Archives for January 2020

Olean Gets New Fire Chief

Olean has a new fire chief. It’s Lt. Tim Richardson .
He’s been confirmed as the 26th chief of the Olean Fire Department by the Common Council. He succeeds Bob Bell, who’s had the job since 2000. Richardson becomes the new chief on Monday.
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Looking ahead to this year’s county elections, only the Cattaraugus County treasurer and coroner races are on the ballot. County Treasurer Joseph Keller of Olean will not seek re-election to an eighth four-year term this year, but his son Matthew, who has been deputy treasurer for the past 4 ½ years, is planning to run for the county treasurer’s post in the November election. County coroner Bradley Spink’s four-year term expires at the end of the year. He is expected to seek re-election.
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Bradford and Austin school districts are gettign cafeteria upgrades
Grants were awarded to the two area school districts to help with the purchase of needed equipment .

Olean Planning Board Okays Cancer Treatement Center

The Olean Planning Board says okay to the $1.7M UR Medicine cancer center.
The plans for a cancer treatment center on West State Street received a unanimous endorsement from the board. The project is expected to renovate the 6,000-square-foot space at 1504 W. State St. to accommodate an outpatient oncology clinic and nine-bay infusion suite.
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State police patrols around Bradford are beign called into question.
Some residents want to know if state police are spending too much time in areas where municipal police departments are already present.
They say people are being pulled over for frivilous violations . Capt. Wayne Kline, commanding officer of Troop C, Punxsutawney, which oversees local barracks. says troopers are not “lying in wait,” .
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New York could have one of the most lenient marijuana possession thresholds in the nation if an alternative legalization proposal is passed this session. It would allow people over 21 years old to have three ounces of marijuana.

Sheriff Whitcomb Selected for Sheriff’s Association Executive Post

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb is the newest member of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s Executive Committee.
He was chosen at the organization’s 86th annual Winter Training Conference in Albany.
The association is made up of the state’s 55 elected and three appointed sheriffs.
It was formed in 1934 to represent the interests and concerns of sheriffs before the state legislature, the governor’s office and state criminal justice agencies.
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Cuba will host it’s Inaugural Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event.
It’s being scheduled for June 7 at the Cuba-Rushford High School track.
The theme of the 24-hour event is “Be the Ray of Hope for a Cure Against Cancer.”
The event will have music, food and entertainment.
A luminary event will also be held the night before, on June 6.
Teams are encouraged to hold fundraising events prior to the relay, but can hold fundraisers such as basket raffles and face painting at their “campsites” during the event.

Cattaraugus and Allegany Schools get $11.7M Increase in State Aid

$11.7M in an increase in state aid will be shared by Cattaraugus and Allegany county schools.
The 12 Cattaraugus County school districts are looking at an increase of $7.5 million to $207.5 million in the 2020-21 budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In Allegany County, 10 school districts will share $126.6 million in state aid, up $4.2 million.
The Olean City School District would get $26.7 million in the proposed budget.
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New York’s plastic bag ban is on the way. A lot of attention is being focused on grocery stores, but the ban also applies to retailers and small businesses too. Even if the product you’re buying is exempt from sales taxes if the business is required to collect sales taxes on other purchase, it can’t give out bags.
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Auditions for the second annual “Southern Tier’s Got Talent” competition are set for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater on Main Street.

Buffalo Street Fire Under Investigation

Fire investigators are still looking for the cause of a Buffalo Street fire that left several families homeless.
Nobody was hurt in the blaze that destroyed much of the home at 927 Buffalo St.
Firefighters from the town of Allegany and Westons Mills fire departments were called to the scene, while town of Olean and Hinsdale firefighters were on standby.
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A Chautauqua County man is facing more than half a dozen felony charges for kidnapping, robbery and burglary after a pair of home invasions. New York State Police say 31 year old Mark Samara of Mayville went into a residence on Emerald Street and knocked a 90-year-old man unconscious with a handgun before stealing a flat screen TV and cash. They say he then went to another residence and took a person from that home at gunpoint with the intention of taking the victim to an ATM to get some cash, but he was arrested.
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Buffalo Street Fire Under Investigation

