Dozens of free online Christmas videos available for children and adults of all ages

Allegany Hope is making dozens of online Christmas videos for all ages available without cost to area residents. Our organization’s community subscription allows access to more than 20,000 online videos and movies overall as part of the RightNow Media @Work library. In addition to Christmas and other holidays offerings, a broad selection of materials are … Read more

Allegany County delays and then rejects request for number of budgeted employees

Allegany County is refusing to reveal how many employees have been included in its tentative 2024 county budget, expected to be voted on Wednesday by the Board of Legislators. Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred made the determination in response to a formal appeal of a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by Allegany … Read more

Allegany County Social Services Commissioner placed on administrative leave

Allegany County Social Services Commissioner Edna Kayes has been placed on administrative leave for an unreported reason “until further notice.” County Board of Legislators Chairman W. Brooke Harris issued a statement at 2:12PM today that: “ On Friday, July 21, 2023, Allegany County Commissioner of Social Services Edna Kayes was placed on administrative leave. Deputy … Read more

Garbage pickup struggle in Friendship as local governments face manpower shortages

The Town of Friendship is seeking ways to overcome an immediate manpower shortage for garbage pickup while it and other local governments struggle with similar shortages in various workforce positions. Town Supervisor Russ Hall told a gathering of local officials last week, during an Allegany County District II Legislators meeting with residents, that three of … Read more

Summer library reading and other activities starting

Many Allegany County libraries are starting summer reading programs for children and some, also, for adults, along with other activities. Individuals and families who wish to participate or attend can connect and follow the 17 local libraries in the county through Southern Tier Library System listings at https://bit.ly/3f3vhz3. Allegany Hope also makes over 20,000 videos … Read more

Business training course starts next week in Belmont

A free Fall Business Training Course, hosted by the ACCORD Corporation to aid the growth and development of entrepreneurs, will start next week in Belmont. The twice-a-week Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions will be held from 5:30PM to 8:30PM at the organization’s offices at 84 Schuyler Street (State Route 19). Further information and registration for the … Read more

Minimum wage increases $1 per hour in Allegany and other Upstate New York counties

An estimated 200,000 workers in Upstate New York, including Allegany County, NY, will be receiving an extra $1 per hour wage tomorrow as a result of a multi-year $15 per hour minimum wage phase-in. The minimum wage rate for workers outside New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, effective Saturday, December 31, will increase … Read more

New, free aids for businesses and other organizations being made available by Allegany Hope

New, free opportunities for businesses and other organizations have been developed by Allegany Hope to aid in furthering success. Over 20,000 online videos on all types of subjects pertaining to organizational management, along with individuals and family wellness which can impact various entities, are available now. Next month, we will be hosting online Forums which … Read more

Allegany County suddenly grants employees $500,000 in bonuses

BREAKING: The Allegany County, NY, government workforce suddenly became beneficiaries of a half million dollars in bonuses this afternoon when county lawmakers approved a previously unannounced package which appears to have violated State Open Meetings Law requirements. Ways and Means Committee Chair Brooke Harris of Alfred introduced the topic at the end of the regular … Read more

Additional Allegany County department proposed to represent indigent defendants

Allegany County, NY, legislators will hold a public hearing next week on a proposed local law to establish a second county office to represent indigent defendants although no specific costs have been provided for what appears to be a several hundred thousand dollars venture and some lawmakers appearing to be unfamiliar with what is being … Read more

Very important season is underway for small businesses

The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce, along with others representing businesses throughout the nation, are noting that the next two months are an important time to support small retailers and other businesses throughout the area. The federal U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that small businesses, defined as those having less than 500 employees, account … Read more

Allegany County lawmakers approve 2023 salary packages after multiple closed door meetings

BREAKING: Allegany County, NY, lawmakers, by an unusually high split vote, have approved new salaries for department heads and non-union personnel which appeared to run as much as $25,000 more and over 25 percent higher for next year. The votes came late this afternoon at a special meeting of the county Board of Legislators, following … Read more

Mandatory NYS employee sexual harassment training enters fourth year

New York State employers and employees now have entered the fourth year of required sexual harassment prevention training in the workplace. The law, which went into effect in October 2018, requires all employers to provide training against sexual harassment to any new employee and to renew such training once a year for all employees. Guidance … Read more