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Cattaraugus County attorney Brady to officially retire May 31

LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County Attorney Thomas Brady will be retiring from his position at the end of the month.

He revealed his intentions this week in a letter to Legislature Chairman Norman Marsh, R-Little Valley, and County Clerk James K. Griffith.

Brady, who has been in the post since 2011 after previously serving in the 1970s, said being county attorney has been “one of the most enjoyable and rewarding times” of his professional life. He complimented those with whom he worked and thanked Assistant County Attorney Nick DiCerbo, lauding him for his handling of “thousands of juvenile delinquency cases” and positively impacting the course of many young lives.

He also extended best wishes to his successor, Mark Howden. Brady expects to be back on a part-time basis to help Howden, but also looks forward to spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, as well as doing “some much-needed yardwork.”

In other developments, the County Legislature is considering buying a relatively small parcel of land in the Town of Dayton owned by Phillip C. and Catherine J. Pagett. The purchase would allow the county to reconfigure the intersection of County Road 57 and Bentley Road.

The 1.2-acre tract is being sought through eminent domain in the hopes of making the road straight and not confusing to motorists, with a better line of sight, according to Public Works Commissioner Joseph Pillittere. The road has seen several accidents, and Pillittere said that this is why the state “has given us the money to do the project.”

Pillittere said the county has been working on this for several years. The county attorney will be negotiating a fair market value for the land and make an offer for purchase.

The county plans to implement an Adopt a County Highway program in which a civic group agrees to maintain and clear a portion of a county road. This would help the county to stretch its limited resources during fiscally difficult times and improve the aesthetics of roadways, cleaning up the environment, officials said.

The Department of Public Works will provide civic groups, such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, with necessary equipment and materials to help in their cleanup efforts.