Firefighters are looking for the cause of a Tuesday night house fire on Buffalo street.
They battled cold temperatures as well as they fire at 927 Buffalo Street.
The fire apparently began toward the rear of the building and along the roofline but it then flared out near the roof at the front of the building.
Seven people were living there and now need a new place to live.
Nobody was injured
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A police chase ended on the corner of Sixth Street and Park Avenue Tuesday night in Dunkirk. At the end of the chase, a Dunkirk police car was struck, but the officer wasn’t hurt.
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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Genesis House they’re holding a Charity gala for the volunteers who made it possible.
It’ll happen February 7th.
The shelter’s board of directors will host the “For the Love of All” gala at the Old Library Restaurant.
Dinner reservations are $50 per person.
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State Budget Proposal at $178 Billion Dollars

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation’s largest Medicaid program.
The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending from the program, Cuomo said.
Cuomo said one out of three New Yorkers — 6 million people — are on Medicaid, the government health care program for people with low incomes.
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The Great Valley town board is going ahead with a sewer project in Kill Buck.
There were three options considered but a low-pressure system that pushes the sewage to a collection area and send it to Salamanca and have them treat it.
The total cost is $3.37 million.
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The Cattaraugus County Legislature meets today at 4 o’clock in the James J. Snyder Legislative Chamber on the third floor of the County Center.

Large Crowd Pays Tribute to MLK in Olean

A large crowd showed up to pay tribute to the memory of Martin Luther King Jr in Olean.
The event drew a large crowd at the First Presbyterian Church despite the bad winter weather.
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A woman in the southern Cattaraugus County village of Portville is accused of stabbing her neighbor several times. 21 year old Kaylee Hicks is charged with burglary, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to New York State Police.
Troopers say that the stabbing took place at a residence.
Hicks was taken the county jail.
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The American Red Cross is asking for your help in donating blood, because of a critical shortage of type ‘O’ blood. The Red Cross says this shortage is the result of winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, and the rise of the flu preventing people from giving blood.
The Red Cross says it has less than three-day supply of type O blood .

Farmerville Town Board Calls Special Wind Law Meeting

The Farmersville Town Board will be holding a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 20 to work on proposed Local Law 1-2020 Wind Energy EAF documents, by order of the town board.
The board will meet in public session at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. The special meeting will focus on filling out the EAF for the wind law. No changes are planned in the wind law as presented at an emergency meeting Jan. 6.
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Perrysburg was the snowiest spot in Western New York according to the National Weather Service snowfall totals. The NWS reported that a co-op observer in the town in northwest Cattaraugus County registered 17.2 inches of snow.
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Potter County maple syrup has impressed judges at teh 2020 Pennyslvania Farm Show Hamilton’s Pure Maple Products in Ulysses, Potter County, took both Best of Show and Premier Exhibitor honors in the maple syrup competition at this year’s show.

Flu Outbreak Forces Restrictions at OGH and Bradford Regional

A flu outbreak is causing Olean General and Bradford Regional to limit visitation.
They say that in order to protect patients, visitors and staff by restricting visitors to those 17 and older until further notice. Healthy siblings will be allowed to visit OGH’s OB/maternity floor.
Anyone with respiratory or flu-like symptoms arriving at the hospital, will be given a face mask to avoid spreading germs.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to change state flag.
They would be the first changes in 138 years.
Cuomo wants to add the Latin phrase, “e pluribus unum” to the flag, which means “out of many, one”. The governor says it would deliver unifying message .
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A Bradford author’s book is getting a big award
Local author Ann McCauley’s “Mother Love, Willow Lane, Book Two” has been honored as a Notable Top 100 Book in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition for 2019.