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Newsmakers of the Month

Big disparity in education funding

Area educators and school officials could get a harsh lesson in New York state finances if they closely follow what’s happening to State University of New York institutions. Earlier this month, the new chancellor of the SUNY system — Kristina M. Johnson — spoke to a group of staff and ...

Newsmaker of the month: Dunkirk gets attention in state

New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo rarely shows emotion publicly — good or bad. That being said, he seems to have a special fondness for the city of Dunkirk. In his first visit here in December 2013, he was overcome by the more 500 area residents who packed the Clarion Hotel Marina & ...

With aid, city at state’s mercy

Declining populations cannot keep up with growing budgets for municipalities and schools. It is one reason the tax cap in New Yok state has been so effective. It forces these institutions to look at other avenues instead of just asking residents to pay more annually. Dunkirk, however, is ...

Another chance on Central Avenue

Maybe the purchase of the buildings on Central Avenue and Lark Street in the city of Dunkirk by the United Secular American Center for the Disabled Inc. was a good thing for Dunkirk. Last summer, a number of residents voiced concern over the purchases of six buildings in downtown, specifically ...

Cott sale brings another jolt

Employees and local officials cannot help but be a bit unnerved regarding last week’s news that Cott Corp. has sold its beverage business to Refresco, a Netherlands-based company. As we all know from the past, when these deals happen it does not always translate well for the area. It took ...

Making regionalism pay off

Chautauqua County’s attempt to win $20 million from New York state for its efficiency efforts is a big deal. Considering just how much money it costs to operate the city of Dunkirk each year — about $23 million — there is a realization this application is not small potatoes. This ...

Councilman too far out on a limb

If an accident happens and medical attention is needed, it is an emergency — no matter what the language. On April 12, a man who was attempting to cut down a limb became pinned between a tree and the ladder he was using on King Street in Dunkirk. City firefighters responded to the scene and ...

Where are the voters?

Village elections in our region proved once again they are no model of American values and democracy. Besides the fact many races go uncontested, the bottom line is residents are not voting. Consider some of these woeful numbers from last week: ¯ Cassadaga — 58 voters in a village of ...

In chaos, Reed stood tall

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed kept his word. Even after learning many who disagreed with his positions and support of President Donald Trump would attend his scheduled town hall meetings last weekend in Chautauqua County, Reed showed up and took the heat. He even kept his composure during what turned ...

County voting trend continues

Chautauqua County was, once again, quite prophetic. Though many pundits believed there was an outside chance Donald Trump could win the election for president, many more believed the weekend before the vote Hillary Clinton already had it won. Rural voters, across the country however, would ...