Archives for March 2019

Olean Library Budget Request Seeks 2 Percent Increase

Olean voters will decide on $1.16M Olean Library budget request in a couple of months.
The budget is a $21,000 tax increase. The impact on City of Olean property owners is estimated to be small… only another 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.
The average library tax for a home valued at $50,000 will be about $92 a year.
The annual budget vote is set for 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 7 in the library.
The Salamanca council has given the green light to a $250,000 Main Street repaving project.
The paving work is expected to being in the middle of May.
Because the bid came in much lower than what the council had budgeted, they could consider including widening a portion of Main Street in front of the Salamanca Mall in the project.

Drug Drop Boxes Under Question After Thefts

Drug drop boxes like the one in Tonawanda are getting a second look now that two paramedics have been arrested for allegeldy stealing pills from one. Erie County’s top health official is defending the program.
The investigation into the Tonawanda paramedics comes two months after the former Kenmore police chief admitted taking pills from a medication drop box. There are at least 27 locations in Western New York, although the rural counties just have one or two sites and Cattaraugus and Orleans counties have none.
The unemployment rate in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties is down to to it’s lowest level since 2001.
In Cattaraugus County, the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in February, down from 6 percent reported for January according to the state Department of Labor.
In Allegany County, the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in February, down from 6.7 percent for January. In February 2018, the rate was 7.8 percent.

Olean Dunn Tire Manager Fired and Charged with Theft

The manager of the Olean Dunn Tire has been fired and he’s charged with stealing.
Police say several thousand dollars worth of deposits are missing.
43 year old Bradley Jerge was arrested after Police received an employee theft complaint from Dunn Tire.
the accounting department realized over $4,020 in deposits were never deposited.
Robocalls would be effectively banned in the state of New York under legislation proposed by lawmakers who say the irritating, relentless calls are a top complaint from constituents.
The measure, which passed a Senate committee Tuesday, would prohibit telemarketers from using automatic dialing technology to contact a New Yorker for commercial purposes if they don’t have the person’s prior consent.

Companies that violate the rule could face fines of up to $2,000 per call.
Nearly 48 billion robocalls were placed in the U.S. last year.
The bill would not apply to political robocalls that are not deemed to be commercial speech.

Reed, Gillibrand, Schumer Weigh In On Mueller Report

US representative Tom Reed says it’s time to move on from investigations; but New York Democrats Kirstin Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer say we need to keep investigating Trump/Russia allegations.
Reed says the nation should move on becuase Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence of Trump campaign collusion.
Senator Gillibrand, who’s running for president said the full Mueller report must be made public.
Senator Schumer says the report does not clear the President.
The Olean Chamber of Commerce is getting another job training grant.
IT’s the 7th year in a row. From next April to March the Chamber will get $112,000. The money goes to pay 50 percent of an employees’ wages while in training.
A batch of bourbon has been born at the Ellicottville Distillery releases 18-month-old bourbon
It recently released its 18-month-old bourbon whiskey.
The Ellicottville Distillery officially opened its doors for business in October 2016.

Unemployment Rates up Slightly in New York

Unemployment rates are up a little but but still lower than this time last year.
The unemployment rate went down from 3.8 percent in January to 3.7 percent in February 2019, outside of new york city.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo cheered the results, which also noted the highest number of private sector jobs in state history.
Since Cuomo’s inauguration, state officials reported 1.16 million new jobs have been created.
Two people have been charged with negligent homicide in two Allegany County overdose deaths.
Police say 31 year old Jessica Sprague and 36 year old George Brown gave the fatal doses of heroin to a 24-year old man a couple of weeks ago in Clarksville, and a 30-year-old man last month in Wellsville.
Augtohrites say the charges may be the first time an alleged drug seller has been charged in a user’s overdose death in Allegany County.

