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Randolph man arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy several times...

A Randolph man is jailed without bail for allegedly abusing a boy sexually during several incidents that occured last September and October in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say their counterparts in Cattaraugus County received a report of the alleged incidents... which took place between Randolph and Asvhille.  Deputies yesterday arrested 66 year-old John Hitchcock... and, charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse... and, one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  Police were assisted by the Child Advocacy Center in Cattaraugus County... and, the Child Advocacy Program in Chautauqua County.  Hitchcock was arrested on a warrant... arraigned, and sent to the Chautauqua County lock-up.

Young comments further on STAR exemption error...

State Senator Cathy Young is speaking out more on the recent revelation that a second property she and her husband own in an Albany suburb was given Basic STAR tax exemption.  Young says while it's been "an intensely busy time in Albany..." she's "worked hard" to figure out how this mistake happened.  She says she knew that they had not claimed the tax exemption on that property, and she wants to get to the bottom of it.  Young says she appreciates the fact that North Greenbush Town Assessor John Harkin came forward and verified that they had never filed an application for the exemption... and, the town -- "erroneously applied it to our property."  Harkin apologied Thursday... and, called the whole ordeal "an honest mistake."  Young says she's filed all of the proper legal documents to correct the situation after learning what happened.  She adds that "although we did not apply for the exemption, I felt strongly that the money should be reimbursed right away."  She says the exemption came to about 200 per year since 2001... and, the "full amount has been paid with interest."  She's relieved to have found out what actually happened... and clear up the error.

Goodell announces Chautauqua Lake to get $875,000 in state funding to help deal with agriculture run-off...

Chautauqua County is in line for $875,760 in state funding to help protect Chautauqua Lake... and, it's streams and rivers from agriculture run-off.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell is applauding the recent announcement by the Department of Agriculture and Markets to use $12.2-million in funds from the state Environmental Protection Fund to stop agriculture run-off from 209 farms.  The county is getting the third-largest amount to any county in the state.  Goodell says "farming is an integral part of life here in Chautauqua, and has helped define our communities for generations.  Our local farms and vineyards have helped drive the wheels of our economy, supporting local families and businesses."  He says they know the importance of good land stewardship... and, they remain wholeheartedly committed to our environment.  Goodell also thanked Governor Cuomo for his support of local agriculture programs.  Competitive grants will be used by the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts to address the water quality challenges facing farms in priority watersheds throughout the state.  Goodell says eligible projects include those that develop comprehensive nutrient management plans... or implement best management practice systems to protect water quality, while keeping agriculture economically viabile.

Daylight Savings Begins at 2 a.m. Sunday...

A quick reminder that we "Spring forward" early Sunday morning.  Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m., so make sure to turn your clocks ahead before you go to bed tonight.  Local fire agencies also urge residents to check your smoke and C-O-2 detectors while you're turning the clocks ahead.



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