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NRG PILOT: More time needed after public hearing

On Friday, Feb. 24, a public hearing was held at the SUNY Fredonia Incubator regarding NRG’s Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement until the plant is upgraded. During the hearing, a representative read from a document, but did not say how much the interim payments would be. A note at the bottom of ...

Taxes just piece of puzzle

Looks can be deceiving — and that is exactly what the report from the New York State Association of School Business Officials reveals. At first glance, the report seems positive. An early analysis of school budget plans show 98 percent of the districts are staying within the state tax cap. ...

Open to taking your money

Attention, anyone who works in New York state — starting July 1, you’ll be bringing home a little less in your paycheck. Just don’t ask how much money you’re losing when payroll deductions begin for paid family leave. The state doesn’t seem to know that yet because the maximum rate ...

FOOTBALL: No passing up a combination

With one season in the books, the Fredonia-Brocton-Westfield football team merger is a winning idea and will continue for another season. That was the sentiment announced by Fredonia Superintendent Paul DiFonzo last week, who admitted there needs to be some minor adjustments next fall. “In ...

FREDONIA: Damage isn’t all visible

How stable is the village of Fredonia and its finances for the future? If you want just a small indication, look no further than the Fredonia Fire Hall, which is located on Main Street. On the outside, you can see the exterior damage from the lack of upkeep on the building. Decisions were ...

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST OPIOID CLINIC — Dunkirk city officials recently learned of a proposal to locate a drug and alcohol clinic in the Flickinger Building, located on Washington Avenue between Second and Third streets. First of all, Dunkirk needs a ...

Health care: System needs to be cured

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Government: Less is more

In November, there will be 182 elected seats up this fall. That’s not all the seats, by the way. Our founding county fathers apparently loved democracy, because we have over 500 county elected officials spread out over 17 towns, two cities, 13 villages and 18 school districts. When ...

Efficient system is paying off

An article over the weekend once again proved of the benefits of not going at it alone. Both the village of Silver Creek and the town of Hanover have teamed up in one contract to receive police protection from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. It was not too long ago some in the ...

One facility worth effort

Bigger is not always better, but often it is more efficient and cost-effective — and that is what Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas continues to look at when considering the future. Last week, Rosas brought forth a plan that could put the police and fire under one roof in the city. “We put in ...

DUNKIRK: We all want to ‘pay less’

We understand where Dunkirk Councilman Don Williams is coming from: the city has a lot to lose in a supplemental county payment in lieu of taxes agreement with NRG Energy Inc. Williams, in comments last week, noted the company wants to “pay less.” Well, who doesn’t nowadays? NRG, as ...

Taking path for progress

Talk about going out on top. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has excelled and accomplished just about every goal he set to achieve since taking office in 2014. His start began with the controversial sale of the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk, which was approved by the ...

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST RT. 60 RUMBLE STRIPS — On Route 60 between Fredonia and Cassadaga there is a rumble strip. The strip can alert drivers who start to veer into the oncoming lane. After last month’s fatal bus/car crash, the state has decided to ...

ECONOMY: Government can harm enterprise

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

VILLAGES: Mayors need to support dissolution

When it comes to sharing services, many elected officials are open arms. But when it comes to consolidation, it’s another story. Take, for example, the village of Brocton. Mayor Richard Frost thanked Portland Supervisor Dan Schrantz for attending a recent village board meeting. At the ...

Bring your ideas tonight

Plenty of conversation has been had regarding Central Connection — an idea to bring the village of Fredonia, city of Dunkirk and the State University of New York at Fredonia together — to boost the region. Tonight, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dunkirk High School gym, residents are encouraged to ...

Still paying for the past

Former Forestville elected officials never hesitated to point out what a great job the former Streets Department foreman was doing on a fairly regular basis. As with most things those board members said, it turned out to be untrue. What the town of Hanover has found is plenty of neglect at ...

COUNTY: Another plus to sharing

Chautauqua County is making progress when it comes to regional solutions. The most recent evidence of this is the county is one of six finalists for a $20 million grant from New York state. Last week, area officials found out they were one of six to become a finalist for the best government ...

Higher, but not all better

Just what do we take from the recent state Education Department report regarding recent graduates? Only that we are getting a little bit better in Chautauqua County. As we noted last week, the graduation rate of the 2016 class fared 1 percent better than those in 2015 with 84 percent making ...

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BOWLED OVER — Congratulations go out to Fredonia Hillbillies bowling team. For the first time in school history, the team won the Section 6 Class C high school bowling championship. It’s Tom Battaglia’s 16th year coaching ...