The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County will be heading up a state-led effort to reduce poverty in the city of Jamestown. Mayor Sam Teresi announced late Thursday that the United Way will administer the local Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative... a program announced earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Teresi says Jamestown was one of the 10 communities initially selected for the program... which is awarding grants of one to 2-and-a-half million dollars to fight local poverty. He says Jamestown is getting a one-million dollar grant.
Teresi says the city sent out Request for Proposals... and, got back several good ones. However... he says the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County is "uniquely-positioned" to work out solutions to local poverty issues because it works so closely with most all local human service agencies. Teresi says they'll be first working with the United Way to put together a steering committee from several parts of the community to identifiy the issues... and, develop programming to deal with poverty.
A Fredonia husband and wife have been arrested after a suspected Methamphetime lab was found inside their residence late Wednesday night. Fredonia Police were initially called to a domestic incident at 51 Wisteria Drive at about 10:45 PM. Officers say their investigation led to the discovery of an active clandestine lab used to manufacture Meth. Police say Johnny and Katie Evans, both 35, were taken into custody... and, both were arraigned on one count of unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of unlawful disposal of methamphetamine, and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The pair was then remanded to the county jail on 50-thousand dollars cash bail each. The couple's five children are now under the supervision of Child Protective Services. Fredonia Police were assisted by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.
The "controlled demolition" of the remainder of a vacant, three-story building in downtown Jamestown that partially collapsed several days ago will take place today. That from Jamestown Public Works Director Jeff Lehman... who says that will entail some traffic restrictions around 10 to 12 East Second Street during the day. Lehman says the contractor involved will need to close that part of the street -- between North Main and Pine Streets -- at times. The building sustained a partial-collapse of the roof back on October 20th. No one was hurt... but traffic was blocked in that area for a few days. Lehman says motorists should expect delays during the day... and, may wish to use alternate routes of travel.
The ribbon has been cut on a new, 156-million dollar wind farm project in northern Chautauqua County that's been 10 years in the making. That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who took part in Wednesday afternoon's opening of the Arkwright Summit Wind Farm. Horrigan says the wind farm will have 36 wind turbines on about 65-hundred arces of land in the towns of Arkwright and Pomfret. Horrigan says Arkwright Summit is owned by EDP Renewables of North America... which bought out Horizon Wind Energy... which initiated the project several years ago. EDP recently moved into the U-S marketplace. He says financing is in place... and, once it's up and running... the wind farm will generate a maximum of nearly 80-megawatts of power. Horrigan says they also have power purchase agreements in place with the state Energy Research and Development Authority and Bloomberg Energy. He says the project will begin in earnest next Spring, with the first working turbine in place by Fall. Arkwright Summit expects to pay the local taxing jurisdictions about 313-thousand-600 dollars a year.
The effort to have as many Chautauqua County residents as possible hired by a new pharmacutical company to fill 900 jobs is well underway. County Executive Vince Horrigan says officials with Athenex were in the county over the past week... to see local educational and training programs. Horrigan says once the company is up and running in the Dunkirk-area... it will be hiring 450 direct... and, 450 non-direct employees. Horrigan says Athenex officials also met with the county's Education Coalition to learn what's being done, or can be done, to make sure the needed skills are in the local workforce. As for the project itself... Horrigan says the 200-million dollars in state funding will begin "flowing" shortly. He says Athenex is in the design-phase for the project right now... and, have also begun the state Environmental Reviews. The project hit a roadblock a short time ago... with the head of the company theatening to look elsewhere if progress wasn't made soon with the state. That occured within days, though, with Empire State Development now overseeing the project.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a drug maker has agreed to extend a price cut for a heroin overdose antidote bought by hundreds of government agencies around the state. California-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals will continue to offer a $6-per-dose rebate through January 2018 for naloxone, which can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. Schneiderman says Thursday that more than 200 agencies in the state have saved 1.7-million dollars on the drug since the discount went into effect in February 2015. There were 278,000 discounted syringes purchased under the deal. The roughly 20 percent rebate is available to police departments, public health entities and county governments. The deal calls for the rebate to automatically increase to match any growth in the wholesale price.
The New York State United Teachers, representing all of the teachers in Chautauqua County, endorsed Assemblyman Andy Goodell for re-election. Goodell says the NYSUT endorsement was based on his strong voting record in support of education. The Jamestown-area Republican says... In addition to addressing many of the problems with common core... state education aid for the county's schools was increased this year by 14.3-Million dollars... an increase of over 6-percent. Overall education funding for the county is currently the highest in its history. Goodell was very pleased to receive this prestigious endorsement. "As Assemblyman, I will continue to work hard to support our local schools so that they can provide our children with the best education possible."
Three men are accused of poaching salmon from a western New York creek during the annual salmon run. State officials say conservation officers in Niagara County spotted the men about 2 AM Wednesday after coming across several garbage bags of freshly caught salmon. The officers were patrolling the Lake Ontario shoreline and its tributaries, including the Burt Dam area of 18-mile Creek. One of the men was arrested in a pickup truck. Another was caught hiding in the brush and the third was arrested after swimming across the creek. Authorities say the men illegally netted 69 salmon weighing from five to 35 pounds. Sergey Yatchuk of Getzville; Petro Parfenyk of Erie, Pennsylvania; and Mikhail Sakalosh of Spartanburg, South Carolina were jailed on 32 fishing violations.