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DEAD IN THE WATER: Local man found dead in Little Valley Creek

Kyle Michener, 30, was found dead Tuesday afternoon under the Third Street Bridge in Little Valley. Michener was first reported missing Tuesday morning and was found shortly thereafter, having apparently been in the creek several hours before being found. He was described as being "lightly dressed" for the weather. An investigation is ongoing. 11/11

Former Cattaraugus Cutlery building burns

Shortly before 7:00 a.m., a fire broke out at the former Cattaraugus Cutlery Company. The entire back end of the factory portion of the building was engulfed and eventually demolished. The front façade collapsed but remains standing. Eleven fire companies responded to the blaze at the building, which had sat abandoned since the last tenant left in the 1980s. More at the Little Valley Facebook page. 8/7

New York to impose $15/hr fast food minimum wage

The move, which affects restaurant chains with 30 or more locations in the state, will be phased in over six years. In New York City, the move will be made in only three years. 7/24

Related: McDonald's profits declining rapidly

UPDATE: Business owners planning workarounds, contemplating lawsuit (WGRZ)… 7/27

State sales tax revenuse continue to decline

Full story: Comptroller's report 7/24

It’s a push: 1 Dem, 1 GOP State Senator convicted

Former Senate Majority Leader John Sampson (D) and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous (R) were both convicted of separate crimes under Preet Bharara’s investigations. 7/24

New recreational softball league setto include team from Little Valley

Bat-and-ball fans will have an additional option this summer as a new recreational softball league is set to launch in 2015. The league, currently unnamed, will include teams from Little Valley, Cattaraugus and East Otto. Chandra Beaver will be spearheading the Little Valley squad, which also remains unnamed; Hughes Hotel will be sponsoring the squad. The team will begin play as soon as weather allows.

  1. 5/17: Scared Hitless (L, 5–23)
  2. 6/7: Alchoballics (L, 11–23)
  3. 6/21: Long Neck Bottles (Doubleheader, two losses)
  4. 7/12: Scared Hitless (L, 8–16)
  5. 7/19: The Nice Guys (Doubleheader, two losses)
  6. 7/26: Alchoballics (L, by 7 runs)
  7. 8/2: Glorious 50s (Doubleheader, two wins)
  8. 8/14: Playoffs, vs. Long Neck Bottles (L, 6–16)

In addition, indications are that the Valley Thunder Baseball Club, which finished runner-up in the Southwestern New York Mens Baseball League, will also return in May 2015, with most of the members of that team expected to return. That team plays its games in Cattaraugus.3/2
Update 7/24: The Thunder folded after their first game, a 19–3 loss to Bradford.

Do-gooders strike again: Downstate senator proposes $75 fine for…not clearing snow off your car before driving

The bill was proposed by Tony Avella (IDC-Queens). Full story: Albany Times-Union 3/2

Bingo on the decline in upstate New York small towns

Full story: Hornell Evening Tribune 3/2

Slate of candidates to challenge incumbents in Cattaraugus

Full story: Gowanda News 3/2

Related: List of village races in Cattaraugus County (Olean Times Herald)… 3/6

That’ll be enough: 15 So. Tier towns to investigate joining Pa.

The fifteen towns span four counties in the eastern Southern Tier and western Catskills; the proposal, which the towns admit will not likely lead to an actual secession, is nonetheless being levied in protest of the state’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. Full story: WBNG 3/2

Related: Upstate, Long Island legislatures introduce separate bills to partition New York into multiple states (Post-Journal) (paywalled; full article in source code)

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