The Rural Patriot

November 15, 2006

Laidlaw Energy Group’s Recent Biomass Mailing

Filed under: Cattaraugus County — theruralpatriot @ 2:36 pm

Residents of Ellicottville recently received the mailing, “Clearing the Air; The Facts About Woody Biomass Renewable Energy in Ellicottville”, from Laidlaw Energy Group, Inc. The mailing attempts to address five points of concern relating to the proposed biomass plant.

Perhaps my “suspicion factor” is still at a high level from the past few weeks of debunking negative political advertisements, but I find this mailing to be simplistic in its approach, and it leaves me with more questions than answers. I’ll be the first to admit, however, that I don’t have the access or background to completely break down this mailing’s points, but lets give it a try.



November 13, 2006

One Sentence

From the Olean Times Herald, November 12, 2006:

Kuhl says he’s ready to work with new Congress

On Election Day eve, U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, indicated he’d try to work with Democrats, even though they did little but stall legislation over the last two years.

Three things here. 1) Election Day eve??? Am I reading this correctly – wouldn’t that have been MONDAY, November 6? Looks to me that he was very confident that last week’s election was already in the bag before one lever was touched,


November 12, 2006

Cattaraugus County Race Results

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,New York State,November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 11:43 pm

If you missed any results from town/village races in the county, here is a pretty good article from the Salamanca Press detailing winners of all races from Cattaraugus County.

November 9, 2006

Cattaraugus County – Tentative 2007 Budget

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,New York State — theruralpatriot @ 11:20 pm

Lawmakers get first look at tentative budget

LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers got their first look Wednesday at the tentative $188 million county budget for 2007 — and it wasn’t too bad.

The tax levy — or amount to be raised by property taxes — is up 4.1 percent. Also, the full-value tax rate drops for a second consecutive year, County Administrator Jack Searles said in his budget review.


November 8, 2006

Kuhl/Massa Vote by County and Other Election Stuff

Related articles:

Massa won’t acknowledge Kuhl win
Kuhl keeps congressional seat
Kuhl declares victory, Massa is not conceding



First – to the jerk who sent me the spam/virus “Best Buy Order Confirmation” for a SONY VAIO email, I wish a very special kind of karma for you. You put me through a hell that I just didn’t need to experience this morning.

I immediately thought that I was a victim of credit card/identity theft. That really sucked, especially since I’m running on about 3 1/2 hours sleep. You wasted over 1 1/2 hours of my time dealing with this between phone calls and virus scans already this morning.

If any of you receive this email, Best Buy Customer Service says: don’t open the email, delete it. If you did open it, do not click on the link/attachment. That will start the virus. I didn’t click the link/attachment, and that saved me. But I did run a few different scans to be on the safe side.

Now, to business. I understand that the Kuhl/Massa race has been called for Kuhl (51%-49%); however, Massa has not conceded.

NY State 147th District – Burling
NY State 149th District – Giglio
NY State Senator – Clinton
NY State Gov/LT – Spitzer/Patterson
NY State AG – Cuomo
NY State Comptroller – Hevesi
Cattaraugus Co. Dist. 5 – Couture
Allegany Co. Sheriff – Tompkins
Seneca Nation – Seneca Party takes every major office

I will post later today with additional county and Seneca Nation results and the available numbers.

Cattaraugus County Unofficial Totals

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 12:35 am

Governor/Lieutenant Governor





November 7, 2006

Results Progress

This will be updated throughout the final counts. (please forgive the formatting.)

Cattaraugus Co.; 25 of 79 Precincts Reporting: 9:45 pm / 62 of 79, 10:10pm
JOHN RANDY KUHL, JR. (ENC) 3167 / 8633
ERIC J. MASSA 2644 / 7024
*** TOTAL ALL DISTRICTS *** 5811 / 15657

Catt.Co.;149th Assembly District; 25 of 79 Precincts Reporting; 9:45 pm / 62 of 79, 10:10 pm / FINAL
JOSEPH M. GIGLIO (ENC) 3524 / 9572 FINAL: 12,182
LINDA L. WITTE 2502 / 6751 FINAL: 8,514
*** TOTAL ALL DISTRICTS *** 6026 / 16,323 / 20,696

via WKBW;147th Assembly District; 5 of 114 Precincts Reporting; 9:45 pm / 27 of 114 reporting, 10:10 pm
JUDITH HUNTER 307 / 1811
****TOTAL ALL DISTRICTS 1085 / 6747

