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19 counties endorse resolution rejecting change in Lake Ontario’s water level

CHAUTAUQUA – Representatives from the 19 counties in the Western New York region endorsed a resolution presented by the Wayne County Board of Supervisors, opposing a proposition by the International Joint Commission to lower the water level of Lake Ontario.

The resolution states that the lower water level would have an adverse effect on the shoreline communities of the lake and would contribute to erosion and loss of revenues from recreational fishing and water sports.

The resolution was unanimously supported by the Inter-County Association of Western New York which includes the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

The association, which meets monthly, got together Friday morning at the Turner Center, Chautauqua Institution.

At the meeting, the group heard from Sen. Catherine Young (R-Olean), who told them to share concerns with her staff.

She was questioned about the closing of the Elmira Psychiatric Center and told the group that she was “caught unaware” by the announcement. She said concerns about mental health treatment for children and families in the Elmira area should be shared with her office and with letters and correspondence to the governor’s office.

The reported plan is to expand the Buffalo Psychiatric Center to provide services to the 19-county area.

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R-Jamestown) urged the county representatives to take a special interest in issues related to their areas, especially those dealing with rural and agricultural topics. “The state feels compelled to give you mandates,” he said.

“Push the model, give us flexibility, not mandates,” said Goodell.

Legislator Fred Croscut (R-Sherman) coordinated the meeting for the group. He also arranged for members to ride on the Summerwind boat for a tour of Chautauqua Lake.

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