Three Way Race in Hinsdale

Voters in Hinsdale are facing choices in this years primary election. There’s a three-way race for town supervisor on the ballot. Thomas Hooper isn’t seek re-election, so Republicans Michael Bushnell, and Monroe Bishop, and Democrat Mary Ann Powley are running for the position.
The county Board of Elections issued a list Friday of candidates who filed nominating petitions by Thursday’s deadline. The filings are subject to challenge. This year’s primary date is Sept. 12.
Cattaraugus County’s two top law enforcement officers will keep their jobs. They’re unopposed for re-election. District Attorney Lori Rieman and Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb were filed earlier this week at the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections. Rieman’s name will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines in the Nov. 7 election. The district attorney is seeking re-election to a third four-year term. Whitcomb was elected to a four-year term in 2013.

Hinsdale Voters Skeptical of New Project

A revised capital project didn’t go over very well with voters in Hinsdale.
At a public hearing Hinsdale Central School District officials presented early details of their new capital project plan, they say won’t cost to taxpayers anything and is $2 million cheaper than what voters rejected in April. But voters criticized the $4.8 million proposal. IT still includes buying about 14 acres of land next to the school building to build an athletic complex and nature pavilion.
Watch out for more rain. And more rain could mean flooding across the state.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through 3 p.m. today in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. Storms could have heavy rain across the region today. While the flash flood threat many diminish for a time this afternoon, another area of low pressure moving across the area will create another potential for flash floods. Urban areas, small streams and areas in steep terrain will be at highest risk.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Conviction Overturned

The corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been overturned by a federal appeals court. The court found sufficient evidence but said there were flawed jury instructions in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling that narrows the definition of what it takes to convict a public official. Prosecutors say… they’ll put Silver back on trial and convict him again.
A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said jury might not have convicted Silver if it had been properly instructed on what constitutes an “official act.”
The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is on track to dedicate its new roadside historic marker Monday morning at its museum in Angelica. The marker is for the restored four-wheel caboose at the museum. It’s known as a Bobber Caboose, and was built in Angelica in 1911.

Federal Flood Money Less Than Needed

The state money coming in to help Cattaraugus County recover from the 2015 flooding wouldn’t be enough to cover what was damaged. The Flood aid for damages is expected to only pay for about one-quarter of the repair costs. But state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, requested $7 million for her district to a bill that gave money for Lake Ontario flooding. It was approved by the Assembly and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The flood damage suffered by Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties in July 2015 wasn’t bad enough for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide full reimbursement.
A controversial treatment center for women in Portville has battle lines drawn among some members of the community. But officials with health agencies say the new 1.9 million dollar 20 be faciity for women is badly needed because there’s no treatment center for women in the Southern Tier. The current center has treated men with substance abuse issues for 15 years.

Olean City School District Superintendent Salary Released

Olean’s new City School District superintendent is getting paid more for his first year on the job than the outgoing superintedent made in the eighth and final year of her contract. According to the Olean Times Herald, Rick Moore will get $170,000. He’s replacing Dr. Colleen Tagerty who made just over $161,000 last year. The Times Herald got a copy of Moore’s contract through a Freedom of Information request.
Moore’s a former Olean High School assistant principal and teacher.
The help wanted signs are going up for Dairy processor HP Hood. They’re reportedly bringing hundreds of jobs to the area with a new plant to make what it calls extended shelf life beverages. They’ve bought the old Muller Quaker Dairy plant in Batavia. And they plan to invest over $200 million into it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Hood’s purchase. He says the new plant will bring 230 jobs to the area over the next five years.

Allegany County Firefighters Convention Begins

For the 102nd time, Allegany County firemen are gettign toether for their annual convention starting today thru Saturday. Today’s just for meetings, bu things pick up after that. Thursday’s the annual waterball competition where teams try to be the first to push a suspended ball on a cable thru a goalpost.
Friday is nozzle practice, with three classes competing against each other. Saturday will be the main event, with a truck rodeo a parade and music and awards presentations.
An Olean man is getting probation for stabbing a man last September.
28 year old Guy Ackley II will spend three years probation for second-degree menacing. He pleaded guilty to the charge. He was accused of stabbing a man Sept. 11 in Cuba. He was initially charged with first-degree assault, a class B felony, third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, second-degree menacing and resisting arrest.

NY Legislators Split on Fighting Heroin

NY legislators are weighing their options when it comes to fighting the spread ofheroin and other opiods.
The Legislature added $214 millions to prevent and treat addiction. But other new laws to put heroin dealers away for longer stalled. Republicans want to increase penalties for dealers. Democrats said rising rates of addiction and overdose show the decades-long war on drugs isn’t working, and that the state should prioritize treatment and rehabilitation over punishment.
Port Allegany officials are trying to fix the flooding on Main Street.
flooding. one of the things being done is replacing the catch basins on Smith Avenue and Church Street, and put in larger pipes. Another suggestion was to connect Smith Avenue all the way to the Chestnut Spring to create an overflow that will prevent some of the flooding proglems. the estimated cost of the replacements is $4,000; Borough officials approved of the project. it’ll begin this year.

Little Valley Woman Accused of Distracted Driving

A Little Valley woman is accused of nearly hitting a Cattaraugus County patrol car head on. But there are other charges being filed against 34 year old Ashley Mazurzyk. Deputies say she tried to elude the deputy because she was scared. She reportedly said she’d been on her cell phone. She’s been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right, and using an electronic device.
Deputies say she had a suspended license for many other violations. She’ll face the charges in the Town of Persia Court.
The area’s getting ready to welcome back a multi generational favorite. And do it in a multi national manner. The St. John’s Church Festival will return for its 35th year Saturday. This year’s festival will combine with the Transfiguration picnic. That means among other changes, there’ll be both traditional Italian and Polish food. The Itallain food comes from St. John’s parish. The Polish food from St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church.

Medication Drop Boxes Successful

Those Medication drop boxes set up a couple of months ago in McKean County have turned out to be a big success. Over the past two months, people have dropped off over 92 pounds of medication to make sure that any older prescription drugs don’t fall into the wrong hands.
A county detective with the district attorney’s office collects the medication from each box, weighs it, arranges to destroy it.
A California man who admitted to raping a 14-year-old Farmersville girl is now being charged in federal court with making and having child pornography. twenty seven year old Loren Warner of Fresno, Calif., is scheduled to be sentenced on the rape charge next week. But now he’ll also have to answer to charges that he got the teenager to send explicit pictures on facebook and snapchat. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, a maximum of 30 years.

Amish Child Benefit Auction Draws Thousands

Thousands of people came out this weekend to help an Amish family pay for a child’s surgery.
They supported the Amish Child benefit Auction at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds.
Aaron Hetzler’s needed $150,000 for his 6 year old son’s medical bills. Amos has Down syndrome and recently had a successful surgery in Boston. It is the second time the Amish community in the Little Valley area has held an auction at the fairgrounds to help pay medical bills. The previous auction raised nearly $140,000.
It was a smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd at the 40th annual Olean Air Show.
About 40 people took part in the Show at the Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport over the weekend.
The Southern Tier Aero Radio Society hosts the event where pilots show off their model aircrafts that can be anything from jet powered models to to high wing trainer planes.
The Olean Airshow is one of the oldest in the country.