convoy of bikers that made the trip. 

On Thursday, June 30, the governor did show up at the “Catskills Challenge,” a day of activities modeled after a similar event his administration launched in the Adirondacks three years ago.

The Catskills Challenge began with the appearance with Robert De Niro in Bethel and ended with the governor racing state legislators in rafts on the Delaware River. (Naturally, the governor won, according to the Times Herald-Record.)

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WJFF: NOMINATE A COMMUNITY LEADER!

 On Saturday, August 20th WJFF will honor volunteers and community members who have made an extraordinary impact on the WJFF listening area at a special Awards Night at Mr. Willy's in Monticello, NY.  Read more

Schoharie still divided on mining settlement

Above: Dawn Johnson addresses the Schoharie Town Board about stone mining in Schoharie before a crowd of concerned residents in April 2016. Photo by Timothy Knight.

Members of the Schoharie Town Board voted down a motion to pull out of a proposed settlement with Cobleskill Stone Products (CSP) on Wednesday, June 8, according to a Times Journal article by reporter David Avitabile.

Proposed after 11 years of legal court battles between the municipality and the stone company that have cost the town more than $500,000, the settlement has been fiercely opposed by the public.

In April, over 100 Schoharie residents, including Village Mayor John Borst, packed into the United Presbyterian Church to signal their opposition to the deal in a public hearing.   Read more


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