Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight | Local Public Affairs Radio Program

By Terry Frank

The Community Spotlight Local Public Affairs Program airs on all five of the Media One Group radio stations each weekend. The Chautauqua County Executive appears the first week of each month and City of Jamestown Mayor appears the second week of each month. The other weeks feature a variety of community leaders and special guests.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 23-30, 2018

The Democratic candidate for the 150th District State Assembly seat, Judy Einach, joins our Terry Frank on this week's program to talk about her candidacy. Einach is a Buffalo native, but, has lived now for some time in Westfield, where she runs her own business. She says she was talked into running, but, is very passionate on a number of issues, including the need for term limits to help eliminate the state's corruption problems. She also would push for a full "sealed bid" process for government contracts to get rid of bid-rigging. She also believes in the need for further help for drug addicts who are in need of treatment and recovery services. She also wants to see the state's SAFE Act gun control law "fixed." Einach faces incumbant Republican Andy Goodell in the November election.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 23-30, 2018

State Assembly candidate Judy Einach

September 23rd, 2018 10:30pm | Duration: 14:58

The Democratic candidate for the 150th District State Assembly seat, Judy Einach, joins our Terry Frank on this week's program to talk about her candidacy. Einach is a Buffalo native, but, has lived now for some time in Westfield, where she runs her own business. She says she was talked into running, but, is very passionate on a number of issues, including the need for term limits to help eliminate the state's corruption problems. She also would push for a full "sealed bid" process for government contracts to get rid of bid-rigging. She also believes in the need for further help for drug addicts who are in need of treatment and recovery services. She also wants to see the state's SAFE Act gun control law "fixed." Einach faces incumbant Republican Andy Goodell in the November election.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 16-23, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

September 16th, 2018 06:38pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on a number of topics, including that work is well underway on preparing the proposed, 2019 budget. Teresi says it's another difficult spending plan because of a number of challenges, including increasing health insurance costs, increased fuel costs, and state pension costs continue to rise. His budget plan will be unveiled on October 9th. We also discuss the "clean" audit the city received from it's third-party auditor, as well as a new leaking situation at City Hall, as water has leaked now into Fire Station-#1. However, while some operations have been moved to another location, the situation is not as bad. We also talk about City Council holding it's Sept. 24 voting session at Chadakoin Park.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 9-16, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

September 9th, 2018 06:50pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello about three main topics. The first is the ribbon cutting on the new, Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in Celoron. The upscale hotel was built by regional developer Peter Krog, and Hotel Manager David Hart. Both are excited about the opening, saying that the hotel has two Celoron themes to it: the old amusement park, and being the hometown that Lucille Ball grew up in. Terry also talks with Mr. Borrello about the lake, and issues discussed during the annual Lake Rally in Bemus Point the previous weekend. Thirdly, we talk about the 2019 budget proposal, which Borrello says had about a 4-million dollar deficit in the beginning. However... Borrello has vowed to produce a "balanced budget" that does not use rainy day funds, and will include a zero-percent tax increase, or one that is well within the state's property tax cap.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2018

Republican candidate for Chautauqua Co. Sherilff, Jim Quattrone

August 27th, 2018 09:06am | Duration: 14:58

We get the Republican side of the race for Chautauqua County Sheriff this week with challenger Jim Quattone... who is running against Democratic incumbent, Joe Gerace. Quattrone retired as a lieutenant after 30-years with the department, and being involved in various aspects of it. Quattrone says his father was the former Police Chief in the town of Busti, and he was interested in police work from the age of 5. Most recently, he was a founder, and head of the UCAN Mission in Jamestown, which helps homeless and drug-dependent men get back on their feet. He believe that dealing with the issue of recitavism is important to law enforcement. Quattrone got enough signatures to force a Conservative Party primary on September 13 against Sheriff Gerace.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 19-26, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Sheriff Joe Gerace

