Allegany County joins state STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend enforcement campaign

Those thinking of drinking and driving in Allegany County during the busy highways Memorial Day Weekend period should reconsider. State, county and municipal law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a Friday through Monday High Visibility Engagement Campaign in a coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths, according to … Read more

NYSDEC warns about being on ice

Although bitter cold has set in, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is warning about being on ice for exploration and recreation and misjudging its depth and safety. “Safe ice should be your number one consideration when ice fishing,” it says, providing the accompanying chart for guidance in regard for all types … Read more

At least one county legislator resistant to significant property tax reductions

A Belmont county legislator apparently won’t be supporting any move to provide significant tax relief to property taxpayers, despite a bloated surplus which exceeds one-and-a-half times what the county already expects to collect from owners each year. Legislator Dwight (Mike) Healy abruptly exited his chair and effectively adjourned a public meeting of District II legislators … 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

County board closes doors to public to discuss millions of dollars in “other monies”

The Allegany County Board of Legislators abruptly closed its doors to the public today to discuss an unknown scope of county finances which appeared to range from millions of dollars to the entire county budget. Allegany Hope Community News Editor Casey Jones challenged the action as being unlawful as the disjointed proceedings jumped from an … Read more

Notre Dame law professor inaugurates new Houghton University lecture series

A Notre Dame professor of law and political science will be the first presenter for a new lecture series at Houghton University next week. The Katherine W. Lindley Center for Law and Constitutional Studies at Houghton will host Paolo Carozza for the inaugural Shirley A. Mullen Lecture at 7:30PM Monday, April 17, in the Willard Houghton … Read more

State group pushes back against local government caucuses such as those held regularly by Allegany County legislators

A state open government advocacy group is scheduled to issue a report and make recommendations tomorrow about political causes held by local government legislators, such as those held regularly in Allegany County, which, it claims, “make the public meeting a sham as the real discussion has already occurred in private.” The New York Coalition for … 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