Congressman Reed Keeping Offices Open During Federal Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018

Rep. Tom Reed will keep his offices open during the federal government shutdown, including his office in downtown Olean.

"Our office will remain open, accessible and able to help as many people as possible with the things they need such as social security checks, Medicare, or veterans issues,” Reed said Saturday.

Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, blamed the ...

Mayor Reminds Olean Residents to Remove Snow and Ice

OLEAN, NY – Mayor William J. Aiello on Thursday reminded residents and businesses of a municipal requirement to remove snow and ice from sidewalks following a snow fall.

According to a city ordinance, snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall, and sidewalks in front of commercial establishments and commercial parking lots must be kept free of snow and ice ...

Mayor Paints Rosy Picture for Olean in 'State of City' Address

OLEAN, NY – Citing numerous examples of progress, Mayor William J. Aiello painted a bright picture of Olean in his State of the City address Tuesday.

“I look around our city tonight, and I see old businesses thriving and new businesses opening up—or under construction,” Aiello said.  “I see new restaurants and bars, renovation and upgrades—a hum of ...

Aiello to Deliver 'State of City' Address at Olean Council's Annual Organizational Meeting

OLEAN, NY -- The Olean Common Council will hold its annual organizational meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Olean Municipal Building,101 E. State St.

Mayor William J. Aiello will deliver the mayor’s annual State of the City at the session.

Prior to the address, Aiello will be sworn into his second term. He was re-elected in November.

Additionally, the oath of ...

Olean Council Gets Back to Work Tuesday

OLEAN, NY -- The Common Council is getting right back to work after the Christmas holiday.

The council will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. on a proposal that would require the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy whenever a change in ownership or occupancy takes place at an existing structure in the city. The hearing will take place in Council Chambers of the Olean Municipal ...

'Day in the Life' Follows Secretary to Olean Mayor

OLEAN, NY — Michiko McElfresh described being secretary to the mayor as “a new challenge every day.”

For instance, a weather advisory issued for Southwestern New York on Nov.  29 had McElfresh prepared to spend the day working on a snow report and communicating with different departments about the snow event, but the storm passed over ...

Young Introduces Bill to Strengthen Sexual Harassment Laws

ALBANY, NY -- Legislation that would strengthen New York State’s sexual harassment laws has been introduced by Sen. Catharine Young, who represents the Greater Olean area in the state Legislature.

“Our nation is at a defining moment with respect to the issue of sexual harassment,” said Young, who is co-sponsoring the measure with Sen. Elaine Phillips.

The legislation would ...

State Economic Grants to Fund Several Projects in Greater Olean Area

OLEAN, NY -- The Olean Urban Renewal Agency will receive $500,000 to renovate the former Manufacturers’ Hanover Bank Building at the corner of North Union and West State streets.

The funding is part of more than $755 million in economic and community development monies awarded through Round VII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

"These awards are critical to ...

Olean City Council Considers Livestreaming Council Meetings

OLEAN, NY – Future Olean town council meetings may be livestreamed to promote accessibility and transparency for citizens.

Ward 3 Alderman and Common Council President Paul Gonzalez proposed the idea at the Nov. 7 City Operations Committee meeting.

Gonzalez explained that many members of the community have commented that access to city council meetings is limited. Currently, the ...

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