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

Belfast Road Bridge public information meeting is tonight

A public information meeting for review of the status of construction next year of a new Belfast Road Bridge for crossing the Genesee River is being held tonight. The session is scheduled to start at 6PM at the Belfast Municipal Building at 11 Merton Avenue, with a 15-minute presentation by LaBella Engineers and another 15 … 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

State fire chiefs remind residents of two months burn ban

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs is reminding residents of a two months statewide ban on outdoor fires through Sunday, May 14. It notes that according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, open burning is the single greatest cause of wildfires in New York State, adding that since the spring burn ban … Read more

Water quality protection grant approved for Genesee River project at Caneadea

Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District is one of 86 recipients statewide today to be awarded a water quality protection project grant. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the $30,000 funding today for streambank/shoreline stabilization at Caneadea, among $110 million being disbursed overall. The district will use the funds to complete a survey and engineering … Read more

Wellsville to receive $4.5 million for downtown revitalization efforts

BREAKING: The Village of Wellsville has been awarded a $4.5 million grant for downtown revitalization as part of the state’s New York Forward initiative. The announcement from Gov. Kathy Hochul came today in the City of Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, as that community was awarded $1 million and the Village of Lancaster in Erie County also … Read more

Gov. Hochul focuses on housing, public safety and mental health, along with more than 100 additional items

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul today provided a long list of items she wants to address with the State Legislature this year in her first State of the State message as a full-term governor. Housing, public safety and mental health garnered leading focuses, but local government land use controls, the minimum wage, child care and … Read more