Lawsuit filed to stop planned state legislative, administration pay raises...
A pay raise for New York lawmakers that will give them the highest state legislative salaries in the nation is being challenged in court.  The Government Justice Center filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the legality of a panel's vote last week to raise lawmakers' pay for the first time in 20 years.  The conservative legal advocacy group claims pay raises must be voted on by the state Senate and Assembly.  The 63 percent increase will be phased in over three years, with legislative pay going from $79,500 a year to $130,000.  The first step... to $110,000... will take place on Jan. 1.  Members of the pay committee also voted to limit how much money lawmakers can earn from outside jobs.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said on WCNY radio Friday that he believes the panel acted within its authority.


Officer involved in fatal police-involved shooting in Fredonia identified...
As the investigation continues into Monday's police involved shooting in Fredonia, the village police department has released the name of the officer involved.  Police Chief Brad Meyers announced Thursday afternoon that patrolman Nathan Scriven was police officer who shot and killed man wielding a knife at 76 Liberty St.  Scriven, who has 15 years of experience with the department, was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.  Footage from the device was utilized by members of the State Attorney General's Office in making a determination that the incident did not require involvement of the AG's Office.


Borrello "thrilled" that state is providing nearly $6-million to help two big, water infrastructure projects in the county...
Two major water infrastructure projects in Chautauqua County are being awarded nearly $6-million to bring both closer to completion.  County Executive George Borrello says they recently received $5.97-million through the New York State Water Infrastructure Act program.  Borrello says they are "thrilled" to receive the funding... $2.97-million of which will go to the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts for the West Side Sewer Extension project.  He says it will help close the funding gap found by the State Comptroller's Office and help complete the project.  Borrello says the West Side project encompasses the town of North Harmony.  He adds the remaining $3-million will go towards providing a transmission main for the North County Water District to create an interconnection with the village of Fredonia.  Borrello says the district tried to switch to the back-up system in Fredonia due to a leak in the Dunkirk system.  However... the interconnection didn't work.


New St. Susan's Director named...
The Jamestown area's largest soup kitchen has a new executive director.  Bonny Scott-Sleight is a 30-year resident of Jamstown... who's background is in non-profit work, including 10 years with Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.  Scott-Sleight replaces outgoing director Jeff Smith... and, says she felt if it was meant to be, it would happen.  She calls it a great opportunity.  So far... Scott-Sleight has taken part in the annual volunteer dinner and is now helping with the fifth-annual Holiday Haul, which concluded last Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Jamestown Cycle Shop. 


 

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A young, Cattaraugus County native has the endorsement of the four counties that make up the 57th Senate district, to run for the seat recently vacated by Senator Cathy Young.....  Chautauqua...

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