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10/22/2014 3:07:50 PM
Chautauqua County lawmakers will be taking up the 2015 county budget when they gather in Mayville later today. After making changes to County Executive Vince Horrigan's executive budget, the final version of the spending plan calls for a 2-cent per thousand decrease in the full value tax rate. Minority Leader Keith Ahlstrom doesn't expect much, if any opposition... [audio:ahlstromthinksitwillpass...read more
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2014-10-22 05:03
Gas prices in Chautauqua County are down less than a penny this week to just over $3.51 a gallon for regular unleaded. That from the AAA's weekly Fuel Gauge report, which says the price is down about half a penny from last week. Gasoline was just over $3.69 a gallon at this time last year. The statewide average price for regular unleaded is now about $3.45 a gallon. Nationally, the Fuel Gauge repo...read more
2014-10-22 04:59
A new poll shows Governor Andrew Cuomo with a 21-point lead over Rob Astorino. The Siena Poll shows Cuomo getting 54 percent of the vote, while Astorino picked up 33 percent, and Howie Hawkins had 9 percent. In the other statewide races, the poll shows Attorney General Eric Schneiderman leading Republican John Cahill by 20 points, and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is up by 27 over Republican chal...read more
2014-10-22 03:28
A member of the Jamestown City Council has announced that she is resigning her seat as of next Monday. Third Ward Councilwoman Tamara Dickey says that she "sincerely regrets" that she is resigning, but says she has received a career opportunity she "could not pass up."  Dickey works in finance in the health care industry, and says she received an offer that involved more travel.  Dickey ...read more
2014-10-22 07:56
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that calls for the state education commissioner, within six months, to recommend a CPR training program for schools.  It also requires State Ed to take into account potential costs to school districts and whether the CPR training might "detract" from other mandated course work. Governor Andrew Cuomo  ...read more
2014-10-22 07:52
The Dunkirk Common Council has awarded a contract to Wargo Enterprises from Akron, NY to demolish the former water storage tank on Willowbrook Avenue.  City DPW Director Tony Gugino says a total of seven firms submitted bids and the work should be getting underway soon. [audio:Guginowatertank1.mp3]Gugino-Demolition work will get underway soon[/audio]The cost of the project is not to exceed $...read more
2014-10-22 07:43
Dunkirk city lawmakers will begin the task of reviewing Mayor A.J. Dolce's proposed 2015 city budget.  While the budget calls for no change in the tax rate, it does include a proposed $4 per month increase in water bills for city rate-payers.  First Ward Councilman  Mike Michalski says the council will look for other alternatives to raising water rates. [audio:Michalskiwhattaskis.m...read more
2014-10-21 04:18
Two more area organizations have shown their support of Dunkirk's NRG repowering project.  In an e-mail on Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier urged people to attend Thursday's State Public Service Commission forum in Fredonia in support of the repowering project.  The Chamber of Commerce and MAST say they st...read more
2014-10-21 04:14
Chautauqua County's jobless rate dropped below the 6% mark last month. According to figures released Tuesday by the State Labor Department, Chautauqua County's unemployment rate reached 5.9% in September, down from 7.4% a year ago.  While the county's jobless rate is down by 1.5%, the total number of employed workers is also down by 1,600 over the year....read more
2014-10-21 04:12
Because of the Ebola threat in West Africa and the U.S., the TLC Health Network system has posted new signs on the exterior of public entrances. The signs posted say "Health Advisory," and ask anyone who has traveled recently to West Africa or anyone who has been in the company of someone who has recently returned from Africa to notify the staff. And recently, health officials at the Lake Shore He...read more
2014-10-21 01:56
Two teen-aged girls were hurt -- one seriously -- when they were hit by a car on  Washington Street near West Eighth Street in Jamestown early Sunday afternoon.  Jamestown Police say the vehicle was southbound on Washington when it struck the girls, ages 13 and 16, as they tried to cross the street away from the crosswalk.  Police say the driver of the Volkswagon Jetta was not able ...read more
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