The OBSERVER’s View

Race for seat in the spotlight

One Western New York race is in the national spotlight, thanks to some potential wrong-doing by the incumbent. Congressional District 27, which includes Erie County, has become a major battleground between U.S. Rep. Chris Collins and Nate McMurray. Before Aug. 8, many thought Collins had it ...

ELECTION: Tiny governments, very few races

Election time often shows the 129,000 who live in this county why so many small local governments become rubber-stamping and tax-revenue suckers. Many residents do not want the job of being an elected official. If they do, they do not want to make the tough decisions. “Yes” is the herd ...

Our choice for Congress

Opponents of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed are consistent in their criticisms of the incumbent. They say he too often sides with President Donald Trump or he has not done enough for those he represents in our district. Reed, however, is not much different than our former U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, who ...

ENDORSEMENT DiNapoli has solid record

Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has served New York state and Chautauqua County residents very well. We back him for another four-year term in his race against Jonathan Trichter. DiNapoli, through numerous audits, has proven the importance of the office. Consider ...

Endorsement: Farley offers an alternative

We don’t expect Chele Farley to stand much chance of unseating incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, on Nov. 6. If she did, Farley would bring a pragmatic approach to the Senate that could be helpful to New Yorkers. Farley told The Post-Journal during a visit in early ...

Cuomo gives and takes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s eight years as governor paint a confusing picture as voters decide Nov. 6 whether to give the governor four more years at New York’s helm. Cuomo has played Capt. Steubing from The Love Boat when it comes to steering money toward Western New York in the past eight ...

Keep council at 2-year terms

Three current Dunkirk Common Council members want to serve longer terms. But city voters will have to say “yes” to the idea on Election Day. In May, council members approved having Dunkirk voters approve extending their terms from two to four years. We say “no” for a couple of ...

Wofford has focus on state

Keith Wofford, the Republican and Conservative party candidate for New York attorney general, deserves your vote for one simple reason: He has vowed to immediately initiate an investigation into systemic corruption involving state and local government officials across the state. Eric ...

endorsement Assembly needs Goodell’s voice

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, during a stop in Dunkirk last weekend to offer support to partisan candidates, made the remark there needs to be “more Democrats in the New York state Assembly.” We, however, would respectfully disagree. Already, there are more than 100 of the 150 seats filled by her ...

Keep Gerace as sheriff

Joe Gerace and Jim Quattrone bring impressive credentials to their race for Chautauqua County sheriff. Quattrone, endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., has a master’s degree in administration of justice from ...

Smooth ride, fewer businesses

It has been a bit of a headache getting through downtown Dunkirk on Central Avenue in recent days. Paving has created something of a traffic problem. Remember, that is a good thing. When there’s traffic, that means there is progress. But while things are getting smoother for motorists, ...

Roundabout: Delay did not change plans

It appears the more than year-long circle of debates has ended. The roundabout at Routes 20 and 60 will become a reality. In typical New York state fashion, the project did not start when it was supposed to — around March of this year. After a long delay, the state Department of ...

HEALTH CARE: Brooks’ future still unclear

It has been more than a year now since Brooks Memorial Hospital has really said anything about the relocation of its facility to the town of Pomfret, which is off Route 20. Hospital and Kaleida Health officials met with the media last September before they publicly announced the site ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST EXCITEMENT ON CAMPUS — SUNY Fredonia is the place to be today, and it’s not just for college students. For the college’s Homecoming celebration, Hollywood icon Mary McDonnell will be visiting her alma mater. Also, as ...

Quit delaying Senate action

Actions by some Democrats in the U.S. Senate have resembled nothing as much as a temper tantrum during recent weeks. One might have thought that after the vote to confirm the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they would have decided more mature behavior was appropriate. But ...

Fair sentence in tragedy

There are some county residents expressing disappointment with Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, for the plea agreement reached earlier this month in the case of a Sherman man who shot and killed a neighbor while hunting after dark on Nov. 22, 2017. The complaints are largely the ...

Chamber event brings unity

There is a definite divide in Chautauqua County. It comes down to us and them, specifically the north and south. That, however, does not mean we do not always come together. Last week, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet, which highlights the best people and ...

fredonia Another challenge for community

At the end of the summer, OBSERVER Staff Writer Mary Heyl reported — before the start of the school year — on the growing number of reduced and free lunches going to students at area schools. According to the article, the Community Eligibility Program found that every school district in ...

Central Avenue: Construction calms traffic

Work on Central Avenue in Dunkirk is quickly progressing. As of Friday, most of the strip had been milled with paving set to begin this week. Surprisingly, the fairly rough road has brought a safety feature. Due to the conditions, traffic has slowed with most cars driving around 25 ...

Fredonia: Collaborations bring in funds

Welcome news came to the village of Fredonia, courtesy of the state of New York on Friday. The municipality is in line to receive $2.5 million in Smart Growth Community Funding. “I am very grateful to Gov. Cuomo and his continued support for the village of Fredonia,” said Mayor Athanasia ...