Cattaraugus Watersheds in Good Shape

The Adironiacks don’t have anything on Five Allegany State Park watersheds.
According to a new state department study, we have five of the healthiest watersheds outside the Adirondacks right here in and around Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County.
Most of the subwatersheds in the rest of the county are in pretty good shape too, according to the report issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
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There’s one less county cafe in the area today. Val’s Country Café, on South Union Street has closed.
The family says it’s due to “circumstances beyond their control,” but according to a report in the Olean Times Herald, Co-owner Lori Rochford says she’s batteling breast cancer and there are other family illnesses they’re dealing with. They’re hodling a benefit for Rochford. A spaghetti dinner is set for the middle of May at the Richburg Firemen’s Clubhouse. The money will go to pay for Rochford’s travel and medical expenses.

Olean Man Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter

Olean police day drinking and driving was behind that that deadly car crash on Route 417 Wednesday.
47 year old John McStraw’s been charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI.
The accident happened about 20 minutes after four in the afternoon.
According to deputies, McStraw tried to pass a semi-trailer and hit an oncoming vehicle driven by a 48-year-old Kill Buck man. The man, whose name hasn’t been released died at the scene.
McStraw was taken to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
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Diaper stations in every New York bathroom, men and womens.
That’s the plan. From now on state law will require all new bathrooms have diaper changing stations.
It covers any new or renovated restroom open to the public.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (hoke-ul) says it’s part of the state’s broader effort to make sure that even the youngest New Yorkers get the help they need.

New Tips in 34 Year Old Despard Case

POlice are hoping some new tips will help crack a cold case.
An anonymous, handwritten note started Olean Police Department digging into a 34th year old missing person case of Josephine Cottone Despard. Olean police said they’ve received a handful of other tips in the past few months and and a couple of new interviews.Despard was 26 when she was last seen. She was separated from her husband and had a 6 month old daughter. Police say the last man she was was seen with was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman a few years before Despard’s disappearance.
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Soon there will be three fewer homes in Olean.
The city’s strategic planning committee wants to demolish three run down city-owned houses .
The committee’s looking at the worst of the worst of the city-owned properties to start with.
The city bought several run down homes and plan to either have them renovated, or torn down.

New York Legislature Adds Crimes To No-Gun List

Getting a gun legally in New York could get a lot harder for people who are convicted of domestic violence crimes. A new bill in the legislature adds 10 new crimes to a list of “serious offenses” and conviction means they can’t own a gun. The charges include menacing, criminal tampering, harassment and trespassing.
The bill also says when a pistol permit is suspended or revoked, that includes all guns — including rifles and shotguns. The law would extend provisions on surrendering handguns for orders of protection, conviction or mental health disqualifications to include rifles and shotguns.
The bill will become effective 60 days after it passes.
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Rep. Tom Reed says he’s concerned about the upcoming census count, but not the controversial citizenship question Reed says he expects New York will continue to lose congressional seats after the next census in 2020, refused to criticize the citizenship question that has not been used in more than 60 years.

Local Storefronts Getting A Makeover

A cool $183 thosuand dollars is flowing into to businesses, and nonprofits in Pennyslvania towns to improve building fronts. We’ll be seeing building improvements at businesses and nonprofits across Potter County and nearby communities soon. It’s thanks to something called the PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Regional Façade Program. They gave grants to 37 business or nonprofit properties, including 14 properties in Potter County, and 12 in McKean County.
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Local school officials said they’re grateful for the boost in education spending and that a proposal to cap increases in aid for building projects and transportation didn’t make it into the final state budget.
The newly adopted state budget increases total education aid by about $1 billion, to $26.7 billion. Public school aid is increasing by $859 million. Of that, $618 million is an increase in the basic Foundation Aid grant, The other funds are allocated to increases in building and other special aid.

