NEW YORK STATE (July 7, 2015) – Effective June 18, as required by federal law, all commercial driver license and permit holders in NYS will need proof of legal presence in the United States

LogoThe New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds commercial drivers across New York State that beginning June 18, 2015, all Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) and Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders in New York State need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary legal presence, and proof of New York State residency upon renewal of a driver license as well as all non-duplicate CLP/CDL transactions.  Because these new regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration require submission of additional proofs of identification in person, current commercial drivers can no longer renew their permits and licenses by mail and must appear in person at a DMV office.

“We’ve been working with industry and our partners at the state and federal levels to roll out these and other new federal requirements for commercial drivers as smoothly as possible,” said DMV Deputy Commissioner Tim Lennon.  “Commercial drivers are extremely important to New York’s economy and we are working every day to ensure that our state is in full compliance with these federal regulations.”

If you are a New York State license holder and you are applying for, renewing or amending a CLP or CDL license, under these new federal regulations you must provide:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency, or temporary legal presence; and
  • Six points of proof of name; and  
  • One proof of NYS residence; and

If you are a first time applicant for a New York State CDL who holds a valid CDL in another state, you must provide:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency, or temporary legal presence; and
  • Proof of date of birth; and
  • Six points of proof of name; and
  • One proof of NYS residence; and
  • Your original Social Security Card

Acceptable proofs of identification can be found at: http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/id44cdl.pdf

CLP and CDL holders in New York State must provide original documents, or documents certified by the agency that issued them.

DMV began implementing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s amended commercial driver license standards in April 2015 and will complete carrying out these regulations in July 2015.  These regulations include changes to CDL skills testing, suspension and revocation screenings, medical certifications, endorsements and restrictions, identification and documentation changes, and an expansion of employer responsibilities.

A publication is available detailing these new regulations at:


More information about the new regulations including forms can be found at:http://dmv.ny.gov/commercial-drivers/new-cdl-testing-and-commercial-learner-permit-standards

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY (July 6, 2015) – The Laugh Tour starring Jessica Kirson from The Tonight Show, The View, Celebrity Apprentice, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, VH1, Oxygen, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, returns to Kauneonga Lake on Saturday, July 11 at Sorella’s at 3562 State Route 55.

The comedy line-up also features Liz Barrett from Gotham Comedy Live and host Rich Kiamco from Louie Anderson-Live, Las Vegas.

Jessica’s unique style and powerful stage presence captures the attention of audiences everywhere she performs. She’s received the MAC Award for Best Female Comic in New York City. She was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall’s Women in Comedy, and Las Vegas comedy festivals. She has been featured on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Nickelodeon’s Sixth in the Suburbs, Noggin’s LOL, VH1’s Awesomely Bad Hair, Awesomely Bad Love Songs, Oxygen’s Can You Tell?, Bravo’s The Great Things About Being, The Women’s Television Network’s She’s So Funny, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Seasons 2 + 3, Last Call With Carson Daly, regular appearances on The Joy Behar Show, and two appearances on The Tonight Show.

Liz Barrett is a deadpan comedian who is just "Gettin’ By" in this crazy world. Her one liners come fast and furious and is often called a female Bob Newhart. Formerly a lawyer who quit that jungle for comedy, she was a runner up in the Ladies Of Laughter Contest and a finalist in the She Devil Comedy Festival. Barrett recently made her television debut on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV.

Host Rich Kiamco has been seen on Howard Stern, Boston Comedy Festival, San Diego Comedy Festival. Rich’s comedy career began as the costume designer for comedian Judy Tenuta where he eventually began performing with her as her back-up dancer in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide. He received the Overall Excellence Award at the NY Fringe Festival + Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival and has performed on campuses and venues across the USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. Rich was featured on BRAVO’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, has had multiple appearances on OutQ Sirius XM Satellite Radio, appeared on the Wendy Williams Show, performed in the Boston Comedy Festival & San Diego Comedy Festival and recently opened for Louie Anderson in Las Vegas.

