Cattaraugus County

County leaders in New York say they are frustrated over delays by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to make major decisions about the state’s multibillion-dollar budget gap. They're also asking for more cooperation in carrying out key functions during the COVID-19 pandemic, like testing and tracing.

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Citing a community spread of COVID, Olean General Hospital announced Tuesday it is temporarily halting all visitations, with the exception of end-of-life patients and individuals designated as support persons for maternity patients.

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The 16-year-old girl police said died after falling from a ledge in Zoar Valley has been identified as Brooke Walker.

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Police say a 16-year-old girl has died after falling from a ledge in Western New York's Zoar Valley.

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Ellicottville School District has roughly 640 students. Of those, about 30%–nearly 200 students–don’t have reliable internet access. That’s twice the national average, but on-par for Cattaraugus County–which has the least internet access in New York State. District Superintendent Bob Miller said that connectivity is a major concern as the district pursues a hybrid learning model in the fall.

“We do have a number of families that have neither internet service nor cell phone service, which makes it a tremendous challenge for those kids to do things digitally,” said Miller.

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A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that results in the discovery of the person who shot and killed a bald eagle in Cattaraugus County late last November.

New York State troopers are investigating a stabbing in the Cattaraugus County village of Portville.

With Election Day 2019 advancing, WBFO set out to ask people monitoring local races of note throughout Western New York to offer their observations. WBFO contacted Rick Miller, reporter for the Olean Times Herald, to learn more about races and thoughts of the voters in Cattaraugus County.

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For five miles across the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Territory, the New York State Thruway paving is so bad the Thruway Authority had put up "rough road" signs. Three politicians are charging Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being political in his dealings with the Seneca Nation, leaving the road in bad shape.

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There is a proposal for a major new wind farm complex in three area counties with millions of dollars in revenue and millions paid out to the landowners who lease the property for 117 planned windmills.


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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has officially kicked off his campaign for New York State Senate.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning about a phone scam making the rounds.

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Sen. Catharine Young, who has represented the southern tier in the New York Senate since 2005, is resigning her seat for a job promoting the state's agriculture.

Five people were hospitalized in an evening crash Monday on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Seneca Nation

The Seneca Nation is getting nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help provide safer housing on Seneca territory.

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Cattaraugus County is continuing its aggressive move into solar energy, with a solar farm planned for an unused section of the Nuclear Fuel Services complex in West Valley.


Authorities say a man hiking in Zoar Valley over the weekend slipped and fell 70 feet to his death.

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The Food Bank of Western New York unveiled a brand new refrigerated truck that will now serve Cattaraugus County.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Food Bank is expanding its Direct Delivery Program. 

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The body of a man believed to have been missing since late April was found Sunday morning in Cattaraugus County.

There was plenty of criticism from Southern Tier residents Monday night during an informational meeting about a planned wind turbine project for the towns of Arcade, Centerville, Farmersville, Freedom and Rushford.

Seneca Nation sues over Thruway access

Apr 12, 2018
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Embroiled in a dispute over casino revenue and cigarette taxes, the Seneca Nation of Indians is adding another item to their list of grievances against New York State, claiming in a lawsuit that New York State Thruway access across the Seneca Nation land was  was never properly approved.

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When the final figures came out in sales tax collections across New York in 2017, there was good news for county governments in Western New York and for some cities.

Cattaraugus County’s public health director is confident some strides are being made in grappling with the opioid crisis.

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The emerald ash borer is becoming an issue for Cattaraugus County. The invasive species is a major problem for a portion of the 2,000 acres of county forest.


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Cattaraugus Creek flows through much of the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Territory, along the southern border of Erie County. It carries radiation from West Valley and the President of the Seneca Nation wants it removed.

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Preservation of the environment dominated Tuesday's celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day at the Buffalo History Museum. It was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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UPDATE: The AMBER Alert for McKenzie Wilson, 12, has been canceled. Authorities say she was found in Farmersvile and is unharmed.

Weather conditions cause partial I-90 closure

Jan 7, 2017
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A lake effect snow warning remains in affect until 7 p.m. Sunday for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattauraugus counties. A commercial traffic ban has been placed on the I-90 in both directions between Lackawanna and the Pennsylvania state line.

Apparently, the latest winter blast got more than tempers flying Wednesday in Cattaraugus County. One man escaped gun shots and another is in jail.

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Snow will continue to accumulate in areas across Western New York over the weekend.

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