The Rural Patriot

November 26, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 11/26/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 1:44 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.

LOCAL

County approves $188M budget for 2007
… The budget includes a tax levy increase of 3.31 percent over 2006. It will require a tax levy of $41.2 million. The legislature adopted the budget to include amendments recommended by the Finance Committee last week: deferring of tourism grant program allocations to five chambers of commerce/business groups, including the Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce; an increase in the interest earned from county investments from $700,000 to $900,000; an increase in funding for the Olean Municipal Airport from $22,000 to $27,500; and an increase in funding for bonded capital improvements at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Olean from $866,650 to $870,000.

City moves closer to reassessing
OLEAN — Members of Common Council’s City Operations Committee agreed to move a plan to reassess all property in the city out of committee Tuesday.

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November 19, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 11/19/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:35 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

John, new SNI officials take office
IRVING – New Seneca Nation President Maurice John Sr. was administered the oath of office by new Clerk Jackie Bowen, but not without a little controversy before the ceremony.

Finance Committee to consider $188M county budget
LITTLE VALLEY – Review of the 2007 tentative Cattaraugus County budget of $188 million has moved on to the County Finance Committee.
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November 12, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 11/12/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 2:21 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.

LOCAL

John, Seneca Party sweep SNI elections
SALAMANCA – The Seneca Party will retain control of the Seneca Nation of Indians’ government Tuesday, Nov. 14, with Maurice A. John, Sr. as president. The party won a straight ticket, taking a little more than 61 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday’s election.

Couture to continue as Dist. 5 legislator
LITTLE VALLEY – Charles Couture of West Valley, Republican, Independence and Conservative parties candidate for District 5 county legislator will continue serving in that post thanks to Tuesday night’s election victory.
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November 5, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 11/5/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 9:48 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

Seneca official disparages lawsuit by political opponent as ‘frivolous’
A Seneca Nation official Tuesday described Robert W. Jones’ lawsuit against the Senecas as an election-year stunt, insisting the nation is not facing a harmful lien as Jones claims.

Dispatchers respond to save 911
OLEAN — Mayor David Carucci hopes the city can save some money by having the county’s emergency dispatch center in Little Valley handle 911 calls from the city of Olean.

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October 29, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 10/29/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:16 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

Massa says Kuhl taking the low road in race
With the 29th Congressional District race entering its final 10 days, negative advertising and charges and countercharges are mounting.
Democratic challenger Eric Massa charged U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr. with violating an agreement to refrain from negative ads, and called him “a liar” for misrepresenting his position on Social Security in his latest television ads and mailings.

Health Department ‘frustrated’ by delay in flu vaccine supply
OLEAN – Cattaraugus County Health Department Community Supervising Health Nurse Mary Anne Power said she is frustrated by the delay in delivery of the department’s remaining influenza vaccine supply.

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October 22, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 10/22/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 1:06 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.

LOCAL

Mailed ballot bids need postmarks by Oct. 31
LITTLE VALLEY – The absentee ballot application deadline for previously registered voters is Nov. 6, but mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 31, according to an announcement by the central Cattaraugus County Board of Elections office in Little Valley.

Charter review panel to hold Monday forum
OLEAN – The Olean Charter Review Committee will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday in City Council Chambers.
Two presentations are scheduled. Robert McEvoy, a State University at Albany professor in public administration, will present information on the city manager/mayor forms of government. Former Olean resident Andrew White, city manager of Huron, Ohio, also will talk on the same subject.
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October 15, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 10/15/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:26 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

Wal-Mart project needs Seneca Nation approval
SALAMANCA – City officials and developers say a planned Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Salamanca will need the support of the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI).

Allegany County Sheriff’s candidates trade jabs
BELMONT — The Allegany County Sheriff’s race heated up this week with accusations of improper campaign filings, unknown backers for campaign ads and a challenge to a debate.

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October 8, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 10/8/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:54 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

Town clears Wal-Mart to start expansion
After more than a year of scouring over the details of the proposed expansion of the Wal-Mart store in Allegany, the Allegany Town Planning Board has given the go-ahead for the project.

Mayor doesn’t see the reason for the fuss
OLEAN — When Mayor David Carucci missed Tuesday’s Common Council committee meeting, several council members wondered where he was.
When they found out there was an Olean High School tennis match two and a half hours before the meeting, they wondered if he was playing hooky.

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October 1, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 10/1/06

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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

Senecas pay state $68 million from slots
The state got more than $68 million Friday from the Seneca Nation of Indians, raising to more than $160 million the amount the Senecas have paid the state in the last three years for the right to have slot machines in their two casinos.

State to sue Feds over West Valley cleanup
ASHFORD HOLLOW — New York state expects to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy soon over responsibility issues of the cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project.