The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $20, whether purchased online or at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1761913. This is
paperless ticketing, your name is held at the door, open seating. Please note that a limited menu is available for dining during the show, and it is strongly suggested that you call the venue at 845-583-4300 to make dinner reservations to eat before or during the show. Comedy traffic was heavy at the previous show, so additional staff has been added.

More information is available at www.TheLaughTour.com

artwalk_chalkwalk_2015 (2)On Saturday, July 11 (raindate 7/12) from Waterwheel Junction to the Livingston Manor Free Library, folks can stroll Livingston Manor to find artists and craftsmen in shops and on Main Street.

Attached is a map giving the location of each of the artists.

Register your child at the Catskill Art Society for Chalkwalk to be an Artist for a Day and be in the YouTube video while taking in the CAS Member Show. 

All the information on participants is available at www.livingstonmanor.org








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Holiday Crackdown on Impaired, Distracted and Speeding Drivers to Start July 3rd

NEW YORK STATE (July 2, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has Police_Car_State_Police_New_York_01announced the State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to  crack down on drivers who violate the law this Fourth of July weekend from Friday, July 3 until Monday, July 6.

"As we approach the July 4th weekend, State Police will be out in full force to crack down on reckless behavior and distracted driving on our roadways,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all drivers to act responsibly and stay safe in order to avoid needless tragedies this holiday weekend."

Last year, the New York State Police issued more than 10,200 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested more than 180 people for DWI and responded to more than 650 accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities.

During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be targeting the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.

Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.

NYSP_Hells_Kitchen_jeh During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the July 4th period in 2013, there were 512 people killed in crashes, of those 199 (39%) had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

This campaigns serves as a reminder to New Yorkers that driving drunk not only puts lives at risk, but that those who drive drunk could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

Arrested drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, lost time at work, etc.
The New York State Police and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:

    · Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
    · Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
    · If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
    · Use your community’s sober ride program;
    · If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
    · If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

    This targeted enforcement effort is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and STOP-DWI, a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining highway safety program that allows participating counties to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses.

    To build upon the state’s ongoing efforts to combat impaired driving and reduce the number of traffic fatalities, GTSC recently funded an educational campaign to remind motorists about the deadly impacts of impaired driving. 78 billboards with a message that reads “Impaired Drivers Take Lives. Think” now appear across the state. GTSC also produced a 30-second public service announcement to air on cable and network television and radio stations statewide as part of the campaign.

    The New York State Police will also be partnering with the Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police, and the Surete du Quebec in the Safety Without Borders Initiative. This initiative is an effort to mitigate safety threats resulting from high traffic volumes in the vacation areas on both sides of the borders in the greater Niagara Region, the Thousand Islands, and the St. Lawrence Montreal Gateway. Safety Without Borders has proven effective in mitigating traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths.

    SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 1, 2015) – The Sullivan County Legislature appropriated $100,000 in the 2015 Adopted Budget to fund the newly created Plans and Progress Small Grant Program. The Legislature has 512px-Symbol-Money.svgvoted to award contracts in the amount of $69,075 to applicants during Round 1 of the grant program.

    The Plans and Progress Small Grant Program is designed to assist local municipalities, and community and not-for-profit groups, throughout Sullivan County with capital projects related to tourism, economic development, image enhancement, and other county goals. These guidelines are intended to promote use of the program countywide through an initial allocation of funding to all legislative districts, foster projects that have county-wide or regional significance, by tying applications to county goals established in comprehensive or strategic plans, and increase the impact of the grants and accountability of the program through enhanced project tracking.

    Interest in the program was strong as there were a total of 26 applications in Round 1. The 16 funded projects will support new parks and trail development, public art, downtown hamlet revitalization, agriculture, historic preservation, tourism, and image enhancement.

