Job Posting: Associate Chemist in DEP's Kingston Lab

Job ID: 177470

Business Title: Associate Chemist

Civil Service Title: ASSOCIATE CHEMIST

Title Code No: 21822 Level: 03

Job Category: Public Safety, Inspections, & Enforcement

Career Level: Experienced (non-manager)

Proposed Salary Range: $ 62,800.00 - $ 88,807.00 (Annual)

Work Location: 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY

Division/Work Unit: Ben Neslin Lab

Hours/Shift 35 Hours per week/Day Shift

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Quality Assurance (QA) Director, and located in Kingston, NY, the Associate Chemist will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of maintaining an Environmental Lab Approval Program/National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP/NELAP).

Duties will include the following:  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

New robotic buoys measure water quality from under Ashokan ice

Above: New York City Department of Environmental Protection staffers install a new "under-ice water quality monitoring buoy" on the Ashokan Reservoir on Thursday, Dec. 11. Photo via the NYC DEP's Flickr page

Before this year, scientists at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection had to spend the winter taking an airboat into the icy waters of the Ashokan Reservoir to sample the quality of the water destined for the city's taps by hand.

Now a robotic sensor designed to spend the winter under the ice will take over the job. 

Robots mounted on large rafts already sample the water on the city's Catskills reservoirs in warmer months, but they are too large and fragile to handle ice and snow. Every winter, they are hauled out.

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Man killed after ATV flips on top of him in High Falls

Above: A Yamaha Grizzly 350 all-terrain vehicle. Photo via the Yamaha product website

A 68-year-old man driving an all-terrain vehicle on a wooded trail in High Falls died on Sunday, Dec. 14 after his ATV flipped over, pinning him beneath it, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Bruce Turner, a 68-year-old Stone Ridge resident, was found unconscious under a Yamaha Grizzly 350 ATV on an inclined section of the trail at 7:04 a.m. on Sunday morning, a press release from the Sheriff's Office states.

First responders pulled the ATV off Turner and performed CPR. Turner was then taken to HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, where he died of his injuries, police say.

Healthy Holiday Eating

Over the holiday season, we all tend to slack on our healthy habits. We no longer worry about looking good in that bathing suit, so we trade fresh salads and fruit for holiday cookies and feasts, hiding behind sweaters and baggy clothes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Following a few simple steps will keep you healthy and happy through the holidays and the winter months ahead!  

1. Get active in the morning.

During the fall and winter, days are shorter, and by the time you get home from work or school, it’s likely dark out. Take advantage of the morning sunlight by getting your workout done early. When nighttime hits, you won’t have to worry about forcing yourself to the gym. Plus the endorphins will keep you going throughout the day.

2. Hunger VS Cravings.   Read more

Gift Ideas For Lovers of the Outdoors From a Lover of the Outdoors

If you’re scratching your head wondering what to get that special someone who spends most of his or her time outside, you can stop worrying now. Take it from me, outdoorspeople love gear almost as much as they love the mountains, and there’s always a neat new piece of equipment they’d be happy to welcome into their collections. Read on for a few prospective gifts available at Storehouse in Phoenicia, that are sure to please even the pickiest of adventurers.

Sierra Designs Dri-down Pillow $39.95

Who says you can’t sleep comfortably while camping? This ultra-comfy pillow is light and compressible enough to take on most backpacking trips and will make for one amazing sleep under the stars.

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman $74.95

It’s an ax! It’s a saw! It’s a whole lot of awesomeness that would be sure to impress anyone who makes campfires far off into the woods.

Farm to Feet socks $16-$25  Read more

$15 million in grants go to Catskills organizations

Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June 2014. Mountainkeeper received a $1.8 million grant from the state of New York on Dec. 11, 2014.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed out early Christmas presents on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the form of $709.2 million in economic and community development funding to hundreds of organizations across New York state. Several Catskills organizations, including MTC Cable, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the village of Sidney, received over a million dollars each. 

Through the program, called the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, New York State issues grants to businesses, community groups, nonprofits, and municipalities. The Catskills did well this year, picking up over $15 million overall, according to our back-of-the-envelope math.   Read more

This Weekend: Catskills holiday shopping guide

Above: A window display at Ragtime Clothing Exchange in Callicoon, which hosts its first Dickens on the Delaware event this weekend. Photo via the Dickens on the Delaware Facebook page. 

The snow is on the ground, just in time for the fourth installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 13 and 14: 

Delaware County

Santa comes to the town square in Delhi on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with horse and wagon rides and hot cocoa. The town's holiday lights contest ends the next day  Read more

Prattsville bridge over Schoharie Creek to be replaced

Above: The Route 23 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville. Photo by Doug Kerr.

The steel truss bridge that carries Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek in the Greene County town of Prattsville is slated for replacement in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, which is holding a public meeting about the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which was built in 1949, has been repaired several times in the past decade, most recently in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, according to the Mountain Eagle.  Read more

This Weekend: Community pantry fundraiser at the Peekamoose

Above: Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, via Flickr. 

This Sunday, the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room is throwing a fundraising bash for the Community Pantry, the food pantry that serves the Delaware County town of Middletown.

The Community Pantry was founded three years ago in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Since then, it's grown from serving 40 families to serving 360 families, according to its organizers.

Help them help feed even more folks by buying a ticket to the Peekamoose's buffet dinner and an afternoon of promised "musical surprises."  Read more


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