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Veteran's Day commemorated in Jamestown...
It's Veteran's Day 2017, and, a brief program was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside, and concluded with the traditional, 21-gun salute and tapes.  Those followed remarks at this morning's annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander "J.R." Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.  He says normally, they don't get that many people.  Rotunda is a Viet Nam veteran, and says they didn't get that kind of respect when they got home, but, he says the provide that for all veteran's now.  Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years... and, they use the day to honor both the fallen... and, the veteran's still among us.  He says while the program is put on by their post... it's for all veterans... including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  In addition to the program at Veteran's Park... the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing brother in Gerry...
A Gerry teenager was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly stabbing his brother during an incident on Herrick Road.  Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms that Sheriff's officers were among the first responders called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m.  Gerace says the 16 year-old allegedly stabbed the brother in the leg during the incident.  The victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound.  The 16 year-old was arrested.  However... Gerace says due to the ages of those involved... no names are being released.  No other details have been released.
PA man arrested following alleged DWI incident in Jamestown...
A man from Warren, Pa. was arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way on a Jamestown street early yesterday morning.  But, city police say they also found drugs in the possession of 35 year-old Danna Merritt.  Officers say they saw his vehicle traveling the wrong way on East 2nd Street near Institute Street just after 2:30 a.m.  Police pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Institute and First Streets, and arrested Merritt.  Further investigation revealed Merritt was drunk... and, he was allegedly in possession of oxycodone and marijuana.  Merritt was taken to City Jail pending arraignment. 
Cuomo administration now implementing Retail Workers Shift Scheduling regulations...
New York's governor says his administration is implementing regulations that require employers to pay workers extra when they're called in at the last minute.  Democrat Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state Department of Labor's new regulations address the practice of scheduling retail and other workers with short notice.  He says the regulations establish a 14-day advance notice standard for scheduling and provide two hours' extra pay for last-minute assignments.  The new rules also provide for extra compensation when workers have to be on stand-by or for last-minute cancellations.  New York State Retail Council President Ted Potrikus says the regulations still allow flexibility for employers.
Liuzzo talks about winning Jamestown City Council At-Large seat... 
Republican newcomer Andrew Liuzzo says he decided to run for the Jamestown City Council because he was "tired of complaining" about what's been happening -- or not happening in the city.  Liuzzo was third-leading vote-getter in the six person race for the three at-large council seats this past Tuesday night.  He says the biggest complaint that he heard during the campaign was about property taxes.  However... Liuzzo says another aspect of that caught his attention... and, found himself wondering, "what are we getting for our tax dollars?"  He says many sidewalks are broken, streets need repair, and there is still some substandard housing.  Liuzzo received 1,952 votes last Tuesday... and, finished just two votes behind second-place Vanessa Weinert in the machine vote Tuesday.  That's also prior to the counting of absentee ballots.  Liuzzo says he's also concerned about the city's fiscal position... and, having to get money from the state to balance the 2017 budget.  However... no such promise has been made for 2018... when Mayor Sam Teresi projects a $947,000 deficit.  Liuzzo says the biggest problem facing the city -- otherwise -- is the on-going Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis.  
Horrigan supports CSEA Contract Extention...
The Chautauqua County Legislature will be taking action next week on a new contract for the county's largest labor union.  This past Thursday, members of the Audit and Control Committee approved the agreement, a one-year contract extension for CSEA Local 807-Unit 6300.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he supports the tentative agreement and says he's very hopeful that the full legislature will approve the pact, which includes a 2-percent wage increase... but, some insurance concessions.  Horrigan says an important part of the contract allows the county to offer multiple health care plans -- including some lower cost plans.  Legislators will hold their monthly meeting next Wednesday evening at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.

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