Schoharie County may see 9 percent property tax hike

Above: Main Street Schoharie. Photo by Timothy Knight.

Unless something drastic occurs in the next three months, homeowners in Schoharie County may be facing a possible property tax increase of eight to nine percent next year, according to budget officer Bill Cherry.

Citing the expenses of the newly created county administrator position, the "ever-increasing costs of the streambank project" and burdensome state mandates, Cherry estimated that county spending is likely to jump by $1.5 to $1.8 million over 2015 spending levels.  

The controversial streambank mitigation project to correct a series of flood-damaged streams in the Schoharie Valley began in 2014 and is currently $3 million over budget. A federal agency has halted payments for the massive project, and in August an audit found that the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors mismanaged the effort.   Read more

Police searching for missing 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman

Update: 11:49 a.m. The alert for Louise E. Scheurich was cancelled at 11:49 a.m. 

An 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman is missing after being last seen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 getting gas in Binghamton, according to the New York State Police in Liberty and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has put out an alert in 17 counties in an attempt to find her.

Left: Louise E. Scheurich. Image via the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

Louise E. Scheurich is a "vulnerable adult with dementia," according to the alert, and "may be in need of medical attention."

She was driving a beige 2000 Dodge Neon with New York license plates reading AJU-2836, and was last seen last night getting fuel near exit 79 on Route 17 in Binghamton, police say.  Read more

Catskills town and county primary results: Upsets and almosts

Above: Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller and Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel share an umbrella at a rainy event in Fleischmanns this summer. Both Miller and Eisel won primaries against challengers on Thursday, Sept. 10. Photo by Julia Reischel.

There were lots of close political contests across the Catskills in yesterday's primary election. Here are the results in the hottest races. 

DELAWARE COUNTY

In the race for Delaware County Family Court Judge, Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Porter Kirkwood over Gary Rosa 68 to 30, but Independence voters preferred Gary Rosa to Porter Kirkwood 94 to 70. Heated accusations have been flying between the candidates about ethics violations this past week, as we reported yesterday

In Harpersfield, Jim Eisel, the long-serving chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, won his first-ever primary with 89 Republican votes. That was 23 more votes than Ed “Rusty” Pick, who got 66. Pick also has the Democratic party’s endorsement.  Read more

Local candidates vie in primary election today

Photo by Kristin Ausk, via Flickr.

Today--Thursday, Sept. 10--is primary election day in New York, and voters who are registered with political parties across the Catskills can go to the polls to vote for town and county candidates running in primary races from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Usually, primary day is a Tuesday, but the late Labor Day holiday this year has pushed it back to a Thursday, which will likely have an impact on voter turnout.

New York State has a closed-primary system, meaning that to vote in a primary at any level of government in New York State, voters must be registered members of the party holding the primary. 

The winners of today’s primaries will appear on the ballot in the general election in November. But due to multiple political parties supporting a single candidate, candidates who lose their party's primary may still appear on the November ballot on a different line.

Not every town and legislative district has a primary race today. No towns in Schoharie County have primaries this year, for example. Here’s a look at the hot primary races in the Catskills.

DELAWARE COUNTY

In Delaware County, Gary Rosa and Porter Kirkwood will face off in Conservative and Independence primaries in a heated race for the new position of Family Court Judge

This past week, their race has gotten ugly, with accusations flying between the candidates about ethics violations.

Rosa has used a campaign slogan criticizing Kirkwood of “representing just one client, the county’s Department of Social Services,” in his appearances in Family Court.

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After years of dysfunction, Schoharie County hires its first administrator

Above: Photo by Doug Kerr, via Flickr. 

After more than twenty months of debate, interviews and political maneuvering, Schoharie County has hired its first administrator to oversee the day to day operations of its county government.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors hired Steve Wilson as the county's first full-time administrator. Wilson will receive a salary of $100,000 and will begin the job no later than October 1.

The hire comes at the end of a long journey for county's elected leaders, who have been arguing over the county's need for a full-time administrator since January 2014.  Read more

Labor Day events in the Catskills

Above: Throwing a rock into Cooper Lake in Woodstock. Photo by Flickr user Panda Snaps, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Labor Day is upon us in all its bittersweet glory, and the Catskills are rising to the occasion with festivities celebrating the harvest, family, baroque opera, women’s jazz, Iroquois Indians, Irish heritage, improv, toilets and more.

Yes, we said toilets. Read on to find out more in our county-by-county round-up of Labor Day events across the Catskills.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Gather the bounty of the harvest for your personal feasting pleasure at the pre-Labor Day Holiday Pop Up Farmers’ Market, taking place rain or shine at the Stamford Railroad Station on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a splendid selection of baked goods, preserves, meats, produce and wonderful handmade Catskills things.  Read more

Truckloads of trash choke Catskills swimming holes

Above: Underwear left behind as trash at Peekamoose Blue Hole in August 2015. Photo by Gene Nicolato.

Peggy Brueckner lives near the Peekamoose Blue Hole, an icy Catskills pool that is recognized as one of the best swimming holes in the country. Her family has visited the hidden spot for 50 years. But this summer, due to hordes of tourists and the tons of garbage they leave behind, Brueckner has been avoiding it.

"The locals here along Watson Hollow Road and beyond are heartbroken," Brueckner said. "There is litter all over the place. There are no laws being enforced and it a total mess up there. Campers are off the designated sites, people are in the middle of the road and it is a free for all! It's not even a family friendly place any more."

Above: Peekamoose Blue Hole on a recent summer day. Photo via the NYS DEC.   Read more

Jeff Senterman named new director of Catskill Center

Above: Jeff Senterman accepts his new post as the executive director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on Saturday, Aug. 29. Photo via the Catskill Center's Instagram feed

Jeff Senterman, the former Catskills program director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, was appointed the new executive director of the Catskills Center for Conservation and Development after the departure of former director Alan White. White completed his term earlier this month.

Senterman accepted his new position at a gathering of the CCCD's members on Saturday, Aug. 29. (A Senterman is still at the helm of the NYNJTC, though -- Jeff's brother, Doug, is the new Catskill program director at the NYNTC, after getting the job earlier this year.)  Read more

BLTs at Last! Whole Lamb Orders, and Farm Tour Sunday

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We wait all year for the tomatoes to get full of flavor to offer our BLTs in the cafe. This is it!  Our no nitrate Animal Welfare Approved heritage breed bacon (that's a mouthful!), juicy organic tomatoes from Stoneledge Farm, on our amazing Mountain Bread with a smear of farm made mayo.  The ultimate taste of summer. Cafe and farm store open 11am-3pm both Saturday and Sunday. Guided Farm Tour Sunday at 11am.

Ordering Sides of Meat: Coming Up: Lamb  Read more

The Schoharie News folds

Above: The front page of an issue of The Schoharie News, via the Schoharie News website

The Schoharie News, an online-only news website that reinvented itself as a print weekly broadsheet earlier this year, has thrown in the towel after 13 weeks.

The paper's owner, editor and founder Tim Knight, said that he decided to close the paper after he realizing that he was making less than half of what he made while working at a local deli.

Knight posted a closing editor's note about the newspaper's demise on Tuesday, Aug. 25:  Read more


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