Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight | Local Public Affairs Radio Program

By Terry Frank

The Community Spotlight Local Public Affairs Program airs on all six of the Media One Radio Group radio stations. 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 of the month feature a variety of community leaders and special guests. The program airs on the following stations at the following times: WJTN - Saturday at 8:45 A.M. | WWSE - Sunday at 7:00 A.M. | WHUG & WKSN - Sunday at 6:30 A.M. | WQFX & WKZA - Sunday at 5:30 A.M.

Community Spotlight for June 16-23, 2019

City matters are in the spotlight this week with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi joining our Terry Frank to talk about the annual meeting of the American Public Power Producers Association in Austin, TX. Teresi says the conference focused on everything from renewables, to the newest in electric cars. He also discussed the recent decision by Stannard Group, Inc., to consolidate it's three operations in the town of Ellicott on 10 to 25 acres of land. Unlike what had been stated by a member of the public at a recent city council meeting, Teresi says finding enough available land, not taxes, was the overriding issue. We also talk about a recent investigation by Teresi, Corporation Counsel Peter Larson, and the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. Zach Agett about the city's Special Use Permit, and how those are handled. They recently addressed concerns by former downtown businessman, Gary Templin, about that matter. We also talk about the effort to develop a kayak launch at the McCrae Point Boat Launch.

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Community Spotlight for June 16-23, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

June 16th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 12:45

City matters are in the spotlight this week with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi joining our Terry Frank to talk about the annual meeting of the American Public Power Producers Association in Austin, TX. Teresi says the conference focused on everything from renewables, to the newest in electric cars. He also discussed the recent decision by Stannard Group, Inc., to consolidate it's three operations in the town of Ellicott on 10 to 25 acres of land. Unlike what had been stated by a member of the public at a recent city council meeting, Teresi says finding enough available land, not taxes, was the overriding issue. We also talk about a recent investigation by Teresi, Corporation Counsel Peter Larson, and the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. Zach Agett about the city's Special Use Permit, and how those are handled. They recently addressed concerns by former downtown businessman, Gary Templin, about that matter. We also talk about the effort to develop a kayak launch at the McCrae Point Boat Launch.

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Community Spotlight for Jun. 7th-9th, 2019

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello

June 7th, 2019 09:00pm | Duration: 14:25

The County Executive is in-house this week to speak on the expansion of two local businesses; two new wings of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital; the Hope and Healing Conference of Western New York and more.

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Community Spotlight for June 2-9, 2019

Chautauqua Co. Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos

June 2nd, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:57

This week, our Terry Frank spotlights Older Americans Month in the county -- and nation -- with County Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos. Spanos says the number of seniors is increasing, and their needs are increasing. She's pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to give OFA offices state-wide an additional 15-million dollars to eliminate waiting lists. She says that list had grown to 200 in Chautauqua County. She says the county is geting another 478,000 dollars in state funding. She also discusses their programs for in-home care, and programs to assist caregivers. Spanos adds their annual Senior Day Picnic at Midway State Park will be held on July 19th.

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Community Spotlight for May 28-June 2, 2019

Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance Chairman Pierre Chagnon

May 28th, 2019 12:00am

We delve further into the issues surrounding Chautauqua Lake this week with Lake and Watershed Management Alliance Chairman Pierre Chagnon. Our Terry Frank talks with Mr. Chagnon at first about the six-year-old alliance, and it's founding as an umbrella organization that can go after funding to help deal with the invasive weed and algal bloom issues. Chagnon says, during the time it's been together, the alliance has been able to bring in about 6-million-dollars for various lake projects. Those also include stream bank restoration, and other work in the watershed areas to keep nutrients -- namely phosphorus -- from getting into the lake.

