A lawsuit filed by Rolling V Bus Corp last June against Fallsburg Central School District in a contract dispute that arose out of Covid-19 emergency declarations has settled and was filed with the State Supreme Court yesterday (November 18). Meanwhile, there's a pending suit filed in late September by Liberty Central School District -with similar contractual issues - in which Rolling V is the defendant.
LIBERTY - Two sources have told The SullivanTimes that there are between 50 and 100 positive cases of Covid-19 connected to Ideal Snacks in Liberty, now owned by Frito-Lay.
One of the sources said that once employees are inside the production area of the facility, many employees were regularly removing or lowering their masks during September and October, according to an employee who did not want to be identified. The employee added that the workforce has dwindled considerably in recent weeks.
The protocol at the facility, one source said, is that employees are mandated to wear masks upon entry and temperatures are taken by security personnel.
The New York State Department of Health reportedly inspected the facility about two weeks ago. That was confirmed by a Sullivan County government employee, who also confirmed that the number of cases could be closer to 100 than 50.
The SullivanTimes has started reaching out to Frito-Lay, the New York State Health Department and Sullivan County Public Health Services for comment.
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On Friday, November 6, a hearing was held before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Richard Northrup Jr. (Delaware County) in connection with the Election Law petition filed by Mike Martucci, the 42nd District candidate, who leads incumbent Jen Metzger before absentee ballots have been counted.
The discussion among attorneys for both candidates and all the Boards of Elections in the District - plus the New York State Boards of Elections - centered around coming to agreement on language for canvassing the ballots.
Below is the stipulation that was expected to be filed with the court this morning on that issue by John Ciampoli, the attorney for Martucci. The stipulation requires formal approval from all parties before it becomes binding.
Thomas Cawley, deputy county attorney, is representing the Sullivan County Board of Elections.
Although Martucci claimed victory after Election Day last week, Metzger issued a statement pointing out that the 25,000 absentee ballots that have to be counted are overwhelmingly from Democratic voters.