Archives for February 2019

State Senator Catharin Young Resigning

State Senator Catharine Young is resigning her Senate seat, and will go to work at Cornell
Her resignation takes effect in ten days when she’ll start her now job leading the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech. She said it’s a great opportunity to continue her public service.
Cattaraugus County Republican Chairman Robert Keis said other Republicans in the district that could be considered are Chautauqua County Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. If there is a 30-day special election called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, name recognition will count for a lot with voters.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about scam artists who say they’re calling from the Social Security Administration requesting individuals to press number 1 for further communications asking for personal information.
If you get a call like that, the sherffs office says contact the authorities, don’t fall for the scam.

Olean Police Find New Met Lab at Site of Old Met Lab Bust

Police thought they had shut down a meth lab at a First Street apartment in Olean last september, but they say another one sprang up in it’s place.
This time with children inside. police went there looking for somone who failed to appear in court on meth charges.
They instead found new occupants, including young children, and reportedly again found meth-making materials.
arrests are pending against the new occupants, including a couple living there with their three young children. Police are not identifying the suspects at this time.
The Town of Hinsdale will get a $350,000 state grant to help replace heavy equipment and vehicles lost in a fire last year at the Hinsdale Town Highway Department building.
The funding was secured by republican Senator Cathy Young in the 2018-19 New York State budget.
Town Budget Officer Jeff VanDeCar said without the grant Hindsale would have to go deep into debt to replace the equipment.

Winter Weather Advisory for Cattaraugus, Allegany and more

The National Weather Service has expanded locations that will be under a winter weather advisory beginning this morning until tonight at ten oclock. the areas under an advisor includes Cattaraugus and Allegany counties as well as Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara, northern and southern Erie, and Chautauqua.
Snow will overspread the area from southwest to northeast this morning. The snow tapers off from west to east Wednesday night, the Weather Service said. A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Benefits and fundraisers are being planned to help an Allegany family who lost their home last week.
A benefit has been planned next week for Kayla Smith and her five children,
The event will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. March 10 at the Press Box in Olean.

Cattaraugus County Mobile Home Fire Claims Two Lives

Two people died in a mobile home fire in Cattaraugus County over the weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office were called out to the fire on Sawmill Run Rd. in Coldspring shortly around 12:20 in the morning Saturday.
but by the time they got there it was too late… the mobile home was fully engulfed in fire.
The identities of the victims, who were found inside the home, have not been released.
fire fighters are investigating but police say that they don’t expect any foul play.
Plans to make Ellicottville’s Bicentennial celebration memorable are underway.
And they say the need a little help to make it great.
This celebration is for the town of Ellicottville, and not the village. The village of Ellicottville was formed in 1837.
the committee is hoping to coordinate a few of their bicentennial events with some of Ellicottville’s annual activities in 2020.

No Injuries in Second Street Fire

Fire investigators will be back at work today to try and figure out what caused a blaze on Second Street in Olean yesterday.
The fire at the three-unit residential building was reported at close to 6 am Sunday morning. Everyone was able to get out and there were no reports of injuries. The property is valued at $70,000 and damage could total between $10,000 to $15,000. The fire was reported to be in the kitchen in the stove and cabinets area.
Jamestown Community College transfer agreements will try to make it easier to transfer credits to a four-year college.
JCC is working on a four-year plan, which JCC President Dr. Daniel DeMarte presented last week to the Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Finance Committee.
JCC has more than 400 transfer agreements with about 60 colleges.
They’re basically insurance for students that the credits they earn at JCC will be recognized at other schools.

OGH and BRMC Lay off Over 30 People

More than 30 people are looking for work after being laid off across Olean General Hospital, Bradford Regional Medical Center
Upper Allegheny says it lost $5.1 million.
The layoffs include 16 employees from General Hospital and 15 employees from Bradford Regional.
The layoffs are the second-largest since Upper Allegheny formed in 2009. The largest was when 59 employees were laid off from in January 2010 after the hospital reported $17 million in losses over the previous four years.
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor three more StrOleans this year. all on Saturdays, June 15; Friday, August 16 and Saturday, October 26. the chamber is encouraging businesses, to start planning now. there are POPUP MARKETs, fundraising events and lots of food. Some past StrOlean events included tire flipping, an outside yoga class, story time, roller derby with a track for bouts at the Olean Center Mall parking lot.

Allegany Mobile Home Fire Investigated

Fire investigators are tying to find out what caused a blaze that destroyed a Colonial Village mobile home, and injured a mother and her children. It happened early Tuesday morning in a trailer park off Route 417 in Allegany. A relative told the Olean Time herald that the family was Kayla Smith and her children as Joselyn; Jaydn, Damyon, Nick, and Anthony, 4. All were inside the home when the blaze broke out.
Cattaraugus County’s County Wide Trail Committee will meet Today to talk about the next step toward in connecting and expanding area trails. It’ll be at 7 p.m. in the County Center. They’ll discuss funding they’ve applied for from the Appalachian Regional Commission to GIS all trails in the county and develop an app for smartphones so people can tell where they are on the trails and where access points are located.

Threat of Ice Brings Winter Weather Advisory

The threat of ice storms has prompted winter weather advisories all across the region
The winter weather advisories begin this afternoon across Wyoming, southern Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and continue to 1o’clock Thursday morning.
Mixed precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of an inch or less and ice accumulations of a few hundredths of an inch expected. Winds will gust as high as 40 mph. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.
An Olean man has been charged with producing child pornography. 29 year old Jacob Tunison could go to prison for 30 years if he’s convicted. Cuba police alterted the FBI last month and they say Tunison used one or more social media to send lewd images of himself to a 13-year-old girl and he asked her to do the same.

Former Olean City Attorney Suing for Defamation

A former Olean city attorney says he was falsely accused of bomb threat last year is suing the mayor and police department.
Daniel DeRose was city attorney in 2010. he filed a notice of claim against the city in October in New York Supreme Court in Little Valley. It’s the first legal step of a lawsuit . He says he was defamed when they said he threatened to bomb officers during a confrontation at the police station.
DeRose claims he never threatened to bomb officers and never uttered the word bomb.
the Portville Central School District wants a nearly $14 million makeover.
If voters approve, the Elementary school will get most of the attention wiht the first major renovation since it was built in the 1950s., but the high school pool, auditorium, and labs will also to be upgraded.
The plan will voted on May 21 along with the district’s 2019-20 budget proposal,

Governor Cuomo Proposes Restoring AIM Cuts

New york Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to restorating Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) but he wants to do it by taking county internet sales taxes. Cuomo cut more than $850,000 in state aid to Cattaraugus and Allegany counties from his tentative budget.
it’s making towns and villarges happy but The governor’s announcement caught county officials across the state by surprise.
The governor’s proposed 2019-20 budget did not affect the $2.24 million in AIM funds the City of Olean is set to receive, or $928,131 in AIM revenue for the City of Salamanca.
Seven area people are facing drug charges after police say they found methamphetamine at home in Con-e-wango.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force got a search warrant and reportedly found over half an ounce of crystal methamphetamine packaged in small containers, scales, packaging materials and a small amount of marijuana.
All seven people were taken to Cattaraugus County Jail.