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Community Spotlight for May 19-26, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

May 19th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank is joined by Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week to talk about a number of topics... namely the recently concluded New York State Conference of Mayor's annual meeting in Cooperstown. Teresi say they elected officers, and outlined their agenda for the rest of the state legislative session. He says they would like to see state reimbursements to the 38 communities that the state contracts with to maintain New York roads and highways in those communities addressed. Teresi says that number has remained 70-cents per square yard for the past 32 years. He says Jamestown receives 203,000 a year... but, should be receiving about half-a-million dollars each year. He adds that "Extreme Winter Aid" should also be restored. We also talk about the city taking on a record 140 street and highway, and other capital projects this Summer. Much of that will be funded through the state's Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS funding. We also talk about the Western New York Regional Economic Development Corporation, or REDC's first meeting of the ninth-round of funding in Fredonia.

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Community Spotlight for May 12-19, 2019

Military Makeover feature with Montel Williams

May 12th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi was out of town on business most of the past week... and, with that, our Terry Frank features the recent Military Makeover of the Ashville home of Afghanistan War veteran Cody Willett. Willett applied for a makeover, and he and his family were selected. The show's host, TV Talk Show legend Montel Williams was in town of much of the past 7 to 10 days, and talked with Terry for about 10 minutes about the program, it's goals, and how he is doing with his MS, and stroke over the past year. He also talks with the head of the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program for veteran's in Chautauqua County, Cindy Reidy. Reidy talks about the program, which is state-funded, and how it has helped local veterans with their transition back to civilian life.

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Community Spotlight for May 5-12, 2019

Chautauqua County Executive George Borello

May 5th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:40

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with County Executive George Borrello on a number of topics, including the major effort to clean-up the "weed mass" that was left late last Fall along the shoreline of Burtis Bay in Chautauqua Lake. Borrello says several pieces of machinery were staged early last week, and clean-up should take just over two-weeks. He adds they are also aware of the pilot program involving the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, and a Great Lakes group to put sensors in a couple of spots on the lake that may be at high-risk for harmful algal blooms. He says it's similar to something done in Lake George, which saw a large number of algal blooms at one time. We also discuss a 2-million-dollar state grant being provided to the county to help with treating those dealing with opioid drug addiction. We also talk about what appears to be a more collaborative effort between the Southern Tier, and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Forces.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 26-28, 2019

Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe

April 29th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 12:06

Jamestown Public Schools recently adopted a spending plan for the 2019-2020 school year. With that, Dr. Apthorpe sits down with our Noel Blackhall to dive into everything including in the 90.7-million budget. Additionally, a search for a principal for Jamestown High School is close to fruition. Apthorpe discusses how to search has gone and when a new head of academia will be announced.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 21-28, 2019

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities General Mgr. Dave Leathers

April 21st, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Board of Public Utilities General Manager Dave Leathers about a number of topics, including first-quarter performance of the BPU's five divisions. Leathers says they had a good first three months of 2019, adding there were no rate increases included for any of the divisions. He says the earliest they may consider an Electric rate hike would be late in 2020. He says the concluded the two-year, 5.7-million dollar boiler dismantling project on time, and under budget. He adds they are also right about where they expected to be from a budget stand-point regarding legal expenses for the city's proposed annexation of land the BPU's Dow Street Substation is located on in the village of Falconer, near the city line. We also discuss recycling efforts, and where those stand.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 7-14, 2019

Chautauqua County Executive George Borello

April 7th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on a number of topics, including the recently approved New York state budget. Borrello says, aside from making the 2-percent Property Tax Cap permanent, the spending plan is largely a "shell game..." especially with how Governor Andrew Cuomo deals with Aid and Incentives to Municipalities aid... with much of it supported by Internet sales tax revenues. We also discuss Borrello obtaining enough signatures to run for the state Senate seat recently vacated by Olean's Cathy Young. We also discuss his signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the new Chautauqua Lake Consensus Strategy, and the county's new Economic Development Strategy. Finally, we also discuss moving ahead with a feasibility study of boosting the Barley and Hops industries locally.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 31-April 6, 2019

Jamestown Community College President Dr. Daniel DeMarte

March 31st, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 11:00

This week, our Terry Frank welcomes Jamestown Community College President Daniel DeMarte for the first time to the program. We talk with Dr. DeMarte about the draw of community colleges for him, and his decision to come to JCC after several years at one of the largest community colleges in the nation in Tidewater, Virginia. We talk about the challenge of moving from a program of Continuing Education to Workforce Prepardness and Readiness, along with still declining enrollments at JCC and other 2 year schools in the State University system. We also talk about the state budget, and the need for a new model to support community colleges as opposed to the one now that puts an emphasis on enrollments. DeMarte says he's just asking the state at this point to "fund us at the formula."