August 19th, 2018 04:10pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, the Media One Group of stations begins looking at the contested election races for 2018. We begin with the race for Chautauqua County Sheriff because there will be a conservative primary for the post on Sept. 13. Sheriff Joe Gerace is a six-term incumbent Democrat, who is seeking another four-years on the job. He discusses an extensive list of accomplishments including development of a new 9-1-1 system, and the county's Forensic Investigation Team (FIT) and others. We also discuss challenges facing the office and how he plans to deal with them... from budgeting to the county jail on Mayville. His Republican opponent, Jim Quattrone, will join us next week.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 13-20, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

August 13th, 2018 11:21am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about the recent meeting at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts regarding the 2020 Census... and, the importance of a complete and accurate count of people in the city. Teresi was joined by Richard Tobe from the NYS Dept. of State, and Patricia Berk of the NYS Office of the Census Bureau. They talked about the ways they have in place to ensure a complete count. In 2010, Teresi says there was a significant undercount prior to the actual Census that had the city's population at 27,000 to 28,000 people. However... the final number was just over 31,000. We also talk about the Jamestown Jammers winning the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship, and the Babe Ruth World Series at Diethrick Park. Teresi and his wife, Becky, housed three players from Crown Point, Indiana as a host family.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 5-12, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

August 5th, 2018 07:46pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank discusses a number of Summer-related topics with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, including all the major activities this week... but, mainly the grand opening of the new, National Comedy Center. Borrello was among the many local officials who received a tour of the center before it opened. He says he was quite impressed by it -- but, even moreso because what Center Board Chairman Tom Benson told the County Legislature's Planning and Economic Development Committee four-years ago when Borrello chaired it, has been fully-realized in the center. We also discuss the formation of the county's new Economic Development Alliance, and the hiring of a consultant to help get the ball rolling on that. We also discuss early work on the 2019 County Budget.

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Community Spotlight for July 29-Aug. 5, 2018

Gerry Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley

July 29th, 2018 08:35pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Gerry Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley about this year's event, set to begin later this week. Cooley says they're ready for the four days of action, which begin on Wednesday night, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. The performances all take place at 8 p.m. the following three nights, though Sat., Aug. 4. He says they'll again have the seven divisions they bring in each year on display. They'll include the ever popular bull-riding, and women's barrel racing. He says there are 226 cowboys and cowgirls entered for the program with 45,000 dollars in prize money up for grabs. Tickets for the rodeo, and the rodeo's famous beef barbecue dinners are available at the 22 local Country Fair stores, the Exit 12 Kwik Fill, or you can call the rodeo at 985-4847. He adds the rodeo takes place, rain or shine.

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Community Spotlight for July 22-29, 2018

Babe Ruth World Series Committee members Russ Diethrick and Kim Ecklund

July 22nd, 2018 07:40pm | Duration: 14:58

This week we are joined by Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee President Russ Diethrick and V-P and Chair of the Public Relations Division Kim Ecklund. With just two weeks to go before the start of the series, we preview what's coming up and needs of the local committee. Eckund says they are still in dire need of more host families to take in at least two out-of-town players for the week. They remain just over half-way there. They are also looking for color guards to present the flag for pre-game activities. If you can help out, contact Kathy McMaster, or Ecklund at 664-0405... or go to their webpage, or Facebook page.

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Community Spotlight for July 15-22, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

July 15th, 2018 08:20pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi on a number of topics this week, including how the city is doing at the mid-year mark. Teresi says they are "on-target" in 2018 so far in meeting their budget, although a couple of areas -- namely the salt and snow removal budgets -- were very depleted by the later Winter and Early Spring snows and road conditions. We also talk development with a number of entities and businesses coming on line shortly. We discuss the conclusion of the western part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, and talk about baseball with the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series, and the Jamestown Jammers into the final stretch of the regular season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

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Community Spotlight for July 8-15, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

July 8th, 2018 09:02pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello about several topics, including the just-concluded LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at Peek 'n Peak Resort near Findley Lake. The Professional Golf Association Web.com tour stop is in it's third-year, and was won by Argentina's Nelson Ledezma. The tournament has about a 2-million dollar economic impact on the county. We also discuss business, and Borrello's latest business visited -- Matco Tool in Lakewood. He's now visited about 130 businesses and manufacturers in the county since the beginning of the year. We also update the Athenex pharmaceutical plant's construction in the town of Dunkirk.

