County Board Chairman Calls Special Meeting

Madison County Board of Supervisors Clerk Cindy Urtz announced today that Chairman John M. Becker has called a special meeting of the board Monday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 a.m. in the Supervisors Large Conference Room (second floor of the County Office Building).

It is anticipated there will be a motion and vote to go into […]

Chairman Delivers State of the County

Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John M. Becker (R – Sullivan) delivered his annual State of the County address today at 2 p.m. In it, Becker provides some highlights from county departments, as well as the trials and tribulations


Code Officer Defends Himself

Resident Says Clash Between Costanzo, Contractor Impacted His Project

By Martha E. Conway

(Town of Sullivan, NY – April 3, 2013) A couple of members of the public had words for Code Enforcement Officer Phil Costanzo at the Sullivan Town Council’s regular meeting April 3. The issue revolved around allegedly malicious delays in the issuance […]

Noise Ordinance Work to Resume

By Martha E. Conway

(Town of Sullivan – Jan. 2, 2013) The Sullivan Town Council will hold a work session following its regular meeting Jan. 16 to discuss changes to the town’s quality of life ordinance. The issue has been brought to the board numerous times over the past few years from residents in western […]

Special District Costs Will Put Town over 2-Percent Cap

By Martha E. Conway

(Town of Sullivan, NY – Oct. 3, 2012) Sullivan residents vehemently opposed a proposed local law to override the state-mandated 2-percent tax cap at a public hearing Oct. 3. Some likened it to ‘writing the town a blank check” to do with as they please.

At a public informational meeting on […]

Madison County Long-term Employees Recognized

(Madison County, NY – Sept. 2012) Every year, Madison County recognizes its long-term employees for their years of dedicated service to its citizens. A reception will be held, honoring a total of 44 employees with 750 years of combined service in 13 different departments.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Supervisors’ Chambers, […]

Anti-Drilling Contingent Returns

By Martha E. Conway

(Sullivan – Sept. 5, 2012) Sullivan resident Donna Muhs-McCarten, who was out of the country during the town of Sullivan’s public hearing on natural gas activity, was allowed three minutes to speak at the Sullivan Town Council’s regular meeting Sept. 5.

Muhs-McCarten repeated her position to stop drilling activity in the […]

Bridgeport Sewer District Construction to Begin After Labor Day

By Martha E. Conway

(Town of Sullivan, NY – Aug. 25, 2012) About 140 people turned out Saturday morning to hear the proposed construction schedule for the Bridgeport Sewer District project. After more than four years’ planning, construction crews are expected to break ground, possibly in multiple locations, after Labor Day.

Supervisor John M. Becker […]

Bridgeport Sewer District Work to Begin Soon

By Martha E. Conway

(Town of Sullivan, NY – Aug. 2012) Christian Lawton of Barton & Loguidice reported that bids for the Bridgeport Sewer District are in and the project is under budget. That news means that every home in the district will receive its own grinder pump now, eliminating the need for neighbors to […]

Natural Gas Session Planned

(Town of Sullivan, NY – Aug.2012) The Sullivan Town Council will host a public input session Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m., as part of its regular monthly meeting to allow members of the public an opportunity to express their concerns or support of natural gas exploration and extraction activities in the town.

Supervisor John […]

County Work Group Hosts Natural Gas Information Exchange


Pictured from left are natural gas information exchange panel members Supervisor Roger D. Bradstreet (D – Nelson), chairman of the Madison County Natural Gas Development Working Group; Supervisor Darrin P. Ball (R – Lincoln), Madison County Farm Bureau President Darrell Griff; Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District Manager Steve Lorraine; EmKey Resources […]

Details What Taxpayers ‘Got for their Money’


By John M. Becker

(Wampsville, NY – June 2012) In a recent Syracuse Post-Standard article titled “Attorney, comptroller seek to toss Oneida Nation suit”, the plaintiffs’ Oneida Indian Nation-funded attorney was quoted, in connection with the pending lawsuit against the New York State Comptroller and Madison County Attorney S. John Campanie, as follows: “[the] […]