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 24-31, 2019

Congressman Tom Reed's weekly media call

March 24th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

We had no in-studio guest this past week... so we have aired portions of local Congressman Tom Reed's weekly telephone conference call with regional media. Reed speaks at the beginning about a push among House members to have a final vote on the U-S, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement. Reed says he has personally asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the measure up for a vote. While some have called it "NAFTA 2.0.." Reed says it's an updated agreement that takes into consideration the way business and farming work now, and accounts for upgrades in computer and other technology. The Corning Republican also talks about the recent meeting in Celoron about ways to make commercial air service viable at the County Airport near Jamestown. He says it was a good meeting, with lots of support for bringing Boutique Air, or some other carrier, in to the facility. He also discusses efforts to get a vote on the expired "9/11" Victims Compensation Fund... and, comments on the recent College Admissions scandal.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 18-24, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

March 18th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:10

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about a number of issues, including the decision by State Senator Cathy Young to retire from the Senate. Teresi says it's a big loss for the area, and says he is not, and will not be, a candidate for the Democratic nomination to run. We also discuss to legal matters the city is involved in, first the arbitration case involving the Jamestown Police Department Kendall Club-PBA. The city is appealing the case, which was won by the union recently by a 2-1 vote. A formal appearance in court is coming this week. He also says that court action should begin soon in the city and it's Board of Public Utilities' effort to annex about 4-acres of land it owns in the village of Falconer. We also discuss the Frewsburg Soccer Association signing a two-year lease with the city to use the former Allen Park Ice Rink.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 10-17, 2019

Chautauqua County Executive George Borello

March 11th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank speaks with County Executive George Borrello this week on a number of topics, including his recent State of the County Address in which he discussed promoting new collaborations regarding Chautauqua Lake, and economic development. We also discuss new word that the Chautauqua Lake Association is asking the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation to not grant herbicide permits to any lake groups in 2019. We also discuss meetings of the county's new Citizens Advisory Council... and, the new economic development plan at the end of March.

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Community Spotlight for Mar.4-10, 2019

Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council Exec. Director Melanie Witkowski

March 4th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

With the proposed legalization of recreational marijuana in New York state, our Terry Frank talks with Melanie Witkowski, the executive director of the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council about the ramifications involved. CASAC officials testified at a hearing in the Buffalo-area regarding the proposal last year, and noted that children's brains are still developing, and, that marijuana use can impact their learning, as well as intelligence. She also pointed out the issues with synthetic, and concentrated cannibus, as well as workplace issues.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2019

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

February 24th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell speaks with our Terry Frank this week during the President's Day Week break for the state legislature in Albany. We talk about the whirlwind first month and a half in which numerous pieces of legislation were approved. However... in the Democratic-majorities haste, he says there was some legislation that wasn't well-crafted. In fact, lawmakers have had to go back and make some changes to what was approved. Goodell expresses concern over three pieces of legislation in particular, the Child Sexual Abuse Act, the Women's Reproductive Health Act, and pending legislation regarding legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in New York state. He says the Child Sexual Abuse Act is too open-ended for people to go back and claim abuse years later. He also feels the Women's Reproductive Act goes to far in allowing abortions up through the child's birth.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 17-24, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

