Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't run for re-election until next year but, his 2018 fund-raising effort is already off to a record start.
An official with the Corning Republican's campaign effort says Wednesday that Reed took in $585,282 during the first-quarter of 2017.
Political Director Nicholas Weinstein says the increased number of donors, and funding "represents the support for Tom's common sense agenda. A strong start like this after another decisive re-election victory in November gives us the resources to continue highlighting Tom's record of caring, practical leadership."
Reed himself says "it's an honor to represent the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York in Congress. The generosity of our supporters and the trust they’ve placed in us to deliver on our promise of smaller government, lower taxes, and reduced government regulation, is humbling."
Weinstein noted that more than 75% of Reed's donations came from individuals and hundreds of new grassroots supporters have committed to supporting Reed's campaign.
Hillary Clinton says she hopes the free college tuition plan approved by New York state lawmakers last week will lead other states to follow suit.
The former Democratic presidential nominee rallied with Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City for a ceremonial bill signing of the scholarship for poor and middle class students.
Clinton hailed the plan as a progressive victory and applauded the initiative from Democrat Cuomo, who is mentioned as a possible contender for the White House in 2020. The scholarship covers tuition at state universities for in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less.
Students must remain in New York for as many years as they received the benefit and repay the money as a loan if they take a job elsewhere.
The 100th anniversary of the New York State Police has been commemorated at the upstate site where the first group of troopers began their training.
State Police Superintendent George Beach-the-second and Troop D Acting Commander Captain Mark Lincoln led Tuesday's ceremony at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, near Syracuse. They dedicated a state historical marker honoring the centennial of the creation of the state police in New York.
On April 11, 1917, Gov. Charles Whitman signed a bill into law that established the New York State Police as a full-service law enforcement agency. Two months later, the first state troopers began their training at the National Guard camp in Manlius.
When training was completed in the fall, 232 troopers set out across the state on horseback to being regular patrols.
City officials have a back-up plan in place again this year if rain or some other inclement weather interferes with Jamestown's 70th annual Easter Egg Hunt.
That from Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley who says the hunt for children up to age 12 begins at 10:30 AM Saturday at Allen Park. Ciesla-Hanley says if the weather is too cold or wet they will move everything indoors.
There is a 60% chance of rain forecast for Saturday though it will be unseasonably warm. Ciesla-Hanley says they'll have 3,000 chocolate eggs hidden for the hunt and, they again have Gold and Silver prize eggs this year sponsored by the Hess Family.
She says the Golden Egg prize is a 100-dollar Wal-Mart gift card while the Silver Egg prize is a 50-dollar card.
There is also two prizes being provided by the Child Advocacy Program.
Ciesla-Hanley says if it the Egg Hunt is held outside the Easter Bunny will be brought into Allen Park to start the egg hunt at 10:30 Saturday morning. For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 483-7523.
The Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood opened as usual yesterday morning after a small fire erupted in a ceiling vent unit above the Sears store on the north end of the mall.
Lakewood fire crews were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue around 9 AM. However they also found the fire was pretty much out on arrival.
There was no damage nor injuries reported. Sears also opened as usual Wednesday morning.