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September 24, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 9/24/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 4:16 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.

LOCAL

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.

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September 17, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 9/17/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 10:04 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

Council hears suggestions for new X-way interchange
SALAMANCA – The Common Council heard project suggestions Wednesday from the city’s engineering firm a proposed new interchange on I-86 to accommodate a proposed shopping center.

GV legislator says he’s leaving Republican Party
LITTLE VALLEY – County Legislator Charles Krause (R-Great Valley) said he plans to change his political party affiliation from Republican to Conservative, effective seven days after the November election.

County reimbursed up to $60,000 for expenses related to search for Ralph ‘Bucky’ Phillips
LITTLE VALLEY – County legislators have accepted up to $60,000 in federal reimbursement for County Sheriff’s Office expenses related to the search for fugitive Ralph “Bucky” Phillips.

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September 10, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 9/10/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:02 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

(Local choices were slim this week; it was “all Bucky all of the time”.  Therefore, I will include one Bucky story – the end of the saga that held this area’s attention for the past week.)

N.Y. Manhunt Ends With Surrender
CARROLL, N.Y. (AP) — A fugitive suspected of fatally shooting a New York state trooper and wounding two others while on the run for more than five months surrendered to police who had cornered him in a field just over the Pennsylvania border Friday night.
Ralph “Bucky” Phillips walked out with his hands up, ending the state’s largest manhunt for the 44-year-old career thief who broke out of a Buffalo-area jail in April, New York State Police Investigator Gary Colon said.

Conservancy buying more Zoar parcels
OTTO – While the state Department of Environmental Conservation finalizes a management plan for its nearly 3,000 acres in Zoar Valley, the Nature Conservancy is adding property to its holdings in and around the scenic Cattaraugus Creek gorge.

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September 3, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 9/3/06

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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.

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August 27, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 8/27

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 9:31 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

New bond rating lowers interest on borrowing
Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Cattaraugus County’s bond rating from Baa1 to A3, county legislators were told Wednesday. The move will lower interest costs for borrowing.
“This has been a long time coming,” county budget director Jack Searles told the Legislature following an announcement by Chairman Crystal J. Abers, R-South Dayton. “This is really big news.”

City gets grant for sewer work
Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr. emptied the proverbial goody bag Friday in announcing $2 million in grants to five municipalities in the region, including $400,000 for sewer-system improvements in East Olean.

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August 20, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 8/20

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 9:16 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

SNI to receive grant for court improvements
SALAMANCA – The Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) will receive a $250,000 grant to fund improvements to its daily court operations and court staff additions.
U.S. Representative John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-Hammondsport) Wednesday announced that SNI will receive the grant from the Department of Justice Tribal Courts Assistance Program.

Suit may jeopardize Falls casino
WASHINGTON – The Seneca Nation’s casino in Niagara Falls would have to close if gambling opponents win their federal lawsuit aimed at stopping a Buffalo gaming hall, the tribe acknowledged in a report this week.
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“If the plaintiffs are successful, the Nation would be unable to conduct any gaming upon lands acquired pursuant to the [Seneca Nation Settlement Act],” the documents said. The 1990 act of Congress was used by the tribe to acquire its casino land in Niagara Falls.

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August 13, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 8/13

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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

Spitzer’s wife tours Wellsville; Programs for children highlighted
WELLSVILLE – Silda Wall Spitzer, wife of gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer, came to town Thursday to gather information and ended up giving some advice.

Consultants outline Ag and Farmland Protection Plan
PERRYSBURG – In Cattaraugus County, agriculture employs more than 2,000 people and generates more than $100 million a year – including logging.
The more than 1,100 farming enterprises are the sixth-largest employer in the county behind the tourism, manufacturing, healthcare, administrative services and retail industries.

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August 6, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 8/6

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 8:22 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 NEWS

Six forums to address farm plan
LITTLE VALLEY – The public is invited to take part in six upcoming forums around Cattaraugus County where a draft Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan will be discussed and completed.

The document is a land-use planning tool for farmland preservation, increased profitability and agricultural development.

Deteriorated culverts rated as ‘poor’
ALBANY – Seven of the 10 culverts rated “poor” in New York State remain open – two are in Cattaraugus County – despite “considerable deterioration” to some or all of each structure, according to records obtained from the state Department of Transportation

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July 30, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 7/30

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:28 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.

Spitzer, Suozzi claim to be true reformers at debate
NEW YORK – The two Democrats running for governor spent the hour in their first and likely only debate trying to outmuscle each other for bragging rights to who is the true government reformer and fiscal disciplinarian capable of righting state government.

Loss of state computer spurs identity theft fears
ALBANY – The names, addresses and Social Security numbers of as many as 540,000 injured workers have been lost, and the state and its contracted company are trying to protect the workers from identity theft.

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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.

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