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A electronics company is reportedly planning to move 87 jobs out of it's Jamestown-area plant and take them out of the country. 


That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the "trend of moving good paying jobs out of the country has to end".  Reed overnight commented on the potential loss of 87 "hardworking employees" at MD Electronics on Precision Drive in the town of Ellicott. 


A company spokesperson recently told the Post-Journal that work on the company's third-shift had ended.  In a printed release late yesterday, Reed said "this is also a direct result of the unfavorable business climate in New York State. 


Having seen firsthand the work ethic of these employees, I will make sure MD Electronics does not leave their workers in a lurch and that the company upholds their prior commitments to each and every employee."

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's very pleased with how yesterday's bi-partisan meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House went regarding tax reform. 


Reed was one of several members of the House Ways and Means Committee that met with Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence on the matter, which the Corning Republican adds may be fully introduced by President Trump later today in Indiana.  Reed has pushed hard for tax reform in the past few years and he's happy to see the general frame-work come together.


However, local lawmakers say they're concerned about the possible loss of the "State And Local Tax" or SALT Deduction.  Reed says he's sensative to that, but adds that may be replaced by an expansion of the Standard Deduction.  He says lawmakers are looking at doubling that. 


The Jamestown City Council went on record Monday night supporting retention of the SALT Deduction which allows state and local taxes to be written off.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

A Buffalo mother was arrested for several charges including a violation of Leandra's Law, after rolling-over a stolen vehicle with four unrestrained children aboard late last week in Cattaraugus County. 


State police tried to make a traffic stop for a speeding SUV on East River Road in the Town of Olean last Friday night.  Troopers say  the driver, 24 year-old Alesaundra Allen, failed to comply to troopers emergency lights and turned onto Steam Valley Road. 


After a short distance, Allen lost control of the SUV and entered a culvert causing the vehicle to roll once and land upright.  Further investigation revealed that the SUV was reported stolen out of Buffalo on September 19th. 


The suspect failed a sobritey test and the 26 year-old passenger and four children were not injured in the crash.  Child Protective Services responded for the children involved.

It was another record day of warmth for western New York yesterday as Buffalo nearly reached 90-degrees. 


However, Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it did reach 88-degrees at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport yesterday.  Wood says it's not quite as warm as the past two days when the mercury reached at least 90.


The three-consecutive days of record setting warmth was only exceeded by six-straight days in March of 2012.  However, Wood says having a stretch like this in late September is "highly-unusual".  Wood adds our string of much warmer than usual temperatures comes to an end later today, but says it will still reach into the lower eighties today in front of a cold front that moves in later in the day. 


The record high temperatures started over the weekend when it reached 90 at the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Airport on Sunday; it then reached 91-degrees on Monday


While temperatures get into the sixties and even upper fifties over the weekend, temperatures are expected to rebound into the seventies again early next week.

A few Jamestown residents were critical Monday night about what they called the lack of openness on the part of city lawmakers leading up to August's final vote on annexing four-acres of land from the village of Falconer. 


One took the added one more step by criticizing lawmakers for lack of transparency and the media for being complicit.  Lovell Avenue resident Raven Mason said she didn't mean to be critical, but questioned how much discussion is taking place before important measures are voted on.


Mason also said that she was concerned that the City Council never addressed any of a series of questions she had about the proposal to take the land used by the Board of Public Utilities for the Dow Street Substation.  However, Rabb says residents who only come to the monthly voting sessions aren't seeing the start of the process, just the end of it. 


Mason also took exception with the wording of a letter she received from Rabb following the August meeting.  He says he simply stated that if she had a question about an issue that comes up to call his cell number.

Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son have been granted new trials in their corruption case. 


A federal appeals court said Tuesday the jury was wrongly instructed.  That's in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of what it takes to convict a public official.  Prosecutors say they'll retry the case. 


Dean Skelos' lawyer, Alexandra Shapiro, says he "looks forward to the next steps."  Prosecutors said the Republican politician strong-armed three companies into giving his son, Adam Skelos, $300,000.  Father and son were convicted in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery in one of a series of corruption cases that roiled the state. 


Dean Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison. His son got six and a half years.  Both remain free on appeal.

A Jamestown man was arrested after he was discovered with a signifcant amount of marijuana, paraphernalia, and plants in the Town of Ellery last week. 


While state troopers were investigating an unrelated complaint, they were approached by an individual who told them that 55 year-old Stephen Watson was growing marijuana plants. 


Investigation affirmed that Watson was in possession of 145 grams of marijuana, two marijuana smoking devices and three marijuana plants.  He was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth-degree and unlawful growing of cannabis. 


Watson was issued appearance tickets for the Town of Ellery Court.

New York state has allotted $50-million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms. 


The money is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act.  The first $20-million will be disbursed in mid-December after an application process.

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