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‘Something To Be Proud Of’

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation’s largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending ...

Gateway Lofts

Twenty-one housing units in the city of Jamestown will be demolished as part of the development plans for the Gateway Lofts project. On Tuesday, Steven Ricca, Bond Schoeneck & King attorney who is representing Southern Tier Environments for Living (STEL), presented the housing ...

Goodell, Borrello React To Proposed State Budget

The rising cost of Medicaid is on the shoulders of New York state, not local officials who have little say in who can join the program. That’s according to state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, who criticized portions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 fiscal budget proposal released on ...

McConnell Backs Off, Abruptly Eases Some Trump Trial Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two late-night sessions and Democrats arguing for more witnesses to expose Trump’s “trifecta” of ...

Fire Destroys Home

https://youtu.be/HrQn6F0ekUA Jamestown firefighters battled bitter cold temperatures and a stubborn blaze that broke out early Monday. Crews were called to 614 Spring St. around 6:40 a.m. and arrived to find heavy fire and smoke on the first and second floors. Flames began shooting from ...

Bill Seeks To Rename Route 394 After Local

State Sen. George Borrello has introduced legislation to rename Route 394 between Kennedy and Falconer in honor of Staff Sgt. David Textor. Textor attended Randolph Central School where he played football, wrestled and ran track. After graduation, Textor enlisted in the U.S. Army and was ...

City Officials Eye Proposals For Ambulance Service

City of Jamestown officials are looking for proposals from businesses that provide ambulance services. Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown mayor, said city officials are in the process of drafting a request for proposals notification to provide ambulance service for the city. He said following the bid ...

‘It’s Essential’

Following a public hearing, the new fixed-base operator for both county airports could be approved later this month. During the next meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature that will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a public hearing will be held starting at 6:35 p.m. on the potential ...

Impacts Of Reform Felt By Smaller Departments

The impact of New York state’s bail reform measures are starting to be felt by police departments large and small in the first few weeks of 2020. Following a meeting of the Carroll Town Board on Wednesday evening, Carroll Police Chief Bill Nelson spoke on his recent experience with the ...

Spate Of Bills Seeks Changes To Reform Measures

Lack of agreement among Democrats how to proceed with possible changes to the state’s much-discussed criminal justice reforms isn’t stopping rank-and-file legislators from proposing changes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday in Rockland County that changes to the criminal justice reform ...

Author Recounts Battle With Lyme, Autoimmune Disease

Growing up in areas like Frewsburg and Mayville, Holly Chameli always enjoyed getting the most out of warm-weather months. She would often spend time running with her dogs near Chautauqua Lake, until a chance encounter with a tick in 2003 changed everything. Despite being small enough to ...

Conflicting Reports

Chautauqua County’s Memorandum of Agreement regarding Chautauqua Lake could be on the verge of becoming a Memorandum of Disagreement. An independent study of Chautauqua Lake paid for by Chautauqua County and a report by Racine Johnson paid for by the Chautauqua Lake Association agree that ...

Jury Finds Lopez Not Guilty In Stabbing

MAYVILLE — Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez, 26 was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter as well as the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide Friday afternoon. The panel of 12 jurors, eight women and four men, ruled “not guilty” with factors including causation and ...

Some Area Schools Saw Bumps In Grad Rates

Editor’s Note: All Chautauqua County statistics are provided by the state Education Department and are based on districtwide graduation rates as of August. While Chautauqua County school districts as whole saw a slight decrease, several institutions made improvements. The total county ...

‘Win-Win Situation’

LAKEWOOD — A U.S. federal judge has ruled in favor of a company that has long sought to build a cell tower in the village of Lakewood. Federal District Judge William K. Sessions III on Wednesday granted summary judgment to Up State Tower Company LLC in the latest in a series of lawsuits ...

City, County Grad Rates Down Again In 2019

Jamestown and Chautauqua County graduation rates slightly decreased in 2019 as New York state as a whole observed a small, overall increase. The Jamestown Public Schools District’s graduation rate dipped to 71% in 2019 compared to its 73% graduation rate in 2018. Dr. Bret Apthorpe, ...

Legislators Review Options On Paper Bag Fee

MAYVILLE — It doesn’t appear that the Chautauqua County Legislature will impose a 5-cent charge for each paper bag used by customers at grocery stories once single-use plastic bags are banned. On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Legislature Audit and Control Committee had a discussion on ...

FBI To Notify States About Local Election Breaches

WASHINGTON — The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials said Thursday. In the past, the FBI would alert local governments about attacks on their electoral systems without automatically sharing ...

Too Early To Tell

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Jail population is down as predicted by many local officials in 2019. Captain Jim Crowell of the Chautauqua County Jail informed members of the Community Justice Coordinating Council that the population of the jail was down about 100 inmates compared to ...

Police Chiefs Feeling ‘Overburdened’ In First Weeks Of Reform

Chiefs of two local police departments said they are feeling the pinch in the early weeks of 2020 after the state’s criminal justice reform initiatives went into effect. John Bentley, chief of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department, said new discovery rules — in which evidence such as ...