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Giglio kicks off Assembly campaign
OLEAN – Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, kicked off his campaign for the 149th Assembly District on Tuesday, outlining his platform in news conferences in Olean and Frewsburg.
City request for funds for impact from casino totals $1.5M
SALAMANCA – City officials have quantified $1,509,215 in expenses related to the Seneca Allegany Casino’s presence in the West End.
County to prepare children, family services plan
LITTLE VALLEY – Two county departments are required to submit a multi-year plan for children and family services to the state of New York by Oct. 1.
Trout fishing in Cameron Co. diminished for years to come
EMPORIUM, Pa. — The business of trout fishing, which pumps $1.2 million annually into the Cameron County economy, won’t be the same for many years.
Program offers local residents help getting needed prescriptions
Local residents who need help paying for their prescription medicine may simply have to turn to a large orange bus for the assistance they desire.
Committee wants accountability
OLEAN — Charter Committee members veered away from adopting a city-manager form of government during their meeting Monday.
Committee says city violated charter
OLEAN — City Charter Committee members think the mayor and Common Council violated the charter in August when they agreed to borrow $3.8 million to pay the city’s bills.
Residents to have say on flat-rate water plan
OLEAN — The city will hold public hearings in October to gauge public reaction to a planned flat-rate water billing system and a plan to end the city’s practice of shutting off water service due to delinquent water bills.
Battle over the 2007 Budget starts in Belmont
BELMONT – The 2007 county budget dominated discussion at Wednesday’s budget and Ways and Means committee meetings.
Faucet Affairs: Belfast water safe, but visually unpleasant
BELFAST – Discolored water continues to plague some residents of Belfast.
DOE reports on plans to scale back W. Valley
The Department of Energy is going ahead with its plan to remove a number of buildings it says it no longer needs as part of the West Valley Demonstration Project in Cattaraugus County.
Governor, Senate list pork barrel beneficiaries
ALBANY — Ethnic and religious groups were given hundreds of thousands of dollars in the last pork barrel spending by Gov. George Pataki, according to records released Friday that included $400,000 for a shelter in his hometown of Garrison.
Faso denies lobbying for client
ALBANY — Republican John Faso, who has tried to minimize his past lobbying during his campaign for governor, spent part of last year pushing for legislative action without registering as a lobbyist, according to a published report.
Minority contract program faulted
ALBANY — Calling New York’s program to help businesses owned by women and minorities a “national embarrassment,” the Democratic team of Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson on Tuesday called for a revamping of the program.
Hard choices’ frame talks
BALDWINSVILLE — Front-runner Eliot Spitzer is treading a fine line as he campaigns upstate in anticipation of a landslide victory in next week’s Democratic gubernatorial primary — expressing optimism about the future while warning sacrifices will be necessary.
Judge slams State Police legal policy
ALBANY — A judge has ruled that State Police brass illegally prevent troopers from talking to lawyers or union representatives after being involved in shootings, fatal crashes and other serious incidents.
Debit card fees could add up for unemployed recipients
Unemployed workers may be forced to pay fees if they use the state’s new benefits debit card at ATMs that are not in one of two networks.
Poison-testing lab relocating to Geneva
ALBANY (AP) – The lab that tests New York’s food and drink for E. coli, poisons and rot is moving from Albany to the Finger Lakes region.
Faso calls for tax cuts as Spitzer suggests reforming workers’ comp
BOLTON LANDING – The state’s gubernatorial nominees presented dueling business-friendly plans to corporate leaders Thursday, with John J. Faso, the Republican candidate, calling for a 25 percent income tax cut and Eliot L. Spitzer, his Democratic opponent, providing some details on a plan to reduce soaring workers’ compensation costs.
Reforms won’t shorten prior drug sentences
ALBANY – Recently enacted drug law reforms will not shorten the prison terms of those convicted before the reforms took effect, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.
Clinton’s Democratic primary opponent refuses to back her campaign
ALBANY – The anti-Iraq War activist who was crushed by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in last week’s Democratic Senate primary election said Tuesday he would not support her re-election bid and called on his supporters to vote against her.
Democrat chair chides GOP
GEDDES — State Democratic Chairman Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. gave New York Republicans a back-handed slap Thursday, accusing them of trying to suppress the vote by running a slate of virtually unknown statewide candidates.
