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3/31/2015 6:37:51 AM
After receiving strong support in the House, Congressman Tom Reed hopes that the Senate will pass the "Doc Fix" bill.  Reed says the legislation includes the Rural Hospital Access Act which would help several smaller hospitals across the Southern Tier including Westfield Memorial Hospital. Reed says it would provide much needed funding. [audio:3311553347-Reedincludesruralhospitals.mp3]Reed-W...read more
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2015-03-31 06:47
Assemblyman Andy Goodell introduced an amendment to the state budget that would have penalize welfare recipients who misuse Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. The amendment would have prohibited the use of EBT cards to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or lottery tickets, and prohibited the use of EBT cards at a liquor store, casino, or adult entertainment facility. It was rejected by a party line vote. ...read more
2015-03-31 06:45
State lawmakers began work last night on passing budget bills in Albany.  State Senator Cathy Young called the state budget "fiscally responsible."  She says, "it controls spending, monumentally increases state support for education and reduces the tax burden to help create jobs and grow the economy." The budget includes another reduction in the Gap Elimination Adjustment, with a $1.4 bi...read more
2015-03-30 07:51
A crash involving a pickup truck and a log truck claimed the life of an East Otto man on Route 219 in the town of Ashford on Monday morning.  Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies say that 44-year-old George Peterson of East Otto was driving the pickup when he crossed over the double yellow line and into the path of the log truck.  Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene, while the own...read more
2015-03-30 01:05
Flames have destroyed a house and car in an early morning blaze today in the village of Falconer.  Falconer Fire Chief Nick Caldwell says fire crews were called to the scene at 211 East James Street just after 4 this morning.  Caldwell says the vehicle apparently caught fire first.... [audio:33015115428-caldwellfalconerfire1.mp3]Caldwell-Vehicle caught fire first[/audio]Caldwell says a ...read more
2015-03-30 12:44
County Executive Vince Horrigan says he is on board with changes State Senator Cathy Young wants to make to the county's request to increase its sales tax from the current 7.5 percent to 8 percent.  Young wants to include a 3 percent decrease in the county's tax levy as part of the legislation. [audio:33015114122-vincesupportslanguagechange.mp3]Horrigan-Supports having property tax cut inclu...read more
2015-03-30 12:38
It appears that New York State will have an on-time budget for a fifth straight year.  But, Assemblyman Andy Goodell still has concerns about the budget agreement...including the lack of details about some very important non-budgetary items.  Goodell says that the agreement includes education reforms including a teacher evaluation system that will be worked out by the State Education Dep...read more
2015-03-30 12:22
A Buffalo woman who is the focus of a grand larceny investigation in the village of Fredonia is also wanted on an arrest warrant for prostitution in Amherst.  Fredonia Police say they were investigating complaints against 50 year old Alice Triplett at two separate businesses on Bennett Road in the village for grand larceny and forgery.  Police located Triplett at a local hotel.  A c...read more
2015-03-30 07:36
A 20-year-old Dunkirk woman is facing felony Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs after a traffic stop on Route 60 near Shumla Road in the town of Pomfret Saturday night.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say they observed a vehicle driven by Yanira Corraliza-Maestre to be allegedly speeding.  Further investigation resulted in her arrest for Felony DWAI-drugs.  It became a fe...read more
2015-03-30 07:34
It appears that New York State will have an on-time state budget.  Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached an agreement on a budget last night.  The budget agreement includes education reforms, an ethics package and new investments in rebuilding and growing the state's economy.  On Friday, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell had hoped that state lawmakers would be able to...read more
2015-03-30 07:29
The National Weather Service has issued a special marine weather statement.  The gusty winds may result in shifting ice today on Lake Erie.  Winds with gusts of 35 knots may force the ice to shift, resulting in the opening of leads and weak points in the ice as well as pressure ridges where ice piles up.  Ice fishermen should avoid venturing out on the lake today in the strong wind ...read more
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