NY-29 via WKBW; 107 of 635 Precincts; 10:10 pm / 565 of 635 11:10 pm
KUHL: 14,193 / 87,748 51%
MASSA: 13,031 / 84,966 49%

NY-29; Monroe county; 212 of 230 Precincts Reporting 10:30pm / FINAL
Kuhl – 27,320 43.2% / 30,048 43.3%
Massa – 35,882 56.7% / 39,315 56.7%

NY-29; Cattaraugus Co. FINAL
Kuhl – 11,070 55.7%
Massa – 8,800 44.3%

NY-29; Ontario County. FINAL
Kuhl – 13,985
Massa – 13,272

NY-29; Chemung County. FINAL
Kuhl – 12,715 52%
Massa – 11,511 48%

via WKBW; NY-29; 596 of 635 reporting; 11:25 pm
Kuhl – 93734 51%
Massa – 89,437 49%

CNN is reporting that the Democratic party has already won enough (15) seats to take control of the House and have picked up 3 senate seats so far (they need six for control).

Voter Breakdown / Election Results Links

Filed under: Allegany County,Cattaraugus County,New York State,November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 8:17 pm

Data from New York State’s Board of Elections site.

NYS Voter Enrollment Statistics by County; November 1, 2006

Allegany County: Total Registered Voters: 28,300; Republican: 14, 781; Democratic: 7,140; Independence: 925; Conservative: 396; Working Families: 120; Green: 96; Liberal 188; Right to Life: 114; Other: 7; Blank 4,533

Cattaraugus County: Total Registered Voters: 54,502; Republican: 21,768; Democratic: 18,475; Independence: 1,873; Conservative: 1,113; Working Families: 208; Green: 173; Liberal: 460; Right to Life: 332; Marijuana Reform: 2; Libertarian: 5; Other: 17; Blank: 10,076

NYS Voter Enrollment Statistics by District

29th Congressional District: Total Registered Voters: 417,233; Republican: 183,338; Democratic: 122,272; Independence: 14,828; Conservative: 6,738; Working Families: 1,089; Green: 1,446; Liberal: 2,687; Right to Life: 1,617; Marijuana Reform: 13 ; Libertarian: 208; Other: 146; Blank: 82,850


If you would like to track NY State Election results, here is their Enrollments/Election Results page.

Here is the Cattaraugus County “2006 Unofficial Election Night Results” page.

Here is the Allegany County “Board of Elections Results” page.

November 2, 2006

Cattaragus Co. Redistricting Development

Filed under: Cattaraugus County — theruralpatriot @ 12:27 pm

New developments in the case:

The redistricting plan, approved in 2003 and set to take effect with the November 2007 elections. The local law reduces the number of legislators from 21 to 17 and the number of districts from 10 to seven.
County Attorney Dennis Tobolski said there is a motion by Charles Krause (county legislator, R-Great Valley) to join the case as a plaintiff. Tobolski said the motion was made through Wright’s attorney, Christopher Moen of Willamsville.


Cattaraugus Co. Lesiglative District 5 Race

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,Uncategorized — theruralpatriot @ 12:22 pm

There is an article in The Salamanca Press this week hi-lighting candidates Charles Couture and Charles Hebdon, both of West Valley, and their positions on issues for their upcoming race next week. Its worth a read if you are unsure of their views.

Mr. Couture was appointed to the position after Gerard “Jess” Fitzpatrick passed away earlier this year. He is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines. Mr. Hebdon is running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, and has prior experience in the Legislature from 1984 to 1988.


Olean Ward 1 Candidates

Filed under: Cattaraugus County — theruralpatriot @ 12:14 pm

This week’s Olean Times Herald offers the following articles on the Olean Ward 1 race:

LaForge says city has to find ways to save: Mr. LaForge is running for Ward 1 alderman on the Democrat and Conservative party lines.

Peters wants to turn anger into action: Mr. Peters is running for Ward 1 on the Family Values Party line. (Alderman)

Searles says his age a plus in campaign: Mr. Searles is the endorsed Republican candidate in Ward 1. (He is 20 yrs. old.)

