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