Flood Watch continues, some snow also predicted for Southern Tier tonight...

We're experiencing another mild day in the western Southern Tier today before rain... but, colder temperatures are to arrive for the weekend.  The National Weather Service is continuing a Flood Watch through tomorrow afternoon for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  In addition... there is some snow expected during the overnight tonight... but, Forecaster Tony Ansuini in Buffalo says -- generally -- there won't be much accumulation.  Ansuini says we'll see about an inch in most places... but, as much as 2 to 4 inches in the higher elevations.  He says the storm system... which is coming in from the Ohio Valley... will first bring rain -- then the snow.  Colder air will accompany the snow... with temperatures falling to the upper 20s.  The snow should pretty much end by late morning tomorrow.  Highs tomorrow will only be in about the mid to upper 30s.


State issues first annual report on "Start-Up NY" initiative...

The state agency responsible for economic development across New York says companies last year created 76 of the nearly 2,000 new jobs promised over five years -- in return for tax breaks under the Cuomo administration's Start-Up NY program.  The first annual report from the Department of Economic Development says 30 companies began operating in 2014 among 54 initially approved for the program.  The report says they made $1.7 million of some $91 million investments promised over five years as part of Start-Up NY. The program has established 356 tax-free zones at 62 colleges and universities that act as sponsors.  The agency says another 26 businesses have been approved so far this year, while 12 have withdrawn applications.  Industries participating in the program include biotechnology, software and manufacturing.


Young claims victory for economic development efforts locally with additional investment program...

An additional economic development fund was established in the new state budget to help places... like the Southern Tier... if it doesn't win one of the three half-billion dollar awards proposed by Governor Cuomo.  That from State Senator Cathy Young... who says the Senate's GOP Majority did not like the governor's "Hungar Games"-style Upstate Revitalization Program.  Young -- and others -- didn't like the fact that three of the state's seven Upstate Regions would evenly split $1.5-billion for economic development projects.  That's why they pushed for a smaller, $400-million "transformative investment program"  She says it will allow for "targeted" funding for local projects.  Young says economic development projects in all regions -- outside of New York City -- are eligible to compete for those funds.   She says there's also $500-million available to expand broadband access in the state... as well as $7-million for Workforce Development efforts.  She says the latter is a restoration of funding.  Overall... Young says "if a project is good, we should be supporting it."  


City man arrested for DWI, and drug possession in traffic stop...

A Jamestown man is jailed pending futher court action following his arrest for drunk driving... and, being in possession of "crack" cocaine... and, marijuana... during routine traffic stop in the town of Ellicott.  State Police in Jamestown say troopers pulled over 33 year-old Lawrence McGrigg on Winsor Street this past Saturday morning.  Troopers say McGrigg failed field sobriety tests... and, was arrested for DWI.  State Police say further investigation led to discovery of quantities of "crack" and marijuana.  McGrigg was faces several counts... including Felony criminal possession of a Narcotic Drug... DWI... and, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was arraigned in city court... and, sent to the county lock-up.

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