Kitchen Fire Extinguished on St. Bonaventure Campus

Nobody was injured in a kitchen fire in a residence building for upperclassmen on the St. Bonaventure campus Wednesday afternoon.
The fire was called in by the student resident of the apartment where the fire began. A university maintenance worker went into the apratment was able to put hte fire out. the other apartments in the building were evacuated, but no one was hurt.
Olean’s Manufacturers Hanover building roof is expected to be replaced this summer.
The roof and masonry work will come before the building reopens under private ownership. The city of Olean Urban Renewal Agency approved a contract with state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for a $500,000 grant to help repair the building at 101 N. Union Street. Officials have been discussing replacing the roof for years, but higher-than-expected bids in 2016 led to the URA seeing state aid as the agency’s finances are limited.

Olean Council Wants to Remove $150,000 from

The Olean Common Council wants to strip about $150,000 from the city budget instead of seeing a tax hike.
The $25.18 million tentative calls for a 2 percent tax increase, but Common Council President John Crawford says the council can reduce the budget by more than $150,000.
the council is recommending several expenses be eliminated from the budget
The requests go back to the department heads for consideration.
The new mayor of Iittle Valley is James Bowen. He won the only contested mayor race this year.
Bowen got 142 votes while incumbent Norman Marsh received a total of 51 votes. Marsh ran on the Republican and Justice Party lines. The term is for four years.
Seven Cattaraugus County villages held elections Tuesday including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Ellicottville, Gowanda and Little Valley.
There are no vacancies in the villages of Franklinville and Delevan this year.

Fire Destroys South Third Street Home

Investigators say a fire that destroyed a south third street home was likely caused by gas heater.
It broke out in an upstairs apartment, but caused no injuries to her or anyone else. The heater was surrounded by debris,” which burned. The tenant was at work at the time of the blaze. While the fire was mostly contained to the second floor, the downstairs also had some fire and water damage. fire fighters say it’s a total loss.
the Bank of Cattaraugus is keeping it all in the family.
The new CEO at one of the smallest banks in Western New York will continue as a family operation.
Colleen Young will succeed her father, Patrick Cullen, as president and CEO of Bank of Cattaraugus. The tiny bank has a single office in the village of Cattaraugus – about an hour south of Buffalo – and approximately $21 million in assets.

Olean School District Finalizing School Questionaire

the Olean Central School District wants to get feedback from students and teachers about what it’s like inside the schools.
About 10 people gave their thoughts on the questionnaires for students, staff and parents.
the school board now has to approve it. One of the biggest questions is whether the students and teachers feel safe.
The surveys are based on the U.S. Department of Education School Climate Survey, but committee members have been making their own modifications.
a Second Olean man is going to prison for burglarizing an Olean business last summer.
27 year old Stephen Frank was sentenced to two to four years in state prison
police say Frank and 29-year-old Shane Rice, destroyed a wall safe and stole about $800 in cash, $300 in silver coins titles, tools and two laptops. Rice also pleaded guilty to burglary earlier this year.

Election Day for Seven Cattaraugus County Villiages Tuesday

Voters in Seven Cattaraugus County villages go to the polls tomorrow, but voters will have a choice in only one mayoral election.
Little Valley’s is the mayoral contest with two candidates. Republican Mayor Norman Marsh is challenged by Democrat James Bowen. Marsh is also running on the Justice Party line. The winners term is four years.
Allegany, Mayor Greg Pearl is unopposed
Cattaraugus Mayor Wirt Smith is unopposed
Gowanda, Mayor David Smith is unopposed
In Portville, candidaste Anthony Evans is unopposed after defeating Mayor Emily Woodhead in the Republican caucus
The polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.
Bradford Township has a new townhisp supervisor. The Vacancy Board unanimously voted appointed Dave Geitner .
Geitner will serve through 2019, finishing a seat left empty by Gayle Bauer, who died Feb. 6. She was in her 12th year as supervisor.
Geitner was one of eight applicants who were in the running.