Publisher’s notebook

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

A working Legislature, by George!

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 ...

We can keep 18 districts, but we cannot field high school 
teams without combining 
athletes from those districts.

No optimism from Census figures

Numbers always provide a greater insight on truth than what area elected officials will tell you. Representatives here, far too often in the past, have painted a picture of progress and prosperity on the horizon. They were sadly misguided then. But one thing is certain today: there are 5,000 ...

Think village costs are rising now?

Fredonia’s decision earlier this decade to effectively back out of a potential north county water district is something its residents may rue for years to come. Back then, the district was planning to financially help the village with its troubled water system if it became a partner. Its ...

We had some snow, but the central Southern Tier got the worst of Stella.

One storm’s avalanche of worry

Albany’s hierarchy can be frustrating, especially when it comes to the weather worries that spanned from Long Island to Western New York earlier this week. Conditions, as evidenced by major lake-effect snow events, are rarely the same in one region to the next. So distressed was state Gov. ...

Former Pine Valley school board member Angelo Graziano resigned in January.

Issues hit peak at Pine Valley

School districts have a knack for providing plenty of drama. Remember the 2009 saga that dogged the Westfield Academy and Central School with its previous Superintendent Mark Sissel? At the time, there were plenty of questions from residents — and some from the school board — on expense ...

Elections, successes are in cards

All good things usually come to an end - albeit a little too soon. That was certainly the case with our annual I Shop Local promotion, which began in August and continued through last week.In all, our newspaper received more than 5,400 "I Shop Local" cards. When we did the drawings over the ...

Plumb counting on anti-Reed vote

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed's face beamed with joy upon arriving in the conference room of Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk. In front of him were three boys, all 2 years old. Triplets, in fact.Their mother, Ashley Kirkland, was one of four moms in attendance to ...

State cap not just about taxes

New York's 5-year-old law continues to put the squeeze on the area's elected officials. ?? Across the region, towns and cities are dealing with a law that is both praised and criticized while crafting budgets: the tax cap. For 2017, tax levy growth is limited to 0.68 percent for these entities ...

Brooks’ move adds to city dilemmas

It is full-speed ahead with plans for a new and improved Brooks Memorial Hospital. Just where the facility will be located and what it will look like is still a work in progress.This is no pipe dream - and it is coming quicker than most residents anticipated. Brooks will be relocating, thanks ...

Talking topics, not attacks

Candidate John Plumb has a proven commitment to the United States of America. He served in Kuwait during Operation Enduring Freedom, has been in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and is currently commander of the U.S. Reserves.His dedication in the military is all about order. His effort to get ...