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Success for Goodell, Young mixed thus far

Chautauqua County’s elected state representatives have had mixed levels of success thus far in the 2017-18 legislative session in getting their legislation signed into law. An analysis of the bills sponsored by state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, shows the assemblyman has had ...

Divide in Albany evident with lack of bills from Goodell

It certainly doesn’t pay to be a conservative Republican in the New York state Assembly. State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, has struggled not only to get sponsored legislation all the way to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo thus far in the 2017-18 state legislative session, but ...

Young turns savviness into a political position of power in Senate

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, has turned her longevity and political savvy into a position of political power. In January 2016, Young took the reins as chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, becoming the first woman to hold that position. As Finance chair, Young is ...

Rails To Trails president discusses Christmas Eve tragedy

PORTLAND — Chautauqua Rails to Trails is inviting community members to join them in remembering the 20 souls that were tragically lost in a northern Chautauqua County train accident 145 years ago. Every year, the group convenes at the Prospect Station Trailhead on Christmas Eve to visit the ...

Ripley teachers vote ‘no confidence’ in school leadership

The union representing teachers with the Ripley School District announced a vote of “no confidence” in school leadership, citing hostility, favoritism and fear within the district. The Ripley Education Association recently sent a formal letter to the Ripley Board of Education expressing ...

Letter details Ripley Education Association decision

Dear Board of Education, Ripley Central School has always been a district that the teachers of RCS have taken great pride in belonging to. As teachers in a small district, we have the great advantage and pleasure to watch our students throughout their elementary education grow into amazing ...

Young takes Homeland Security Commissioner to flood-prone areas

Roger Parrino, New York State’s Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, joined state Sen. Catharine Young this week to tour locations in the 57th Senate District and meet with local officials regarding water infrastructure and flooding issues in several communities. The ...

Cuomo proposing $65 million statewide

OBSERVER Staff Report Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday unveiled another proposal of the 2018 State of the State: implementing a $65 million 4-point initiative to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms in Upstate New York that threaten the recreational use of lakes that are important to ...

Human activities impacting spread

Area residents can make a difference when it comes to blue-green algae blooms, which can be toxic to humans and animals. This past summer, the blooms were found on a widespread level on both Chautauqua and Findley lakes, according to the County Department of Health and Human Services. ...

A year behind, Dunkirk ended 2016 with surplus

The city of Dunkirk’s independent audit of 2016 is expected to be wrapped up right as 2018 begins, but it came with some good news Thursday. Finance Committee members were told all three of the city’s funds — general, water and wastewater — closed out with a “in the black” by ...

Forestville middle, senior high students go Bald for Bucks

FORESTVILLE — When Brayden Smith’s name was called over the public-address system, the crowd roared. Smith, and his impressive but soon-to-be departed fro of hair, took center stage with the entire Forestville middle and high school cheering him on in the auditorium. Smith was donating ...

Cookie architects

David Caccamise, culinary instructor at the LoGuidice Center, tells his students that success in culinary arts requires three character traits — creativity, imagination and patience. The yearly gingerbread house competition encourages all three. The students began working on their creations ...

Sheriff’s office releases phone scam alert

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace is warning county residents to be especially cautious during the holiday season regarding all types of scams. The sheriff’s office has received reports of recent telephone-based scams in the county. One of those scams is called the ...

County IDA appoints Dixon as interim director

Acting Chief Financial Officer for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Richard Dixon was appointed as interim director and CEO of the organization during a recent board of directors meeting. The appointment comes less than a week after Kevin M. Sanvidge officially retired ...

Honoring service

MAYVILLE — With 2017 almost a wrap, the Chautauqua County Legislature commended a few notable people during its final meeting of the year. Outgoing Legislator Ron Lemon, R-Frewsburg, was recognized for his six years of service by Legislator Chuck Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. Lemon said it has ...

Protesters show support for principal

Protestors waved signs saying, “We want Principal Ludwig back” and other lines outside of Fredonia Central School during the capital project vote on Tuesday. The protestors cycled throughout the day to stay warm and keep showing drivers on East Main Street the signs to inform the public. ...

Bailey Manufacturing receiving $500,000 loan from IDA

The largest employer in Forestville will be receiving a loan from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The CCIDA has worked with Bailey Manufacturing since 2010 to facilitate an acquisition, which would solidify Bailey Manufacturing’s presence, and employment in Chautauqua ...

Fredonia Central School capital project passes

The $8.5 million capital project for Fredonia Central School District passed Tuesday by a 297-144 vote. “I am very excited,” Fredonia Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio said. “I am grateful to the stakeholders, they voted for the project. The project is for the health, safety and ...

U.S. Rep. Reed confident tax bill will pass House today

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said he is confident the GOP tax reform bill will pass the House of Representatives once again after it was taken up in the Senate on Tuesday. “The minor procedural issue in the Senate will be corrected swiftly and the bill is still on track to be on the President’s ...