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Crowd Gathers in Olean's Lincoln Park to Protest Death of George Floyd

May 31, 2020

OLEAN, NY — A group of about 150 people gathered in Lincoln Park Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd.

The protesters displayed signs and chanted "George Floyd," or "I Can't Breathe," or "Black Lives Matter," as cars drove past them on South Union and East State streets. Most drivers honked their horns. Some gave the black power salute. Two ...

Cattaraugus County Reports Two More COVID-19 Cases, Including Inmate at County Jail

An inmate at the Cattaraugus County Jail in Little Valley has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Cattaraugus County Health Department announced Saturday in a press release. The inmate was one of two new coronavirus cases the department confirmed Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 69. 

The inmate has been asymptomatic. He has been in isolation within the facility and has ...

New York Will Deploy 150 State Troopers to Buffalo

In the wake of violence that erupted during protests over the death of George Floyd, New York State will deploy additional State Police troopers to several New York cities, including Buffalo.

“We expect additional protests tonight, and we’re preparing for such,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday during his daily coronavirus briefing, which included comments about Floyd and the ...

Cattaraugus County Confirms Fourth COVID-19 Death

The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed a fourth COVID-19 related death Saturday.

According to a press release, the person was a 71-year-old woman who developed sudden respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit  TAPinto Greater Olean's ...

State Will Decide Whether WNY Has Phase 2 Reopening Next Week

A decision on whether the state’s Western New York region can begin Phase 2 of the reopening process will be made next week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday. The region includes Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

“Five regions in Upstate New York entered Phase 2 of the reopening yesterday,” Cuomo said at the New Settlement Community Center in the Bronx, where he delivered ...

Cattaraugus County Health Department Confirms 67th Case of COVID-19

The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed a 67th case of the coronavirus Friday.

The 67th confirmed case is a woman who lives in the southwest part of the county, according to a press release issued by the department. She reported having no significant travel history but developed a fever, cough, sore throat and diarrhea. She has underlying health conditions ...

Reed Questions State's Nursing Home Policy for COVID-19 patients

State guidelines given to nursing homes do not reflect scientific research for dealing with COVID-19 patients, Rep. Tom Reed said during a Thursday press conference that followed a closed-door roundtable discussion with nursing home and health care officials earlier that day.

Reed said that he and the group of New York State lawmakers, nursing home administrators and regional hospital ...

State Has Not Cleared Western New York for Phase Two Reopening

Five of New York's regions have been cleared for Phase 2 reopening. The Western New York Region, which includes Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, is not among them.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement Friday at Iona College in New Rochelle, where he delivered his daily coronavirus briefing.

"The reason we are so rigorous about this is because many states and ...

Three More Cattaraugus County Residents Test Positive for Coronavirus

The Cattaraugus County Health Department confirmed three additional cases of the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 66.

Since May 15, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county has grown by 16, and one person has died. There are 17 active cases in the county; 46 individuals have recovered.

The 64th confirmed case is a man who lives in the northwest quadrant ...

Tracy Mitrano Calls for Broadband for All in Follow-Up on Tuesday Talk

Tracy Mitrano sees a need for broadband for everyone now more than ever, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“In every crisis, there’s an opportunity,” Mitrano said. “Our opportunity is seeing the need for broadband.”

Mitrano, the Democratic challenger for the 23rd congressional district, which includes the Greater Olean area, added that areas in the ...

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Economic Impact Payments Being Sent by Prepaid Debit Cards Arrive in Plain Envelope; IRS.gov Answers Frequently Asked Questions

May 30, 2020

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

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A Difficult End to Senior Year Does Not Compare to the Memories Made

When the unexpected happens, we sometimes do not know how to react. We immediately think of the effect the present will have on the future. 

When news on the coronavirus started to get serious back in March, I found myself thinking this way as I knew a lot of uncertainty lay ahead. 
 
Your senior year of college is a special time, one where you are supposed to be soaking in ...

Coronavirus and Life Without Sports: How It Boosts Fandom

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought almost all sports to a halt. This was certainly the right decision because the health of our citizens should be put first. This unusual time has left me and many other sports fans with a feeling of emptiness, trying to take in everything that is going on.

Multiple professional athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. More than a dozen NBA players, ...

For Cashiers, COVID-19 Means a Change in Routine

CUBA, NY – I’ve worked at the Giant Food Mart of Cuba as a cashier for about three years, since my junior year of high school. 

When I reported for work on Friday at 4 p.m., the normal clamor of rustling paper bags, chattering customers and employees and squeaking grocery carts’ wheels greeted me. 

But I would soon face a situation I’d never seen ...

Economic Impact Payments Being Sent by Prepaid Debit Cards Arrive in Plain Envelope; IRS.gov Answers Frequently Asked Questions

May 30, 2020

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

Correcting a Tax Return Will Soon Be Easier

The Internal Revenue Service  announced Thursday that later this summer taxpayers will for the first time be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, electronically using available tax software products.

Making the 1040-X an electronically filed form has been a goal of the IRS for a number of years. It’s also been an ongoing request from the ...

Warming House Benefits From Olean Baker’s Generosity With Sales Through Noon, June 3

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A passion for baking passed down from his mother has inspired an act of compassion from Louie Proto.

Accountant and financial planner by day, artisan baker in the pre-dawn morning, Proto has donated 100% of his bread sales since early April — almost $5,000 — to five organizations serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a way ...