Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Stepping Down

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norm Green is stepping down at the end of his term of office. But he prefers to think of it as just moving on.“I don’t think retirement is the right word. I’m moving on,” Green told WNYNewsNow Wednesday morning.As election commissioner, Green is not able to discuss his plans for the future, he said. Green has held the position since 1999.Asked his proudest accomplishment, Green said it was avoiding being the focus of the media for election day errors, because he and his staff always have been able to solve issues as they arise. “You’re (the media) not calling us up the day after the election, never are you calling us up the day after the election and asking what happened election night,” Green said.Green said he attends election conferences and is flooded with questions about how Chautauqua County does so well, always being the first county in New York to provide completed accurate election results.“We’re always first in the state to produce election results. They ask how does Chautauqua County do it. We just do it, it’s not a formula, it’s getting the work done,” Green said.“In Chautauqua County we just solve the problem,” he said.While issues do arise, Green said the public generally never knows it because the problem is always addressed and solved.“Things do happen. The voters never knew it because we had the emergency answer as to the issue.”Management skills are vital to the job, Green advised. He said election commissioners manage as many as 500 election inspectors, 49 polling sites, 100 voting machines and a $1 millionbudget.The Democratic Committee will consider Green’s replacement at the September meeting, he said. A candidate will then be forwarded to the Chautauqua County Legislature for the consideration. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

North Georgia Drought

first_imgIn May 2016, most of Georgia suffered from a lack of rainfall, while record-setting rain fell in Savannah, Georgia. Drought conditions expanded statewide, and severe drought returned to the northwest corner of Georgia by the end of last month.In the dry areas of the state, pastures, livestock and summer row crops suffered due to this lack of rainfall. Some farmers were waiting for rain to finish planting their dryland crops, and many corn farmers relied on irrigation to keep their crops healthy during the month.In central Georgia and the coast, where wet conditions occurred, some fungal diseases were observed.According to National Weather Service stations, the highest monthly total rainfall was 8.99 inches in Savannah, 6.01 inches above normal. The lowest monthly total rainfall was 0.78 inches in Albany, Georgia, 1.91 inches below normal.Atlanta received 1.25 inches of rainfall, 2.42 inches below normal. Athens, Georgia, received 2.49 inches, 0.51 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 2.51 inches, 0.68 inches below normal.Macon, Georgia, received 1.96 inches, 0.76 inches below normal. Augusta, Georgia, received 5.71 inches, 3.06 inches above normal.Alma, Georgia, received 3.34 inches, 0.87 inches above normal. Brunswick, Georgia, received 1.68 inches, 0.18 inches below normal.Valdosta, Georgia, received 3.45 inches, 0.92 inches above normal.Savannah received most of its monthly rainfall in the middle of the month. The Savannah weather service station set a new daily record on May 17, recording 2.29 inches of rain, breaking the old record of 1.62 inches set in 1980. Augusta broke a daily record on May 29, receiving 2.28 inches, breaking the old record of 2.08 inches set in 2001.The highest single-day rainfall recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers was a total of 8.65 inches, recorded south of Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia, on the morning of May 18. This total was followed by 7.59 inches, which was recorded on Skidaway Island, also in Chatham County.Many other stations in that area received more than 5 inches of rain on May 18. The highest monthly rainfall totals were 14.34 inches, recorded in Newington, Georgia, in Screven County; 12.7 inches recorded near Marlow, Georgia, in Effingham County; and 10.15 inches recorded by a Savannah observer with the highest daily amount.On the other end of the spectrum, one network volunteer in southwest Georgia’s Grady County reported that he had received only 0.73 inches for the whole month.Temperatures at most locations were near normal in May. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 71.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.0 degrees above normal.Athens: 70.3 degrees F, 0.3 degrees above normal.Columbus: 72.5 degrees F, 0.5 degrees below normal.Macon: 71.8 degrees F, 0.1 degrees below normal.Savannah: 74.0 degrees F, 0.7 degrees above normal.Brunswick: 74.9 degrees F, 0.4 degrees above normal.Alma: 73.0 degrees F, 0.7 degrees below normal.Augusta: 70.7 degrees F, 0.4 degrees below normal.Albany: 74.5 degrees F, 0 degrees above normal.Valdosta: 73.9 degrees F, 0.1 degrees above normal.Rome, Georgia: 69.0 degrees F, 0.8 degrees above normal. Brunswick tied a 1973 record low temperature of 50 degrees F on May 6, and tied a 2012 record for high nighttime low temperature with 73 degrees F on May 2.Climatologists are predicting that the summer will bring warmer-than-normal conditions. Dry conditions or drought may continue in northwest Georgia in June, although there are no trends determined for the summer period overall.Cooler-than-normal water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean means that El Nino is almost gone and neutral conditions should be declared before a likely swing to La Nina later in summer. The Atlantic tropical season began with the development of Tropical Storm Bonnie in late May, and activity is expected to be normal to above-average this year due to La Nina conditions.For more information, visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at, or visit our new website at Please feel free to email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture, to be shared on the blog, to read more

Long Island Muslim Family Ejected from Empire State Building for Praying, Suit Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Farmingville family was kicked out of the Empire State Building last summer after security guards told the parents they were not allowed to pray at the historic skyscraper’s famed observation deck, the Long Islanders alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.The suit claims religious discrimination and negligence against Empire State Building Company LLC, and several other company’s associated with the towering building.The couple, Fahad and Amina Tirmizi, was “shamed, humiliated, and embarrassed in front of each other, their children and the general public,” according to the suit.The episode occurred when the couple had reached the observation deck, walked over to an isolated area and began to pray at about 11 p.m. on July 2, 2013, according to the suit. The couple took turns praying, but Fahad was interrupted when two security guards came over and informed him that “he was not allowed to pray while at the Observatory,” the suit alleges.One of the unnamed guards, the suit continues, proceeded to “menacingly” poke Fahad and then “raised his voice.”The couple and their two children were told to leave the premises and then were “forcibly” escorted to the elevator and eventually out of the Empire State Building, the suit alleges.“The claims are totally without merit and we will respond to them in court,” an Empire State Building Company spokesperson said in a statement.The couple was not made available for an interview. They are being represented by Brooklyn-based attorney Philip Hines of Held & Hines, LLP, who could not immediately be reached.The suit alleges, among other things, that the building’s operators and the security guards that they employ discriminated against the family because they are Muslim and were wearing traditional Muslim garb during their visit. The episode caused them to suffer physical, psychological and emotional injuries, according to the suit. Court documents did not specify if any monetary damages are being sought.last_img read more

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