Archives for December 2019

Bradford City Tax Rate Less Than Expected

A belated Christmas present for homeowners in Bradford.
The tax increase won’t be as large as expected.
At the the last council meeting of the year, the council passed a final budget that sets the property tax rate at 1.85 on every $100. This is an increase of 0.5 mills.
Mayor Tom Riel said this is an increase of about $25 on a $50,000 house.
In November, city officials were looking at a tax increase of 3.94 mills, but that increase was lowered through continued budget talks.
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A 66-year-old Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for insurance fraud and for faking business records.
New York State Police Troopers say Eugene Saville of Ashford filed faked paperwork with an insurance company about property losses from a fire.
He was charged with falsifying Business Records and Insurance Fraud.
He is expected to appear in the Town of Ashford Court some time in January.

Record Number of Child Abuse Cases in Cattaraugus County

Social Services says they’ve had over a record of over one hundred cases of child abuse in CAttaraugus county this year, and the biggest cuplrit is substance abuse by the parents.
They say at least half of the cases involved alcohol, heroin or methamphetamine abuse, according to a report in the Olean Times Herald. the record number of reports resulted in Child Protective Services removing children from 107 homes under court order.
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Central New York’s Seneca White Deer Inc. says it’ll end its tours but the property owner says he’ll continue to manage the deer herd at the former Seneca Army Depot and the probably provide tours again in the future.
Seneca White Deer Inc., said they voted to end the tour program because revenues and donations weren’t able to meet expenses. Seneca White Deer ran its first official tour on Nov. 16, 2017. Over the next two years, more than 15,000 people toured the site.

Area Unemployment Creeps Up Slightly

Unemployment in the area and across the state unemployment went up slightly in November, according to the state Department of Labor.
In Cattaraugus County, the unemployment rate went from 4.2%, to 4.4%. The county ranked 55th of the state’s 62 counties for the month.
Allegany County ranked 59th out of the state’s 62 counties.
, the November rate was 5% up from 4.7% in October.
Across Western New York, the November rate was 4%,
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A couple of boys in Texas are glad Vince Viola left Bradford.
They owe their lives to him.
Viola saved them from drowning in Texas.
Viola is a 1987 graduate of Bradford Central Christian High School. He jumped into icy cold water near his home in Abilene, Texas, to rescue the boys, aged five and 13.
Viola was a combat medic in the U.S. Army and a physician assistant.
He said he had some cold water survival training in the Army.

Saving Grace Outreach Expanding

Volunteer ministry Saving Grace Outreach may be growing.
They help about 140 area families get help from the food pantry.
But it’s outgrowing is location and has bought a 28,000 square-foot building on Mill Street.
The building needs a lot of renovations. Amazing Grace Ministries has a grant to replace the roof on the structure, restore electricity and do concrete work.
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New York state has imposed some new smog limits on power plants
Power plants will have to emit lower levels of smog on hot days.
The regulations are for the state’s oldest power plants, the ones that emit levels of nitrogen oxides that are at least 30 times higher than emissions from newer turbines.
State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said with the regulations “New Yorkers will breathe easier knowing that some of the oldest and dirtiest power plants are transitioning to cleaner technologies.”

Salamanca to Spend $130,000 for Emergency Water Well

Salamanca will spend $130K for an emergency water well project.
The council approved the money to repair deteriorating pipes in the city’s water wells with bond funding.
The Emergency Water Wellfield Refit Phase I project has already made repairs to several of the wells to keep the city from running out of water.
The piping for about half of the city’s well field near the water treatment plant on Water Street was replaced with new pipes begining in October.
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New York’s governor wants to eliminate the so-called “pink tax.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday he’ll push legislation banning gender-based price disparities.
He said women often end up with a bigger bill for toys, clothes and personal care products.
The proposa would require certain service providers to post price lists for standard services.
Businesses that don’t comply could be hit with civil penalties.

State Supreme Court Judge Moriarty Retires

Cattaraugus County’s state Supreme Court judge is retiring.
Judge Jeremiah Moriarty III was appointed to the bench in the Eighth Judicial District in 2013 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo after serving for eight years on the state Court of Claims.
Moriarty was 70 when he was nominated to the state Supreme Court in 2013 by governor cuomo. he was reappointed twice to two 2-year terms. He’s leaving now at the mandatory retirement age of 76.
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The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library dedicated a display case to the memory of “Bill” Watkins. He’d volunteered for years at the library and was on the museum’s board of trustees. The staff said he was an institution at the museum, and there was hardly a day when he didn’t show up.
He passed away in October.The case dedicated to Bill’s memory contains a display of pistols that he helped design and assemble when the museum first moved to Machias.

Walsh Academy in Olean for Sale

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese will sell the Archbishop Walsh Academy in Olean and the land where the building stands.
The Walsh Foundation is buying the building and grounds.
Last year, Walsh and five other private catholic high schools lost their annual subsidies from the diocese.
School leaders say this will keep the high school open and lead to improvements.
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The Olean City School District has some plans for the next capital improvement project at the campuses.
It’ll focus on renovations at Washington West Elementary School, and upgrades at Olean High School and Olean Intermediate Middle School.
Superintendent Rick Moore says the board reviewed proposed plans for the next capital project that is expected to cost $24 million, but will not increase taxes.

The district recently completed a $16.15 million capital project on renovations at East View Elementary School, the high school and the intermediate middle school.

Lake Effect Snow Warning for Cattaraugus County

a lake-effect snow warning is in effect for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
The National Weather Service says winds gusting as high as 40 mph is producing blowing and drifting snow.
Watch out for snow covered and slippery roads, and areas of blowing snow.
In Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, “travel will be very difficult at times with deep snow cover on roads and very poor visibility,” according to the weather service. Hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.
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A Salamanca man will spend the next three years in state prison because he’s a repeat felon.
30 year old Andrew Skye, will have to spend five years on probation after he’s released.
Skye was convicted of criminal contempt and ssault when he violated an order of protection involving a person in his family; assaulted two police officers and a corrections officer and intentionally damaged the property of another person, according to the district attorney.

School Bus Driver Dies in Crash

A 57-year-old school bus driver has died after his bus crashed into a ditch Tuesday morning in Ish-way.
According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office the driver was from Cheektowaga, and he was ejected from the bus. His name has not been released. The driver was taken to Olean General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. There were no students on the bus, but police say a female bus monitor was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
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The Olean Salvation Army needs help at the Red Kettles to meet its goal
There’s just seven days left to raise donations through the Red Kettle Campaign,and Maj. Tommy Rogers says he hopes the campaign is still 40% short of it’s goal.
The local campaign has raised $35,000, it needs another $25,000 to reach the goal of $60,000.
last year the salvation army riased $56,000.

New York Looking to Close A Gun Loophole

New Yorks gun laws could be getting stricter.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to close a gun law loophole that lets people convicted of crimes in other states get a gun license in New York.
The measure Cuomo favors would make that illegal. The crimes would include domestic violence, forcible touching and other misdemeanor sex offenses, and unlicensed possession of a firearm, in other states.
They’d be flagged if anyone convicted of them applies for a gun license in New York.
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Workers at Dresser-Rand workers are chipping in a few thousand dollars and a trip to Walmart to make it a Marry Christmas for dozens of people who might not otherwise have one.
United Steelworkers Local 4601 represents hundreds of the employees at Dresser Rand in North Olean, collected $8,000 from raffles to help more than 60 kids this holiday season,
Warm clothes, hats, boots and jackets are high priority gifts along with toys.