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Political favors and wealthy donors

On September 18, a three-judge federal appeals panel threw out the corruption conviction of former New York State Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam. Father and son had been convicted of fraud and bribery, and Dean of using his office to pressure his company to give his son a mostly no-show job.

TRR photo by Ted Waddell

Superintendent of Schools Nancy Hackett, right, the author of the above letter, was captured with Sullivan West Homecoming Queen Emma Moran at the school’s recent Homecoming Game and celebration by TRR sports writer and photographer Ted Waddell. For full coverage on the  game, pick up next week’s River Reporter.

Letters to the editor October 5

Thank you Lake Huntington Fire Department

We’re in this together

Every day I come face to face with a disease that debilitates the lives of those caught in its throes—addiction. Equally painful are the daily collateral affects felt by family, friends, neighbors and total communities.

Every day I talk about hope.

A Light Rain

This storm carries blood

Heavy, tropical drops

Of swept away farms

Pigs and chickens

The neighbor’s dog

Not to mention the


This storm

This gentle pattering

Against my window

Easy rivers

Washing the streets

Of the city

This wind was a bit

Let the voters decide

The Sullivan County Charter Review Commission in June delivered a final report to the county legislature, and 12 of the 13 members recommended that the county change its form of government from one with an appointed county manager to one with an elected county executive.

Mary's wallet

My headlights shone on something glittering in the blackness of morning as I pulled into my parking space under the tree. These days the station is dark for the early trains with the exception of some overhead lamps on the platform.

TRR photos by Kristin Barron

A pizza-box eclipse device

Sunflowers and the eclipse

I work on the night shift now and sleep during the day, so there was something especially peculiar about being woken up at two in the afternoon on August 21 by my eclipse-enthralled family, specifically to go outside to watch the sky grow dark.



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