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Christmas Tree To Be Delivered Next Week

City Hall in Jamestown will look a little more festive next week. Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department crews will be harvesting a 40-foot-tall White Spruce on Monday for delivery downtown. The tree is being donated by the Carl and Donna Mazzurco family. Members of the ...

Professor Talks ‘Election Post-Mortem’

Jonathan Chausovsky, an associate professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, shared his take on “The Day After Hangover: An Election Post-Mortem,” as he called it. The college hosts a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, which holds different themes every year and different ...

Irrelevant Dems Bail Out Weak County GOP

As an election approached, a battle was brewing inside the membership committee of the Chautauqua County Democratic party. It had nothing to do with the upcoming vote involving three local candidates vying for positions of importance and influence. It instead revolved around the appointment ...

Mitrano Admits Loss, Still Wants Votes Counted

Tracy Mitrano accepts defeat, but is still advocating that every vote be counted. Mitrano, Democratic candidate for the New York State 23rd Congressional District has, on her social media and during her final Thursday call, notified her supporters of her defeat. However, she wants to support ...

Proposed Hanover Solar Farm Gets Next Step Approval

A medium-sized solar farm proposed for Hanover is moving ahead. During the recent Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency meeting, board members voted 6-1 to say the project has no adverse impact on the environment, as far as the State Environmental Quality Review is concerned. ...

10 New COVID Cases Reported In Dunkirk; 22 New Countywide

Twenty-two new cases of COVID-19 — including 10 in Dunkirk — were announced Thursday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Within the last week, there have been 114 new COVID-19 cases. The additional new infections break down as follows: one in Falconer, three in Fredonia, two in ...

Rough Road

The handful of local races in Chautauqua County could be impacted by absentee ballots, although every candidate trailing needs to make up triple digits in order to do so. In Fredonia, there were 1,374 votes cast for Republican John Sedota and 1,224 votes for EvaDawn Bashaw, running on the ...

Kiantone Unveils New Fire Engine

The Kiantone Independent Fire Department recently put into service its new 2020 fire engine. The truck was built by the Rosenbauer company, includes a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump and carries 1,000 gallons of water. The truck was built with safety in mind of the department’s members. The fire ...

Ripley Solar Project Brings Out Concerns

County Legislator Mark Odell has concerns about large solar projects coming to Chautauqua County. He is currently working on legislation to address Payment In Lieu Of Tax agreements for renewable energy. In 2018, the legislature adopted a resolution requesting the county’s Industrial ...

Westfield To Go Remote After COVID Case ID’d

The superintendent of the Westfield Academy and Central School District announced schools will go to remote learning for two days for precautionary measures after a second positive COVID-19 case was identified. Michael Cipolla said the individual, who was not identified as a student, teacher ...

Results Announced For Local Races

There were a handful of contested local races Tuesday in Chautauqua County. These results do not include absentee ballots. COUNTY LEGISLATURE The Republican Party won the two county legislator seats that were up for election Tuesday night. In Dunkirk, Kevin Muldowney defeated challenger ...

Petition Granted For Student Quarantine Order

A judge has granted a petition filed by Chautauqua County’s public health director requiring a Maple Grove High School student to remain in quarantine after reportedly coming into contact with a district employee who tested positive for COVID-19. State Supreme Court Judge Lynn W. Keane made ...

Wanted Man Is Taken Into Custody

A man wanted on federal drug warrants has been taken into custody. The Jamestown Police Department on Tuesday announced the arrest of 27-year-old Michael Murphy by members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, Jamestown police, Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, Southern Tier ...

County Reports 15th Death Related To COVID-19

The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Tuesday reported the 15th death related to COVID-19, a man in his 80s and a resident of Tanglewood Manor. “Providing information on the COVID-19 outbreak at Tanglewood Manor has been done as a way to manage the spread of COVID-19,” said ...

Borrello, Goodell Retain NYS Legislature Seats

Both state representatives for Chautauqua County appear likely to retain their seats in the state legislature with early and Election Day voting in. Over 11,000 absentee ballots have yet to be counted of which Democrats hold a 2,500 ballot advantage. State Sen. George Borrello, R-57, carried ...

Keeping Doors Open

Keeping the doors open has been a challenge for many businesses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some closing for good and many struggling to carry on. That is why the federal government awarded the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency with a $10.5 million grant ...

Police, Fire Discuss 2021 Proposed Budgets

The loss of three school resource officers was the first item highlighted during a discussion on the proposed 2021 Jamestown Police Department budget. On Monday, the Jamestown City Council held budget discussions with the police and fire department chiefs. Lt. Tim Jackson, interim police ...

Gottfried: Unenforced Adultery Ban Is Absurd

New York state is one of 21 states in the country where adultery is illegal. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-New York City, has introduced legislation (A.11073) to end the state’s longstanding, and unenforced, ban on adultery. “This outdated statute criminalizes sexual behavior ...

County Reports 25 COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The Chautauqua County Department of Health on Monday reported that 25 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized, the highest count during the pandemic. In addition, 16 new cases of the corornavirus were announced, in addition to the 28 reported over the weekend. The cases include nine in the ...

No Stop And Go

Getting an E-ZPass will be the only way to avoid extra charges on tolls once the new year starts. For the past two years, the New York State Thruway Authority has been hard at work, installing gantries at every exit and across the Thruway. The project is now finished and will be turning to ...