President Trump has proposed an "aggressive budget" for 2018 but, the review of the 4.1-Trillion dollar spending plan is just getting underway.
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee the chamber's main financial committee. The Corning Republican says the president's priorities "make sense."
However, the budget is already facing strong head-winds from Democrats and some Republicans. There are deep cuts to several anti-poverty programs including an 800-billion dollar cut to Medicaid over the next 10 years.
Reed says lawmakers need to help the poor, but do it in a more efficient manner.
There is also a larger-than-expected cut of 192-billion dollars in the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance program also known as SNAP which provides food stamps to the poor and elderly. There are also cuts to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP.
Reed acknowledges that there are some "high-poverty" areas of his district that would be affected. But, he wants to see if Congress can find better ways to help people out of "generational" poverty. Reed made his comments during his weekly media telephone conference call.
The Central New York teacher and coach who has announced he's seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional seat currently held by Corning's Tom Reed is one of several potential challengers for that post.
That from Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green who says Rick Gallant is one of "5 or 6" people looking to run in November of 2018.
Green says the Democratic National Committee is urging those who are interested in running to announce as soon as possible.
Green says that Tom Reed's ties to President Trump, and the Republican Party, may have sparked the interest in contesting Reed. He says there are some who feel there's "an opportunity here."
Gallant has been a teacher and coach for the past 17 years in the Corning-Painted Post School District. There's no word on whether Lakewood Democrat John Plumb is interested in pursuing a rematch.
Plumb lost to Reed last November with the incumbant receiving about 58 percent of the vote.
Waterfront property owners along Lake Ontario's New York shoreline have been braced for more flooding as high winds returned to the region yesterday.
The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood warning until early this morning for a 90-mile stretch of shoreline from where the Niagara River flows into the lake to the Rochester area. Forecasters say winds gusting to 30 mph Thursday afternoon and evening produced high waves that could cause flooding in some areas.
A sand-bag levy in Olcott in northern Niagara County reportedly failed early last evening. Lakeside residents and business owners have been dealing with high water levels and flooding for several weeks, placing tens of thousands of sandbags around homes and buildings.
Two years of work has produced a newly-revamped website for the city of Jamestown and, it's more "user" and "constituent" friendly.
That from Mayoral Assistant Matt Hanley who is also the city's webmaster. Hanley says the idea was to clean-up the site's design and, make it easier to navigate.
Hanley says it's easier for the city to keep updated and, now includes a fully-functional "search" feature.
Hanley says the new site is set-up to cut searches to just "one or two clicks." He adds that also makes the city's new site "mobile friendly, and easier to use on all devices.
Hanley adds there's also a new location that lists "vital" information that's easy to find and use. He says the new site was initially in response to a report by the public service agency "SeeThrough - New York" which was critical of the old site.
While it's newer he says there is no change in the website address. It's still http://jamestownny.net/
A north county woman with an extensive background in human resource work in the private sector is now officially Chautauqua County's new Human Resources Director.
Fredonia's Jessica Wisniewski was unanimously confirmed at Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting after two lawmakers who were part of the search committee spoke glowingly about her credentials.
County Executive Vince Horrigan introduced her to the legislature and, says she's currently Human Resources Manager at Precision Abrasives.
Horrigan says Wisniewski will replace the retiring Joe Porpiglia on June 30th because Precision needs a little more time to find a new H-R manager. Wisniewski thanked lawmakers for their vote of confidence and, is excited about her new post, and, says she's really felt "welcomed."
She has been with Precision Abrasives since 2013. Search committee members Ron Lemon of Frewsburg, and Paul Whitford of Jamestown praised Wisniewski's credentials which stood out among the seven candidates they interviewed for the position. Horrigan says her impressive background in the private sector will be a "great asset to the county."