AIG skirts campaign finance rules
New York law prevents corporations from contributing more than $5,000 a year to candidates for state office, but one of the world’s largest insurance companies has skirted those limits in giving almost 20 times that amount to some of New York’s most prominent politicians, according to a review of contribution data.
Member of racing panel gave Faso ride
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Faso, who has been criticizing Democrat Eliot Spitzer for traveling on a jet owned by a developer who is both trying to build a casino in New York and bidding on the state racing franchise, got a ride from Columbia County to Elmira and back in June on a twin-engine airplane owned by Capital Region businessman Ed Swyer.
Dems use intel report to attack GOP
WASHINGTON — Democrats on Sunday seized on an intelligence assessment that said the Iraq war has increased the terrorist threat, saying it was further evidence that Americans should choose new leadership in the November elections.
Frist wants immigration vote this week
WASHINGTON — Maneuvering toward a pre-election showdown on immigration, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Sunday said he would seek passage of legislation to secure the borders and predicted Democrats would resist.
Delegation will seek ways to help Lebanon
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush announced Saturday that he is sending a delegation to Lebanon to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and discuss ways to rebuild his nation, left in ruins after this summer’s 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.
Democrat blasts GOP over Social Security
WASHINGTON – Republicans will revive their effort to overhaul Social Security after the November congressional elections, a “dangerous” plan that would cut benefits to senior citizens, the Democratic candidate for a Denver-area House seat said Saturday.
Breach of Capitol security a major embarrassment
WASHINGTON – Capitol Police officers warned their superiors this summer that the U.S. Capitol needed tighter security because of construction work, but a door was left unguarded last week, allowing the worst breach of security in eight years, officials said.
U.S. needs more Iraqi troops in Baghdad
WASHINGTON – The United States needs 3,000 more Iraqi forces to join the battle in Baghdad, but requests have not been met because Iraqi soldiers are reluctant to leave their home regions, the commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad said.
Scientific panel finds FDA lax in drug safety follow-up after approval
WASHINGTON – The government’s drug safety system is seriously out of balance, devoting too much attention to approving new medications and not enough follow-up to uncovering risky side effects, a blue-ribbon scientific panel concluded in a major report released Friday.
Medicine imports may ease
WASHINGTON – House Republicans tentatively agreed Thursday to prohibit U.S. Customs agents from seizing prescription drugs that Americans buy in Canada and bring with them to the United States.
CDC urges routine HIV testing
ATLANTA – Federal health officials Thursday recommended regular, routine testing for the AIDS virus for all Americans ages 13 to 64, saying an HIV test should be as common as a cholesterol check.
Commerce Dept. says 1,137 of its laptops have been lost since ’01
WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department has lost 1,137 laptop computers since 2001, most of them assigned to the Census Bureau, officials said Thursday night.
House passes border-security bills
WASHINGTON – Republicans took a new crack at old border-security legislation Thursday as the House approved pre-election bills on deporting gang members, imprisoning tunnelers and empowering local police to arrest illegal immigrants.
Democrats say filling drug plan gap is costly
WASHINGTON – Filling the doughnut hole in Medicare drug plans would cost senior citizens and the disabled about $40 a month more.
House, Senate act to curb illegal immigration
WASHINGTON – The House voted Wednesday to require Americans to show proof of citizenship in order to vote, and the Senate moved to build a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border as Republicans sharpened attacks on illegal immigration before the midterm elections.
Drug prices increase at twice inflation rate
WASHINGTON (AP) – The elderly got a little break on the cost of their medications in the second quarter of the year.
The prices charged by manufacturers on brand-name drugs most commonly used by the elderly rose 0.5 percent, below the overall inflation rate, the AARP reported Tuesday.
Pentagon defends holding AP photographer
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon defended Monday its months-long detention of an Associated Press photographer in Iraq, asserting that it has authority to imprison him indefinitely without charges because it believes he had improper ties to insurgents.
Teachers, principals fault preparation of teaching colleges
WASHINGTON – U.S. colleges are doing a poor job of preparing the nation’s grade-school teachers, according to surveys of both principals and the teachers themselves.