Archive for August, 2011

MONTICELLO, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened toll-free telephone numbers for residents to report damage, and commence the application process for federal aid for damage to privately owned property from the impacts of Hurricane Irene:


For the Hearing Impaired – 1800-462-7585


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LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2.

The hours will be: Thursday, September 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday, September 2, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Residents that remain without electricity will need to report to the Paul Gerry Field House on the Sullivan County Community College campus in Loch Sheldrake. 

All participants will need to bring their own toiletries and towels.

"I want to thank the Sullivan County Community College Board of Trustees for offering assistance to county residents, during this continuing power outage that is affecting thousands as a result of the impacts from hurricane Irene," said Fanslau

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MONTICELLO, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement today: "There have been some news media this morning that left the impression that a determination was made that Sullivan County was rejected for inclusion in federal disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That conclusion would be an incorrect conclusion.

“Sullivan County Public Safety Commissioner Dick Martinkovic has been in touch with the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and FEMA. The media coverage about some Hudson Valley counties being included or approved for federal disaster aid through FEMA was a result of an aerial visual inspection by FEMA officials of those areas, and due to the extensive visual damage, FEMA had those counties included in the President’s declaration.

“Sullivan County was included in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s disaster declaration requesting federal disaster aid. I have been in contact with representatives of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Maurice Hinchey. FEMA will perform a Preliminary Damage Assessment of public infrastructure for public (local government) assistance early next week, through a site visit and inspection of damage throughout Sullivan County. FEMA will also perform a site inspection regarding individual Assistance (IA) that would make a determination for non-local government assistance.
Sullivan County officials anticipate that Sullivan County, and the Towns and Villages within Sullivan County, will qualify for Public Assistance for FEMA federal disaster aid for the County and Local Governments, and that President Obama will include Sullivan County in the disaster areas for New York State.

“Commissioner Martinkovic will coordinate the PDA process for Sullivan County with the Towns and Villages. In the interim, Sullivan County officials and Town and Village officials will continue to compile damage assessments in preparation for the FEMA site visit.”

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LIBERTY, NY (August 31, 2011) – This Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. supplies will be collected for hurricane relief at the Liberty Community Development Corporation at 167 N. Main Street in Liberty (by the police station).

Items needed are clothing, non perishable food items and bottled water that will be distributed to families in the Catskills who have been devastated by the floods.

If you are unable to donate at that time, please call 845-807-4372 before then to make other drop off arrangements.

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CLARYVILLE, NY (August 31, 2011) — On August 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene caused an overwhelming amount of destruction to  Frost Valley YMCA, and the water wrecked havoc on the camp and conference center.

Currently there is no access by road to Frost Valley and there is no estimated timeline on when the road will be accessible.

Pigeon-before pigeon lodge Entire roads and bridges were washed away. One of the historic buildings, Pigeon Lodge (pictured before and after), was engulfed by water and shattered beyond repair. Trees are down and buildings are filled with water.

As the staff work to get the camp up and running, the Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Directors are focused on the many financial steps that must be addressed to start the rebuilding of Frost Valley. They are seeking donations through their website of

DH Road They will be announcing other help needed as they get a better idea of the damage.

For continuous coverage, please follow Frost Valley on Twitter: or on Facebook: For questions about programs, please check the website or e-mail:


Established in 1901 as one of the nation’s first summer camps, Frost Valley YMCA now provides four seasons of outdoor, experiential and educational opportunities. Frost Valley YMCA is a 6,000 acre residential camping, environmental education, and conference center located in the heart of the “forever wild” Catskill Mountain Preserve and serves over 40,000 visitors per year.

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MONTICELLO, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) will distribute another round dry ice and bottled water to their customers that remain out of power from the impacts associated with Hurricane Irene. 

The distribution points are as follows from 12:00 noon each day while supplies last until NYSEG customers are fully restored. NYSEG is anticipating a new shipment of product from New Jersey overnight for distribution today.

1. Fallsburg Police Department 19 Railroad Avenue, South Fallsburg (845) 434-4422.

2. White Lake Fire House on Route 17B in White Lake.

3. White Sulpher Springs Fire House on Route 52 in White Sulpher Springs.

4. Monticello Fire House, Richardson Avenue in Monticello

Dry ice and bottled water is expected to be distributed daily, while supplies last, until power is restored to all of NYSEG’s Sullivan County customers.

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GLEN SPEY, NY (August 25, 2011) – Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D,C-Forestburgh) helped celebrate the 104th birthday of Town of Lumberland citizen, Carl Hentschel.

Carl 104th His actual birthday was August 16th.

Hentschel’s an active participant with the Lumberland Senior Center in Glen Spey where the party was held.

“Mr. Hentschel has lived a very interesting life,” said Assemblywoman Gunther. “It is hard to
believe he is 104 years old! I am so glad that the Office for the Aging invited me to join their party for

Carl Hentschel was born in Breslau Germany on August 16, 1907. He immigrated to the United States with his parents under a farm worker visa arriving at Ellis Island on June 14, 1923 and lived in College Point, Queens.

For 40 years, he worked for the New York Life Insurance Company and pursued his education by attending night school at Pratt Institute and New York University.

He subsequently became the head of the elevator maintenance department at NY Life.

Carl met his wife, Marily, in Queens and they were married for 54 years. She predeceased him in 1998.

During the war years of 1942 – 1945, Carl served his country as Link Trainer Instructor and
later in the Military Intelligence Corps.

Carl and Marily adopted two war orphan brothers and is a very proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather of 2 sons, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

In 1956 Carl and Marily became involved with the Black Forest Colony in Glen Spey. He and
Marily soon retired and became year-round residents of the Town of Lumberland.

“Carl has been a mentor and inspiration to all his friends and neighbors in Glen Spey,” said
Assemblywoman Gunther. “He is truly a remarkable man.”

Also, attending the party and pictured with Assemblywoman Gunther and Mr. Hentschel was
Sullivan County Legislator Kathy LaBuda representing District 2 which includes Lumberland.

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