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Sullivan Renaissance, Sullivan County and Empire Resorts

July 15, 2008

LIBERTY – Two more environmental grants have been awarded by Sullivan Renaissance, SullivanCounty and Empire Resorts as part of a new collaborative program to fund innovative demonstration projects.  Recipients are the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and the Sullivan County Long Beards.


This makes a total of ten different environmental efforts begun in 2008 in SullivanCounty.  All of these demonstration projects aim to find ways to develop a more sustainable economy, while educating the public and protecting a “greener” earth.


Sullivan County Legislature Chair Jonathan Rouis said, “We are thrilled to partner with Sullivan Renaissance and Empire Resorts to provide these environmental demonstrations grants.  The demonstration portion of these grants is a truly innovative concept that allows all SullivanCounty residents to see examples of projects they can try out in their own homes and communities to reduce waste, conserve electricity and enhance recycling efforts.  We are so proud of these great projects!”


“We are proud to be a part of this new grant program focusing on green initiatives and our environment.  It is also encouraging to see so many of these projects directly involving and educating the youth of SullivanCounty – they are the future” said Empire Resorts CEO Dave Hanlon.


The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce has received a grant to convert its holiday decorations from incandescent lights to LED lights.  In its application, the chamber said that incandescent lights are “not environmentally friendly and also lack the ability of reuse.”  The new LED lights will consume less energy and will have a life span of several years.  The chamber’s holiday decoration committee said the lights will be ordered in time for this holiday season.


The Sullivan County Long Beards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has received an environmental demonstration grant aimed at helping wildlife in SullivanCounty.  The Long Beards will plant apple trees, as well as food plots with a high clover concentration, in order to make food more readily available to deer.  This will provide extra strength to help more animals make it through the tough winter weather.


This is the first year for Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Demonstration grant program, which is funded by Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts of Monticello.  Other projects include: sewing and distributing “Erika’s Better Bags” in Barryville; establishing a recycling program at the RobertJ. KaiserMiddle School; and creating an outdoor themed learning garden at SullivanWestElementary School.  A list of all ten projects is attached.


“We thank our partners for helping Sullivan Renaissance expand our work to include grants for environmental demonstration projects,” said Denise Frangipane, who coordinates the program for Sullivan Renaissance, “Whether it is eliminating plastic bags or implementing recycling, organizations are making very tangible changes in their communities through pilot programs that can be replicated throughout our county.”


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.


For more information about programs, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at       


2008 Environmental Demonstration Grants

1.  Bashakill Area Association                     “Come Clean” reusable bag program in Wurtsboro

2.  Delaware Highlands Conservancy            Educational series about land conservation

3.  “Erika’s Better Bags” in Barryville            Create and distribute cloth bags to residents

4.  Fallsburg CSD Environmental Club          Establish mixed-paper recycling program

5.  Long Beards Chapter of Wild Turkey Federation    Planting food patches for wildlife

6.  Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce        Purchase of low energy, reusable LED holiday lights

7.  RJK Middle School Recycling Program    Pilot a full recycling program at the school

8.  Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development       Energy smart students

9.  Sullivan West Elementary                       Outdoor classroom themed gardens

10. Town of Callicoon                                   Habitat restoration to return wildlife to streams