Allegany County school districts generally are staffed but struggled in doing so

As classes get underway at Allegany County school districts, it appears that most have weathered having the large number of vacant positions which are plaguing many other educational institutions in the state and nation, but still have found that obtaining candidates has been a struggle. An Allegany Hope survey of the dozen public school districts … Read more

Weekly COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Allegany County

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New Allegany County, NY, COVID-19 cases continued to climb last week, although at a lower rate than the week before, but is two-thirds higher than last year at the same time for those positives which are known. The Allegany County Department of Health, responding to our continuing daily Freedom of Information requests … Read more

Allegany County Health Department switches Facebook locations

The Allegany County Department of Health has a new Facebook presence. The department has transitioned from a regular Facebook page to a group site, effective today. Individuals may join the group for health-related information at https://bit.ly/3Az6YmM.– – – – – – –Public health and safety are among focuses of Allegany Hope as we encourage individuals … Read more

First Allegany County Town Hall Meeting for seniors opens in Canaseraga

“Services need to come to us” was a significant theme today as the Allegany County Office for the Aging and Age-Friendly Allegany County kicked off their 13-site Town Hall Meetings tour to gain information about elder adult needs in the county. The session, held at the Canaseraga Fire Company after the first scheduled session last … Read more

Sales tax on gasoline going back up Thursday in Allegany County

Motorists re-fueling in Allegany County, NY, over the Labor Day Weekend likely will be paying more in sales tax as a result of the county Board of Legislators allowing a gas cap tax holiday to expire Thursday. County Administrator Carissa Knapp confirmed to Allegany Hope this morning that sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel … Read more

Allegany County new COVID-19 cases surge over 50 percent last week

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New Allegany County COVID-19 cases jumped by more than 50 percent last week to a rate not seen since the end of May. The numbers came as the Wellsville zip code experienced a 150 percent surge over the week before, with increases also being seen in several other areas of the county. … Read more

Allegany County COVID cases appear to start fall surge

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County appears to be starting its fall COVID-19 surge, with known new cases for the first five days of this week surpassing each full week during all of August and being on track to exceed those all the way back to the start of summer. Hospitalizations also are escalating. The Allegany … Read more

Allegany County leader attacks claims of open meetings violations

The vice-chair of the Allegany County Board of Legislators has pushed back sharply against allegations that county lawmakers have been operating illegally when they go behind closed doors to discuss county business, saying he will ask members of the public who raise objections to such actions to leave a meeting. The vociferous response came yesterday … Read more

Senior Town Hall session in Fillmore today is cancelled

The Senior Citizen Town Hall forum, scheduled for this noontime in Fillmore, has been cancelled due to lack of registrations. The Allegany County Office for the Aging and Age-Friendly Allegany County reported the decision an hour-and-a-half ago “In an effort to engage more older adults to come out and provide their feedback on that region … Read more

New COVID cases drift downward; hospitalizations up over the weekend

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New Allegany County, NY, COVID-19 cases continued to drift downward from an interim peak four weeks ago but still are at higher levels than last year, with weekend hospitalizations jumping. The Allegany County Department of Health, responding to our daily Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests for localized information, is reporting at … Read more

Allegany County legislators’ closed door penchant draws additional scrutiny

Allegany County, NY, legislators’ penchant, or habitual liking, for conducting county business behind closed doors, out of view of the general public, has drawn additional scrutiny. The online Wellsville Sun, in reporting on the Wednesday meeting of the Board of Legislators Planning and Economic Development Committee, at which a $55,000 contract with Alfred State College … Read more

Allegany County legislators appear to swap one illegal open meetings action for another

Allegany County, NY, legislators, after a challenge by Allegany Hope Community News, appear to have swapped one unlawful practice for hiding county business from county residents to another. Members of the Board’s Planning and Economic Development Committee yesterday, during a meeting attended by several other members of the board, attempted to go into executive session, … Read more

Allegany County COVID-19 cases stable, but high, over the past two weeks

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New COVID-19 cases have stabilized at seasonally higher rates than last year in Allegany County, NY, but haven’t shown yet the start of a fall-winter escalation which occurred at the same time last year. The Allegany County Department of Health, responding to Allegany Hope‘s daily Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests for … Read more

Allegany County seniors to be heard at Town Hall meetings

A new series of Allegany County Town Hall meetings to obtain senior citizen input on elder needs will start later this month and extend into October. The Allegany County Office for the Aging and Age-Friendly Allegany County will host 13 sessions in various parts of the county over a seven-week period, including a new evening … Read more

New Allegany County COVID-19 cases continue at high levels

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New COVID-19 cases are continuing at high levels in Allegany County, with Jones Memorial Hospital also admitting one new patient for the virus each day from Monday through yesterday. Data received from the Allegany County Department of Health today, pursuant to our daily Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests for localized information, … Read more

New COVID-19 cases jump again in Allegany County

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New Allegany County, NY, COVID-19 cases rebounded last week to near surge levels of three weeks ago, over 10 times the comparable period a year ago. The Allegany County Department of Health is reporting at least 65 new positives for the week, a nearly one-third jump over the 49 of the week … Read more

BA.5 COVID strain establishes itself in Allegany County as new cases continue at high numbers

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: The BA.5 COVID-19 Omicron variant appears to have established itself firmly in Allegany County as the number of new positives appeared to be increasing last week after a one-week decline. New cases also continue to be at high levels over the same time last year, more than five times that of two … Read more