SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (November 28, 2013) – The staff of the Catskill Chronicle would like to take this opportunity to wish our faithful friends and Thanksgivingfans a most happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

These heartfelt wishes come from Mort Malkin (Gadfly columnist), Jude Waterston (Tales from the Scrawny Gourmet columnist), Barry Plaxen (Music and Theatre Critic), Grayce Goin (Twice Divorced and Elder Berries columnist), J.A. Di Bello (Theatre Critic), Lori Schneider (Theatre Critic), Janet Waterston (Elder Berries columnist), and Carol Montana (editor).

Thank you for reading, thank you for your contributions to our calendar. Thank you for your community involvement, and for making the stories that we cover.

And while you’re out shopping for your holiday celebrations, we hope you will remember that the best thing you can do for your community is shop at your local, small business, which is owned and operated by your friends and neighbors. Thank you.

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(November 26, 2014) – Affected Jurisdictions: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Sullivan Counties

Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

…Occasional Heavy Snow Continues This Evening…Bands Of Heavy Snowfall Will Continue Through 9 PM Before tapering Off To Light Snow And Flurries.

Snowfall Rates Of Around An inch Per Hour Will Occur In The Heavier Snow Bands.Travel Will Continue To Be Difficult.

Unnecessary Driving is Discouraged.

Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

Governor Proclaims November 29 as "Small Business Saturday" in New York

NEW YORK STATE (November 26, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed November 29 as “Small Business Saturday” in New York State to encourage all New Yorkers to support their local businesses.

Small Business Saturday celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners and encourages shoppers to visit local companies at the beginning of the busy holiday shopping season. Small businesses account for the vast majority of companies and support millions of jobs in New York State.

“Small businesses are not only an important part of New York’s economy, they are the lifeblood of our communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “Their success is our success and with the holiday shopping season upon us, I encourage all New Yorkers to buy local and support their neighborhood small businesses.”
The small business sector contributes significantly to the framework of New York’s economy, accounting for 98 percent of all businesses in the state and employing more than 40 percent of its private sector workforce. New York State has more than 516,000 small business proprietors that employ more than 3 million people.

The Governor’s proclamation can be viewed here.

Whether a business is just starting up, expanding, or looking to fill a few vacancies, New York State Business Service Team members are available to help businesses:

  • List their jobs;
  • Find the right candidates;
  • Access hiring and training incentives;
  • Obtain business tax credits and incentives;
  • Secure business capital;
  • Learn about small business training and counseling;
  • Become Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certified;
  • Access HR services and technical assistance; and
  • Find layoff aversion resources.

More information about New York State programs and assistance available to small businesses, is available via Empire State Development here and the Department of Labor here.

(November 26, 2014) – Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Sullivan County

snow …Snow Of Varying Intensity Will Continue Into This Evening…Snow Will Persist Into The Early Evening Hours…Although The intensity Is Likely To Diminish…For Brief Periods Of Time.

Total Additional Snowfall Between 3 And 7 PM…Should Average 1 To 3 Inches…With Locally Greater Amounts Possible.

Travel Will Continue To Be Difficult. Unnecessary Driving is Discouraged.

Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (November 25, 2014) – Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Delaware, Sullivan Counties

...Snowstorm Expected From Late Tonight To Late Wednesday Night Which will Impact Holiday Travel….A Coastal Storm Will Bring Heavy Snow To Much Of Northeast Pennsylvania And The Western Catskills From Late Tonight Through Wednesday. Farther North And West…Less Snow Is Expected. The Snow is Expected To Taper Down To Scattered Snow Showers Late Wednesday night. This Storm Will Significantly Impact Holiday Travel On Wednesday And Wednesday Night In Northeast Pennsylvania And Much of Central New York Especially South And East Of Utica To Waverly Line….

Winter Storm Warning In Effect From 3 AM Wednesday To 6 AM Est Thursday…The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Issued A Winter storm Warning For Heavy Snow…Which Is In Effect From 3 AM Wednesday to 6 AM EST Thursday.* Locations…All Of Northeast Pennsylvania Except Bradford County and Delaware And Sullivan Counties In New York.

