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Trooper Is On A Remarkable Journey

It was a thrilling day for the Capitano family of Sheridan when their son, Guy Capitano II, graduated from the 209th session of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy on March 18. While the family could not attend the ceremony in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the magnitude ...

Lawmakers Call For Jobless Breakdown Investigation

A group of state legislators is asking for a state Comptroller’s Office audit of the state Labor Department’s processing of unemployment applications, including breaches of personal information. Senators Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, and James Seward, R-Milford, joined with Assemblywoman ...

Nursing Home Staffers Required To Test For Virus

ALBANY (AP) — New York nursing homes must start twice-weekly coronavirus testing for all staffers and will no longer be sent COVID-19 patients leaving hospitals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday after facing criticism over the handling of nursing facility outbreaks. New York City is ...

‘She Loved The Family’

Shirley Hall liked to stay active. Her love of dancing and traveling to all parts of the country and abroad easily prove that. But to her kids, the Chautauqua County native always put family and education first — from cross-country trips to national parks to serving on parent-teacher ...

Feeling The Impact

When the nation was shutdown due to COVID-19, many thought it was for a couple of weeks. Some area business owners feared they could not last much longer than that financially. Now two months later, most are still waiting for permission to open. Not only are they in limbo as to when, but ...

County Execs Paint Grim Economic Picture

Initial unemployment claims in Chautauqua County have increased 22.7% in the first three weeks of April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. “Lost Revenue and State Aid Cuts: Coronavirus Economic Impact on Counties” updated information originally compiled in March and was released ...

Reopening Case Made Directly To Governor

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, are taking their fight to reopen Chautauqua County’s businesses straight to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Borrello and Goodell sent a letter to the governor on Friday which started with information featured on Page A1 of ...

Steak Out

The COVID-19 crisis has caused disruptions at major meatpacking plants across the U.S., with some grocery stores beginning to limit purchases of popular products as production slows. As national processing plants struggle with staffing issues related to the outbreak, some local producers ...

‘We Can Safely Reopen’

There is no medical reason to postpone reopening the economies of areas served by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which includes Jamestown through UPMC Chautauqua. Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC Department of Emergency Medicine chair, said during a news conference Thursday that UPMC and ...

Small Mother’s Day Gatherings Likely OK

Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC emergency department chairman, won’t be able to see his mother on Mother’s Day because he lives 300 miles away. But Yealy said those who live closer to mom shouldn’t have to miss special time as long as they practice basic hygiene and as long as their mother ...

State Works To Secure More Funds For Schools

The state Education Department and Board of Regents are working to secure additional federal taxpayer for local school districts. When the state Legislature approved the state’s 2020-21 budget in April, state aid to schools was kept at the same level as the 2019-20 budget with the ...

Seeking Guidance

Local government officials are calling on business owners to develop their own reopening plans as Chautauqua County looks for ways to safely lift the COVID-19 economic shutdown currently in place. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, and ...

County Executives Call For Funding

The loss of sales tax revenues across the state for counties is being projected to be 9% to 10% because of the coronavirus pandemic. The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) hosted a digital press conference Wednesday with Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Dutchess County ...

Sheriff Warns Of Fake Letters Sent To Municipalities

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of letters sent to local municipalities falsely claiming that Sheriff James Quattrone has declared Martial Law and that residents were required to surrender all “assault weapons.” The May 1 dated letters, which include the ...

Who Should Decide State’s Online Learning Framework?

New York’s governor and its Board of Regents seem to be on different wavelengths when it comes to online teaching when the state’s school districts reopen this fall. On Tuesday, Cuomo said the state is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to ...

Dog Gone Empty

The Chautauqua County Humane Society has significantly reduced the number of pets on site since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, thanks to the efforts of foster programs and early adoption drives. Not knowing how the impact of the coronavirus would hit residents of Western New York, staff ...

Area Resident Falls Victim To State’s ‘Human Error’

Zoe finished in the Top 20 percent of her high school class. A freshman psychology major at Jamestown Community College, where she attends tuition-free, she’s one of the millions of college students handling a transition to online classes since the outbreak of COVID-19. And, like ...

Cuomo: Virus A Chance To Reimagine Education

It doesn’t appear that the schools students left in March will be the same schools they return to in September. During his daily news conference Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to reimagine ...

‘Based On Metrics’

While some are closer than others, no region in New York state currently meets the criteria necessary to reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday during his daily briefing on the coronavirus. The governor said “core factors,” including hospitalization rates, total number of beds ...

Reed: Zones Are Not Needed To Reopen Economy

Reopening the state’s economy by each economic development council region might not be the best strategy following the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. On Monday, Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said he is concerned about reopening the economy based on the state’s 10 Regional Economic ...