Allegany County holding Hazard Mitigation Plan meetings and conducting public survey

Allegany County is holding a meeting tonight in Bolivar and additional sessions next week in Almond and Angelica to obtain public comment in regard to needs related to a county Hazard Mitigation Plan which currently is being updated. The Thursday, September 28, gathering will be at the Bolivar Town Hall, 252 North Main Street, with … Read more

Allegany County in Unhealthy air quality range

Central Allegany County has been in the Unhealthy range for air quality since early this morning, a level above that forecast yesterday by the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, although it is moderating to the minimum level of the designation at noontime. Accompanying graphics from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AirNow initiative … Read more

Allegany County dumps migrant State of Emergency

Allegany County has dropped its State of Emergency from last month pertaining to migrants and asylum seekers due to the lack of an emergency. Board of Legislators Chairman W. Brooke Harris announced today that his emergency declaration “concerning the migrant crisis” was allowed to expire yesterday at the end of a 30-day issuance period in … Read more

Allegany County escapes for now New York City lawsuit against states of emergency regarding migrants

BREAKING: Allegany and Cattaraugus counties weren’t immediately included, but were mentioned today, in a New York City lawsuit against 33 of the other 57 counties in the state which have issued executive orders seeking to block entry of asylum seekers into their geographic areas. The action, in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, came the same … Read more

Allegany County State of Emergency may have been based on false assumptions

Emerging news reports indicate that states of emergency declared in several Western New York counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming, related to possible influxes of migrants and asylum seekers, may be based on erroneous premises. Spectrum News 1, in stories from various state locations, is reporting that Gov. Kathy Hochul is seeking welcoming communities to … Read more

Spring has sprung, along with a focus on seasonal weather safety

Although it may not seem like it with this week’s forecasts, astronomical spring arrived today, along with National Weather Service (NWS) seasonal safety concerns. Meteorologists recognize March 1 as the first day of spring, based on seasonal calendar quarters, although astronomical spring doesn’t arrive until 5:24 Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, March 20, in the … Read more

Earthquake preparation takes on increased meaning with Turkey and Buffalo events

Preparation for an earthquake has taken on additional significance after events last week in Turkey and Buffalo., a federal public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters, is featuring earthquake preparation on its website as increased interest is … Read more

Allegany County Hazard Mitigation Plan response and mitigation analysis underway

One of three public meetings in regard to updating Allegany County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP), described as having “a critical role in mitigation planning, flood prevention and emergency response during storm events,” will be held tomorrow morning at Belmont. The 9AM to 11AM session will be conducted at the Crossroads Center at 6087 State Route … Read more