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MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Board of Elections is recruiting election inspectors to work at polling places in the county for the general election Nov. 8, Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram announced.
Prospective election inspectors must be English-speaking voters registered in the county as a Republican or Democrat and must complete a three-hour training class.
Prospective poll workers must bring their driver’s licenses and Social Security cards to the class.
Training classes will be held in Dunkirk in St. Hyacinth’s Church hall, 15 S. Pangolin St., from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
A similar class also will be held there from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 24.
Classes will be held in Jamestown in the South Multi-Purpose Room in the Carnahan Center at Jamestown Community College, 525 Falconer St., from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, and from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 1.
They also will be held in Mayville in the Carlson Community Center, 50 West Lake Road (Route 394), from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5.
Pay for completing training and being available for the Nov. 8 election is $25.
The wage is $9 per hour for working from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Election Day.
Inspectors do not get formal breaks while the polls are open on Election Day, but they are allowed time to eat at the polling site.
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State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is proposing legislation to help ease the destructive path of the emerald ash borer.
The two-part proposal would help property owners stuck with costly tree-removal costs – providing a 50 percent tax credit capped at $300 per tree for the removal of trees damaged by the ash borers.
The other legislation would promote progressive tree-planting policies among municipalities, implementing a rule to promote biodiversity and head off widespread damage caused previlously by the ash borer, Japanese beetles and Dutch elm disease.
“This legislation will provide relief to these property owners and will also encourage the removal of infested trees – hopefully slowing the spread of this insect,” Kennedy said.
“On top of that, we are looking to the future to prevent future calamities,” the state senator said.
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Two Western New York fire departments will receive federal funds for new equipment through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand report.
The Mayville Fire Department in Chautauqua County will be given $30,000 to purchase a new defibrillation unit.
The East Aurora Fire Department in Erie County will get $236,305 to purchase up to 20 new self-contained breathing apparatus air packs to replace 20-year-old gear.