NARROWSBURG –The membership of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) board has been determined for 2013 following municipal reorganizational meetings.
The UDC is a not-for-profit, bi-state organization which has operated since 1988 under a Cooperative Agreement partnership with the National Park Service to oversee the coordinated implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a component since 1978 of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Council members are the eight New York towns and five Pennsylvania townships that border on the Upper Delaware River, as well as the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Buckingham and Manchester Townships remain eligible to join as voting members. The Delaware River Basin Commission is a non-voting member.
The National Park Service is a non-voting partner.
UDC officers for this 25th anniversary year are: Chairperson Jeffrey R. Dexter, Damascus Township, PA; Vice-chairperson Andrew Boyar, Town of Highland, NY; and Secretary-Treasurer John B. Niflot, Town of Fremont, NY.
The 2013 roster of appointed representatives and alternates as of February 7, listed from north to south in the river corridor, is:
Town of Hancock–Fred Peckham, representative; Samuel N. Rowe, Jr, alternate
Town of Fremont–John B. Niflot, representative; George Conklin, alternate
Town of Delaware–Harold G. Roeder, Jr., representative; David Peters, alternate
Town of Cochecton–Larry H. Richardson, representative; Edwin Grund, alternate
Town of Tusten–Susan Sullivan, representative; Tony Ritter, alternate
Town of Highland–Andrew Boyar, representative; Debra Conway, alternate
Town of Lumberland–Nadia Rajsz, representative; alternate position vacant
Town of Deerpark–David M. Dean, representative; Virginia Dudko, alternate
Damascus Township –Jeffrey Dexter, representative; Joseph Canfield, alternate
Berlin Township –Alan Henry, representative; Paul Henry, alternate
Lackawaxen Township–John S. McKay, representative; Brian Stuart, alternate
Shohola Township–Patricia Jeffer,representative; George J. Fluhr, 1st alternate; Aaron Robinson, 2nd alternate
Westfall Township–representative and alternate positions vacant
State of New York–NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 3 Natural Resources Supervisor William J. Rudge, representative; NYS DEC Region 3 Inland Fisheries Manager Michael J. Flaherty, alternate
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania–PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation/Conservation, Natural Resource Program Supervisor Dennis DeMara, representative; alternate position vacant
Delaware River Basin Commission (non-voting member)–DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier, representative; alternate position rotates National Park Service (non-voting partner)–NPS Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach, representative;
NPS Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Superintendent Sean J. McGuinness, alternate.
The UDC’s three full-time staff members are: Executive Director Laurie Ramie; Resource Specialist Travis O’Dell; and Secretary Cindy Odell.
The full body of the Upper Delaware Council meets every first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Three standing committees meet as follows: Water Use/Resource Management Committee, third Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Operations Committee, fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; and Project Review Committee, fourth Tuesdays at approximately 7 p.m. All of these meetings take place at the UDC’s office located at 211 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY, and are open to the public.
For more information, please visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or call (845) 252-3022.