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For the second-day in a row Monday, our Summer like hot weather was a record setter. 


Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it got into the low 90s by mid-afternoon.  This comes a day after the Weather Service reported that the mercury hit 90 degrees on Sunday breaking the old record set in 1970. 


Yesterday Thomas says Buffalo reached 91-degrees at 3 p.m which beat the old record of 87.  He adds that most areas at least hit 90. 


Earlier fellow Forecaster Kirk Apfell said temperatures will drop to more seasonal levels on later on Wednesday.  Apfell says a cold front will move through the area but, the cooler air will still be about seasonal. 


Forecasters say high temperatures by Thursday and Friday will be in the 60s.  Night-time lows will be in the 40s away from Lake Erie.

It was a rare night of back-and-forth public discussion during last night's Jamestown City Council voting session with the main focus on the proposed annexation of four-acres of land in the village of Falconer. 


It began with questions about the transparency surrounding the decision to try and make the property the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street Substation is located on part of the city.  Raven Mason of Lovall Avenue voiced that concern, given the fact there was no discussion about the resolution the night of the vote. 


However, Council President Greg Rabb says it was discussed though briefly due to legal concerns, during work sessions.  Resident Chris Gardner again asked who sponsored the resolution by the BPU.  Mayor Sam Teresi interrupted, and, told Gardner it's a matter of public record, and there were two ways to get it. 


One was through the city clerk's office while the other was through the BPU Secretary.  Teresi later noted that the BPU is made up of nine members most of them citizen panelists   He noted that both he and Council President Greg Rabb were members of the board, Teresi because he is mayor. 


The mayor also said that neither he, nor Rabb brought forth the BPU resolution to the board for a vote.

A city man is jailed following a suspicious situation last Sunday night in the 300 block of Palmer Street. 


Jamestown Police say, just after 8 p.m., they responded and found that James Spitale had stabbed a car with a knife belonging to another person.  Officers say Spitale also allegedly threatened that person with the knife.  He was arrested, and charged with second-degree menacing third-degree criminal mischief and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Spitale was jailed pending arraignment.

A Cattaraugus County man is now jailed for an alleged incident involving a gun late last week in the town of Randolph. 


Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they arrested 37 year-old Joshua Dash last Friday morning and, he was later charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, criminal possession of a firearm. 


Deputies say additional charges are pending.  Dash was arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $300,000 cash bail.

Two parents face child endangerment charges following a domestic disturbance at their home in the Cattaraugus County Community of Limestone early last Sunday morning. 


Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to 501 Parkside Drive for multiple people fighting.  On arrival there was a report of a missing child and all parties involved in the altercation were separated. 


The child was later found safe with his grandmother in Bradford, Pennsylvania after a sober party had driven the child there.  The child's parents 23 year-old Tyler Carlson and 25 year-old Samantha Simonds were charged with one-count each of endangering the welfare of a child. 


They were issued appearance tickets for Carrolton Town Court.  Child Protective Services was also notfied of the incident.

A pair of western New York members of the House of Representatives will be part of a bi-partisan meeting on tax reform with President Donald Trump today at the White House. 


The Buffalo News reported Sunday that local Congressman Tom Reed and Buffalo-area Congressman Brian Higgins have been invited to be part of the meeting because both are members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee that writes the tax code. 


During a recent town hall meeting in Kiantone that real progress was being made in reforming the nation's tax code.  He says this would be the first time since 1986 that "substantive" policy reform is being looked at. 


Higgins who represented Chautauqua County several years ago after the county was put into a district with Southern Erie County is back on the House Ways and Means Committee through Seniority.
During today's meeting, Higgins is expected to voice his support for keeping the State and Local Tax deduction otherwise known as SALT. 


In a tweet on Friday Higgins indicated that eliminating SALT "takes money from hardworking Americans and gives it to people who don't need it and won't spend it to benefit the economy."

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