It's an announcement that could be historic in the effort to revitalize downtown Jamestown.
Those are the feelings of Mayor Sam Teresi as he introduced Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul late Tuesday morning to announce the 10 projects approved for about 10-million dollars in funding through the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
She says one-million dollars will be going to a major project to redevelop the former Key Bank Building at East Second and North Main Streets.
Hochul adds that the biggest award, 2.4-million dollars is going to the major project to renovate the former Ramada Inn on West Fourth Street into a Hilton Doubletree Hotel. In addition, Hochul says the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts which hosted the event, will receive 1.5-million dollars of the funding for upgrades.
The Robert H. Jackson Center on East Fourth Street will also be getting 1.5-million dollars. The Jamestown Brewing Company project on West Third Street will receive $830,000.
Five other, smaller projects are receiving between $265,000 to $670,000.
Elected officials from Chautauqua County and the state were on hand for the final DRI announcement and, call the funding awards for the 10 projects "great news."
State Senator Cathy Young congratulated Jamestown adding that downtowns have taken major hits in recent years with changes in retailing and other sectors. However Young says cities that are able to "reinvent" themselves have been able to survive and thrive. She says the DRI can make a big difference.
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the idea of making Jamestown a destination is very much a part of what's taking place. Goodell says it begins with the proposed National Comedy Center which is scheduled to open next year on West Second and Washington Streets. He credited Director Journey Gunderson and Board President Tom Benson with leading the effort to turn a concept into a reality.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan thanked Hochul and other state leaders for helping Chautauqua County so much after the closing of the Con-Agra plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia a few years ago resulting in 600 jobs being lost.
A Buffalo-area woman has died of her injuries suffered in an All-Terrain Vehicle accident last weekend in the Cattaraugus County Town of Yorkshire.
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley are not identifying the 33 year-old Clarence woman. However officers say she was riding the ATV on Eastland Road just after 7 PM Sunday when the crash occured.
Deputies say the victim was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived. But, she was already receiving CPR and, was rushed to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville then the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo where she later died from her injuries.
A Pittsfield, Pennsylvania man is being treated for a possibly serious head injury after his All-Terrain Vehicle crashed at a Pittsfield Township intersection late Monday afternoon.
State Police in Warren say the unidentified 66 year-old man was riding the ATV near the intersection of State Route 27 and Hamilton Road about 5:30 PM when he lost control and, was thrown from the vehicle.
Troopers say the man landed on the roadway and, was taken by ambulance to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania. Police are investigating whether alcohol may have been involved in the accident.
The Jamestown Jammers begin their third-season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League this week and, final preparations for the season opener are being made.
Opening night is Thursday at Russell E. Diethrick Park and, Team and Business Manager Anthony Barone says players started coming into town this past weekend to begin preparations. Barone says it's a short time to get his players introduced to each other and, start practicing.
Barone says they've been working for the first two years to get the product in place and, to get the team to be a focal point in the community. He says they see that coming together now and, adds they're seeing an increase in ticket and sponsorship sales.
Barone says the Jammers 2017 roster is shaping up nicely especially with returning veterans. He says they include Catcher Chris Connelly Outfielder Skylar Valentine and, infielder Ben Brookover. Barone says Connelly will be Team Captain this year.
U-S Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says President Donald Trump is coming up short on security for states and cities by proposing to cut hundreds of millions of dollars for anti-terrorism efforts.
The New York Democrat said Monday "it makes absolutely no sense" to reduce the money when terrorism remains a looming threat. The White House has said over $1.9 million-dollars budgeted since 2013 hasn't gotten spent.
Schumer's office says it can take time for cities and states to actually get and spend the money, but that doesn't mean they haven't allocated or don't need it.
Trump is seeking new spending on border security but cuts in some other security efforts, including two counterterror programs for cities and states. Schumer says they'd shrink by 25%, to $800-million.