February 18th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:40

This week, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi talks in more detail about his decision to not run for a sixth-term as the city's top-elected official. He says it was a personal decision that he discussed a lot with his family. He reiterated, though, that there is still a lot of time left in this year, and plenty to accomplish. One of those items is restoring commercial air service to the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown... something he blamed the previous carrier, Southern Airways, for causing due to numerous cancelled flights. We also discuss his trip to the New York State Conference of Mayor's legislative session in Albany... where the proposal to legalize recreational marijuana was the big topic. Teresi says other items included unfunded mandates from the state, and Gov. Cuomo's plan to eliminate local AIM aid to local towns and villages.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 10-17, 2019

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello

February 10th, 2019 05:36pm | Duration: 14:50

County Executive George Borrello joins our Terry Frank to discuss a number of topics, including two regarding Chautauqua Lake. Borrello discusses his meeting with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding a feasibility study of work that could be done to mitigate flood and invasive vegetation on the lake, along with a recent meeting of the Lake and Watershed Management Agency regarding it's work, and investigation of a possible lake taxing district to provide important funding to deal with it's issues with weeds and algal blooms. We also discuss the recent left-leaning legislation that's been adopted in Albany by the state legislature. Namely, we talk about funding issues for voting reform, and the move to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 3-10, 2019

Meals on Wheels Exec. Director Barrie Yochum

February 4th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:40

This week... our Terry Frank talks with Executive Dir. Barrie Yochum with Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-area about a number of topics. Yochum says they try to continue delivering meals, even when the weather is hazardous like last week, to provide seniors with nutritious meals, and social interaction. He says there are two pieces of good news: The first is that Meals on Wheels nationally got a bump in funding in last October's budget deal put in place by President Trump and federal lawmakers. The other is that the waiting list for seniors and other home-bound individuals has been eliminated, thanks to the collaboration of some local foundations and others to help provide more stable funding for the organization. Yochum says they also still need volunteers to help deliver during the course of the year. For more information, he says contact NY Connects... or Meals on Wheels directly at 488-9119.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2019

United Way Exec. Director Amy Rohler

January 28th, 2019 09:25am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank welcomes United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Executive Dir. Amy Rohler to the program for the first time. Rohler is still riding a "high" after the organization met and exceeded their 2018 General Campaign goal of 1.335-million dollars. Rohler says they raised 1,346,780 dollars, most of which will go towards 39 programs at 26 local human service agencies. She says it was exciting... but, adds there was also some stress because it's the first, full campaign she's been part of. However... she praised her staff, and their army of volunteers for helping them raise the goal. She says they are most often asked where the money goes, and if they are affiliated with the national organization. Rohler says, while there is some affiliation... ALL the money raised staying with the organization for it's programs, like the 2-1-1 Referral Service, and their 26 partner agencies.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 18 - Jan 20, 2019

Chautauqua Striders

January 21st, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

"Chautauqua Striders is dedicated to the mentoring and guidance of youth through education, advocacy and athletics.” That according to their website, and more is discussed in this week's program with Noel Blackhall. In studio, we sit down with Mentoring Coordinator Richard Olson-Walter and Director of Mentoring Erika Swanson Muecke. For more information on their programs and upcoming events visit ChautauquaStriders.org!

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 13-20, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

January 13th, 2019 05:49pm | Duration: 14:59

This week, our Terry Frank discusses the filling of a Jamestown City Council vacancy with Mayor Sam Teresi. The vacancy was created by the resignation last Dec. 17 by At-Large member Vanessa Weinert. Weinert, a Democrat, cited personal reasons... and, Teresi says he's received a lot of interest from prospective candidates. He says 10 people from various backgrounds in the public and private sectors have contacted him. Teresi hopes to do that in time for the council's Jan. 28 meeting. He also hopes the person will run again for the seat in November. We also discuss vehicle and equipment needs, and a possible bonding resolution to fill some of those needs. We also look ahead to the start of the state legislative session, and Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address regarding making the 2-percent Property Tax Cap permanent, and other issues.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 4 - Jan 6, 2019

County Executive George Borello

January 4th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 12:44

Our Noel Blackhall is ringing in the new year with a look back at 2018! Chautauqua County Executive George Borello sits down to discuss statistics, employment, and a new Sheriff.