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Community Spotlight for July 1-8, 2018

National Comedy Center Exec. Director Journey Gunderson

July 1st, 2018 05:37pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank interviews National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson this week as the center is to officially open in one month. Gunderson says they are about 80-percent complete with the project, and says they are doing a lot of testing in the facility with the newer, high-tech exhibits that are among the 50 or so inside the center on West Second Street. We discuss the recent approval of two huge message boards on the outside of the structure, and a 250-thousand dollar donation by KeyBank to name the outdoor plaza in front of the center. We also discuss the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which begins at the same time, August 1st... and, has jut one sell-out right now. Gunderson says there are tickets remaining for both performances by Comedian Amy Schumer, and some remaining for a special show featuring original cast members of Saturday Night Live.

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Community Spotlight for June 22nd-24th, 2018

Annie Rosenthal and Victoria Patti

June 25th, 2018 06:11am | Duration: 14:58

Talking and sharing are two important aspects in suicide prevention. This week, Noël Blackhall sits down with Public Relations Coordinator for Chautauqua Tapestry Annie Rosenthal and Community Engagement Coordinator & Training Specialist Victoria Patti with the Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention to discuss these topics and more. For the latest information, visit https://afsp.org/

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Community Spotlight for June 17-24, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

June 17th, 2018 04:55pm | Duration: 14:59

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi about a number of things this week, including the arrival of a new, Tier-Two Junior Hockey program, to the Northwest Arena. Teresi was among those on hand to welcome the "Rebels" from Philadelphia, which had a 41-15 record last season. The new head coach is already looking for a home in the Greater Jamestown Area. We also discuss the busy Summer ahead including the fact that three major activities, the grand opening of the Natiional Comedy Center, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series are all scheduled to begin on or around August 1st. However, two new hotels in the area will not be finished yet and available. We talk about hold that's being taken care of. We also discuss the new "Summer Performance Series" at Allen Park... which will include 11 dates this Summer, beginning with last week's concert by the Jamestown High School Band.

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Community Spotlight for June 11-18, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

June 10th, 2018 05:29pm | Duration: 14:58

We talk with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on a number of topics this week, led by issues surrounding Chautauqua and other Lakes in the area. We discuss upcoming Lake Rallies put on by the county. The first was in the Dunkirk area for Lake Erie this past weekend. Borrello says the one for Chautauqua County will be held in August. We also discuss the lake weed situation, and where herbicides are regarding that. He says herbicides can be part of it -- if used in a responsible manner. We also discuss the recent application made by Boutique Air to be the Essential Air Carrier at the County Airport near Jamestown. We also talk about a meeting Borrello had recently with Warren County Commissioners on the possibility of a Route 62-60 interconnect with I-86 and I-90.

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Community Spotlight for June 4-11, 2018

New Chaut. Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Tory Irgang

June 3rd, 2018 08:26pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks for the first time with new Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Tory Irgang about her first six months with the local organization. Irgang was named late last year as the new director, replacing the now retired Randy Sweeney. Irgang says it's been a challenge, but, has been rewarding. The foundation is beginning it's 40th Anniversary Year, and Irgang says their first big event is coming up. The "Give Big CHQ" 24-hour fund-raiser for 60 local non-profits will be held on June 14. She also talks about the challenge of leading an organization that administers more than 700 scholarship, memorial, and other funds. For more information on the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, go on-line to crcfonline.org

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Community Spotlight for May 28-June 3, 2018

Retire CEO Rick Huber from MHA in Chautauqua County

May 28th, 2018 08:36pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with the retired head of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County. They discuss Huber getting back into the community to renew his push for better treatment options for people dealing with Heroin and Opioid Drug Addiction. He says, while news about drug use, and arrests has been fairly quiet, it's still a big topic with the number of overdoses still a problem. We discuss the possible opening of a methadone facility in the Dunkirk-area, and discuss the need for a Jamestown clinic to open sooner rather than later.

