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Road crews around New York state are keeping lanes open this Labor Day weekend to help ease holiday traffic congestion.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on state highways will be lifted until 6 AM on Tuesday.  Some work may continue behind concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.  Labor Day weekend is typically one of the busiest travel times of the year.

 

State and local police departments in New York are cracking down on impaired drivers over the long Labor Day weekend.  "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is part of a national effort to reduce accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Richard Mallow runs the New York State chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  His chapter is based in Suffolk County on Long Island... which leads every other county in the nation in the highest number of alcohol-related car accidents. Mallow says the state can do more to crack down on impaired drivers, including strengthening existing laws that penalize them.  The campaign runs through today... September 7th.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department... and, State Police are part of the weekend effort.

 

A Jamestown man faces drug possession charges after police conducted a felony warrant check on the suspect at a store in the Brooklyn Square area.  City police say 32 year-old Timothy Warrior was located inside the Walgreen's Store at 10 Prospect Street last Friday afternoon.  Officers say Warrior became combative with arresting officers... but, following a brief struggle... he was taken into custody.  While being arrested... police say he was found to be in possession of a quantity of Crystal Methamphetime... and, marijuana.  Officers say he was charged with Felony third-degree burglary... and petty larceny.  He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, unlawful possession of marijuana.  Warrior was jailed pending arraignment.

 

Much of the modern labor movement came out of men who returned from military service... and, the recipient of a local labor award acknowledged that yesterday.  Financial Secretary Gary Swain of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local-#17 received this year's George Ritzer Labor Award at Jamestown's annual Labor Day Festival.  Swain thanked the Jamestown Central Labor Council for the award... and, also thanked the Viet Nam Veterans for presenting the 21-gun Salute.  Swain then talked about his father, who was a World War-Two veteran.
Swain also thanked the city of Jamestown for putting on a Labor Day Festival... adding that he was "really impressed" by the event.  The Ritzer Award was presented to Swain by Central Labor Council President Dan Wilkenson... who called Swain a special person to drive all over his five-county territory... and, do so much for his fellow laborers.  The festival was well attended prior to last night's fireworks.  Several local bands and musical groups played during the afternoon Sunday.

 

The city of Dunkirk's Director of Development will be leaving City Hall shortly for a job in Pennsylvania.  Calling it "a bittersweet moment..." Mayor A-J Dolce announced the departure of Steve Neratko late last week... adding that he's moving onto a "great opportunity" in Allentown, Pennsylvania.   Neratko says Allentown officials reached out to him "a short time ago."  He also says he has enjoyed his time with the city of Dunkirk... and, will be working with Dolce on the transition. Neratko has been Dunkirk's development director for three-and-a-half years.  Dolce says he will be exploring some options in filling the position.

 

A Jamestown woman faces drunk driving... and, other charges -- after she was pulled over for allegedly speeding on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott early last Saturday morning.  Sheriff's officers say 23 year-old Heather Mundt was was pulled over for speeding just before 3 AM.  Deputies say they spoke with the alleged operator... and, following an investigation... Mundt was found to be intoxicated.  She was taken into custody... and, found to be driving while she had a suspended license.  Mundt was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated... DWI... third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation... and, speeding.  She was issued appearance tickets for Ellicott Town Court.


With dry conditions forecast for the Labor Day weekend, New York state officials are warning about the potential for wildfires.  Forest rangers were on the scene of six small wildfires affecting a combined 3.4 acres on Friday... at least three of which were caused by unextinguished campfires.  Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says two of the fires were in Suffolk County, two were in the eastern Catskills and two in the eastern Adirondacks.  Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area and on all Department of Environmental Conservation state lands in Suffolk County.

 

With dry conditions forecast for the Labor Day weekend, New York state officials are warning about the potential for wildfires.  Forest rangers were on the scene of six small wildfires affecting a combined 3.4 acres on Friday... at least three of which were caused by unextinguished campfires.  Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says two of the fires were in Suffolk County, two were in the eastern Catskills and two in the eastern Adirondacks.  Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area and on all Department of Environmental Conservation state lands in Suffolk County.

 

 


 

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