NEW YORK — Following unanimous passage in the Legislature, state senators George Borrello and Michelle Hinchey and Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz gathered Thursday at a food distribution site in Queens to urge the governor to sign the measure establishing Nourish New York as a permanent program.

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Most COVID-19 restrictions in New York were lifted Tuesday as 70% of state residents age 18 or older have received vaccinations and cases of infection have plummeted.

BELMONT — One new COVID-19 case — the first since Friday — was reported in Allegany County on Tuesday as the county’s vaccination rate remains lower than that of 48 states.

While state Sen. George Borrello was disappointed that Democrats never considered revoking the governor’s pandemic emergency powers before the end of the 2021 legislative session this past Friday, he did point to some victories in the session.

OLEAN — The Zonta Club of Olean awarded two scholarships to area students — Alexa Hill of Wellsville and Jaime Snyder of Allegany received scholarships in their pursuit of higher education.

Allegany County Office for the Aging is seeking food service establishments in the Bolivar, Little Genesee, Ceres and West Clarksville areas, to participate in a pilot “Go & Dine Program,” in Allegany County.

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As New York state has seen what she calls an overwhelming increase in ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for millions in research to defend against the health problem.

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ALBANY — State Sen. George Borrello says it’s beyond time to terminate the state disaster emergency declared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the coronavirus pandemic on March 7, 2020, and revoke the governor’s unilateral decision-making authority.

BELMONT — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce that on June 16, 17 and 18, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County will be offering a 4-H and FFA sponsored Tractor and Machinery Safety Certification training.

WELLSVILLE — Amid several new appointments, the Wellsville Board of Education welcomed and congratulated two of its employees earlier this week, while congratulating the district overall for its student COVID-19 vaccination rate.

BELMONT — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce CUCE Allegany County and the Cornell Vegetable Program will offer a field training in Fillmore Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.