It's not Congressional Republicans but, Democratic policies the past 30 years that have made it more difficult to do business and, has driven people from New York state.
That from local Congressman Tom Reed who pushed back Wednesday against criticism from Governor Cuomo and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about the need to defeat them in 2018. Reed said Cuomo's comments clearly show that he is eyeing a run for the White House in 2020. However he says the polices of Cuomo and his late father, Mario, have caused the exodus of businesses and people seen in recent years.
In addition Reed says it's led to a loss of representation in Washington since the 1980s. At that time New York had 35 members of Congress but, that number has now fallen to 27. He adds two more may be lost after the next Census.
Cuomo and Pelosi told hundreds of union members at a Manhattan rally Tuesday that New Yorkers can play a key role in returning the House of Representatives to Democratic control. Reed says he's been pushing "pro-growth" policies to grow jobs and population in the state.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he likes what he's seen so far of President Trump's pick to head up the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
House Republicans say they didn't have advance notice of Trump's choice of Christopher Wray. He's a former Justice Department official who was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's personal lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.
Reed says he doesn't know much more about Wray at this point but says Wray has a lot of experience with the U-S Attorney's Office, and the Justice Department. Reed says he's very eagar to look more at Wray's resume and, record.
He says he's hopeful that the Senate will move quickly to confirm the appointment. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.
A former mayor of Cassadaga has announced she is running for Chautauqua County Clerk this Fall.
LeeAnn Lazarony is currently the resource coordinator for the Dunkirk City drug treatment court and also has in the past worked in that same capacity for the Jamestown drug treatment court. Lazarony says she believes her experience in the court system and as a mayor for eight years is a major asset.
She says she has worked in the court system for about 15 years. If elected, Lazarony says among her goals is to provide a "professional, non-political, customer friendly" county clerk's office.
She is seeking the Democratic nomination and would run against incumbent Republican Larry Barmore.
Four people have been arrested and, Jamestown police seized a number of stolen items including a hand-gun and shot-gun during two separate raids in the city Monday.
Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson confirms today that officers executed a search warrant at an apartment about 10:30 AM at 108 Crescent Street after being tipped about stolen property inside. They reportedly found items including a 12-gauge shotgun, laptop computers and a large machete.
In addition police say they found a quantity of methamphetamine, and arrested two people. They say 52 year-old Bernard Philbrick, Junior and 25 year-old Kyle Lewis face weapons and drug possession charges. During the investigation, police learned that the stolen property was taken from a nearby home at 117 Crescent Street and, they arrested 37 year-old Misty Harkins there on an outstanding bench warrant.
A second raid occured several hours later at 1063 East Second Street on a report of a person with a weapon. They later arrested 27 year-old James Blue, and seized a 40-calibur pistol.
For the seventh week in a row gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady.
The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says the price is up just 2-tenths of a cent per gallon but, is still just over $2.55 a gallon. AAA says New York is one of four states across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region where prices remained flat from last week.
Every other state in the region is seeing prices drop as much as three cents. Nationally gas prices have fallen moderately in most states following a week of all-time high gasoline demand. The price of a gallon of gasoline increased one cent this week to $2.38 from last week; however, the price at the pump in 30 states has fallen as much as 4-cents.
The moderate decline in gas prices is typical following a long holiday weekend.