OLEAN, NY — "Opening up is exciting," The Sports Locker co-owner Jason Palumbo told Rep. Tom Reed, who was about to enter the West State Street shop from the back door off the parking lot on South Sixth Street.

Reed, who represents the 23rd congressional district, asked co-owner Tom Palumbo, if he had ever seen anything like the closings that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm not that old," responded Tom Palumbo. "But in the 36 years we've owned this shop, no .... "

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Before Reed arrived, a small group that included Olean Mayor William Aiello and Lee James, Cattaraugus-Allegany region director for the congressman, waited.

After Reed got out of the car, he spotted James and wished her a happy birthday. 

James replied he had the right day.

Reed and the mayor elbow bumped to greet each other. The mayor said his birthday had been the day before. And he added, "All the good people are born in June."

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