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Gerace pleased County has "Hi-Drug Trafficking Area" designation to help fight war against opiate drug dealing and addiction...

Chautauqua County is getting some federal support in it's efforts to beat the opiate drug epidemic... and, drug-related crime.  County officials learned late Monday that the area has been officially been designated as a "High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area."  Gerace says he's pleased the county's received that designation... which he says makes it elgible for additional resources to fight the Heroin "scourge."  That's how U-S Senator Charles Schumer... who announced the designation... termed the new war on drugs.  Gerace says the new tools they'll get at the beginning will be a big help.  In particular... he says they'll be able to use the federal HIDTA Center for undercover work and networking in the "war against drugs."  Gerace thanked Schumer for pushing for the designation... which the Senator says is geared towards improving "coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies."  There has been concern in the past whether any of the resources will filter down to local agencies... but, Gerace says -- in this case -- they will because "we're all in this together."  He says the Heroin epidemic is nationwide.  But... Schumer says Jamestown has seen heroin-related arrests at least triple over the past three years.  City Police Chief Harry Snellings said Monday night he was unaware of the designation... adding "I wasn't in the loop."

Former Gov. Pataki mulling 2016 Presidential run...

Former New York Governor George Pataki is reportedly considering running for president in 2016... though a former aide says talk of a campaign is premature.  The New York Post reported Tuesday that Pataki is privately weighing whether to enter the wide-open Republican field.  The paper says Pataki recently met with major Republican donor David Koch.  Pataki was governor from 1995 to 2006 and was mentioned as a potential presidential contender in the 2008 and 2012 elections.  David Catalfamo, a former top Pataki adviser, says it's premature to talk about his former boss running for president.

Robo Enterprises celebrates 50th Anniversary...

A third-generation family business in the Jamestown-area... and, Dunkirk... is celebrating it's 50th anniversary.  A special celebration took place at one of Robo Enterprises' three Jamestown locations at 111 Marion St. this afternoon.  Employees and patrons enjoyed hot dogs and a 50th anniversary cake.  Managing Partner Kim Carlson called it "a wonderful day... " and, thanked her grandparents and parents for starting up... and, continuing such a great business.  Robo's other Managing Partner... Aaron Beichner... is also a third-generation family member involved with the company.  Beichner started in 2009 when they began their Dunkirk project.  He calls Robo a "great opportunity" for him... and, he looks forward to more expansion.


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