Chris Gibson won't run again for Congress in 2016

As Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was sworn into his third term in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, he announced that it would be his last.

In a statement, Gibson said that he will step down from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his current two-year term:

"As I stated shortly after retiring from the US Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits. Accordingly, after much reflection and consultation with my family, this will be my third and final time taking the oath of office as a Representative in the US House. I thank the voters of Upstate NY for this privilege to serve and pledge to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term."  Read more

Winter is about to get serious

Above: Catskills icicles. Photo by Mark Zilberman, via the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Hello 2015! We're back after a holiday break, just in time for winter to really sink its teeth into the Catskills.

The National Weather Service is warning that high winds will batter Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties throughout the day on Monday, Jan. 5, that downed power lines and outages are possible, and that "loose objects may be propelled:"  Read more

Will 2015 be the year of the Catskills?

Above: Barnes Hill on a sunny fall day in 2014. Photo by Dennis Schevjda, via Flickr

If the national travel press has anything to do with it, the Catskills will be flooded with tourists in 2015.

Two separate publications, Fodor's and Travel + Leisure, have put the region on their lists of the best places in the world (the world!) to visit next year.

Fodor's Go List 2015 lumps "The Hudson Valley and the Catskills" together, and lists them as #2, right after "The Arctic" and before Namibia and Guatemala:  Read more

A Christmas flood watch (and other weather warnings)

Above: A Flood Watch is in effect for the eastern Catskills until the day after Christmas. Image via the National Weather Service in Albany.

It's going to be a rainy Christmas in the Catskills. The National Weather Service has issued multiple weather warnings for the region, including a flood watch that goes into effect at 1 p.m on Wednesday, Dec. 24 for Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties and lasts through Friday, Dec. 26:  Read more

Cuomo celebrates with anti-fracking activists

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is basking in the celebratory mood of his constituents this week. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, his administration announced that New York State will ban hydraulic fracturing natural gas drilling and also gave a green light to a casino resort in the Catskills.

Cuomo has travelled the state to glad-hand with supporters of both moves. He gave a speech in Bethel on Thursday, Dec. 18 to a cheering pro-casino advocates in Sullivan County.  Read more

It's not too late to snag a terrific country house for your holiday getaway! Ski, sleep-in, cook, nest, connect.

Red Cottage Inc. still has some fantastic properties available over the holidays, including amenities like fireplaces, hot tubs, proximity to skiing, great decor and chef's kitchens. Check out our site, Red Cottage Inc., or go straight to our calendar for specific availability. We're also here to help you find just the right property: 845.985.7153 during normal office hours, M-F.

Cuomo congratulates Sullivan County on casino win

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo attended a celebratory rally at Bethel Woods in Sullivan County on Thursday, Dec. 1 to kvell about the state Gaming Facility Location Board's decision to allow a casino to be built on the site of the former Concord Resort Hotel.

"A whole generation of people can be reintroduced to upstate New York. And they're going to come to the Catskills, and they're going to see the Catskills, and they're going to love them," he said. "This is the magnet to do it." 

The governor directed his remarks to the people of Sullivan County, who faced fierce competition from other developers in other counties.

"You came up with the best product and you deserve to win, and you made that happen," he said.

Watch the whole video of the Governor's remarks above.  

This weekend: Light up the Dark in Callicoon

A mother and son make a homemade lantern in preparation for the the Light up the Dark Lantern Walk in Callicoon. A lantern-making workshop will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, and the walk is on Sunday, December 21. Photo by Laura Moran.

The winter solstice, the darkest day of the year, is this Sunday, Dec. 21. In Callicoon, a group of local artists are leading a community lantern walk to light up the longest night. Walkers will hear stories and carry lanterns through a 30-foot labyrinth to honor the souls of the dead. From organizer Laura Moran:   Read more

Montreign Resort Casino in Monticello wins the Catskills jackpot

Above: A rendering of the Montreign casino.

The New York State Gaming Facility Location Board has chosen to allow one developer to build a casino in the Catskills: the Montreign Resort Casino in the Sullivan County town of Thompson. The board also granted two other casino licenses in two other regions in the state in its selection report, which it released today. (Read the full report by clicking here.)

Montreign, a division of Empire Resorts, will be built on the site of the former Concord Resort Hotel in Monticello. The casino will be part of a larger destination resort called the Adelaar.  Read more

New York state bans fracking


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At a cabinet meeting that was open to the public today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that the practice of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be prohibited in New York State.   Read more

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