    “The Plans and Progress Small Grant Program is an initiative that the Legislature takes great pride in reinstituting. This program will help our community and make the resources available that not-for-profit organizations in Sullivan County need in today’s economy. I look forward to seeing all of the projects awarded in Round 1 come to fruition. I think this program can be an asset to our Sullivan County community,” said Scott Samuelson, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature

    The County is now accepting applications for Round 2 of the Plans and Progress Small Grant Program. Applications from all districts are encouraged as projects in districts where funding has been fully allocated may be eligible for funds remaining in the program. The deadline to apply for Round 2 is July 31.

    "If past success is a prelude of things to come, then I look forward to seeing a more vibrant, aesthetically pleasing and culturally attractive Sullivan County in the near future, thanks, in part to the Plans & Progress program, but more importantly to the volunteers and organizations that have chosen to reinvest in our community," Alan J. Sorensen, Legislator District 9.

    Program guidelines are available which contain details on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and the timeline and procedures for reviewing applications, and are available from the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management at (845) 807-0527 or by email at planning@co.sullivan.ny.us. The information may also be accessed from the County’s website by going to the Planning division page and clicking on the link to Available Funding Opportunities.

    “As a member of the review committee, I would like to personally thank Freda Eisenberg Planning Commissioner, Art Hussey Grants Administration Supervisor, Helen Budrock of Sullivan Renaissance, and Heinrich Strauch of Jeff Bank for their time and expertise in reviewing and making recommendations for funding,” said Joshua Potosek, Sullivan County Manager.

    Photo by Carol Montana

    BLOOMINGBURG, NY (June 29 2015) – The First Annual “Hats Off to the Ladies” Spring Fling fundraiser sponsored by the Democratic Women of IMG_2591 Sullivan County was held at The Eagles Nest in Bloomingburg on June 14, 2014.

    The inaugural event paid tribute to three Sullivan County activists: Kathy Kreiter Priscilla Bassett and Isabelle Rawich (l-r in photo).

    Bassett is a lifelong devotee to the cause of peace and justice, and is a member of Sullivan County Peace and Justice, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and head of the Senior Legislative Action Committee, to name just a few of the organizations with which she is involved. She was previously honored by the Sullivan County Human Rights Commissionm, and was named Senior of the Year by the Sullivan County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

    Rawich is an attorney who has been an advocate for children for the last 40 years, within the Family Court system as a Law Guardian and Attorney for the Child. She is one of a handful of attorneys who did not attend law school, but rather clerked for four years, passed the bar exam, the character committee review and was admitted to the bar in the later 1970s. She now devotes herself to the county’s neediest children.

    Kreiter was the director of the Sullivan County Dispute Resolution Center for seven years and is now the director of the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless. She has worked, along with her husband John, on the National Night Out in Fallsburg, and the Alice Kreiter Senior Citizen Prom, which is dedicated to the memory of her mother.

    The ladies received a small gift, as well as certificates of appreciation, and congratulatory letters from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

    Keynote speaker at the “Hats Off to the Ladies” event was New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.

    The Democratic Women of Sullivan County is an independent, progressive, grassroots organization devoted to bringing more Sullivan County women into the political process. For additional information write to dwsc4us@gmail.com.

    GLEN SPEY, NY (June 29, 2015) – Join with others on July 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lumberland Town Hall in Glen Spey to learn how to test water quality in Sullivan Image result for streamsCounty.

    There is a lot of enthusiasm about the excellent quality of the streams in Sullivan County NY and the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. 

    As part of a large scale preservation and monitoring effort in our region, the Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) would like to introduce you to stream watching and provide you with the equipment necessary to become stewards of your local stream. 

    Jackie Speicher, Streamwatch Trainer, will guide you through the BWA protocols for the stream watching program. You will review the recording of data from observational data such as water color, odor, and turbidity to using test kits that sample for pH of the water, Nitrate concentrations, and Orthophosphates.

    Help is also available for questions, data issues, or a follow up program if requested.

    Allow 2 hours for the program.  All ages welcome. All materials belong to your group upon completion of the training program.

    This program is provided free of charge through a grant from the William Penn Foundation and support from The Nature Conservancy and the Brodhead Watershed Association.

    For more information please contact the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management at 845-807-0527 or planning@co.sullivan.ny.us.

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