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Community Spotlight for May 20-27, 2018

Alex Foulk Foundation founder Kim Carlson

May 20th, 2018 07:52pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks this week with Kim Carlson, who is the founder of both the Alex Foulk Foundation, and the "Fresh Start" program in Jamestown. Alex Foulk is Carlson's son, who died of an overdose of Heroin cut with Fentanyl in Feb. of 2016. Carlson started the foundation and Fresh Start programs to help local people with addiction issues to get the help they need. Most recently, she has helped bring the Oxford House program to Jamestown to provide "Half-way" house services for people who need it. The first house was named "Alex's House." There is also a second house for men, and one that's just opened for women and children dealing with addiction issues.

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Community Spotlight for May 13-20, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

May 13th, 2018 05:09pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about a number of topics... first being his trip to the recent State Conference of Mayor's annual conference in Saratoga Springs, where a new slate of officers was elected, and new lawmakers were able to attend meetings about what to expect in their positions. We also discussed the kick-off meeting regarding the state's Regional Economic Development Councils, and the application process for 750-million dollars in funding for various projects. We also discuss the deer overpopulation issue in some parts of the city, and the city's Urban Design Plan getting national recognition.

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Community Spotlight for May 5-12, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

May 6th, 2018 08:09pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello this week about several topics, the main one being his recent State of the County Address -- which focused mainly on economic development and filling some 767 jobs he's aware of at 115 businesses he's visited. He further discusses trying to set up a "one-shop" location to help fill those jobs. We also discuss new Industrial Development Agency Director Mark Geise's decisions on moving IDA meetings in different locations across the county. We also discuss Chautauqua Lake, and a meeting in Rochester where more was outlined about the 65-million dollars the state will spend to help it and 11 others eliminate Blue-Green Algal Blooms.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 27-29, 2018

Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe

April 30th, 2018 08:17am | Duration: 14:27

We welcome Jamestown School District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe to the program, to talk about the 2018-19 school budget proposal. The public votes two weeks from tomorrow on the 86.6-million dollar school budget approved by the Jamestown school board for the 2018-19 school year. T he proposed budget includes a stable tax levy of 14.6 million dollars and an additional 1.1-million dollars in aid. In addition to "fiscal stability..." District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe highlighted a 'support intiative' the budget will set the stage for in 2019. The full budget presentation will be available May 1st on the school district's website at JamestownPublicSchools.org under the "Budget and School Board" tab.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 22-29, 2018

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

April 22nd, 2018 05:27pm | Duration: 14:58

We welcome Chautauqua County's representative in the New York state Assembly, Andy Goodell, in this week to talk about state issues. We discuss whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the legal authority to issue an executive order allowing some 35,000 parolees in the state the ability to vote again. Goodell says he's not sure yet if Cuomo "sidestepped" the legislature on the matter. We also discuss a package of bills approved by the Assembly that would allow up to seven-days of early voting across the state. Goodell opposed most of the measures. But, he did support a bill to allow on-line voter registration, and making absentee balloting more flexible. We also discuss the newly adopted state budget, and other matters.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 15-22, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

April 15th, 2018 05:03pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on several topics, including the recently approved 2018-19 New York state budget. Teresi says it's a "good news - bad news" spending plan. He says there was no increase for the eighth year in a row in "general purpose" municipal aid. However, he adds there is no decrease, either. He says they have not heard yet whether the special aid line for 1-million dollars for Jamestown is in the spending plan. He says there was an increase in funding for road repairs from the recently concluded Winter months. We also discussed the possibility of the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System moving it's main hub in Jamestown away from the entrance to the Gateway Train Station because of the opening of the new National Comedy Center, and the West Second Streetscape project getting underway shortly. However... Teresi says they've received no official notice yet from CARTS. He also talk about the city's unaudited, 1.2-million dollar surplus from the 2017 budget.;

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 8-15, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

April 8th, 2018 09:13am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on several topics this week, including the final, 168.3-billion dollar, NYS Budget. Borrello agrees with local state Assemblyman Andy Goodell that it's a mixed bag for the county. It includes more money for Chautauqua Lake to deal with invasive weeds, and harmful Algal Blooms. There is also more funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program - or CHIPS funding. It also spends more on public school education... but, Borrello believes spending is too much for the results. We also discuss an ending shortfall in the county budget for 2017. However, that's due mainly to an additional 3.8-million dollars having to be spent on the "Raise the Age" initiative that creates a new segment of the court system for 16 and 17 year-olds.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 30th-Apr. 1st, 2018

