National Day of Prayer begins, with noon and evening sessions remaining in Friendship

A large representation of the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches gathered this morning in front of Friendship Central School for its monthly prayer gathering, with the event and two additional activities today happening to coincide with National Day of Prayer (NDP) observances. The group, which prayed for the school, its … Read more

Town of Caneadea, including Houghton, could lose dry town status under state legislation

The Town of Caneadea may lose its ability to keep its community free from alcohol sales. The Associated Press and other media are reporting that a New York State Senate bill, making the sale of alcohol lawful in any municipality that had previously prohibited its sale, and precluding municipalities fromenacting any future prohibition on the … Read more

County legislators to meet with constituents

Allegany County lawmakers representing the Towns of Wellsville and Andover will meet with residents and others Wednesday night, with those representing the northwestern part of the county holding a similar session next month. District IV Legislators Gary Barnes and Steven Havey of Wellsville and James Rumfelt of Andover will conduct their meeting at 7PM March … Read more

Dozens learn about emergency preparedness at Houghton, even more at Friendship on Saturday

Some 70 Houghton area residents received an overview on how to be prepared for many types of emergencies, including those involving themselves, their family, pets and businesses, last night during a state Citizen Preparedness Corps training at Houghton Academy. Lt. Orlano Gayle of the New York National Guard provided the presentation, which also included a … Read more

Help family members and friends by becoming an Information Ambassador

ANALYSIS: The wind storms, power outages and other weather-related events of the past week throughout the Allegany County region, along with potentially dangerous windchills this coming week, are once again demonstrating the need for individuals and communities to come together to share information and support one another. During the past eight days, over 125 people … Read more

Allegany County over/underbudgeting helps maintain second highest property tax rate in state

NEWS ANALYSIS: Allegany County lawmakers appear to be racking up increasing surpluses, which aren’t being returned proportionally to taxpayers, helping to maintain its distinction as the second highest property and third highest general sales taxed county in the state. Allegany Hope Community News found the increasing pattern following an analysis of four years of budget … Read more

Wellsville-Andover county legislators to meet the public Tuesday night

Allegany County District IV legislators, representing the Towns of Wellsville and Andover, are scheduled to meet their constituents and others Tuesday night in Andover “for general discussion of mutual problems and interests.” Legislators Gary Barnes and Steven Havey of Wellsville and James Rumfelt of Andover have scheduled the session for 7PM, November 28, at the … Read more

Trio recognized by Allegany County Board of Legislators for service

Three Allegany County residents have been recognized by the Board of Legislators for services resulting in betterment to the county. Resolutions generally are being provided monthly to a county resident nominated by district legislators and an employee recommended by a department. The most recent recognitions were provided yesterday to: — Rick Hall, a 30-year employee … Read more

Police fill in Langworthy on Allegany County drug issues, from marijuana to fentanyl

Issues of legal marijuana being laced with deadly fentanyl, problems obtaining school bus driver due to applicants being unable to pass drug tests due to marijuana use, community residents being a greater problem than college students in use of drugs, drivers under the influence of marijuana, lack of money to pursue street level drug dealers, … Read more

Early voting starts next weekend in five towns only for Republican primary to be held June 27

Early voting will start next Saturday at Belmont and Friendship for Republican Primary contests for local offices this year in only the five Allegany County Towns of Allen, Almond, Angelica, Friendship and Wirt. Voters will be offered the voting opportunity at various times over nine days at the county Board of Elections at 8 Willets … Read more

Steuben County declines issuing State of Emergency migrant declaration at present time

Steuben County is declining to follow Allegany and multiple other Upstate New York counties at this time in issuing a State of Emergency related to possible migrant movement into the area from New York City. In a statement today, county officials said it is proactively addressing the situation in other ways “for some very important … Read more

Allegany County surplus soars while it declares ‘necessity’ to keep its high sales tax rate

EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County’s state legislative representatives are being asked again to work at retaining the county’s third highest sales tax rate in the state at the same time as the government’s surplus escalated by more than $16 million, or nearly 50 percent, last year. The new unappropriated fund balance of nearly $48.8 million is enough … 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

Allegany Hope and Wellsville information blog commended by state open government coalition

Two Allegany County online information providers were recognized tonight by a statewide open government coalition for efforts in shedding light on closed door meetings of the county Board of Legislators. Allegany Hope Community News and Resources Editor Casey Jones was commended by the New York Coalition for Open Government during its online annual meeting for … Read more

Allegany County legislators to hear from public tonight and next Tuesday in eastern and southern towns

Allegany County legislators representing several eastern and southern towns will meet with constituents and the general public tonight at Swain and next Tuesday night in Andover. District V Legislators Janice Burdick and Philip Curran of Alfred Station and W. Brooke Harris of Alfred, who also is the county board chairman, will be at the Grove … Read more

Allegany County District III Legislators, along with several other county officials, will receive public comment from constituents and others at 5:30PM tomorrow at the Wirt Town Hall, 210 Main Street, Richburg. Legislators Adam Cyr of Bolivar, Dwight Fanton of Wellsville, and Debra Root of Scio are scheduled to participate in the Tuesday, April 18, meeting, … Read more

New Allegany County Governments and Services Directory link added

Allegany Hope has added a link to the new 2023 Allegany County Governments and Services Directory to this website. The Directory, compiled by the Office of the Clerk of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, has a broad range of locally-focused listings, including government officials and contact information, from federal and state levels down to … Read more

Multi-county arts group requests $11,500 from Allegany County to help fill budget gap

A committee of the Allegany County Board of Legislators is sending to the full board a proposal by a Cattaraugus County-based arts group to provide $11,500 in funding to help it reduce its current year’s budget gap. The request comes from the Tri-County Arts Council (TCAC) of Olean and occurs after the demise this year … Read more

Federal money is focus of local government officials

Most Allegany County local government officials appeared to be looking for federal money yesterday as their newly-elected Congressman came to town at Belmont. U.S. Representative Nick Langworthy spent nearly an hour-and-a-half talking to and with the public in a roundtable discussion at the County Office Building, with nine out of 15 county legislators and at … Read more

Congressman Langworthy to hold public roundtable discussion tomorrow in Belmont

U.S. Representative Nick Langworthy will hold a public roundtable tomorrow afternoon at the Allegany County Office Building in Belmont. The newly seated Republican Congressman will be at the County Board of Legislators Chambers at 7 Court Street at 1:15PM Thursday, February 23, “to discuss issues facing Allegany County,” according to a county announcement. The federal … Read more