Chautauaqua County

Water in the village of Mayville is now safe for drinking, cooking, and other household uses.

Chautauqua County is seeing some of its worst COVID-19 numbers since the pandemic hit America in March. 


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Chautauqua County leaders say more than half of the employees of a Dunkirk food production facility were tested earlier this week for COVID, with 24 results coming back positive. Officials also explained why they have deemed it unnecessary to close the plant at this time.

Being cooped up at home is having a negative effect on some families, with law enforcers seeing a notable increase in domestic violence in recent weeks.

Chautauqua County officials are working with their local governments to help them get federal dollars for costs in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chatauqua County Fire Department

Last week Monday, a fire destroyed the Mayville Diner, at 7 West Chautauqua St. in Mayville, across the street from the Mayville Fire Department. On Tuesday, the owner of the restaurant was arrested for seting the fire.

Chautauqua County is getting its waste-to-energy plant at the county landfill back to full operation after a weekend fire slowed operations at the facility.

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Though Democrats control state government in Albany, Republican George Borrello says he's prepared to make a difference if he wins Tuesday's election in the State Senate's 57th district. He promises to build good relationships with other legislators from both parties, "but not lie down" while fighting for the district's interests. Borrello points to his current work as Chautauqua County Executive as a blueprint for how to work with others while achieving results for constituents. He explained his thinking during a recent sit down with WBFO in Irving, New York.


Chautauqua County has issued a boil water order for residents in the Village of Brocton and Town of Portland following a water main break.


Authorities in Chautauqua County announced at a press conference today they would not press charges against a Fredonia Police Officer who shot and killed a man in December. 23 year old George Penev was shot by Officer Nathaniel Scriven, a 15 year veteran of the police force.

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New York's sheriffs are organizing to press Albany not to legalize marijuana, while recognizing this may be a train that has already left the station.


For outgoing Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace, he is leaving behind a very high-tech department with an array of cameras recording official encounters with citizens. The department is the largest police agency of several in the county whose officers are equipped with body cameras.