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The OBSERVER’s View

Power plant land has ‘challenges’

When it comes to the former NRG Energy Inc. property, it can be summed up in two words: it’s complicated. Last week, members of city economic development committee were presented with some insight into the mammoth property. While much is known concerning the environmental drawbacks ...

DISTRICT 23 Reed’s response quick, to the point

It would have been easy for Rep. Tom Reed to have asked for an investigation into his conduct nearly four years ago in a Minnesota bar. Reed did not do so, however, instead announcing Sunday that he will retire from elected politics when his term ends at the end of next year. While there can ...

DUNKIRK Playing it safe for Memorial Day

Mayor Wilfred Rosas is correct to assume the COVID-19 crisis could be lessening by the summer — here and across the nation. While many are complaining not enough are being vaccinated — and Chautauqua County’s rate is close to the state average — the process is getting faster. That ...

DUNKIRK: City keeping crime quiet

Westfield’s Police Department is the smallest of its kind in the county. However, it did something few other departments do in Chautauqua County after a rash of car larcenies and burglaries in the village. It actually warned residents by posting a notice on Facebook. At a time when access ...

COVID RELIEF Package takes long-term toll

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

A dark cloud in a winning year

There have been plenty of feel-good stories in the world of Western New York sports during the pandemic. Regionally, there have been storybook seasons for the University at Buffalo football team, the Buffalo Bills and the current run by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in basketball. On the flip ...

Upbeat spirit boosts business

If the pandemic was not enough to break a local business, a small blaze near its location did not have a chance. Om Nohm Gluten Free, which was one of seven firms to receive assistance after Fredonia’s “Small Business Revolution” win, is still standing and going. “I feel like we have ...

EXHIBIT: Impressive display worth visit at SUNY

Once you step into the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Fredonia, you could forget you’re in Chautauqua County. “Living with Art: Selections from the Frederic P. ‘Nick’ Norton Collection” is currently on display at the site. The exhibition ...

POMFRET Town used leverage in water contract

Last week’s approval of a contract between Fredonia and Pomfret for water — on just a quick glance — looks as though the village was in desperation mode. Town leaders seemed quite content with the deal on Wednesday at their meeting. In fact, Supervisor Dan Pacos deserves to be ...

DUNKIRK: District moves rapidly on plans

With the world working its way back to normalcy, it is significant to see how quickly the Dunkirk City Schools are moving forward with a major building shift. According to Superintendent Michael Mansfield, the plan is to reduce the elementary school buildings from four to three and move grades ...

SPENDING Programs need better oversight

For small businesses and organizations around the country, the emergency loan programs set up by the federal government in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic were a godsend. Loans such as those through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program were given at low ...

‘Hopeful’ district playing it safe

For each district, there has been a different school of thought on how to bring students back for in-person learning. One location with some of the largest hurdles includes Gowanda. Serving students in multiple counties, leaders have faced concerns when early on in the winter months Erie ...

Process beginning to speed up

For weeks, Chautauqua County officials have pleaded with residents for “patience” during the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations. The process has not been perfect, as many can attest. However, in recent weeks, there has been some reason for optimism as more are being vaccinated now than ...

DUNKIRK Bowling team keeps on rolling

We already knew the Dunkirk girls bowling team was special. In 2019, it brought home the state championship —and it was bound to happen again in 2020 but that’s when the pandemic started and everything came to a halt. This week, however, the team will be going for more history: another ...

ATHENEX Worries come with FDA decision

Much of the north county’s promising future has been tied to one company: Athenex. Since state Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to town in February 2016 touting the firm and its expansion, there has been a certain amount of skepticism regarding the plant and its mission of having oral drugs to fight ...

NEW YORK STATE: Allegations are major distraction

Ten years ago last month, Rep. Christopher Lee resigned after it was revealed the married former Congressman had been sending flirtatious emails to a woman he met on Craigslist. When the news broke, Lee immediately resigned his post. It was the honorable thing to do. The seat was filled ...

WASHINGTON Capitol aftermath still taking a toll

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies. Former Capitol ...

Plan brings Share A Dream memories

Two decades ago, this region was captivated by an event that included lots of big rigs. Each year, Share A Dream truck drivers would gather and take youths on a ride around the community as a way of boosting spirits. A family in Brocton is hoping to restart that tradition. After a 10th ...

Cuomo’s different tune on harassment

“In New York, we will not waver and will not back down. To Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and all survivors of sexual assault, we believe you and we will fight for you.” — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Oct. 6, 2018 Two years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo responsed to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the ...

New York State Time to get back to the courtroom

It’s time for New York state to resume jury trials. Between the use of technology and an ability to limit the number of people in a courtroom at any one time, it should be possible for criminal jury trials to resume throughout the state, but particularly in smaller counties like Chautauqua ...