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Vaccine clinic planned for city on Tuesday

Erie 2 Board of Cooperative Educational Services will be sponsoring a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at 21 E. Second St. in Dunkirk. To reserve a time slot, residents are asked to call 949-8450 or email ksnyder@e2ccb.org to register before Thursday. The clinic is being ...

Crews respond to rollover accident on Thruway ramp

Area fire crews were at the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover on the eastbound lane of the exit ramp of the New York State Thruway at Exit 58 for Silver Creek-Irving. The call came in just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Responding companies included those from Seneca Nation, Irving, Chautauqua ...

Sheriff’s Office investigating damage caused to Silver Creek businesses

SILVER CREEK — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating damage caused to the windows of three businesses in the village of Silver Creek. In a message posted to Facebook on Tuesday, the department said the damage was caused between Sunday and Tuesday. "The Sheriff's ...

Fredonia’s budget approval with tax hike reveals rift

Monday evening's special meeting, which was televised only through the Fredonia Public Access Channel, said it all. When it came to the final approval of the 2021-22 village of Fredonia budget, Mayor Douglas Essek was on the outside looking in. Seated in village hall were the five trustees ...

Borrello aims to halt ‘reckless rush’ for turbines in lakes

In an effort to protect the ecology of our freshwater lakes, clean water supplies and national security, Sen. George M. Borrello has introduced legislation (S.6314) to place a moratorium on the building or placing of permanent or semi-permanent wind turbines in bodies of freshwater in New York ...

NY eases more COVID-19 safety rules as new cases plummet

ALBANY (AP) — More people in New York will be able to attend outdoor sport games and concerts, go to the gym and casinos, and work in offices starting in mid-May, the state's governor announced Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that large-scale outdoor event venues can operate at 33% of ...

IDA approves CARES Act funding for 30 area businesses

An additional 30 businesses have been approved to be recipients of a $10.5 million grant through the CARES Act, which enabled the agency to establish a new Revolving Loan Fund at the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The intent of the fund is to provide capital, in the form of ...

CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask

NEW YORK (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And those who are unvaccinated can go outside ...

State backs CDC guidance on masks and outdoors

New York state will follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidance on mask use for fully vaccinated people. The guidelines state that fully vaccinated people, defined as two or more weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the ...

City school board backs new district model

Dunkirk City Schools seems prepared to “get going” with a significant consolidation plan next month. Board members, during a Tuesday workshop held via Zoom, were unified in moving forward with an option that calls for splitting students up into developmental stages that include the ...

Injury reported in crash involving CARTS bus

BARCELONA — At least one person was injured Monday morning following a crash involving a CARTS bus. The crash was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at Main Street and Route 5 in Barcelona. In addition to the Westfield Fire Department, Chautauqua County EMS also responded to the scene. The ...

First census data on House seats being released on Monday

The Census Bureau says it will be releasing the numbers used for determining how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets on Monday. The release of the apportionment numbers Monday afternoon comes almost four months later than planned because of delays caused by the ...

COVID hospitalizations up, but active cases and quarantines down

The number of Chautauqua County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 increased slightly over the weekend. However, active cases, those in quarantine and the seven-day positivity rate all dropped, according to information released Monday by the county Health Department. There are currently ...

Cuomo on sex harassment claims: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’

ALBANY (AP) — In his first face-to-face encounter with journalists in months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday flatly denied he had done anything inappropriate with any of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment. Speaking to reporters at the New York State Fairgrounds ...

NY state to lose 1 seat in Congress after new census count

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will lose one seat in Congress as a result of national population shifts, according to census data released Monday — a loss that might have avoided if just a few more people had been counted. The state's population grew by more than 4 percent over the past decade, ...

Fredonia raises taxes 1.4% in approving village budget

Village of Fredonia taxpayers will be facing a tax hike in the 2021-22 spending plan, but it’s nothing like the proposed 17% increase first proposed by Mayor Douglas Essek. By unanimous vote, trustees passed a plan that increases taxes by 1.4% to $35.69 per thousand dollars of assessed ...

Panel urges use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

A U.S. health panel says it's time to resume use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, despite a very rare risk of blood clots. Out of nearly 8 million people vaccinated before the U.S. suspended J&J's shot, health officials uncovered 15 cases of a highly unusual kind of blood clot, ...

COVID-19 positivity rates drop in state, region

COVID-19 positivity rates continued to decline as vaccination numbers rise slowly. On Saturday, New York state announced the seven-day positivity rates fell below 2% to 1.79%. In Western New York, the rate went under 4% at 3.75%. Every region's seven-day average positivity rate is below 4 ...

Legislators discuss state budget, marijuana, Cuomo

A record-breaking state budget, legalized recreational marijuana and the scandals connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo were just a few of the topics discussed during the online Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce 2021 state legislative breakfast. On Friday, Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of ...

NY won’t say what it told DOJ about nursing home outbreaks

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said it won't reveal what it told the U.S. Justice Department about COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, partly because doing so would be an "invasion of personal privacy." The Justice Department last year asked the governors of several states, ...