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>Council approves Rater as new police chief

JAMESTOWN -- Chautauqua County Undersheriff Rex Rater will be the new police chief and director of public safety.

In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved the appointment of Rater, who was announced as Mayor Sam Teresi's choice to fill the position last week.

Rater is tentatively scheduled to leave his position as undersheriff Monday and move into his new role in the Jamestown Police and Fire departments.

Also, the Council approved the purchase of several new pieces of equipment. The new trucks and plows will cost nearly $270,000. Public Works Chairman Jim Ventura said the money to buy the vehicles was set aside in the current budget.

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>Dunkirk, Fredonia talk about sharing services

DUNKIRK -- Officials in Fredonia and Dunkirk are in a sharing mood.

At an informal meeting Tuesday, members of the Fredonia Village Board and the Dunkirk City Council discussed the possibility of a joint public safety building to house their police departments and other services.

Councilman Kevin Muldowney was optimistic. "We are looking to collaborate, and I am excited about the possibility," he said.

Muldowney said it could be three years before the plan could be completed.

At the same time the two municipal boards met, members of the communities' school boards were meeting to discuss their potential for sharing services.

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>Domestic violence grants total $35,000

Cattaraugus Community Action Inc. will receive $35,000 in grants for its domestic violence program, state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, has announced.

An initial $25,000 grant to support the program was followed by a $10,000 grant after a fire destroyed the program's Salamanca warehouse last April 23. The organization shelters an average of 74 victims of domestic violence each year.

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>Machias, Little Valley to get defibrillators

Two state grants will pay for automated external defibrillators for Machias and Little Valley, State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, has announced. Totaling $4,800, grants of $3,000 will go to the town and $1,800 to the village. Municipal officials said the defibrillators will be kept handy for summer swimming programs.

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>March 31 is deadline to enter bicentennial parade May 20

ANGELICA -- The deadline is March 31 for entries in Allegany County's bicentennial parade May 20 in Angelica.

Parade chairman Bob Meyers said the parade will highlight the "hidden treasures" of each of the county's 29 towns. He also said he has appealed to town supervisors to recruit parade participants.

The parade will get under way on Main Street at 11 a.m. May 20, the date set aside to observe the 200th anniversary of the county's founding.
Allegany County was created on April 7, 1806, by an act of the State Legislature.

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