2016 was one of "the most significant years of accomplishment" Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has seen in his 17 years as the city's top-elected official. That was Teresi's very brief address to the City Council last night as he delivered his State of the City Message to lawmakers. Teresi again opted not to give a major speech to high-light the past year's accomplishments... and, look ahead to the new year. However... the mayor later told members of the media that 2016 was a "tremendous year in many areas...." The Restore-New York grant will be used to help get the former Key Bank building at East Second and Main Streets back in use. The buyer is looking at locating some commercial ventures, and residental units inside the three-story building. Teresi says 2016 was also a year of "challenges..." especially in enlisting state help to plug a budget shortfall this year. In addition to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative... Teresi says he's looking forward to moving ahead on the city's one-million dollar, Empire State Poverty Reduction program. Teresi publicly thanked the city's 450 employees... and, namely his department heads... for their efforts over the past year.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports President Donald Trump's executive order to halt the Syrian refugee program... and, temporarily suspend immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. Over the past weekend... Trump said the order is to "protect U.S. citizens and the border" and insisted it's "not a Muslim ban.'' Congressman Reed says the order is necessary to make sure the safey of American citizens is "first and foremost...." Reed says this threat is "real... and, we have to be correct 100-percent of the time." However... the Corning Republican declined to get into reasons why some majority-Muslim nations... such as Saudi Arabia... were left off the list. Most of the "9/11" attackers were from the Middle Eastern country. Reed says the order will not restrict those with Green Cards from traveling to the United States.
Democrats in the New York state Senate say the state should prohibit officials at New York City airports from cooperating with federal authorities enforcing President Donald Trump's travel ban. The legislative proposal announced Monday would bar the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from providing any support, office space or even air conditioning to federal officials enforcing the new rules at Kennedy Airport and other Port Authority facilities. Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the entry ban on refugees and residents of seven Muslim-majority nations is "an assault" on American values and that New York must stand up to fight it. The bill faces challenges in the Republican-led state Senate. Assembly Democrats say they are working on their own legislative proposals for pushing back on Trump's order.
President Trump is expected to announce his choice to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U-S Supreme Court tonight in a prime-time speech. Chautauqua County's Congressman says he looks forward to seeing which person from Trump's list of about 15 candiates will be nominated. Corning Republican Tom Reed says he's hoping it will be a justice who will "uphold the Constitution..."and, not one who legislate's "from the bench...." Reed says he's looking forward to someone who will "interpret, and enforce" what's in the constitution. He says the final decision is up to the U-S Senate... but, adds he's hopeful that lawmakers will consider and act on the nominee quickly. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with southern Tier Media.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to amend the state constitution to codify abortion rights should Roe versus Wade be overturned. Addressing hundreds of abortion-rights supporters rallying in Albany, the Democrat said the state must ensure that legal access to abortion services and birth control continues regardless of the policies of President Donald Trump and Washington Republicans. Trump says he plans to announce his first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Abortion-rights supporters say they worry the new court could overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. New York statute legalized abortion three years before Roe. However... Cuomo says a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure current abortion rights aren't rolled back. Constitutional amendments require two separate legislative votes before going to voters.
The ribbon has been cut on the expansion project at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College. It also includes new office space for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier. The man who heads up both agencies says he's very pleased with the way the project has turned out. On this past weekend's Community Spotlight program on the Media One Group of stations... Todd Tranum says it's allowed the chamber and MAST to "renew" it's relationship with JCC. Tranum says the new space has allowed for some new classrooms and class room space... and, it's also included some new equipment -- including welding equipment. He says there's also something new called "Maker Space" for people with a small start up... or interest in launching a product... there is space available to hlep support that. The Manufacturing Technology Institute at JCC includes programs like computer-aided Design & Computer Numerical Control... Engineering Science... and, Welding Technology. For more information on the programs... call 338-1324.
A Bemus Point man is under arrest for allegedly driving drunk while his car was involved in a crash last weekend in the Sinclairville-area... and, he was in possession of a number of weapons and fireworks. Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Route 380 in the Pickard Hill shortly before 2 AM Saturday. Deputies say they found the unoccupied vehicle had struck a telephone pole, and, was in a ditch. They say the windows were smashed out... and, they were able to see inside... and saw an assault rifle with numerous loaded magazines, a sawed off shotgun, commercial fireworks, home made fireworks, throwing stars, and numerous quantities of various ammunition. Following an investigation... officers found the driver... 29 year-old Michael Thompson, at a home near the accident scene. He was arrested on several charges... including third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having an assault weapon with large-capacity ammuntion feeding devices... and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, unlawful possession of fireworks. He was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and jailed on 75-thousand dollars cash bail. The investigation is continuing.