Portion of Route 394 named after Chautauqua County's first casualty in the War on Terrorism in 2004...
A long stretch of Route 394 from Levant to Lakewood has been named after a local hero who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.  A special ceremony to rename the state highway the "Sergeant James C. Matteson Highway" was held Friday afternoon at the Lakewood American Legion Post.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell presided over the ceremony... and, says Matteson was involved the day before the Nov. 12, 2004 incident with providing cover for wounded, fellow soldiers.  He was then killed during an ambush doing the same thing the following day.  Goodell sponsored the legislation renaming the highway after Matteson... while former State Senator Cathy Young supported it in the Senate.  He says the measure was approved unanimously in both houses.  Goodell says it was then a matter of getting new signs to be erected by the state Department of Transportation.  He says they will serve as a reminder that Matteson gave his life for his country.  J-C Mattison was a Staff Sergeant in the Army when he was fatally wounded during the Battle of Fallujah.


Borrello endorsed by all four Republican committees in 57th State Senate District to run for Young's seat...
Political party chiefs in the four counties that make up the 57th State Senate district have met and both parties apparently have candidates that plan to run for the vacant seat... whether the election is held in November or a special election is called by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the Republican party chairs met late Thursday... and, he has their backing.  Borrello says, though, nothing is binding at this point, depending on whether there is a special election.  While he has not declared his candidacy, Borrello says he will be going ahead with the petition process for both the GOP and Conservative nominations.  That petition process would come to a halt should the governor call for a special election.


County's Democratic Chair says 57th District Dems also have a candidate...
Like the Republicans, Democrats from the four counties that make up the 57th Senate district have also apparently settled a candidate to run for the Senate.  However... we will have to wait a while longer for an announcement.  Chautauqua County Party Chairman Norm Green says that will take place next week.  Green says they've had some "outstanding candidates" come forward, and the four party chairs will make their announcement on Monday.  Green, who is also the County's Democratic election commissioner, says they have not heard any word on whether a special election will be held... mainly because Governor Cuomo has been tied up with budget negotiations.  He says they have been in touch with the governor's office.


Former Assembly Speaker, Silver, to remain free while appealing court case...
A federal appeals court says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while it decides the merits of his appeal of his public corruption conviction.  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page order extending bail late Thursday, a day after a three-judge panel heard oral arguments.  Without the order, Silver would have been required to report to prison next week to begin serving his seven-year prison sentence.  The 75-year-old Democrat was sentenced last year after he was charged with collecting nearly $4 million in fees to help a cancer researcher and real estate developers.


Three people arrested on drug charges in Brocton...
Three Brocton-area residents are jailed on drug-related charges after the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, and State Police served an arrest warrant at a home in the village Wednesday afternoon.  Officers say they arrived at 14 John St. just after 2 p.m. to serve the warrant on a 16 year-old girl.  However... once police were inside, they found a quantity of Crack cocaine in plain view.  Two men... 54 year-old Steven Andrews... and, 30 year-old Draonn Richardson-Copeland... were also arrested.  Officers say they obtained a search warrant... and found more crack... along with narcotic prescription pills, a quantity of Marijuana, electronic scales and packaging materials for trafficking drugs.  All three face multiple drug charges.


Leprechauns turn Chadakoin River Greek for St. Patrick's Day...
The annual "Turning of the River Green"took place in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square this morning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  The event was put on by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce... and, activites along the Riverwalk ran all morning until Noon time.  Chamber Coordinator Joanna Dahlbeck says Elegant Edibles sold hot chocolate, and green-colored cookies, and Events by Scott was on hand for face painting and other activities.  Dahlbeck says about 15 businesses took part in a "Leprechaun Crossing" program touting specials during the day today.  She adds they also held the traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast at Liscandro's Restaurant on North Main Street... including "Green Eggs and Ham."


 

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