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County Executive Candidates Discuss Tackling Drug Epidemic

Those vying to be the next Chautauqua County executive will undoubtedly find the heroin and opioid epidemic a major thorn in their side. Despite well-intentioned efforts to galvanize local agencies, raise awareness and crack down on dealers, drug overdoses — particularly among young people ...

City Utilities Non-Payment Policy Rankles Local Landlord

J. Michael Digirolamo owes the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities $853.67 for utilities he didn’t even use. Digirolamo, who owns two rental properties in the city, said according to a letter he received from the BPU, he owes the city-owned utility company money because two of his past ...

Apthorpe Appointed Next Superintendent Of Jamestown Schools

A Mayville native and Frontier Central School superintendent has been named the next leader of Jamestown Public Schools. After a five-month search, the Jamestown School Board confirmed Bret Apthorpe as superintendent during a special meeting Friday at Washington Middle School. Apthorpe, who ...

At Liberty To Discuss

One might expect that keeping a captive bald eagle happy and healthy would require a bit of work, although understanding the nature of that work can be harder to grasp. A team of volunteers with Jamestown’s Audubon Community Nature Center, however, have got the tasks associated with ...

Area Police Encourage Safety With Fireworks

Fireworks may be a staple of the Fourth of July holiday. But their reputation for freak accidents and injuries is just as well known. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires are reported on a typical Independence Day more than any other day, with fireworks accounting for ...

Consolidation, Mergers Among Items In Competition Application

Seventy-seven meetings among the county and 23 municipalities were all it took to finalize an application to the state as part of the first Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. County officials said Wednesday they formally submitted a list of 14 projects to the Department of ...

Ready To Uber

Ride-hailing service Uber is no longer a fantasy in Chautauqua County. As of Thursday, at 12:01 a.m., the popular app that allows people to request on-demand private drivers, was brought online in Upstate New York, the only region of the country that had yet to adopt it. Uber and Lyft, ...

JPS To Name Apthorpe As New Superintendent

The Post-Journal has confirmed that Bret Apthorpe, Ed. D., will be taking over as the superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools. The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education will be voting on the appointment during a special meeting today at 5:30 p.m. inside Washington Middle School. ...

Pedestrian Riverwalk Bridges Work Starts At Panzarella Park

Preliminary work has started on the pedestrian bridges that will cross the Chadakoin River along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said earlier this week that Union Concrete & Construction started leveling ground at Panzarella Park for a foundation ...

Cuomo Calls For Stoppage Of Health Care Bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the New York Congressional delegation to put a halt to the latest version of the Republican health care bill. He’s also warning of a potential property tax increase if an amendment stays within legislation that essentially allows counties to stop paying ...

Haffa Appears In Court

MAYVILLE — The Cheektowaga man accused of attacking a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy in September reportedly told police he suffers from multiple mental conditions. Police believe he may have been suicidal. On Wednesday, 22-year-old Justin Haffa appeared in Chautauqua County Court ...

Chamber Of Commerce To Drive Jamestown Cruise-In Event

Thanks to the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce, the classic car show event — formerly known as Motor Mayhem and now known as Jamestown Cruise-In — will continue to light up summer nights downtown. On Wednesday, Lee Harkness, coordinator for the chamber, announced his organization ...

Need A Ride? Uber, Lyft Now Available

BUFFALO (AP) — The Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services are up and running in upstate New York and on Long Island. The ride-hailing apps became available for those regions as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday under legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew ...

Zoning Vote Delayed On Cell Tower Proposal

A vote by the city Zoning Board of Appeals on a use and area variance to install a cellphone tower in the city will have to wait for an environmental impact study. On Wednesday, the Zoning Board met, but didn’t hold the variance hearing for the petition submitted by Jared Lusk on behalf of ...

IDA Examining Abatements For Cockaigne Resort Resurrection

Two individuals with experience in winter sports are working to make the purchase of Cockaigne Ski Area in Cherry Creek final. Financing is one of the few things that’s still in the works in order for Adam Pirtz and Isaac Gratto to close on the property. On Tuesday, the county Industrial ...

JPS Board To Appoint Next Superintendent Friday

The Jamestown Public Schools District will appoint a new superintendent during a special meeting Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School. The school district on Wednesday announced the meeting and later noted that the sole item on the agenda will be to make the appointment. The board ...

Falconer Mayor Again Speaks Out Against Annexation

Once again Falconer Mayor James Rensel has asked the Jamestown City Council to stop the proposed annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Dow Street substation. During the council’s monthly voting session Monday, Rensel said he doesn’t believe the animosity being created ...

Bill To Forgive $2.5M Penalty Against School Awaits Cuomo

A rural school district hit with a massive penalty could be released of its obligation to pay the remaining sum. Recently, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed legislation that would forgive the Panama Central School District from paying back $2.5 million from a minor clerical error ...

Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Demonstration Project Begins

BEMUS POINT — A spray boat left the Bemus Point launch just after 11 a.m. on Monday to initiate a limited application of two herbicides on Chautauqua Lake. With the weather permitting, the application marked the beginning to the Chautauqua Lake Partnership’s weed management demonstration ...

Caution, Common Sense Urged While On Area Lakes

MAYVILLE — Those taking to area waterways this summer are being urged to use caution and common sense. County Executive Vince Horrigan visited Chautauqua Marina in Mayville on Monday to stress the importance behind wearing a flotation device. It was his first feature to his 100 Days of ...