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News Update for Thurs., Apr. 4, 2014


Cattaraugus Co. man among those people wounded in Foot Hood shootings...

An Iraq War veteran from Cattaraugus County is among the 16 people wounded during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says in a statement Thursday that 32-year-old Major Patrick Miller was injured during Wednesday's attack.  Three other people were killed before the gunman committed suicide.  Miller, who currently lives with his wife outside Austin, Texas, is a native of the town of Allegany.  Information on his condition hasn't been released, but a doctor at a Texas hospital treating some of the wounded says he doesn't expect any more deaths resulting from the shooting.


Horrigan finalizing search committee for new IDA, and Planning and Economic Development Director...

The effort to find a new Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Administrative Director... and, Chief Executive Officer... are fully underway.  County Executive Vince Horrigan late last month announced that current IDA Director Bill Daly will be retiring at the end of May.  Horrigan says he is nearly ready to fill out the search committee... and a member of the County Legislature will chair it.  That panel member is Silver Creek's George Borrello.  Horrigan says they'll conduct a regional search for a replacement through professional organizations to advertise the post.  In addition to Borrello... Democratic legislator Fred Larson is also a member of the search committee.  Horrigan adds some business leaders... and, IDA board President Mike Metzger will also be on the panel.  He adds that economic development is very much on minds of his administration, especially with the pending closings of the Carriage House plants in the North County.  In his State of the County address last week... the Bemus Point Republican spoke about reaching out to business owners -- even if they are headquartered outside Chautauqua County.


Bemus Point School District receiving 11-percent less aid than last year, but, due mainly to funding for building projects coming off the books...

The lone Chautauqua County School district that is losing overall state aid is still getting more state aid in two critical areas that will help their bottom line in their final budget.  According to school runs from State Senator Cathy Young... the Bemus Point District is looking at an 11-percent decrease in aid.  But... Superintendent Mike Mansfield says that's because they are losing building aid due to completion of a couple of capital projects in the late 1990s.  Otherwise... he says they're seeing a significant boost in their "Gap Eliminiation Adjustment" funding.  Mansfield says they got $106,000 increase in GEA funding... and, another $26,000 from Foundation Aid.  Mansfield says that $132,000 will likely be used to offset mandated costs... and, to bring their approximately $13-million budget to within their 2.01-percent property tax cap.  He says they'll reduce the tax levy by $166,000 to honor that tax cap.

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