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Community Spotliight for Dec. 31, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019

2018 Year in Review

December 31st, 2018 09:31am | Duration: 14:46

This week, News Director Terry Frank looks back on the major stories of 2018, starting with the first-year of the administration of Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. Borrello fulfilled a campaign promise of visiting 100 businesses in his first 100 days in office. We also look back on crime stories, including the return of accused arsonist Jonathon Young, who was being held on unrelated charges in Butler, PA. We also look back on the 2018 General Election, which produced a "red wave" for Republicans in the county... led by challenger Jim Quattrone's victory over incumbent, six-term Democratic Sheriff Joe Gerace. We also look at three big retail closings in the Jamestown-area... led by the closing of Sam's Club... and, we look at the opening of the new, Celoron Harborfront Hotel, and the big story of the year, the grand opening of the new, National Comedy Center in Jamestown.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 23-30, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

December 23rd, 2018 08:10pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi about the projects in the city receiving fund from the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards from New York State. The biggest one for the city itself is 100,000 for the acquisition of the Chautauqua Brick Company on Market Street for light commercial and other development along the city's Riverwalk area. He says there are a number of possible developments that could go there. We also talk about the decision by At-Large City Councilwoman Vanessa Weinert to step down from her seat after missing several meetings. Weinert cited personal reasons for stepping down, and it will now be up to Mayor Teresi to fill that position with a Democrat from within the city. He says he will get input from current council members, and members of the Democratic Committee, but, he will have the final say. We also look back briefly on 2018.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 17-24, 2018

Jamestown City Councilman Tony Dolce

December 17th, 2018 09:42am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank does a look back on the Jamestown City Council in 2018 with Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce. Dolce, who also chairs the panel's Finance Committee, says it was another difficult budget year leading up to 2019 with a lot of items cut, or taken out of the nearly 36-million dollar spending plan to help balance it. The budget again depends on New York state again making a special, additional state aid payment of one-million dollars to help Jamestown's bottom line. Dolce adds that -- if the city is unable to get a 2-percent pay raise for Jamestown Police Department Kendall Club-PBA members struck down in court -- it will essentially wipe-out any undesignated fund balance very quickly. We also talk about equipment needs, with lawmakers voting this Monday night on using the rest of the city's contingency account, and it's "over-and-under" from the 2018 spending plan to pay for a new bombardier sidewalk plow after one old model broke-down in the most recent snow storm that hit the city. With all that, Dolce does express optimism for 2019 because several projects are coming to fruition -- and the National Comedy Center will have been open for a year this coming Summer.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 9-16, 2018

Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel owner-operator David Hart

December 9th, 2018 05:14pm | Duration: 14:58

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello was not available this week... so we present some of the main comments offered by the owner of the new, Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron, David Hart. Hart spoke at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon meeting at his hotel... and, discussed tourism, and why that was a big reason for them locating their newest hotel there. Hart believes they are positioned well, with several new attractions for the area up and running now, including the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown. Hart says the 38-million dollar hotel includes 135 upscale rooms, waterfront view, ballrooms, a restaurant and other amenities. He adds it also has historic themes central to Celoron, including the former Celoron Amusement Park.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 2-9, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Chamber of Commerce's Sheila Webster

December 2nd, 2018 04:50pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing, Communications, and Governmental Affairs, Sheila Webster, about the start of the holiday shopping season. Sheila says Small Business Saturday went well in the county with more than 30 businesses taking part, and a special event in Dunkirk. Nationally, Small Business Saturday broke records this year. We also discuss the chamber's annual "Shoptauqua" program, which now uses gift cards that are accepted at a number of local businesses. We also discuss the chamber's upcoming annual meeting, which will be held at the Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron next Friday, December 7, at 12 p.m. Hart Hotel's owner, David Hart, who operates the new hotel, will talk about that, and doing business in Chautauqua County. Sheila Webster says you can call the chamber at 484-1101, or 366-6300 for more information

