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Everyone deserves clean healthy air

The American Lung Association 2016 “State of the Air” report, published in the April 20, 2016 issue of the MidHudson News, brought good news to Orange County which received an “A” for having no high ozone days from 2012-2014 and also for having no high particle pollution days during the same period. 

Despite this welcome news, several surrounding counties received poor grades in these areas showing there is still more work to be done.

I applaud the American Lung Association for their strong and sustained advocacy to achieve healthy air for all. Providing this information to the public each year creates an opportunity to focus attention on regions that need improvement. 

Everyone deserves to breathe clean, healthy air.   

Susan E. Lennon
(April 26)


“Sullivan’s Board of Elections ready for potentially pivotal presidential primary”  
(MidHudusonNews.Com  April 11, 2016)

I hope they are ready for the onslaught of angry and disenfranchised voters of both parties.

NY rules state we must be registered in either the Democrat or Republican party to vote in the Primary for that party.

With all of the shenanigans of this current election cycle I am sure many fell as I am feeling, “our votes don’t count”!

The Primary Election is Tuesday April 19th and I am registered to vote and certainly will. On April 20th I will be visiting the Sullivan County Board of Elections to switch my party affiliation to Independent because I have no more desire to be affiliated with either of these parties in future elections. Both have taken the concept of fairness and tossed it in the trash and our votes are completely meaningless and a waste of time and effort. All registered voters whether Democrat, Republican or Independent can vote in the General Elections in November for whom ever they prefer so there is absolutely no need to remain registered as a Republican or Democrat if like me you disagree with these unfair tactics of both parties. “We, The People” are being silenced by the very parties we elect to hear us!

Gary Lothrop
(April 11)


Accomplished Community Leader and Volunteer

We feel compelled to set the record straight about Mount Saint Mary’s Board Chairman and our father, Dr. Albert J. Gruner.  Dr. Gruner, a leader in our community, a man of incredible integrity and a generous contributor of both time and financial resources, is being publicly attacked by the very College he has passionately advocated for over the past 8 years.

Our father has lived his entire life governed by three pillars – his faith, his family and his service to his community.  He has consistently held himself to the highest standards and donated countless hours of his time in unpaid, volunteer positions to improve and expand the impact of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  Instead of being honored for these contributions – as he should be – he is, instead, being criticized for practices of the Board of Trustees that are governed by confidentiality laws and policies.  His respect for these procedures and for the requirements of confidentiality should be lauded, not ridiculed.  Even more disappointing, there are several individuals expressing their misguided beliefs in a way that personally attack a gentleman who has done nothing but demonstrate leadership and selflessness to his community and to this College. 

Given the nature of the attacks on our father, we felt it necessary to set the record straight and reiterate the many organizations that have benefitted from his integrity, service and altruism over the last 50 years.  These organizations include:  St. Anselm’s College, YMCA of Ulster County, the Rosemary D. Gruner Cancer Fund, Gateway Community Industries, Benedictine Health Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, the Children’s Home of Kingston and Kiwanis Club.

We are proud of our father and his accomplishments and could not let these personal attacks go unanswered.  He deserves better! Mount St. Mary College is a private college and those associated with these attacks should hold themselves to a higher standard of faith, gratitude and respect.  It is difficult to believe that anyone who so generously gives of his time and energy for a volunteer position could face an attack of such a personal nature.  We ask that you stand up to this type of bullying and do not allow those critics to continue to make baseless statements.

The Children of Dr. Albert J. Gruner
Ellen Arsenault
Albert Joseph Gruner Jr.
Daniel J. Gruner
Margaret DiDonna
(April 11)


Let’s Build a Modern Park – Please Support an Ongoing $4M Catskills Line in the EPF

The Catskill region deserves a modern Catskill Park that can meet the needs of our current visitors, our communities and growth in the future. For years the Catskill Center has advocated for equitable support from the State for the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve, as well as the larger Catskill region. Providing a vastly improved recreational experience for residents and visitors alike will improve the health of our public lands, our people and our economy.

We’ve had great successes, first in creating the Catskill Park Coalition with our Co-Chair Catskill Mountainkeeper along with many others to develop a stronger voice for the Catskills.  Second in helping support our region’s Forest Rangers, to open the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, and to garner ever increasing support for marketing the Catskill region. Most recently, during the 2015 legislative session we helped secure a $500,000 line item for the Catskills in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Aid to Localities” budget, a historic budget item for the region that should have shovels in the ground soon.  We were instrumental in helping to bring Governor Cuomo to the Catskills to launch his Ride the Catskills campaign, announce $5 million in additional I Love NY marketing money for the region, and to announce his 2016 Catskills Challenge. 

This year the Catskill Center and the Catskill Park Coalition requested support from our state representatives for a $300M budget for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), with $4M set aside for the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve for planning, infrastructure maintenance and improvements, and community grants for Catskill towns.  We were thrilled to see that the New York State Assembly included the $4M Catskill Park line in their Environmental Protection Fund budget proposal through the hard work of Catskill Park champions like Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.  We have strong support in the New York State Senate from Senators James Seward, John Bonacic and George Amedore and from the Senate Democratic Conference.  We know the Governor supports the Catskill region.  Our hope during these final budget negotiations is the $4M line for the Catskill Park and for the communities of the Catskills is included in the final budget.

The Catskill Center strongly urges the Assembly, the Senate and the Governor to include the $4M Catskill Park line in the final EPF budget to support the Catskill region and build a modern park. Build on the momentum of the last several years in the Catskills and continue to build on New York’s proud and leading legacy of first in the nation conservation. Let’s build a modern Catskill Park!

Jeff Senterman
Executive Director, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
(March 27)



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