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

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

Prescription Drug Take Back this month at Andover and Wellsville

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Andover and Wellsville this month to keep the unused medicines off the street and out of the hands of drug abusers, children and public water supplies. The spring event will be held from 10AM to 2PM, Saturday, April 27, at … Read more

Trout season opens today across New York State

Anglers hit New York State’s streams and rivers today for the traditional April 1 opening of trout season. As a bonus, State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) trout stocking began in March and will include placement of more than 9.1 million catchable size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in streams and ponds across the state … Read more

This is Flood Safety Awareness Week and time for preparedness at home and during travels

National Weather Service offices in New York State are observing Flood Safety Awareness Week and encouraging residents and property owners to be prepared for such potential events which can happen at any time of the year. The week-long focus shares information about flood safety, including the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning, … Read more

Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania upgraded to Wind Advisory for Wednesday

A WIND ADVISORY now has been issued for Allegany and neighboring counties to the west, east, and south into Pennsylvania for Wednesday, with a HIGH WIND WATCH remaining in effect for counties to the north. The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo, reports the upgrade for Allegany and Cattaraugus counties from 11AM tomorrow to 1AM … 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

New York State Free Fishing Days start this weekend

New York State will begin its six 2024 Free Fishing Days schedule Saturday and Sunday as part of the Presidents Day Weekend observance. During the February 17-18 weekend, both state residents and non-residents, 16 years of age and older, can fish without a freshwater fishing license. Children under 16 are always able to fish free. … Read more

Friendship churches alliance featured in Family Life Network radio interview

A two-state Christian radio network is featuring an alliance of Friendship churches which are working together to reach into the community and beyond. Family Life Network (FLN) in Bath, which owns more than 60 stations and translators in Western and Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania, is reporting on the group which has presented or … 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

Allegany legislators named to state county organization committees

Two Allegany County legislators have been appointed to standing committees of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). Janice Burdick of Alfred Station, who chairs the county’s Human Services and Budget Committees, has been named to the state organization’s Medicaid and Human Services Standing Committee, with Adam Cyr of Bolivar, vice-chair of the county’s … Read more

Severe weather spawns 15 tornadoes in Eastern U.S. this week, six in Upstate New York

For those who discount the potential for tornadoes in rural New York, six have been confirmed as having occurred Monday-Tuesday of this week, from Broome County in the Southern Tier to Lewis County in Northern New York. The chart accompanying this story, prepared by the National Weather Service Eastern Region, shows a total of 15 … Read more

Migrant advocate pushes for state emergency declaration to move migrants upstate

BREAKING: A New York City Legal Aid Society attorney is pushing for Gov. Kathy Hochul to declare a state of emergency which would override those of many counties and enable the transport of migrants who are sleeping on sidewalks in the City to Upstate areas. Allegany County had declared a State of Emergency in regard … Read more

Credit card skimmers showing up at Walmarts in Central New York and Southern Tier

State Police in at least three of its Troops in Central New York and the Southern Tier have issued alerts in regard to three suspects who have targeted Walmart customers in an attempt to skim personal information from credit cards. The latest report by troopers comes from the Town of Erwin in Steuben County where, … Read more

State breaks out more face masks as wildfire smokes continues to move down from Canada

New York State is making one million free face masks available, including 600,000 to local governments for additional distribution, as air quality concerns continue today as the result of smoke and haze from multiple wildfires moving south from Canada. No information as to availability has been provided at this writing by the Allegany County Office … 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

Higher-level Air Quality Alert issued for Allegany County east

UPDATE – 3PM Monday: The State Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the AIR QUALITY ALERT for Allegany County east through 11:59PM Tuesday.– – – – – – – – – Allegany County, which was elevated to the “Moderate” air quality range last week has been moved up, along with counties to the east, to … Read more

Air quality deteriorates, fire danger high in Allegany and most of New York State

UPDATE – 3:25PM Thursday: The NYSDEC has renewed its AIR QUALITY ALERT for Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west from 11AM to 11PM tomorrow, Friday, June 2.– – – – – – – – –BREAKING: The State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued an AIR QUALITY ALERT for Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties this morning, with … Read more

Angelica Library and old Angelica Advocate newspaper join others through newspaper preservation grant

The Southern Tier Library Association and Angelica Free Library have been awarded a grant to digitize microfilm reels of old editions of the Angelica Advocate newspaper, which will join online editions of other papers around the state, many of which no longer exist. The South Central Regional Library Council will be providing a technology and … 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