The Rural Patriot

July 23, 2006

The Weekly News Roundup – 7/23

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 2:49 pm

In case you may have missed any of these articles! Covering mainly Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but WNY regional, state, and national topics of interest are also added.

STW ranks project funding list SALAMANCA – Southern Tier West board members have rated the projects that they feel should receive funding this year, but it will be a few months before they know how much funding will be available for each one.

West Valley plans decried as premature, ill-advised ASHFORD – A handful of speakers attended Wednesday night’s public comment session to object to the Energy Department’s plan to demolish, decontaminate and remove 42 structures at the West Valley Demonstration Project. Most – including the State Environmental Research and Development Authority, which owns the former commercial nuclear fuels reprocessing plant and its 3,000-acre site near West Valley – called the move premature and ill-advised.

7 WNY counties eligible for farm loans after frost WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department has made farmers in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee and Wyoming counties eligible for low-interest disaster loans to help them recover losses caused to their grape crops in the frost of April 25-26.

Officials join forces in efforts to promote Olean Airport ISCHUA – The Cattaraugus County-Olean Municipal Airport is beginning to live up to its name, if Tuesday night’s joint meeting of a County Legislature committee and the Olean Common Council in the main hangar is any indication.

Officials get acquainted with airport ISCHUA – City and county officials toured the airport off Hatch Hill Road in Ischua Tuesday to review more than $4 million in improvements to the runway and runway lighting system that have taken place during the last 18 months. More than 95 percent of the project’s costs were paid for by federal and state transportation grants.

EPA withdraws objections to proposed Rte. 219 expansion The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn its concerns about the project, New York State Senator Catharine M. Young announced Sunday while speaking to members of the Cattaraugus County Farm Bureau.

Group sues town over landfill zoning The Concerned Citizens of Sardinia have filed a suit in New York State Supreme Court accusing the town of making mistakes when it rezoned land to allow the Waste Management landfill to expand.

Givens resigns from village WELLSVILLE – Givens’ sudden retirement comes after several months of waiting for the state comptroller’s office to issue an audit of the village books, and after a televised interview last week when recently elected trustee Laurie Hennessy stated, “how long before inaccountability becomes not just wrong, but criminal,” pertaining to the audit report.

Pigott among finalists for state’s highest court Justice Eugene F. Pigott Jr., a 1973 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School, is being considered by Gov. George E. Pataki for the 14-year appointment to the State Court of Appeals, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Spitzer has commanding lead in political fundraising race In all, Spitzer has raised nearly $11 million since January.

Nonprofit health insurance execs rewarded with healthy salaries Senior executives at all three of the Buffalo area’s nonprofit health insurers earn salaries well in excess of most comparable health insurance executives in the state, according to annual filings with regulators.

Dems May Put Caucus Between Iowa, N.H. WASHINGTON (AP) – In an effort to provide more diversity in early voting, the Democrats’ rules and bylaws committee recommended that Nevada be allowed to hold a caucus the Saturday after Iowa’s leadoff caucus – likely to be held Jan. 14. The rules panel also awarded South Carolina an early primary, which would be held a week after New Hampshire’s Jan. 22 primary.

(NY-26 – Not in our district, but I thought that this was interesting) Reynolds won’t compete in primary Reynolds, one of Washington’s most powerful Republicans, did not file to compete in a potential primary election in the Independence Party against Democratic rival Jack Davis. The move prompted Davis to taunt from the sidelines that Reynolds was too scared to compete in a primary he might lose.

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