Shane Hakwins, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center

April 2nd, 2018 08:15am | Duration: 14:41

Our Noel Blackhall sits down with Executive Director Shane Hawkins of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center. Hawkins explains the history of Infinity as it transitioned from a "music-only" program to art, dance, theater and more. She also discusses the importance of art education for student empowerment, social and confidence building. For more information, visit InfinityPerformingArts.org or call 664-0991

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 30th-Apr. 1st, 2018

Shane Hakwins, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center

April 2nd, 2018 08:10am | Duration: 14:41

Our Noel Blackhall sits down with Executive Director Shane Hawkins of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center. Hawkins explains the history of Infinity as it transitioned from a "music-only" program to art, dance, theater and more. She also discusses the importance of art education for student empowerment, social and confidence building. For more information, visit InfinityPerformingArts.org or call 664-0991

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 25-Apr. 1, 2018

Congressman Tom Reed @ CCCC Luncheon

March 25th, 2018 05:01pm | Duration: 14:59

We don't have an "in-studio" guest this week... but, we do have comments from local Congressman Tom Reed during the Chautauqua Co. Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon at Chautauqua Inn and Suites in Mayville. Reed spoke with Chamber President Todd Tranum a lot about the omnibus, 1.3-trillion dollar continuing resolution, which he voted against. The Corning Republican says it spends too much money now through Sept. At the same time...he says it does include some good things for Chautauqua County... including more money for the Great Lakes Initiative, and the Community Development Block Grant Program. He also talked about the recent tariff order signed by President Trump, which he says will have a "disruptive effect" but, will help down the road because some nations are now taking the U-S serious in it's desire to renegotiate trade deals.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 18-25, 2018

Prendergast Library Director Tina Scott

March 18th, 2018 07:53pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with James Prendergast Library Director Tina Scott about how the library is doing in the wake of a major budget cut by the city of Jamestown. The city reduced funding to the institution by about 75-percent to 50,000 dollars in the wake of it's own budgetary issues. Scott says the four recent auctions of some of the artwork belonging to the library were successful in raising about 815,000 dollars for their endowment fund. However, due to the city's huge cut, they had to use about 44-percent of the endowment for this year. In recent years, she said the library had been using about one-third of the available funds. She says there will be one more auction later this year. Scott adds that the library has cut it's budget about 26-percent over the past few years. We also discuss upcoming and on-going events... such as the annual Jim Roselle Read-a-Thon coming up in June.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 12-19, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

March 12th, 2018 07:53am | Duration: 14:58

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of projects slated to begin shortly in the city -- including pothole patching. Teresi says the temporary cold-patch is being put on trouble spots right now until Jamestown MacAdam opens later in the Spring. In addition... he says there is a new place on the city's website to report potholes across the city. The "Pothole Portal" can be found at www.jamestownny.net. We also discuss some of the planning construction projects for the upcoming season. Teresi says those will include the total reconstruction of West Fourth Street between Washington and Lafayette Streets. He says that one-block section has had to be repaved four times since he's been mayor, but, they have found the problem is with the concrete sub-base, which will be replaced this time. Other major reconstruction is also planned for North Main Street between Third and the South Main St. Bridge after the road was undermined by two water main breaks.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 6-13, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

March 5th, 2018 11:23am | Duration: 14:58

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of topics -- mainly economic development. Borrello further explained his plans for the county's Planning and Economic Development Department, and, Industrial Development Agency. Former Senior County Planner Mark Geise will take over the lead role as Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. Both he and Deputy Director of Planning and Community Developent, Don McCord, will answer directly to Borrello. We also discuss the fact Borrello has now visited 65 local businesses to find out what help the county can be. He also plans to visit the Massena Int'l Airport in April to check out their Essential Air Carrier to see if one may work out at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 24th-Mar. 2nd, 2018

Chautauqua County Humane Society

February 26th, 2018 07:54am | Duration: 14:58

Our Noel Blackhall talks with Executive Director Kellie Roberts and Community Relations Director Brian Papalia of the Chautauqua County Humane Society on several topics, including the "Pennies 4 Paws" campaign. Papalia says they hope to raise 2.3-million pennies or 23,000 for day-to-day care of the pets at the Humane Society. Roberts tells Noel that "kitten season" is almost here and that there is a need for community support in fostering mother cats and their kittens. Fosters are also needed for pets with special medical needs, and "senior" pets that could benefit from a human friend.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 18-25, 2018

New leadership at Jamestown Renaissance Corp.

