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OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian: Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul announced the release of funds to Athenex during a visit to the Hanover Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon Thursday.

Lt. Gov. Hochul meets with Hanover Chamber of Commerce

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IRVING — Although Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul admitted that no official groundbreaking date has been announced for the long-anticipated Athenex facility in Dunkirk, she did say that progress has been made related to the releasing of contract funds. “Howard Zemsky, CEO ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian: Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul announced the release of funds to Athenex during a visit to the Hanover Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon Thursday.

$200 million made available for Athenex

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The progress has been slow going for the major development that will be the Athenex biopharmaceutical factory, but one more step has been made. Last year, a controversy shifted responsibility of the project from SUNY Polytechnic to Empire State Development. Now, the ESD board has approved ...

Wayne Kozak

Eden man charged in fatally shooting mom

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BUFFALO — An Eden man is in custody in Erie, Pa., after allegedly fatally shooting his mother. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, Eden Police Chief Michael Felschow and New York State Police Maj. Steven Nigrelli announced that 48-year-old Wayne Kozak of Eden was picked up on an ...

Cindy Frank

Traffic stop yields cocaine charges in Jamestown

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JAMESTOWN — Nearly seven ounces of cocaine were seized Thursday during a routine traffic stop in the city. According to Jamestown police, Cindy S. Frank, 45, of Jamestown, was pulled over around 8:30 p.m. for allegedly failing to keep right on Lakeview Avenue near Euclid Avenue. Police said ...

Jamestown drug raid leads to four arrests

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JAMESTOWN — A slew of narcotics were reportedly found Friday inside a city home believed to be a hotbed for drug sales. Four people were charged. According to Jamestown police, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and New York State Police CNET executed a search warrant at 17 ...

George Borrello, right, was one of the key cogs to changing the way the Chautauqua County Legislature operated.

A working Legislature, by George!

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IRVING — Less than 10 years ago, the Chautauqua County Legislature seemed a lot more like Dysfunction Junction than a group of local elected officials working to better a region where we live. It was a contentious gathering of 25 members, many who consistently voted party lines and would have ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox: The sidewalks in Silver Creek are considered to be severely lacking, and relatively dangerous. The village hopes that with some impending grant funds, the situation in a number of heavily-trafficked areas could be remedied.

Silver Creek sidewalks in need of improvement

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By AMANDA DEDIE OBSERVER Staff Writer The village of Silver Creek is hoping for some improvements to the municipality in the near future, including volunteer clean-up efforts, new signs and hopefully, new sidewalks. According to Mayor Nick Piccolo, the state budget has passed, which ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino: Mary Ellen Decker, left, asks for caution and research before the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency approves tax breaks for Great Lakes Cold Storage. Other Fairview Avenue residents attended to question the project’s location.

Residents ask for scrutiny before tax break for cold storage facility

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The need for jobs in the city of Dunkirk was tempered by pleas for careful consideration when it comes to a cold storage facility planned for the lot between Central Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Main Street Extension. Last month, Great Lakes Cold Storage won an appeal to rezone the 18-acre ...

OBSERVER File Photo: Robin Morey, the ambulance driver in a fatal accident on Feb. 14, has been ticketed with failing to stay in the driving lane. She is not facing criminal charges.

Ambulance driver in fatal crash avoids criminal charges

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An ambulance driver whose 77-year-old occupant was killed when she reportedly veered off a road in Dunkirk has been ticketed with failing to stay in the driving lane. According to the New York State Police, 49-year-old Robin Morey, a driver for EmergyCare, is not facing criminal charges for ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Designation of restricted highway County Route 380, Stockton-Brocton Road in the town of Portland between Colt Road and Colt Road Ext. will be closed to traffic due to a cross pipe replacement effective Tuesday, April 25 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A detour will not be posted. County ...

Area Police

Area police

Dunkirk Police Department ¯ Harry A. Lugo, of Dunkirk, was charged with criminal trespassing and two counts of criminal mischief on April 3. ¯ David Texidor Jr., 24, of Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree harassment on April 3. ¯ Hector Carmen-Burgos, 43, of Dunkirk, was charged ...

Photo by David Prenatt: WACS business manager Julia Murphy and Superintendent David Davison review budget items at the board of education supplemental meeting. Davison had his head shaved earlier that day as part of the Razors for Rockey fundraiser.

Winter gives way to WACS exterior improvement projects

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RIPLEY — Now that winter is past, Westfield Academy and Central School District will be focusing on several exterior improvement projects, board members learned at their recent meeting. Facilities Director Lou Golando outlined plans for the 2017-2018 capital outlay project and the EXCEL ...

Submitted Photo: From left are Ben Webb, Amy Webb with Olivia Przepiora, a Princess of the royal court.

Mayville Winter Festival names royalty

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MAYVILLE — The 2017 Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival, honored Mayville residents Ben and Amy Webb as this year’s festival king and queen. Festival Committee members Tom and Debbie Przepiora of Mayville made the presentation at the Festival and their granddaughter, Olivia ...

‘Love My Park Day’ set for May 6

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State Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that registration is now open for the sixth annual “I Love My Park Day,” to be held on May 6 at state parks, historic sites and public lands across the state. The event, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic ...

Craig Colburn

Arcade Senior Services appoints Craig Colburn as agent

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JAMESTOWN — Arcade Senior Services has appointed Craig Colburn as a licensed independent agent. Colburn is authorized to offer AARP Medicare Supplement Plans issued by United Healthcare Insurance Company, as well as Medicare Advantage Plans and Prescription Drug Plans with United ...

Submitted Photo: Ag Literacy Week Volunteer, Sue Harper, read “The Grapes Grow Sweet” to students at Chautauqua Lake.

Ag Literacy week attracts 2,800 participants

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JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is continually working to increase public awareness of the great things happening in agriculture. In celebration of National Agriculture Week, area elementary students were able to participate in the New ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy. County legislator George Borrello announced his candidacy for Chautauqua County executive in Silver Creek on Wednesday. Borrello was joined by family, friends, top Republican leaders and some local Democratic leaders.

Legislator, businessman enters county exec race

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SILVER CREEK — Running for Chautauqua County executive was a thought four years ago for George Borrello, a county legislator who’s represented the Hanover and Silver Creek area for the past seven years. The time wasn’t right, however, for Borrello as he continued a private business ...

Photo by A.J. Rao. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited the Southern Tier Distilling Company in Lakewood on Wednesday to push for expanded crop insurance for malt barley farmers in Upstate New York. Pictured, from left, are Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County executive; James Waltz, head distiller at Southern Tier; Schumer; and Kaycee Currie, hospitality manager at Southern Tier.

Minding the malt

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LAKEWOOD — Let’s face it. Beer relies on a hearty crop of malt barley to exist. Without it — if disease or a freak act of nature were to damage those crops, for instance — farmers and the craft brewing companies that rely on them would undoubtedly take a hit. Such was the case made ...