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After a year-long planning process, seven possible re-uses for the former NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk were presented to the public Tuesday evening, but more are possible.

Water usage in the Village of Mayville is back to normal.

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Chautauqua Lake is getting an addition to its developing sewer ring, as the push continues to protect water quality in one of Western New York's most famous tourist areas.

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The voting process has changed enormously in recent years and particularly in these COVID times, with the tens of millions of absentee ballots cast nationally in last year’s presidential election. Albany controls what’s in the state Election Law and could change it again this year, with more time in the legislative session.

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Chautauqua County is making progress in its COVID-19 vaccinations, as the supply issue slowly begins to ease. That was the message to the county Health Board Thursday.

The former village clerk in Bemus Point has been arrested for the theft of more than $60,000 in village funds.

Two more local lawmakers have announced they tested positive for the coronavirus.


Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel has been dealing with the coronavirus for ten months and has watched the COVID numbers rise and subside.  Currently, Wendel says, "The numbers are going up."

A "Do Not Drink" advisory has been continued for the water supply in the Village of Mayville.

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Chautauqua County is carefully watching what Gov. Andrew Cuomo does today about the spike in COVID-19 cases in the Western New York region. Chautauqua has a positivity rate less than a quarter of Erie County's rate.

Jason Erick / Fredonia Beaver Club

Health officials in Chautauqua County have reported seven new positive coronavirus infections that are linked to a social club in the northern part of the county.

Authorities said they have found the wreckage of a small plane from North Carolina that crashed in Western New York on Sunday, killing all three people aboard.

Chautauqua County / Jason Schmidt for District Attorney

Some universal issues are bringing voters to the polls throughout Western New York like COVID-19 and the future of the economy. But in Chautauqua County, police reform is front and center as a tightly contested race for district attorney moves forward. Chautauqua Today news director Dave Rowley spoke with WBFO reporter Nick Lippa about how it’s taking shape.

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Chautauqua County is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 and investigating a new cluster in the North County linked to a private event.

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Chautauqua County is reporting 34 new COVID-19 cases from over the weekend. That brings the county's current active case total to 133.

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Chautauqua County officials are launching a website designed to provide easily-accessible information on addiction, prevention, and treatment and recovery services. Leaders say despite the efforts to keep addiction services available during the pandemic, overdoses have risen.

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It's about as easy to put together a county budget for 2021 as it is to figure out how soon there will be enough COVID-19 vaccine around to take care of everyone who wants it. Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel submitted his budget for next year to the County Legislature Wednesday.

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Chautauqua County officials say there is a COVID-19 hot spot at a Dunkirk ice cream plant, with 22 new cases and more expected in an all-out push to test everyone connected with Fieldbrook Foods.

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Sometime in the near future, county health departments across New York State will be told by Albany what to do if a student, teacher or staff member in a school becomes infected with COVID-19. Until then, many questions remain.

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There was a time when the fruits of hot summer misbehavior were hangovers and bad sunburns. Chautauqua County is seeing COVID-19 infections.

Erie and Chautauqua counties

Western New York is inching closer to starting the reopening process under the state's seven criteria for starting up. The statewide lockdown order, also called PAUSE, is set to expire May 15.

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Some have raised questions on the practicality of grouping southern counties in with Erie County and Western New York, as opposed to the Southern Tier in re-opening plans.

While Chautauqua County sits adjacent to Erie County, the coronavirus has had a drastically different impact on the two entities. Hundreds of Erie County residents have been infected with the virus, with 266 deaths attributed to COVID-19.  In Chautauqua County, there have been less than 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19; three lives have been claimed by the virus. County Executive P.J. Wendel reports four county residents are currently dealing with the virus. "Prior to Tuesday, we had not had a hospitalization for  COVID-19 since the eighth of April."

Matt Slocum / Associated Press

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has announced it will be holding three drive-through COVID-19 testing clinics next week.

City of Buffalo

You have limited advance knowledge of how much money you will get from Washington or Albany, you don't know what your sales tax will be and you don't know what your Medicaid costs will be because there is a pandemic roiling the world. Now, running a local government, town or county.

Allegany, Chautauqua and Genesee counties have each reported their first COVID-19 death.

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Chautauqua County officials learned Monday there are two county residents who are officially diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.

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The Chautauqua County health department, on Monday afternoon, announced the county's first two confimed cases of COVID-19. 

Chautauqua County Executive's Office

Chautauqua County has become the latest to declare a state of emergency due to COVID-19. County Executive P.J. Wendel said the state of emergency will remain in effect for a period not to exceed 30 days or until rescinded, whichever occurs first, and may also be extended for additional periods not to exceed 30 days.

A Chautauqua County woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the health care agency where she served as business manager.