February 19th, 2018 09:13am | Duration: 14:59

This week, our Terry Frank talks with new leaders and staff at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation -- including the new Public Market Manager. Lisa Hatch is the new Executive Director, who was hired last July to head up the economic development arm of the Gebbie Foundation. Hatch comes from Buffalo, and says she looks forward to supporting many of the current on-going projects in downtown Jamestown. Zach Agett is the new Marketing and Events Manager, who helps with putting on the events the JRC supports downtown. The new Public Market Manager is Linnea Carlson, who is a Frewsburg native. She most recently helped with the Farmer's Market and other food programs in the Dunkirk-Fredonia-area.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 10-18, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

February 10th, 2018 11:49am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on several topics, including his recent State of the City Address, in which he says the city's fiscal condition has improved. Teresi says, budgetarily, the city is in good position for 2018. He adds that, with a number of economic development and other projects set to come to fruition this year, the outlook there is improving. He also talks about the start of the city's new owner-occupied Property Tax Abatement Program this past week. Teresi also discusses the state Budget proposal, which was just released by Governor Andrew Cuomo... and Sunday's start to the annual State Conference of Mayor's Winter Legislative Session in Albany, where he will make a joint presentation with the mayor's of Olean and Glens Falls on winning one of the state's 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 4-11, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

February 4th, 2018 05:28pm | Duration: 14:58

We welcome back Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello for his second visit since taking office. We look back on the past week's New York State Association of Counties Winter Conference in Albany, where the new "Raise the Age" mandate was discussed. Borrello says Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed the state will pay the entire cost, but, few details have been released yet. Borrello says, given the 1,000 cost the county has to pay for each prisoner between 16 and 18 years of age, it will be fairly expensive. We also discuss proposals on both the state and federal level to support infrastructure projects, including providing broadband across the state.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2018

Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe

January 29th, 2018 08:04am | Duration: 14:58

For the first time, we welcome Jamestown School Superintendent Dr.l Bret Apthorpe to Community Spotlight. Our Terry Frank talks with him about three major topics, the first being school safety and security in the wake of another school shooting last week in Kentucky. He says the security includes having to be buzzed in through two sets of doors in each building. He says they also have School Resource Officers in the middle and high schools, including off-duty "red shirt" SROs. We also discuss bullying, and the influence of social media. Thirdly, we discuss how Jamestown did in school aid in Gov. Cuomo's 2018-19 budget proposal.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 22-29, 2018

Chautauqua Striders Mentoring Program

January 22nd, 2018 08:28am | Duration: 14:58

This week... our Noel Blackhall hosts Community Spotlight for the first time, and speaks with officials from the Chautauqaua Striders Mentoring Program. She talks with High School Mentoring Coordinator Lorraine Walker, and Elementary and Middle School Coordinator Mary Ann Mason about January being National Mentorship Month. They discuss how people can become involved, what's required, and the process -- including a background check. Both say there is a real need for young men to help mentor Middle School Boys. For more information, go on-line to www.chautauquastriders.org.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 16-23, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

January 17th, 2018 03:15pm | Duration: 14:58

Due to his week's holiday, we are a little late putting in this week's program with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. The mayor and our Terry Frank look back on the City Counncil's reorganizational meeting where history was made. Teresi says he's pleased to see Councilwoman Marie Carrubba elected as Council President, and the new, female majority sworn-in. He also talks about the approximately 42 appointments that he made that night... which included appointing former Council President Greg Rabb to the Board of Public Utilities... where he previously served when he was on council. Teresi says continuity is important because the BPU has a number of issues in the new year, including the proposed 16-million dollar sale of the wastewater treatment plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation to raise money for capital projects, purchases and tax stabilization.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 8-15, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

