June 19, 2008

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Authorities, summer residents discuss influx of population

MIDDLETOWN – The population of Sullivan County triples every summer with the influx of summer residents from the New York metropolitan area. The majority are members of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Community leaders met with law enforcement officials from Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, Greene and Putnam counties on Tuesday in a session also attended by Troop F State Police officials and State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt.

State Police Supt. Harry Corbitt (left) among the law enforcement officials
addressing community leaders    (Photos contributed by

Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff told that the meeting was extremely productive with very few concerns expected this summer.

“The fact that everybody has a conduit; they know who to contact to resolve these problems. We made contacts within the community so that when problems come up with parking, noise complaints, any kind of specific problems, we are able to contact people in the community and solve the problems and they work with us,” he said. “The reverse is true that when they have a problem with something, they ask for our help and we are normally able to come in and resolve those problems also.”

The community leaders were also advised to tell their residents about driving and talking on cell phones, not walking on the roadways, and watching out for children who may get involved in some form of dangerous activity. “I understated that there are organizations aggressively working to establish alternative recreational activities for these kids,” Sheriff Schiff told “I am doing whatever I can on our end to prevent a repeat of some of the unfortunate incidents which took place last summer, but my message today is directed toward the parents, and camp directors: Know where your children are at all times.”

At the beginning of each summer season, the police and community leaders of the part-time residents meet.


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