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.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a hunters’ education class for the gun portion only on the following dates and time: Monday, April 3, 2017 and Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The class will be held at Allegany State Park's Camp Allegany.
There is no charge for the class. Participants must attend both days of instruction to receive a certificate. It is preferable that participants be at least 12 years of age. If a parent wants an 11-year-old to take the class, the parent must attend and sit with the child on both days.
The Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services has been advised by the New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance of the 2016-17 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Regular benefit and Emergency benefit components closing dates.