Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to those who are voicing their opinion regarding the NY SAFE Act. First, hundreds attended a rally in Frewsburg. North Harmony Town Board members have heard enough comments from their constituents to pass a resolution asking the state Legislature to repeal the law. Then, dozens of people attend Wednesday’s Chautauqua County Legislature meeting in support of a resolution urging the state Legislature to repeal the unpopular law. So many people attended Wednesday’s legislature meeting because of their opposition to the SAFE Act there wasn’t enough room in the legislature chambers for them all. Not many of them spoke, but the message was sent loud and clear. It’s unfortunate those opinions couldn’t have been heard by state officials before the law was passed.

For 20 years, Jack and Beth Fuller have dreamed of opening a bakery. Thumbs up to the Randolph couple for never losing sight of their dream. Recently, the Fullers received approval from the Randolph Zoning Board of Appeals that will allow them to open their dream business – a display bakery featuring salt-rising bread made the same way it would have been made 150 years ago as well as dessert and pies. A hearty congratulations to them as they begin work making their dream come true.

Thumbs down to a disappointing number of southern Chautauqua County projects receiving funding in the recent Economic Development Council grant process. A total of $52.8 million was awarded to 58 projects in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie, Chautauqua and Niagara counties. While there were a few very worthy projects funded in the northern end of Chautauqua County, the lone southern county project to receive funding was the village of Bemus Point, which received $375,000 for design and construction of streetscape improvements that are part of the village’s comprehensive plan. We hope the completion of strategic plans in our region and perhaps more worthy applications will result in more money making its way to this part of the county. Celoron was close in its application for waterfront revitalization project near Lucille Ball Memorial Park. There is too much to be done in southern Chautauqua County to receive so little Economic Development Council funding.