There is concern among the leaders of the city of Jamestown's two largest departments over whether there is enough money in their budget to make it through 2016. Jamestown Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings and Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey went before the City Council last night to discuss their spending plans. Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says Snellings focused in on "four to five" major concerns. Dolce says a key one is overtime... which has run on the high side in recent years. Dolce says aging police cars and other equipment are also a concern. As for the Fire Department... he says Harvey voiced similar concerns... including the age and condition of some fire halls. One possible revenue stream lawmakers focused on was Emergency Medical Services by the Fire Department. Dolce says Harvey said they've only been able to get reimbursed 175-dollars per transport to WCA Hospital. He says the Deputy Chief indicated they only had 300 actual transports last year our of 28-hundred calls. Lawmakers will hold their next budget session November 16th. Earlier that night... they will also hold a required public hearing on the budget beginning at 6 Pm.
It's Election Day 2015... but, unless you live in towns of Busti or Pomfret... there's very little in the way of contested races. That from Chautauqua County Elections Commissioner Brian Abram... who says polls open at 6 AM... and, will remain open until 9 tonight. Abram says there are a couple of different polling places... but, only one of those is in the immediate Jamestown-area. That's where Lakewood Baptist Church is replacing Gloria Dei Lutheran Church as a polling site. There's also a new one in Ripley... but, otherwise... Abram says all 49 others remain the same. There will likely be a good turn-out in Busti... where incumbant Supervisor Jesse Robbins -- a Republican -- is being challenged by Democrat Lee Fischer. There are also three people running for two town board seats... and, there is a town justice race. In Lakewood... incumbant Republican Mayor David Wordelmann is being challenged by Cara Birritieri... who is an independent endorsed by the Democrat Party. There are also three people running for two board seats. In the city of Jamestown... Mayor Sam Teresi is the only candidate on the ballot. However... he is being challenged as a write-in by retired businessman and JCC Professor, David George Tharaeperambil. Four City Council seats are being contested. WJTN Radio will have coverage of Election Night - 2015. Our Terry Frank will look at all the races of note locally starting at 8:30 PM... until the polls close at 9. He'll also have update reports through the 11 o'clock News.
The Jamestown High School Marching Band was given two honors yesterday afternoon at City Hall after winning it's second consecutive, New York State title Sunday. That's Mayor Sam Teresi presenting those "keys" to the city... in addition to proclaiming yesterday as "Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band" Day. Teresi spoke with pride about the band... recalling that he was a "band parent" just a few years ago. School Superintendent Tim Mains said he was also proud of the band... but, not just it's performance. Mains praised the way they represented both the district -- and the city. High School Principal Mike McElrath called the band's accomplishment "amazing..." given how much bigger many of the schools were, and the number of resources they have. However... Band Director Meghan Murray says there are a few things JHS Bands have that others don't... including a ceremony for them at City Hall. The band returned home Sunday night after winning the Large School 2 division for the second year in a row in Syracuse.
Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly being found with half-a-pound of Heroin in their car during a traffic stop late last week on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellicott. Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says Ellicott Town Police and State Police pulled over the vehicle about 11 PM Friday after a search warrant had been obtained. Police arrested 55 year-old Edgardo Hernandez... and, 59 year-old Orlando Collazo after finding the drugs. Samuelson says the warrant was obtained following an investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force into the pair's alleged drug trafficking. Samuelson says the uncut Heroin was being targeted for city street-sales. Both Hernandez and Collazo were arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were sent to the county jail without bail. Anyone with information on the illegal trafficking of narcotics in the Jamestown-area is asked to call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
City police are still searching for the man who allegedly phoned in a "terroristic threat" to Jamestown Community College early last Friday afternoon. City Police say a white male, wearing a rain-coat, apparently phoned in the threat of a "shooter" shortly before 2 PM from a public phone at the Prendergast Library. JPD officials have been working with the college to track down the suspect. JCC Vice-President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communcations Kirk Young says the threat was a "major disruption..." but, adds their new Campus Security plan helped. Young says retired Jamestown Police Captain Barry Swanson has been drilling them "on this stuff quite regularily." JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the man was last seen walking out of the library... and, says the white male was wearing a yellow rain-coat/pancho, a blue knit cap... and, dark-colored jeans and shoes. If you have any information on the suspect... call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
The power company that's suing the state over it's decisions to keep the Dunkirk and Huntley power plants operating is looking to close it's nuclear plant on Lake Ontario. Entergy Corporation said Monday the decision to shut-down the James A. Fitzpatrick Plant near Oswego is based on the deteriorating economics of the facility. Officials also cite reduced plant revenues due to low natural gas prices, poor market design, and high operational costs. The company says the facility, which has an annual payroll of 74-million dollars... and, pays more than $17 million in taxes, is losing around $60 million annually. Barring intervention by state officials, the 850-megawatt facility will shut down in late 2016 or early 2017 and begin laying off its 615 employees.