* Hazards…Heavy Snow.* Accumulations…5 To 10 Inches Of Snow. The Highest Amounts Will be Over The Higher Terrain Where A Few Locations Could See A foot Of Snow. Valleys Will See The Least Snowfall.

* Timing…Snow Begins Between 3 And 6 AM Overnight And Continues through The Daylight Hours Wednesday And Tapers Off Wednesday night To Snow Showers. Snowfall Of One To Two Inches Per Hour Is expected Between 9 AM And 3 PM Wednesday.

* Temperatures…In The Upper 20S To Lower 30S.

* Winds…North 5 To 10 Mph.* Impacts…Snow Covered And Slippery Roads. Travel From Late tonight To Wednesday Night Will Become Dangerous.

A Winter Storm Warning For Heavy Snow Means Severe Winter Weather conditions Are Expected Or Occurring. Significant Amounts Of Snow are Forecast That Will Make Travel Dangerous. Only Travel In An emergency. If You Must Travel…Keep An Extra flashlight…Food…And Water In Your Vehicle In Case Of An emergency.

Please Report Snowfall Amounts To The National Weather Service By calling Toll Free At 1-877-633-6772…Or By Email At bgm.Stormreport@Noaa.Gov.

Commercial Traffic to be Banned on I-84 from Connecticut to Pennsylvania Border Beginning Wednesday at 7AM
Long Tandem Vehicles Banned on Parts of NYS Thruway Beginning Wednesday at 7AM

NEW YORK STATE (November 25, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the following traffic restrictions that will take place Wednesday September_snow_on_CO_82_near_Independence_Pass morning (11/26/14) in anticipation of heavy snowfall in the region:

    Beginning 7am, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, long tandem vehicles will be banned from the New York State Thruway on I-90, both directions from Interchange 32 (Westmoreland/Rome) to Interchange 24 (Exit 24) and on I-87, both directions from Interchange 24 (Albany) to the New York City line. Updates will be provided as conditions change.
    Beginning 7am, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, commercial vehicles will be banned from Interstate 84, both directions, from the Pennsylvania border to the Connecticut border.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Watches and Warnings in and around New York State beginning Wednesday through Thursday, and some of the heaviest predicated snowfall amounts are in the Hudson Valley.

The Governor urged motorists to be safe and adjust plans if possible ahead of the potentially hazardous winter weather conditions that are forecast throughout much of the state this holiday week. The State will continuously monitor the conditions of all major State roadways leading up to and during the storm and direct closures of highways as necessary.

Motorists who are planning to travel on I-84 are urged seek alternative routes or travel early. If motorists do choose to use I-84 tomorrow, they are urged to use due caution and call 5-1-1 to check road conditions before leaving.
The State has prepared 911 snow plows, more than 1,800 plow operators and more than 130,000 tons of road salt between New York City and Albany to respond to the storm.


Issued By:  NYS – Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Affected Jurisdictions: New York

Heavy snow is expected between Wednesday morning and Thursday. Travel early, use caution and check 5-1-1 for updates.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories and Warnings in and around New York State, with heavy and drifting snow predicted to move south to north beginning early Wednesday and ending Thanksgiving morning on Thursday. At this time, predicated snowfall amounts vary from 4 to 16 inches throughout the Mohawk and Hudson Valleys, including 6 to 10 inches in the Capital District. The New York City Area is currently under a Winter Weather Advisory and could see 3 to 5 inches of accumulation.

Effective Wednesday at 7:00am long tandems are banned from I-87 NYC to Albany Exit 24 and on I-90 from Albany exit 24 to Westmoreland Exit 32 due to winter weather conditions. Visit http://www.thruway.ny.gov ("http://www.thruway.ny.gov") for updates.

Also effective Wednesday at 7 a.m., all commercial vehicles including large trucks, tractors, tractor trailers and buses will not be permitted along the entire stretch of I-84 from the Pennsylvania state line to the Connecticut state line.
Before leaving, call 5-1-1 for the latest transportation information. Or visit http://www.511ny.org/("http://www.511ny.org") .

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