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 2018

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello

November 25th, 2018 05:05pm | Duration: 14:58

We catch up with County Executive George Borrello this week after he was unable to be on the program at the beginning of the month. Borrello talks with our Terry Frank about the reopening of the South Main Street Bridge in Jamestown after it was closed for several months for a full reconstruction project. Borrello says recent weather issues, and the historic nature of the bridge and how it had to be re-built were factors in how long the project took. We also discuss a resolution that goes for the Chautauqua County Legislature this Wednesday night to allocate just over 25,000 dollars to the Chautauqua Lake Association to deal with the "weed mass" that has caused major problems in Burtis Bay this mid-Fall. The total project cost of 73,000 will also be foot by two local foundations. We also discuss ongoing efforts to get Boutique Air into the County Airport near Jamestown as the Essential Air Carrier, and "Small Business Saturday."

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 19-26, 2018

Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin

November 18th, 2018 03:58pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks this weekend with Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin about three main topics: The first being the huge weed mass that's along the shoreline in Burtis Bay on Chautauqua Lake. McLaughlin says there appear to be a number of reasons why it happened... the first being the Chautauqua Lake Association ended it's weed harvesting earlier this year. Secondly, he says the mass was helped in forming by a very wet October, which helped raise the lake levels, and thirdly, strong winds in recent days blew the mass towards shore. He says the weeds are so thick, thousands of fish -- especially young ones -- have died, and the stench is bad. At a meeting last Tuesday at a home in Burtis Bay focused on solutions, including harvesting later in the year. We also discuss a retailer being interested in moving into the former Sam's Club on Fairmount Avenue, and the new 10-year water and sewer agreement with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 12-19, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

November 12th, 2018 03:11pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about the city budget process, which resumes next Monday night, Nov. 19, with a public hearing at 6 p.m., and work session to follow. At that time, possible amendments can be brought forward by lawmakers... who will also consider comments made at the hearing. Teresi says the budget does not include any salary increase for staff and employees, including the recent 2-percent increases awarded to the Jamestown Policeman's union recently by an arbitration panel. Teresi added that city lawmakers are considering possible legal action in that matter later in the month. We also talk in detail about the effort by a local committee to take ownership of the Jamestown Jammers Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball Team. The current owner, ROC Ventures of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has decided to sell the team... but, agreed at Teresi's prompting... to consider donating the team to a local committee-company that would run the team and continue it in the PGL. Teresi says they have until next June to get the local ownership team in place, and get the ball rolling on restarting the team in 2020. The league would wave the usual 50,000 dollar re-entry fee if they can do that.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 5-12, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel

November 5th, 2018 08:30am | Duration: 14:59

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello was out with a recent illness, and has been getting caught up on work, so Legislature Chairman P-J Wendel joined our Terry Frank for this week's program. We talked about the recent budget that was adopted by lawmakers that includes a 6-cent per 1,000 dollars full value tax rate cut. Wendel says that's a bonus because he was most impressed by the fact they were able to have a "truly balanced budget" where expenses are covered by reoccurring revenues in 2019. We also talk about the change in the county's Fly Car service to a "24/7" program, and the fact that -- along with having an ambulance available -- will help the county get reimbursed for the service. Wendel, who has been a long-time volunteer firefighter in Lakewood, says the county service is NOT meant to replace the volunteer services, which do a great job -- even with volunteer numbers dropping. We also discuss economic development, and other matters with the end of the year approaching.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2018

