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State Faces Billions In Medicaid Deficit

Facing billions of dollars in shortfalls in its Medicaid program, New York state is looking to save millions. The Empire Center for New York State Policy noted a 1% reduction in most Medicaid payments was announced on New Year’s Eve via the Dec. 31 edition of the New York State Register. ...

Esper: No Hard Evidence Shows Embassies Under Threat

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper explicitly said Sunday that he had seen no hard evidence that four American embassies had been under possible threat when President Donald Trump authorized the targeting of Iran’s top commander, raising questions about the scale of the threat ...

Update: Power Being Restored After Winds Whip Region

Power is being restored to hundreds of homes throughout Chautauqua County after winds whipped through the region overnight. The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said power was restored for all customers in Celoron by 8:30 a.m. Sunday after a 20- to 30-foot pine tree fell on lines on Jones ...

Developing Downtowns

Half of the 10 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects have been completed in the city of Jamestown. Only one of the 10 projects hasn’t started, which is to implement an excursion train infrastructure support and rail depot upgrades. Crystal Surdyk, city principal planner, said city ...

‘Gone Very Smoothly’

Only 18 of about 60 students remain at the soon-to-be closed Gustavus Adolphus Family Services Learning Center. Tom Holt, GA Family Services president and CEO, said the anticipated closure of the Learning Center and the Residential Treatment Center is set for Feb. 14. However, some ...

Projects Have Helped Breathe Life Into Buildings

The majority of New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects statewide have gone to breathe new life into old buildings. An examination of the 29 plan summaries on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s website show that 119 projects, including Jamestown, either have spent or will spend ...

Truck-Lite To Cease Operations

FALCONER — Truck-Lite has tentatively decided to cease production at its longtime Falconer manufacturing facility by the end of 2020. Employees and the union representing members of the 310 E. Elmwood Ave. facility were notified Thursday of the decision. “Truck-Lite has made the ...

Cause Of Fire Sought

KENNEDY — Firefighters were dispatched to a call for a reported structure fire at 2538 Fisher Hill Road in the town of Poland early Thursday afternoon. Fire crews, including personnel from Falconer, Kennedy, Frewsburg and Kiantone departments, arrived at the scene and proceeded to try and ...

City Man Nabbed In Robbery Of Kwik Fill

FALCONER — A city man is facing robbery charges after police say he took an undisclosed amount of money and threatened a clerk at a Falconer convenience store early Thursday. Andrew J. Piatz, 40, was taken into custody not long after officers were first notified of a robbery around 6:30 ...

Borrello Readies For First Year In State Senate

Repealing criminal justice reform measures passed by New York state lawmakers in 2019 is the No. 1 goal state Sen. George Borrello said he has for this year. Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, took the oath of office Wednesday, just hours before Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his annual State of the State ...

‘New York At Her Best’

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual State of the State address Wednesday to advocate for a mix of “practical” progressive goals and urgent responsibilities, including waging war on hate crimes, spending $3 billion on environmental protection and legalizing ...

Reed Not Ruling Out Run For Governor

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said he is not ruling out a possible run for governor in 2022. Reed, R-Corning, made the comments during a call with local media Wednesday, the same day Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address in Albany. The congressman first ...

Child Victims Act Extension Proposed

A Manhattan Democrat wants to give child sex abuse victims another year to file previously time-barred claims in court. State Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, recently introduced S.7082 to extend the statute of limitations for the state’s Child Victims Act, which was passed in 2019 and ...

New Playground Slated For Lillian Dickson Park

A new playground will be installed at a city park later this year. John Williams, city parks manager, told the Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commission, at a meeting this week, that a new playground will be installed at Lillian Dickson Park along Falconer Street later this ...

Rising Tensions

Around 3,500 United States Army troops prepared to depart from Fort Bragg, N.C., this week after President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that resulted in the death of a top Iranian general on Friday. Some members of the 82nd Airborne will first make their way to Kuwait, before moving ...

Prendergast Library Loses Its Central Library Status

The James Prendergast Library is no longer considered a central library by the state of New York. On Tuesday, Tina Scott, library executive director, told The Post-Journal that during the holidays, New York state revoked the Prendergast Library’s central library status. The Prendergast ...

County Officials Are Looking At Paper Bag Charge Options

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County officials have until the end of February to make a decision on a possible 5 cent paper bag fee once the state’s ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect. On Monday, Wegmans announced that it will remove all single-use plastic grocery bags from its ...

Trump Pressed To Detail What Prompted Strike On Iran General

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his top advisers are under pressure to disclose more details about the intelligence that led to an American airstrike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Trump said Tuesday that his decision saved American lives and that members of ...

Customer Approval

Wegmans said it will remove single-use plastic bags by Jan. 27. Many customers said they support the decision. “I’m thrilled,” said Rebecca Lichtenthal, a Fredonia resident who was shopping inside the West Ellicott store Monday. Wegmans announced that the removal of single-use ...

Republican Lawmaker Proposes ‘Penny Plan’

A Long Island Republican believes that cutting one penny from each dollar New York state government spends would result in more than a billion dollars in savings each year. Assemblyman Douglas Smith, R-Holbrook, has introduced legislation in the state Assembly (A.8913) that would direct the ...