Albany, NY – March 15, 2017 – Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb encourages residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Cattaraugus County this week.
The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families. Their programs include:
On March 6, 2017 a rabid raccoon was found at a private residence on Whitehouse Road, in the Town of Portville. The raccoon attacked a person and several domestic animals before it was captured. Laboratory testing by the New York State Department of Health confirmed that the animal was infected with the rabies virus.
Please be aware that this is the eighth laboratory confirmed case of rabies exposure in Cattaraugus County in the last 12 months. Rabies is common in the wild and is found throughout our region.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Issues Annual State-wide Burn Ban
Thursday, March 16, 2017, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issues its annual open burn ban restriction to reduce wildfire risks in the Spring.
All open burning is prohibited in New York with several exceptions including the following:
Winter Storm Stella Updates - Cattaraugus County Impacts
3/16/17 - ALL TRACTOR TRAILER TRAVEL BANS HAVE BEEN LIFTED AS OF LAST NIGHT (3/15)
Governor Cuomo issued a Tractor Trailer Ban beginning at 9 a.m. on 3/14/17 for I-86, I-90, I-81, I-84, and I-88.
Governor Cuomo issued a state-wide State of Emergency at midnight going into 3/14/17.
The State of Emergency and the Tractor Trailer Travel Ban (except for I-84 which has been lifted) remain in effect this morning, 3/15/17.