Some cooling centers may be closed Wednesday as heat and other weather factors develop today

BREAKING: A published list of possible Allegany County cooling centers will be interrupted Wednesday during a multi-day, oppressive heat wave, with several other weather factors, including air quality and potential heavy rain entering the mix, starting today. The Allegany County Health Department has published the list of county government and library locations which can be … Read more

Regional radio previews Amish Awareness Conference, early registration ends Sunday

A regional radio network has previewed components of the upcoming Amish Awareness Conference in Friendship, with early registration savings ending tomorrow. Family Life Network (FLN), with more than 60 stations in Western and Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania, including two in Allegany County, featured the primary Mission to Amish People (MAP) presenter, Samuel Girod, … 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

Allegany County Sheriff schedules mandatory Safe Boating Certificate course for operators

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Department will host a free, eight-hour state Safe Boating Course Sunday for county residents or taxpayers, one of five mandatory training opportunities for operators being held through May. The eight-hour certificate requirement is for anyone born on or after January 1, 1978, or currently 46 years of age or younger, who … Read more

County district legislators to meet the public at Town of Ward in March

Allegany County residents will have an opportunity to question District II Legislators in March during a public meeting in the Town of Ward. Representatives Gretchen Hanchett and Dwight (Mike) Healy of Belmont and John Ricci of Cuba will field questions, starting at 6PM, Thursday, March 14, at the Ward Town Hall, 3013 County Road 10, … 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

Allegany County legislators proposed pay raise comes to some light

BREAKING: Allegany County legislators appear to be coming in the back door on a proposed personal wage increase next year of $3,500 each, or more than 40 percent. In a little-known action, which appears to have been shrouded originally in secrecy, county lawmakers, by a split vote, have included the salary increase, to $12,000 annually, … 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

Current Allegany County budget may be hiked by an additional $16 million

Allegany County legislators appear poised to overspend this year’s general fund budget by $16 million due to a windfall surplus from 2022 rather than using it for property tax relief. Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred told the few people attending last night’s District V legislators meeting at the Town of Allen that the … Read more

Allegany County legislators to host district meeting focused on eastern and northeastern sectors

Allegany County District V legislators will hold a quarterly district meeting in the Town of Allen Tuesday night to hear general discussion of county resident “mutual problems and interests,” particularly those from the northeastern and eastern parts of the county. The session, to be conducted by Legislators Janice Burdick and Phillip Curran of Alfred Station … Read more

Many local government positions open in today’s General Election

Voting is underway until 9PM today at local polling places throughout Allegany County as voters ballot for candidates for county and town offices, along with two state propositions. Six positions will be determined solely by write-ins, including two Town Council positions in Alma and one each in Bolivar, Friendship and Genesee, along with a Town … Read more

Early voting underway for local government offices

Early voting is underway at locations in Belmont and Wellsville for this year’s general election for local government offices, with six positions in various part of the county to be determined by write-ins. Registered voters can cast ballots from today through Sunday at the Allegany County Board of Elections at 8 Willets Avenue (State Route … Read more

Allegany County public legislative district meetings start tonight in Belmont

Three public meetings, for Allegany County residents to talk with district legislators, have been scheduled this month, starting tonight in Belmont and continuing next week in the Towns of Wellsville and Willing. District II Legislators Gretchen Hanchett and Dwight (Mike) Healy of Belmont, and John Ricci of Cuba, will be at the Amity Town Hall, … Read more

State auditors find two-thirds of bills improperly paid in Village of Canaseraga

Auditors from the State Comptroller’s Office have determined that the Village of Canaseraga improperly paid over two-thirds of bills sampled from a more than a two-and-a-half years period ending in February of this year. The audit found that “(a)lthough the 300 claims reviewed were for appropriate Village purposes,” $656,000, or 68 percent, “had one or … Read more

Friendship pharmacist and Allegany County Clerk of the Board honored

A Friendship pharmacist, the Allegany County Clerk of the Board of Legislators and several other individuals have been recognized by the county board during its annual session at the Allegany County Fair in Angelica. Jeffrey Marks, owner of the Friendship Pharmacy for the past 30 years, received last week the board’s monthly community service recognition, … 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

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

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

Polls open until 9PM today for Republican primaries in five Allegany County towns only

Republican voters in five Allegany County towns will be able to vote until 9PM today in Primary Elections for various positions, including town council members in Allen, Angelica, Friendship and Wirt, town supervisor in Almond, and highway superintendent in Wirt. Primary voting will occur at town polling places, with a total of 148 local government … Read more

Allegany property tax rate among highest in U.S. as county legislators sit on tens of millions

EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County’s property tax rate is the second or third highest in the United States by one measure as county legislators continue to put away millions – over 160 percent more last year than was levied against taxpayers. An Allegany County Hope Community News compilation from different data sources appears clear that Allegany County … Read more