Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:


PRO BASKETBALL — There wasn’t a lot of fanfare for the Chautauqua Hurricane last year. The Premier Basketball League team started out playing at SUNY Fredonia for its home games, and after a few games with lagging attendance, the team switched its home games to Irving. The team wasn’t very successful and the owner was also the owner of a second team in the same league, which looked like a conflict of interest. This year, the season looks more appealing. The team is now owned by Sixto Rosario of Dunkirk. On the roster is Edwin Ubiles, who played six games with the NBA’s Washington Wizards in 2012. He’s also played in a number of other professional leagues. There are other strong players on the team as well. Their home opener is tonight at 7 p.m. at Brocton Central School. Hopefully with the new owner will be some new success and new energy from local fans who would like to see professional sports played in Chautauqua County.

HELPING HANDS — More than 300 children in the Gowanda area were given gifts this Christmas season through the Helping Hands program, which is run by the Gowanda Police and Gowanda Lions Club. We applaud those involved in organizing this program, as well as those who donated to make a difference this holiday season.

SARRATORI NOMINATION — Congratulations to Mike Sarratori. The Dunkirk varsity football coach has been nominated by the Buffalo Bills for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award. With this nomination, Sarratori will get to visit the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. He also is in the running to win $15,000 or $10,000 of which would go to the Dunkirk High School football program. We wish for the best for Coach Sarratori and hope he enjoys himself at this year’s Pro Bowl.


BANNING CELL PHONE RECORDINGS — The New York State Legislature is back in session. What is the first thing they accomplished this year? To prohibit cell phones as recording devices in the Senate chambers. The ban is intended to, “Protect the chamber’s decorum.” Robert Freeman, who heads the state committee on Open Government, said in an interview with the New York Post that he believes the provision isn’t legal. “In my opinion, the rule adopted by the Senate is inconsistent with the Open Meetings Law,” he said, citing the provision it seems to violate. “Any meeting of a public body (which includes both houses of the Legislature) that is open to the public shall be open to being photographed, broadcast, webcast or otherwise recorded and/or transmitted by audio and or video means,” the law states. This new legislation does not only appear to be illegal, it seems to be silly as well. How do cell phones affect the Chamber’s decorum? Some state legislators are upset a special session wasn’t called so they could vote themselves a pay raise. With this being their first action of the new year, they have not shown to their constituents they deserve one.