Publisher’s notebook

Numerous positions, far too many visions

How many elected positions does it take to run Chautauqua County every year? Far too many. For the coming November elections — in the county, cities, towns and villages — around 200 seats are up for grabs. Those posts include legislators, treasurers, trustees, clerks, judges, supervisors ...

Albany’s ‘physical toll’ is one long road

Almost every Monday morning started with a similar routine for William Parment when he represented Chautauqua County for 28 years in the state Assembly. He would wake up early, leave his North Harmony home at 6 and begin his 386-mile, six-hour journey on Interstate 86 to Albany. “It was the ...

There’s lots to lose in separating state

Call it a potential self-destruction by separation. Once again, there is a call by an elected official in upstate to look at the possibility of splitting New York. Within the last month, an Albany-area Republican has asked Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to study the idea. “The state of New ...

Protests, petition have look of afterthought

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas had turned the page almost weeks after the first announcement came from the Brooks-TLC Hospital System to relocate the longtime health-care facility from the city to the town of Pomfret. “I want the residents to know the city and my administration did everything ...

Paving the way for visits to our waters

What is the best way for motorists or tourists to arrive at Dunkirk’s waterfront? That question has been a focal point by leaders and consultants in the effort to build on the city’s reputation of being a summer destination. Planners in recent years have held meetings and group sessions ...

Building the case for a new Brooks

Nov. 10, 2017, was a day of sadness and excitement in Buffalo. Women’s and Children’s Hospital, which had been located on Bryant Street for decades, was moving to a new state-of-the-art facility in the Queen City’s medical corridor on Ellicott Street. More than a year later, not many of ...

Achieving mayors have their critics

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas kicked off the 2019 campaign season last week in his State of the City address. Toward the end, Rosas left no question on his intentions to seek another term. “My administration and I have been working very, very hard for our city residents and our city ...

Cuomo’s evolutionary hue shift to true blue

Following his election win in November 2010, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to work and surprisingly mirrored a fiscal conservative. He understood the uneasy financial plight of the Empire State — and tightened the belt when it came to spending. Consider an early contract he negotiated ...

No comedy in errors for city resolution

For starters, let’s place the blame evenly when it comes to how Dunkirk Common Council and the county Board of Elections have handled a botched resolution on a referendum to increase terms of office in the city from two years to four. That guy on the left — yours truly — watched as the ...

Making one more trip for Welcome Center

Heading westbound on Interstate 90 and exiting New York state, it is not long until travelers are greeted by a Welcome Center. It highlights what the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has to offer, specifically along Lake Erie’s grape country. Travelers coming from the east, entering Chautauqua ...

In Shakespeare and life, Mac a class act

On a summer day back in 2008, I became reacquainted with Mac Nelson, English professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia. We both arrived at the Shorewood Country Club parking lot in anticipation of a Rotary Club meeting where he was going to speak about his book ...

St. Gianna’s mission is labor of love

Great gifts do not come only at Christmastime. Many are delivered daily, especially at the Brooks Memorial Hospital maternity unit in Dunkirk in the form of newborn babies. Often, those bundles of joy arrive to thrilled parents and family members. But sometimes, life gets in the way for those ...

We’re still not at ease with backup plan

It was supposed to be New York state’s greatest Christmas gift to Dunkirk and northern Chautauqua County. But five years later, it is — quite possibly — the city’s largest piece of coal in its stocking. How ironic. For decades, our region relied on that coal-fired power plant for ...

Efficiency efforts boost municipal rankings

Not all tax problems begin in the New York state capital of Albany. Most begin right in your back yard. When communities refuse to work together, that costs property owners more money. Consider, for instance, police coverage in the village of Fredonia. Counting the municipality’s own ...

Shooting scarred country, a generation

Fifty-five years ago, our nation was in disbelief and mourning. President John F. Kennedy Jr., less than 24 hours earlier, had been assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Those who were alive on that day remember where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the ...

Albany won’t look fondly on county votes

While on the campaign trail in Dunkirk last month, state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said all the right things in urging voters to back two Democratic candidates. In her typical upbeat style, she handed out compliments to everyone in the room of the Steelworkers Union Hall, including Dunkirk Mayor ...

Is our community open to dialogue on race relations?

Going by the most recent U.S. Census numbers, Dunkirk could be considered one of America’s real melting pots. The city is filled with great diversity. Of its 11,849 residents, 31 percent are Hispanic or Latino while the African-American population is 6 percent. Educationally, the city ...

In game of politics, incumbents call shots

Political debates are hardly ever a party decision. Instead, those discussions are almost always dictated by the incumbent. This year, state Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided on only one face-off with challenger Marc Molinaro. It occurred on the evening of Oct. 23 in the WCBS-TV studios in New York ...

Kicking the can on the NRG gap

As Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas unveiled his 2019 budget proposal at a press conference in City Hall on Oct. 12, he made the same promise that has been made in previous years by other administrations: there will be no tax increase. On simple mathematics alone, it appears to be almost ...

Floundering GOP stymies Molinaro run

Marc Molinaro knew he was likely fighting a losing battle. In early April, the Dutchess County executive announced his intentions to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo this November to lead the Empire State. “I won’t lie, the path ahead is not easy,” Molinaro admitted in the Poughkeepsie ...