The Rural Patriot

September 3, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 9/3/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — ellicatt @ 8:59 am

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.

LOCAL

Legislators OK using grant for water testing
BELMONT – Allegany County legislators Monday agreed to spend a $10,000 grant to pay for public water supply testing.
The Legislature had earlier deferred spending the money, suggesting the Health Department do the work with its own staff. But Public Health Director Gary Ogden and his deputy, Thomas Hull, told the board Monday no one on staff meets all the state criteria to do the work.

County to save $110,000 in bond interest payments
LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County will save over $60,000 more in interest payments than originally expected after it received a higher bond rating.

Snyder applauds decision by Phillip Morris to resume deliveries
IRVING – Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E. Snyder Sr. praised a decisions by a major tobacco maker to resume delivers to wholesalers doing business with native businesses.

CLVCS sets tax rates for 2006-07
CATTARAUGUS – The Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School Board of Education has set tax rates for the towns within the district for 2006-07 – the total tax levy will increase 2.93 percent.

EPF funds to benefit Franklinville, Olean park projects
ALBANY –  The village of Franklinville and city of Olean will each receive Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant money to renovate parks and park equipment.

Agency starts cleanup of contaminated soil
LITTLE VALLEY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, funding a pilot cleanup around a former cutlery off Sixth Street, is attempting to “vacuum” a volatile chemical from contaminated soil.

BonaResponds tackles local projects before heading back to the Gulf
BonaResponds, a group from St. Bonaventure University formed to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, is planning several local service projects in preparation for return visits to Louisiana and Mississippi.

State comptroller to audit Olean’s books
OLEAN — The state comptroller will audit the city of Olean’s financial books beginning in September. Mayor David Carucci received a letter from Robert E. Meller, chief examiner of local government services and economic development, Wednesday notifying Mayor Carucci of the audit. The audit is expected to begin within two weeks.

Genesee River Clean-up Project wins national award; Board looks for money to send Harris to Texas
WELLSVILLE – The Wellsville Village Board found something to celebrate, now they are looking for funds to send the celebrant to Dallas.

Will state help with county courthouse?
BELMONT – Steps are being taken to comply with the Unified Court System’s requirements for a county courthouse facility.

STATE

Faso, Suozzi set sights on Spitzer
ROCHESTER – With the polls and all the candidates acknowledging Democrat Eliot L. Spitzer as the front-runner in the contest for governor, it was only natural that he emerged as the main target Wednesday evening in a lively “town hall” meeting televised across the state.

Spitzer outspends opponent Suozzi
ALBANY — Eliot Spitzer spent almost three times as much as his Democratic rival Tom Suozzi since early August and still has $12.1 million on hand compared to Suozzi’s $1 million, according to state elections records filed Friday.

Contractor provided Faso with jet
ALBANY — Republican John Faso, who has criticized Democratic gubernatorial rival Eliot Spitzer’s use of a lobbyist’s jet for campaign travel, also has flown on the wings of a campaign contributor who does business with the state, records show.

Spitzer accused of avoiding conflict
ALBANY — While Eliot Spitzer has rolled out position papers on issues as diverse as tax cuts, urban revitalization and stem-cell research, he has so far dodged issues that are controversial and likely to cause his support, which looks overwhelming, to erode, his opponents in the race for governor say.

Faso far behind in race for funding
ALBANY — Republican candidate for governor John Faso has about $1.4 million on hand, about 10 times less than front-running Democrat Eliot Spitzer, an aide to the former state Assembly minority leader said Friday.

Daniels ready to back Faso for governor
ARMONK — Former Secretary of State Randy Daniels plans to drop out of the race for governor on Monday, throwing his support to fellow Republican John Faso, a key backer said Saturday.

Tax funds to fight plan for power line
ALBANY – Republicans in the State Senate will give as much as $1 million in taxpayer money to nine upstate counties to fight plans for a 200-mile power line from the Utica area to Orange County in the lower Hudson Valley.

Liquor industry, Spitzer OK deal
New York State’s largest liquor wholesalers have agreed to pay more than $1 million in penalties and stop ignoring state laws regulating the sale of wine and liquor after reaching agreement with State Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer.

Assemblyman accused of ‘political espionage’
ALBANY — A state assemblyman said Thursday that he impersonated his opponent’s adviser to gain inside information in one of the nastier campaigns this year for the state Legislature.
Political consultant Brendan Quinn who represents Assembly candidate Marcus Molinaro filed a complaint this week with the state Board of Elections charging his client’s rival, Assemblyman Patrick Manning, with “political espionage.”

Spitzer trust seat OK’d
ALBANY — It is not a conflict of interest for state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to sit on the board of his family’s charitable trust, which is overseen by his public office, the state Ethics Commission ruled Monday.

State stands by nurse’s aide test
ALBANY — A statewide test for certified nurse’s aides has turned up an unusually high number of failures, but the Department of Health is sticking by the results.

100 Questions
The Associated Press has asked the three major candidates for governor — Democrats Elliot Spitzer and Tom Suozzi and Republican John Faso — 100 questions on top state and national issues, and some that touch on their values, their lives, and how they spend their time. The series will continue every Monday until Election Day.

NATIONAL

Citizen deaths on rise in Iraq
WASHINGTON — In a dismal assessment, the Pentagon reported to Congress Friday that the number of attacks and civilian casualties in Iraq have risen sharply in recent months — with deaths increasing by 1,000 a month — as sectarian violence has engulfed larger areas of the country.

Democrats admonish Rumsfeld
WASHINGTON — Democrats chastised Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for questioning the historical grasp of those who criticize the Bush administration’s handling of war, accusing him Wednesday of engaging in “dangerous business.”

A reality check on politicians
As Labor Day approaches and the political season heats up, voters looking for help choosing a candidate, or wondering if a politician is everything he/she claims to be, can get some help from a new guide.
The 2006 edition of the “Voters Self-Defense Manual” is published by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Project Vote Smart.

N.Y. Times blocks U.K. from story
NEW YORK – The New York Times’ Web site is blocking British readers from a news article detailing the investigation into the recent airline terror plot, turning its Internet ad-targeting technology into a means of complying with British laws.

Arrest in terror TV case questioned
NEW YORK – The prosecution of a businessman accused of enabling customers to receive satellite broadcasts of a Hezbollah television station is drawing fresh scrutiny over how far the government can go in claiming someone is aiding terrorist groups.

Sen. Clinton hopes U.S. is ready for a woman president
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, standing outside an abandoned knitting mill that will become the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, said Thursday she hopes America is ready for its first woman president.

Army recommends death in Iraq slayings
An Army investigator has recommended that four soldiers accused of murder in a raid in Iraq should face the death penalty if convicted, according to a report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

Judge: No gag order in Iraq slaying case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge rejected a gag order that could have kept lawyers and even President Bush from publicly discussing the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the slaying of her relatives.

9/11 conspiracy theories come under fire
Faced with an angry minority of people who believe the Sept. 11 attacks were part of a plot run by Americans, separate reports were published this week by the State Department and a federal science agency insisting that the catastrophes were caused by hijackers who used commercial airliners as weapons.

Former Texas first lady Connally dies
AUSTIN, Texas — Nellie Connally, the former Texas first lady who was riding in President Kennedy’s limousine when he was assassinated, has died, a family friend said Saturday. The 87-year-old was the last living person who had been part of that fateful Dallas drive.

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