A Warren, Pennsylvania woman is being treated for serious injuries after losing control of her car shortly after 11 yesterday morning in Pleasant Township... and, slamming into a tree. State Police in Warren say 67 year-old Marie Davenport was traveling on Pleasant Drive about 11:25 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, and it struck a ditch. Troopers say the car then struck the tree. Police say Starflight Helicopter and Emergycare were brought to the scene... and, Davenport ws flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment. We have no word on her condition.
State Senator Cathy Young has been appointed to be the panel's first woman Majority Finance Committee Chairwoman. Young was named to the post Wednesday afternoon by the GOP Leadership... which she has been a part of the past several years. The Olean Republican says getting the leadership post is "great news" for her 57th Senate District. Young says she's both "honored and humbled" by the appointment. She adds that it "gives our entire region tremendous clout and a strong voice in state budget matters and policy decisions. My goal is to deliver more attention and resources to our part of the state to address the unique needs of our economy, schools, and infrastructure." As Chairperson... Young will lead hearings to conduct a thorough review of Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigana says he'll be in attendance for next Tuesday night's State of the Union Address in Washington, D-C. Horrigan says he's been invited to be in the gallery for the speech by President Barack Obama. He says he'll be the guest of local Congressman Tom Reed, who is a fellow Republican. However... Horrigan won't have much time to reflect on that speech, because he'll be at Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address on Wednesday. At the same time... Horrigan says he's "honored" to be invited to the State of the Union. He says Reed invited him to be in Washington late yesterday (Tuesday). In addition to the State of the State... Governor Cuomo will unveil his budget proposal next Wednesday. Horrigan says he'll be interested to see what new economic development initiatives the governor may unveil. He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.
The new mayor of Dunkirk is getting a lot of attention for becoming the state's first Hispanic mayor... and, he's been invited by Governor Cuomo to attend next week's "State of the State" message. Mayor Willie Rosas says he will be making the trip to Albany... and, will be recognized during the speech. Rosas acknowledges his place in history. Rosas says he has also heard from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer's Office. Schumer tweeted out his congratulations to Rosas through Twitter. Since his election... Rosas says he was in touch with Schumer's office... adding New York's Senior Senator had intended on being at his inauguration. However... he says that wasn't able to happen. Rosas says his first few days have been very busy as he settles into his office at Dunkirk City Hall.
State Police are looking for information regarding money stolen from a lockbox that belongs to Boy Scout Troop 22. The money was stolen between December 7 -- 14 at the Irvine Presbyterian Church on National Forge Road in Brokenstraw Township. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 814-728-3600.
New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says raising the minimum wage, investing in education and supporting working families are his top priorities as lawmakers begin their work for 2016. The Bronx Democrat tells the Associated Press Tuesday that other priorities for Democrats this year include support for child care and family leave. The legislative session starts Wednesday. Democrats control the Assembly and Republicans lead the Senate. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to gradually raise the minimum wage to 15-dollars an hour. Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco tells reporters the increase could harm small businesses. The Syracuse Republican says he also expects proposals to address corruption... but, says the convictions of Silver and ex-Senate Leader Dean Skelos should put other legislators on notice that existing rules need to be followed.
New Yorkers with cancer, AIDS, Parkinson's Disease or other qualifying conditions will soon be able to obtain medical marijuana. The state's medical marijuana program is scheduled to begin today, 18 months after lawmakers passed the law. Twenty-three states now have medical marijuana programs. New York's is considered one of the strictest, as only non-smokable forms of the drug will be allowed. The state picked five companies to produce the medication. They will operate 20 dispensaries throughout the state. To receive medical cannabis an individual must have one of several qualifying conditions, and a certification from a physician who is registered with the program. Columbia Care NY plans to open its first dispensary, near Manhattan's Union Square, this week, with locations in Suffolk, Monroe and Clinton counties opening later this month.
There' a new, second-tier minor league, professional basketball team in the area, which plays it's first game at the Jamestown Community College physical education. The Jamestown Jackels will play in the Premier Basketball League... and, open their season with a 7 PM tip-off. Team president Kayla Crosby says the team is a professional, minor league basketball team. The team will play 23 games this season... including 12 at the JCC gym against teams from around the Northeastern United States. Crosby tells us the players are selected for the team based on their basketball skills and their character. The Russell, Pennsylvania native says the team's "big passion" is to educate youth and adults in the community through the players -- and the game of basketball. Crosby says the look for "positive role models. The Jackels are owned by an non-profit called "#IntegrityFirst." The team's first game is tonight at JCC against Rochester... and, will again start at 7 PM. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students.