NEW YORK STATE Cannot dismiss a tough climate


It should come as no surprise that New York state once again ranks near the bottom of the Tax Foundation’s annual Business Tax Climate Index. State legislators created a higher tax bracket with a 7.25% rate for companies making over $5 million. The top marginal individual income tax rate ...

Clearing the air on renewables

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: On Dec. 11, an OBSERVER article was headlined “Gone from the Wind,” which claimed that in October, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and Sen. George Borrello “proposed legislation to create a state requirement that wind and solar companies provide the state Office of ...

Flowery Biden piece overlooks the weeds


A recent commentary in the OBSERVER was headlined “Biden economy happens to be glorious” and written by Froma Harrop, who is part of the CNN News Network. In her article, she notes the Biden administration has accomplished so much for this country and gives detailed specifics on those ...

FREDONIA New board makes statement


Fredonia’s new Village Board made a significant decision in its first meeting of the new year. On Monday, it rescinded a decision made by previous leaders in late November to hire Joe Gerace as the new police chief. Minutes later, trustees by a 5-0 vote decided to promote from within the ...

There’s rarely a level playing field


On Dec. 13, the OBSERVER published an editorial headlined, “New York state ignoring voters with redistricting,” in which they argue that Democrats and Gov. Hochul are railroading the will of the voters by refusing to accept the congressional district maps proposed by the Independent ...



Thirty years ago — 1992 The first baby of 1992 born at Westfield Hospital was Paula Marie Durant, daughter of Scott and Jacqueline (Caron) Durant, 6040 West Lake Road, Lot 45, Brocton. Paula Marie arrived a 11:21 a.m. on Jan. 2 weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces and was 22 inches long. She has ...