If you live and vote in this area, take a minute and read these articles.

Cattaraugus Co. Bed Tax Issue Set to Expire Soon

Filed under: Cattaraugus County — theruralpatriot @ 12:09 pm

LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County legislators may hold a Nov. 21 public hearing on a local law to renew the 5-percent bed tax on overnight stays in county lodging places.

The Finance Committee today [Nov. 1] will consider a resolution for a 3:01 p.m. public hearing, as well as a resolution for Local Law 3-2006, which would renew the bed tax. Local Law 20-2003, which established the bed tax, expires Dec. 3.


October 27, 2006

149th NYS Assembly Debate 10/24/06 (Part 3)

Part 1
Part 2

Seasonal workers on Western NY, and are they treated fairly?

Linda Witte:  It is one of the things to look at. It is a regional problem. If they come here to do jobs, you have to treat them fairly. You have to look at what they are doing for us. There is nothing wrong with seasonal workers coming here and being treated fairly, and this includes their children and taking care of them if they become ill.

Joe Giglio:  They are vital to our economy and farms. They are treated fairly. It is important that we protect all workers. The farmers need their help – it is an important relationship.


149th NYS Assembly Debate 10/24/06 (Part 2)

Part 1

Wind generation for Cattaraugus County and NY State?

Joe Giglio: I am in favor of alternate fuels here in Catt. Co. It might be the way to go. We should get it up and running.

Linda Witte: I would like to support it, but it needs to be something that farmers are a part of. It is frustrating when government comes in and makes decisions that comes back to us and says “why are you complaining?”. Zoning laws must be updated, but it has to be done carefully. You have to take into consideration the people you are going to affect. I support it with the people’s involvement.


149th NYS Assembly Debate 10/24/06 (Part 1)

The NYS Farm Bureau sponsored a debate in Great Valley, NY this past Tuesday night between Assemblyman Joe Giglio, challenger Linda Witte, Warren Schmidt (representing Rep. Randy Kuhl), and Joe Meisch (representing Eric Massa). Below are my notes from the debate. The following is not fully verbatim. Due to the length of the transcription, I have divided it into three separate posts.


October 25, 2006

Five Events – Two Days; New Massa Ad

Filed under: 2006 Campaigns,Cattaraugus County,Eric Massa,New York State — ellicatt @ 4:23 pm

I’ve attended five events in the past few days – three for Eric Massa, one for Silda Spitzer, and the debate last night with Joe Giglio, Linda Witte, and surrogates for Eric Massa and Rep. Randy Kuhl. All are energized and are running “full steam ahead” in anticipation of the election that is now less than two weeks away.

This post will cover the three Massa events. I’m writing separate posts regarding Mrs. Spitzer’s event and last night’s debate.


October 23, 2006

Mrs. Spitzer and Mrs. Massa In CattCo.

Tuesday, October 24; 5:00 pm. – 6:00 pm.

Holiday Valley – Main Chalet – Ellicottville
Reception for Silda Spitzer (Mrs. Eliot Spitzer) and Beverly Massa (Mrs. Eric Massa)
Free & Open to the Public – hors d’oevres & beverages provided

The last Massa-Kuhl Debate will be shown on (Olean area) Time-Warner Cable, channel 6, Wednesday 10/25, 7:30 pm; and Thursday, 10/26, 8:30 pm.

October 8, 2006

Interesting observation

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day that we decided to take a long drive. Our drive took us through Franklinville, Ellicottville, Little Valley, South Dayton and all the hamlets and communities along that route.


September 25, 2006

Judge Himelein to Decide on Cattaraugus Co. Redistricting Issue

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,Redistricting — theruralpatriot @ 10:09 am

Judge Himelein will hear arguments from Cattaraugus County Attorney Dennis Tobolski and the attorney for David F. Wright this Thursday, September 28, regarding Mr. Wright’s concern alleging that the redistricing performed in 2003 may violate statute.

Both sides have agreed to seek summary judgment that will allow Judge Himelein to decide the case without taking it to a jury.

Mr. Wright said today that statutes call for one redistricting vote every 10 years. The County Legislature, he claims, redistricted twice in 2003.

The first was a weighted voting plan that is designed to meet the “one man, one vote” qualities in the Constitution, and the second was a 17-member County Legislature in eight re-drawn districts.

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