Legislator Joseph Eade Dies At 94

Cattaraugus County is saying goodbye to legislator who spent most of his live serving the community.
Joseph Eade has died at the age of 94.
He was elected in 1970 and served for the next thirty years, retiring in 2000.
He’s the only Democrat to ever be elected to lead the legislature in 1992.
He died at the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Olean surrounded by his family. He had been at the nursing home since he hurt himself in a fall a couple of years ago.
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Time is running out to see the Randolph Mamouth at the Cattaraugus County Museum
Workers dug the skull and tusks of a Columbian mammoth up in 1934 at the state fish hatchery near Randolph. It was shipped to Albany for display at the State Museum.
It finally returned to Cattaraugus County in 2016, but it’s on loan. The Randolph Mammoth will only be back home here until the end of April.

Cattaraugus Votes to Declare Opioids a Public Nusiance

the heroin/opioid epidemic in CAttaraugus County is now officially a public nuisance.
The Cattaraugus County Legislature officially declared it so. The next step is to maybe join a lawsuit against drug companies and get back some of the money it spends fighting the problem.
The county has hired a New York City law firm that represents Niagara County and several other New York state counties in a class-action lawsuit alleging drug manufacturers have contributed to the heroin/opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing and overprescribing pain-relieving opioids. 14 people from Cattaraugus County died of heroin/opioid overdoses in both of the last two years.
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The Seneca Nation isn’t backing down. And they say they’re not about to cease or desist talking about the Epiphany fracking wastewater treatment project. The Seneca Nation of Indians and others got cease and desist letters for opposing a proposed Coudersport, Pa.-based hydraulic fracturing waste treatment site.
The company said the Senecas and activists weren’t telling the public the truth.

Suspicious Fire At Olean House

Police and fire fighters want to know what caused a fire Wednesday morning at a home where a couple of months ago they say say they found stuff to make methamphetamine.
The two story home at 119 Irving behind the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angel was a total loss. there weren’t any injuries. Right now investigators are sasying that it started in an upstairs apartment but they don’t yet know why or how.
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Get ready for higher water and sewer rates if you live in Olean.
The Common Council OK’d raising city water rates by 5 percent and sewer rates by 3.5 percent starting in June. This is the sixth time that water and sewer rates have gone up since 2011.
City officials say the money is needed to offset a budget deficit. And about $200,000 will go to fix the water line along the 300 block of North Fourth Street and along Washington Street to 11th Street.

Wind Farm Concerns Aired

Putting up a wind farm isn’t a breeze. There are a lot of people concerned about what the Alle-Catt Wind Farm will mean to thier community.
They had their say, about 50 or 60 of them, at a public hearing in the Freedom highway department building. They had the chance to tell officials what they thought about the proposed 107-turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm. Most of the 585-feet tall wind turbines would go up on hills or in cornfields, they were told, not near homes. other communities are being considered for the wind farm, including Farmersville, Rushford and Centerville.
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Allegany County’s getting closer to make it against the law for older teenagers to buy cigarettes.
The County legislature will get a chance to vote on whether to raise the legal age to 21 to buy a pack of smokes or anything with tobacco. There will be a public hearing April 9th in the Legislative Chambers, in the County Office Building.to discuss it.

McKean County Fun Run Looking For Superheroes

The call has gone out for superheroes to run, not walk to Bradford next month.
The third annual CASA of McKean County Superhero 5K fun run will raise money for court appointed special advocates. Evenyone who runs are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero or a superhere they’ve invented. Awards go to the to runner with the most creative superhero costume. And race winners get medals. CASA represents abused and neglected children. Since 2015, Court Appointed Special Advocates in McKean County have put in more than 3,000 hours of volunteer work for kids.
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Actress Cynthia Nixon is’t wasting any time on the campaign trail.
She’s running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming Democratic primary. And right away she’s calling her opponent, the governor, a “bully” and a “wannabe Republican”
The “Sex and the City” star went to Albany to criticized the two-term governor for not doing enough to make sure there are equal opportunities for poor and minority students.