Setting The Record Straight On County Fight Against Addiction

As the opioid crisis continues to take more lives here in Chautauqua County, I commend both the Post-Journal and Observer for reporting on efforts to combat this expanding scourge. It is important to educate the community as to the extent of the problem, as well as inform them of measures being taken to mitigate the … Continue reading Setting The Record Straight On County Fight Against Addiction

Government reduction initiative approved by legislators

MAYVILLE — The framework to a Government Reduction Initiative gained the Chautauqua County Legislature’s approval during Wednesday’s meeting in Mayville. Eighteen legislators voted in favor of the proposal allowing the county to allocate a village’s or town’s sales tax money after a successful dissolution or merger. Bob Bankoski, D-Dunkirk, was the only legislator to vote … Continue reading Government reduction initiative approved by legislators

Hanover, Silver Creek eye shared court building

Sometimes ideas pick up momentum fast. That was the case with a shared Silver Creek-Hanover municipal and court facility. The town and village work together regularly and the conversation came out of the task force that negotiated a joint sheriff’s contract between the two municipalities. Silver Creek’s court and offices have needed more space for … Continue reading Hanover, Silver Creek eye shared court building

Public Deserves Access To IDA Project Information

The Internet has put a wealth of information at our fingertips. Kudos to George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, for trying to put a little more of that information out to the public. During a recent county Industrial Development Agency board meeting, Borrello proposed making more information about the subjects of public hearings public via the IDA’s … Continue reading Public Deserves Access To IDA Project Information

Shared-service plan won’t impact county’s work

An item within the New York state budget is urging counties and local governments to search for shared services. The county, and the county executive specifically, would head the effort to bring together local leaders to formulate plans. The goal behind the idea is to alleviate a large tax burden that residents face. At the … Continue reading Shared-service plan won’t impact county’s work

County executive hopeful: CCIDA needs to be more ‘user-friendly’

Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello, R-Hanover, thinks the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency could do more to make public documents “user-friendly” — and the rest of the CCIDA Board of Directors seems to agree. At the board meeting Tuesday morning, held at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk, Borrello asked for a few … Continue reading County executive hopeful: CCIDA needs to be more ‘user-friendly’