January 7th, 2018 05:31pm | Duration: 14:58

New Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is our Terry Frank's first guest of 2018, and they discuss a number of topics. First is Borrello following through on his pledge to visit 100 local businesses in his first 100 days in office. He visited Rand Machine Products on Allen Street in Falconer, and found they want to expand to meet demand. However... finding the qualified work force has been a challenge. We also discuss problems with the County Airport's Essential Air Carrier, and possible loss of a federal subsidy to Southern Airways. Borrello says they are trying to get an extension for the program, but, also develop a plan for sustainability. We also discuss his first-week in office, and the governor's State of the State Address.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 1-8, 2018

2017 Year in Review

January 1st, 2018 08:16am | Duration: 15:00

This week, our Terry Frank and Noel Blackhall look back on the past year with the highlights of 2017. We look back at several stories, including the rash of arson's early last year -- including the major commercial buildling in Falconer last March. We also look back on the several court cases from 2017, including sentencing in two major cases, the proposed. controversial annexation of Board of Public Utilities' property in Falconer to the city of Jamestown. That process began last year.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 25, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

December 25th, 2017 01:11pm | Duration: 14:58

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is my guest this week to talk about three topics. The major one is the proposal to sell the Board of Public Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation to raise about 16-milll. dollars in capitol funding for a number of projects, and tax stabilization. He says the funding is needed to upgrade a lot of older infrastructure they can't borrow money for right now. We also talk about the city and entities in the city receiving about 320,000 dollars in funding through the state's Regional Economic Development Council awards. He also discusses last week's final City Council meeting for outgoing Council President Greg Rabb, and retiring Councilman George Spitale.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 17-24, 2017

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Randy Sweeney

December 17th, 2017 05:04pm | Duration: 14:59

We look back on his 20 years of heading up the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Randy Sweeney. Our Terry Frank talks with Sweeney about the fact the foundation has grown tremendously in terms of both the number of funds administered, as well as the amount of money involved. In 1997... there were about 200 funds with about 30-milllion dollars. It now has about 750 funds, and about 94-million dollars in total funds. Sweeney says they appreciate the trust the community had in the CRCF's ability to administer the funds, and dole them out to worthy recipients. Sweeney is working with his successor Tory Irgang, to make what he expects to be a smooth transition on January 1, 2018.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 10-17, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Executive Vince Horrigan

December 10th, 2017 06:07pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan for the final time, as his 4-year term comes to an end on December 31st. Horrigan says the transition to new Executive-elect George Borrello has gone well... mainly because Borrello has been a legislator for the past several years, and knows the issues very well. He says a resolution regarding a new "umbrella" organization for Chautauqua Lake is on the docket for this month's legislature meeting. Horrigan says it will help in pursuing grant and other funding to fight the invasive weed issue. We also look back on his accomplishments, and frustrations while in office.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 3-10, 2017

Jamestown City Council Pres. Greg Rabb

December 3rd, 2017 05:18pm | Duration: 14:59

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown City Council President Greg Rabb on several topics, including the recently approved, 35.7-million dollar, 2018 budget. Rabb says while they're received a verbal commitment from New York state to help plug a projected 947-thousand dollar shortfall, the new council will have to continually work -- and keep an eye on -- the spending plan in 2018. He also talks about a "Trump-style" Campaign of negativity that hurt his re-election bid last month. However, Rabb says there were also other issues involved, and he takes responsibility for the outcome. He also talks about a busy December for city lawmakers coming up.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2017

St. Susan's Center Exec. Director Jeff Smith

November 26th, 2017 08:38pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with the head of the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen. St. Susan's Center Executive Director Jeff Smith talks about their most recent fund-raiser. He says they are selling bags of their "Three Sisters Corn Soup" for 5-dollars each, and they have about 500 bags to sell. He also discusses the upcoming, fourth-annual "Holiday Haul" on Dec. 14-15 hosted by Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin. Smith says they're hopeful of having another great event to raise money, and bring in needed supplies for St. Susan's. He says they appear on track for another record number of people served at about 125,000 meals. The record was set last year with 122,406 meals served. For more information on volunteering or donating, call them at 664-2253.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 19-26, 2017

