No one seriously hurt when car strikes Amish buggy in Hartfield...
One person suffered only minor injuries after her Amish horse and buggy was struck by a car in Hartfield about mid-morning Friday.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Route 430 about 8:40 a.m, and, found the car -- driven by 55 year-old Tiimothy Spears of Ellington -- was eastbound when he came upon the eastbound buggy.  Officers say Spears told them that he was blinded by the sun, and didn't see the buggy... which was destroyed.  The operator of the buggy -- 31 year-old Mollie Byler of Hartfield -- was treated for a leg injury at the scene.  The horse suffered cuts and bruises, but was expected to survive.  Spears was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.  No charges have yet been filed.  Route 430 was closed for approximately 45 minutes while the scene was cleared.


Goodell says he's been approached about running for Cathy Young's Senate seat when special election is called...
Chautauqua County's representative in the State Assembly says he has been asked to consider running for State Senator Cathy Young's seat following her announcement that she is leaving the Senate.  Assemblyman Andy Goodell feels Young will help the area with her new job as director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech... but, adds the GOP has big shoes to fill.  Goodell confirms he is among those looking at a possible run.  He says the Senate Campaign Committee says they will support him if he decides to run.  Goodell spoke highly of Young... and, says both he and she worked closely together on legislation and funding matters.  Republican and Democratic party officials are scrambling to find candidates to run for the post if a special election is called.  Goodell adds there are other potential candidates he would support... including County Executive George Borrello... who he says would carry Chautauqua County... and, should carry the rest of the 57th District.  He also feels Assemblyman Joe Giglio would have "considerable support" if he decided to run.  Both men are considering the possibility... but, neither is making a commitment at this point.


Sundquist says he's excited about opportunity to run for Jamestown Mayor...
An attorney in Jamestown who was among the candidates for Congress last year says he is running for mayor of the city this Fall.  Democrat Eddie Sundquist returned to Jamestown to practice law about three years ago... and, has been endorsed by the city's Democratic Committee to run for the seat... which is being vacated at the end of the year by fellow Democrat Sam Teresi.  Sundquist says he appreciates the committee's vote of confidence... and, says he wants to run because Jamestown is a "great place to live" with a low cost of living, and because of that, he encourages young people to consider moving here.  Sundquist says the two major challenges are the city budget... which is at Jamestown's constitutional taxing limit... and, making sure there is a complete count of residents in the 2020 Census.  That's critical in terms of representation and for state and federal funding.  Sundquist was a teacher for a short time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before returning to the city.


Multiple prisoners hurt in van accident in town of Stockton...
A van transporting prisoners in Chatuauqua County slid off County Route 380 in the town of Stockton last Wednesday night and crashed -- sending several to the hospital with minor injuries.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene shortly before 9 p.m., and, found the U.S. Corrections vehicle had gone off the road and into a ditch.  Officers say several people were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Stockton and Cassadaga Fire crews transported the injured to the hospital.  No charges were filed.


Assembly Republicans present their State Budget priorities...
Republican members of the New York state Assembly have unveiled their priorities for the state budget, focusing on issues GOP lawmakers say are most important to their constituents.  Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, of Canandaigua, released his conference's budget priorities during a news conference held outside the chamber's entrance late this week.  The GOP's 10-point wish-list includes making the 2-percent property tax permanent, increasing tuition assistance for college students and keeping local government funding intact.  It remains to be seen whether the Assembly's Democratic majority will take the suggestions to heart.  The suggestions come as lawmakers work to approve a new state budget by an April 1st deadline.


Reed Signs onto bill helping to provide grants for more Mental Health services for school students...
A bi-partisan proposal to support more on-site mental health services for school students nationwide has the backing of local Congressman Tom Reed.  The Corning Republican says he is a co-sponsor of the Mental Health Services for Students Act... which will provide $200-million in competitive grants to up to 100 needy school districts.  Reed says the issue came to light during a recent discussion he had with Dundee School Superintendent Kelly Houck concerning the "crisis" facing Yates County because they lack "on-site" mental health services.  Reed says when he heard about the lack of mental health care available there... his office began looking at ways to help address the issue.  He brought Houck, officials with the local hospital and local and state legislators to discuss the matter further.  Houck says "the key points of this bill are a great start to building a systematic foundation to cohesive and sustainable treatment plans." 


 

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