Congressman Tom Reed

October 29th, 2018 08:36am | Duration: 14:58

Local Congressman Tom Reed says "the job is not done," in response to the question of why he's running for a fifth-term in the House of Representatives. Reed joins our Terry Frank this week to talk about health care, Jobs, the economy, and immigrantion -- the hot-button topics of the 2018 mid-term elections. Reed says he is looking at ways to lower health care costs, and preserve coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. On jobs and the economy, he says there is still work to be done, but, adds tax cuts have led to more jobs (7.1-million) that need to be filled, compared to the number of people working. On immigration, he says he co-chairs the Problem Solver's Caucus that is looking at improving border security through improvements to the current wall, and better technology. He says they want to find a way to address the need for migrant farm workers, and for recognizing DACA recipients. He also gives his positive reaction to President Trump's recent, full-throated endorsement of his re-election.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 21-28, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

October 21st, 2018 05:37pm | Duration: 14:58

We talk with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi on a number of issues this week, namely the nearly 36-million dollar, 2019 budget plan he presented on Oct. 9. Teresi says it's a "sqweaky" tight spending plan that includes no tax increase, and a slight spending increase. He adds that while the tax levy is flat, the tax rate is down about 13-cents per 1,000 dollars full value. He says the undesignated fund balance is just over 1.8-million dollars -- more than in recent years. However... Teresi is warning lawmakers not to touch it -- partly because they don't know what salary awards, or contracts may be in the offing for the city's six bargaining units. We also discuss his testifying before a three-person tribunal regarding the city's proposal to annex the property the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street substation is located on in Falconer. A decision may be made before the end of the year. We also talk about the need for the Parks Department to take down about 176 Ash trees in city right-of-ways because of the Emerald Ash Borer.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 14-21, 2018

23rd Congressional Dem. candidate Tracy Mitrano

October 14th, 2018 08:35pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks this week with 23rd Congressional Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano about her campaign. The Penn Yan resident says she believes she can do a better job representing the needs and concerns of district residents. Mitrano says health care insurance is the number one concern that resident that she has spoken with have. While she has stated support for "single-payer" coverage, Mitrano says there needs to be a real conversation about what kind of coverage is needed. She feels that government would be in a strong position to negotiate better costs for presciptions and services. Mitrano says she supports immigration reform with a resolution to the DACA question, and strong border security -- but, using the military, not ICE. She believes a farm bill needs to be in place sooner rather than later... and, she has a five-point economic development plan that deals with training people for good, living-wage paying jobs. Mitrano is a cyber-security expert who also believes expanded broadband will help the Southern Tier greatly with development, farming and education.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 7-14, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

October 7th, 2018 08:14pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank traveled to Mayville this week to speak with County Executive George Borrello about the 2019 budget he has proposed. Since budget hearings were underway, we traveled to speak with Borrello on the just over 254-million dollar spending plan, which includes no tax increase. The executive is also touting the fact that the budget does not use any of the county's undesignated fund balance to develop the "balanced budget." He says if anything is added back by the legislature, there need to be corresponding cuts. We also discuss the announcement by the Trump Administration that the new, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement being reached with Canada. Borrello says -- not knowing all the facts -- it appears to be a good deal for local farmers and cheese producers. We also discuss the search for a new, permanent hub for the Chautauqua Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS). The temporary hub being used on Pine Street in Jamestown will be available for CARTS use through Oct. 19. Borrello says another permanent location (not the one in front of the National Comedy Center) is currently being looked at, but cannot be announced yet.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2018

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

September 30th, 2018 12:00am | Duration: 14:59

This week, we get the Republican side of the race for the 150th District Assembly seat with incumbant Andy Goodell. Goodell says he is continuing to work on ways to improve New York's business climate, and weed out corruption in Albany. He has proposed a measure to end what's commonly referred to as "pay-to-play." Goodell says such measures are needed so that project bidding is on the up and up. He says the state has "sealed bids," but, adds that, when the bid specifications are in place that favor certain developers, that difficult to deal with. We also discuss the problems with the opioid drug crisis, and how legislation has helped that. However, in terms of Narcan use, Goodell believes it's time for manditory treatment for someone if they've been revived, and have addiction problems. We also talk about changes he would like to see made, regarding rifles, in the SAFE Act, and we also talk about changes to help better use renewable energy in the state. We heard from Democratic opponent Judy Einach last week.

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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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