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Borrello to call for repeal of criminal justice reform bills

MAYVILLE — George Borrello, Chautauqua County executive and state Senator-elect, is calling for the repeal of impending criminal justice reform bills he described as “poorly drafted” and “poorly thought out.” Borrello will be holding a press conference today at the Gerace Building, ...

Hundreds of write-in votes not tallied yet

DAYTON — The elections in Dayton have not been settled. Angie M. Mardino-Miller received 236 votes for supervisor, but another 235 write-in votes were received. Also, Thomas Chupa received 226 votes for highway superintendent, but another 256 write-in votes were received. According to ...

‘Competitive races’ drive strong turnout

When it comes to voting, Chautauqua County took this election seriously. According to Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian Abrams, about 46 percent of eligible voters participated in this year’s election. That was much higher than either commissioner expected. “A lot of ...

Early voting set tone for many results

It appears those who lean left were more apt to take advantage of the early voting, which was offered from Oct. 26 to Sunday in three locations across Chautauqua County. Once the polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday, the county Board of Elections did an excellent job of informing the public about ...

Common Council gets back to business following election

The Dunkirk Common Council convened Wednesday for the first time since Tuesday’s election and made relatively quick work of its agenda. A public hearing at 5:20 p.m. on whether the city could grant Spectrum Northeast LLC a 15-year franchise renewal agreement drew no speakers and was quickly ...

Fredonia extends Sortisio’s contract

For the second time in the last two years, Fredonia Superintendent Jeff Sortisio is getting a longer contract. The Fredonia Board of Education, without comment, approved Tuesday an employment agreement with Sortisio that runs through July 20, 2023. That amounts to a two-year extension of the ...

Rosas holds unofficial lead as council goes to GOP

Ahead by only 48 votes with all districts reporting Tuesday night, Democrat Wilfred Rosas appears to have won his bid for re-election to serve as mayor of the city of Dunkirk for another four years. “I’d like to thank all of my supporters,” Rosas told the OBSERVER on Tuesday night at ...

Dems keep hold of board in Fredonia

Fredonia elected Republican Douglas Essek as its mayor Tuesday, but elevated all three Democratic candidates for village trustee above their Republican opponents. Unofficial results from the Chautauqua County Board of Elections have Essek, currently a village trustee, beating incumbent mayor ...

GOP keeps grip on Legislature

OBSERVER Staff Report All 19 Chautauqua County legislative seats were up for election with only seven facing a challenge. Here are the results: District 1 Phillip A. Collier; Democratic, Working Families (596) Kevin J. Muldowney; Republican, Independence (783) Ronald P. Hall; ...

Fredonia water project price tag rises

The renovations to Fredonia’s water treatment system will be pricier than expected. The village took the first step toward bonding for the additional money Monday. Mike Manning, an O’Brien and Gere engineer working on the project, told the village board of trustees Monday that project ...

Chautauqua among tops for early voting in NY

There was some success locally in regard to early voting. Chautauqua County Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram announced late Sunday that a total of 3,827 voters out of 76,762 active registered voters in the county cast ballots during the period that ran from Oct. 26 ...

State ups age for e-cig, tobacco purchases

New York state’s law raising the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products will go into effect beginning Nov. 13. The law raises the legal age for purchasing these products from 18 to 21, building on comprehensive state efforts to combat health threats from tobacco and ...

Bill would limit public display of tobacco ads

Legislation that could be discussed next year in the state Senate would further limit the public display of tobacco advertising. Sen. Jamaal Bailey, D-Bronx, recently introduced S.6766, which would amend the state Public Health Law to prohibit public display of tobacco advertisements and ...

Legal age raised for purchase of tobacco, e-cigarette products

New York state's law raising the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products will go into effect beginning Nov. 13. The law raises the legal age for purchasing these products from 18 to 21, building on comprehensive state efforts to combat health threats from tobacco and ...

NEVER TOO OLD

A positive attitude and a fun, upbeat personality makes Angie Muscarella, 93, a delight to meet. “I’m really a happy person and I like to make people laugh and they can laugh at me.” The nonagenarian was born in Silver Creek, New York on Feb. 3, 1926, the youngest of five children and ...

Brocton and Portland set to share code enforcer

BROCTON — A proposal for the village and the town of Portland to share a code enforcement officer is moving ahead. Town officials want to do it, Brocton Mayor Richard Frost told an Oct. 16 meeting of the village Board of Trustees. The proposal on the table is that Portland pays ...

Arkwright sees fiscal returns on windmills

Arkwright seems to finally be seeing returns on the windmills that were erected in 2018. According to the budget proposed at the Octover board meeting, there were decreases and increases in several areas, but overall the town tax is dropping 5.6% and the fire tax at 58.2% with the ...

Music teacher in running for Grammy

Esteemed Fredonia music teacher Andrew Bennett has been recognized as a semi-finalist for the 2020 Grammy Music Educator Award. He is one of only 25 semi-finalists in the nation being considered for this award. The award recognizes educators who have made lasting contributions to the field of ...