Mary Ann Spanos and Chris Cheronis of the Chaut. Co. Office for the Aging

November 19th, 2017 08:37pm | Duration: 14:58

Two officials with the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging talk Medicare Enrollment with our Terry Frank this week. OFA Executive Director Mary Ann Spanos says the enrollment period runs now through Dec. 7 for new recipients, and for those looking at changing Medicare Advantage, Supplimental and Part D Prescription Drug Coverage. Cheronis, who is Health Care and Insurance Coordinator for the OFA, says it's important for people to get the information they need -- especially on prescription drugs -- because those costs have gone up. Spanos says they have certified Medicare Advisors who are objective because they aren't tied into a health care provider or plan. For more information, call their NY Connects number.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 12-19, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

November 12th, 2017 08:25pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about this past Election Night, in which two new members of the City Council were elected. Teresi says the election of Democrat Vanessa Weinert, and Republican Andrew Liuzzo was a "mixed bag" because incumbant City Council President, Democrat Greg Rabb, was not re-elected. Teresi says while the city's proposed Annexation of the property where the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street Substation is located may have been a contributing factor, it wasn't the only one because everyone else who was on City Council that voted for it was re-elected. We also discuss the budget proposal council has been reviewing, and the good news that the police budget may wind up being under-budget for the year, and the third-quarter sales tax receipts were better than expected. We also talk about the Tracy Plaza Rehabilitation Project.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 5-12, 2017

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan

November 5th, 2017 08:18pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan about final approval given to a 2018 budget that cuts the full-value tax rate by 4-cents per 1,000 dollars. Horrigan proposed a spending plan that increased the rate by 10-cents. However, he says lawmakers worked well together, and additional savings were found that also stays within the five-year budget plan Horrigan's administrative team came up with. We also discuss municipal consolidation and shared services efforts in the county, led by the effort to make the towns of Gerry and Charlotte and village of Sinclairville one governmental entity. In addition, we update the Athenex project, and preview next Tuesday's general election.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2017

Alex Foulk Foundation founder Kim Carlson

October 29th, 2017 05:31pm | Duration: 14:58

The mother of Alex Foulk, who died in February of 2016 from a Heroin-fentanyl overdose, joins us this week to share her son's story, and her efforts to help addicts in recovery. Kim Carlson talks with our Terry Frank about starting up the Alex Foulk Foundation at the Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation, the "Fresh Start" fund at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, and the "Fresh Start" program to help support long-term treatment options in the Jamestown-area. She also talks about starting up "Alex's House" in Jamestown with the help of Oxford House, a national organization.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 22-29, 2017

Dem. Chautauqua County Clerk candidate LeeAnn Lazarony

October 22nd, 2017 06:10pm | Duration: 14:58

We conclude our preview of the November general elections across Chautauqua County by featuring Democratic County Clerk candidate LeeAnn Lazarony. Lazarony says she's running in an effort to bring better customer service to the clerk's office, and touts her experience working in the Dunkirk City Drug Court, as well as 10 years as the Mayor and a board trustee in the village of Cassadaga. She says she strived to do that in her previous public service work. Lazarony says she would work hard to get bi-lingual people to apply for work in the Dunkirk Dept. of Motor Vehicles to service the expanding Puerto Rican population there. We spoke with Republican candidate Larry Barmore last month.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 16-23, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

October 18th, 2017 03:53pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about the 35.7-million dollar, 2018 budget proposal he has presented. Teresi says there are a number of challenges -- including the loss of some revenue sources, and others that remain stagnant. He says the 2018 proposal does include a slight tax increase due to a slight increase in the total taxable property in the city. Jamestown would again be at it's constitutional taxing limit. We also discuss installation work on two, new pedestrian bridges being put up near the Washington St. Bridge, and the Board of Public Utilities' campus for the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Those should be ready for use once the weather breaks next Spring or Summer.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Strong storms roar through Chautauqua County Friday night, tornado warnings issued to the east... Several trees were reported down in the central part of Chautauqua County... but, no serious da...

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