The Jamestown City Council is faced with two options to close a nearly one-million dollar projected shortfall in Mayor Sam Teresi's 2018 budget proposal.
That was the general feeling of the three people who addressed Council during it's required public hearing on Teresi's $35.7-million proposal last night. On the one hand, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says there are a number of resources the city should be using to bring in more commercial and industrial development.
Tranum says the city needs a long-term plan to "grow" a tax base that will bring in more revenue to Jamestown. From the other side retired Board of Public Utilities employee Doug Champ says the city needs to look at cutting costs and again proposed moving the stormwater improvement, and leaf collection program to the BPU.
The city council will now consider the input offered at the hearing and, other meetings and, consider changes to the budget proposal, which is to be voted on by next Monday night.
One of the big items that city lawmakers are waiting to hear about for next year's budget is whether the state will again be able to help plug that $947,000 shortfall.
That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says he understands the concerns about the City Council following the charter. However, Dolce says they are not violating the city's guidelines in how they put the budget together last year and, this year.
If the state does help cover the entire cost, while the city continues a restructuring plan that's been underway, that gives them more time to get those pieces in place. If not, he says they'll have to look elsewhere for help and, may again have to start the new year with a deficit-budget.
Mayor Sam Teresi was in Albany last week and, met with state officials about the city's fiscal problems.
Last Saturday night's armed robbery and shooting at a home on Jamestown's eastside was not a random act.
That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson, who says police are still looking for the two suspects who allegedly broke into the home at 533 East Fifth Street and, robbed the occupants before shooting one of them.
Samuelson says they were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., and a male victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for a wound to the abdomen. Samuelson says he was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Samuelson says the victim is cooperating but, would not say what was taken during the robbery. He adds that anyone who may have information on the suspects to this incident or their whereabouts should call Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.
You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.
A Sherman man is jailed on $75,000 bail after a recent raid at his home led to discovery of a methamphetamine lab and two weapons.
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Sheriff's Department SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 170 Park Street and, had a vaild arrest warrant for the occupant.
Task Force agents say 42 year-old Edwin Hannold, Junior was wanted for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. A search of the home led officers to seize a quantity of cash, a large amount of Meth and methamphetamine oil.
They also found the meth lab and a shotgun and a rife. Hannold was arraigned and sent to the County Jail and he faces additional possession charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
A Jamestown man was arrested for violating Leandra's Law and endangering the welfare of two children after allegedly driving while toxicated almost twice the legal limit on Saturday.
State Police say they received a complaint of an erratically driving vehicle in southern Chautauqua County and stopped the suspected vehicle on Buffalo Street Extension in Jamestown after observing similar violations.
The driver, identified as 37 year-old Jason Green was arrested after failing several sobriety tests during the stop. While in custody, Green provided a breath sample of 0.15. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court on a later date to answer charges. The children were turned over to a relative at the scene.
Jamestown-area residents are being urged to contact local law enforcement if there is no animal control officer to deal with possible animal cruelty cases.
That in the wake of Jamestown firefighters rescuing two dogs from a house fire late last week and, City police arrested three of the occupants. While speaking with Dennis Webster Monday, Chautauqua County Humane Society Executive Director Kellie Roberts says that the county does not have a Humane Officer but, adds you can still contact local police.
Roberts says the Humane Society is part of the second step and, would aid in removing animals should such a situation arise. She says they can provide needed food and sheltering, and take pictures to assist in an investigation.
Roberts also says that the Humane Society has resources for folks who need help caring for their own pets, including those who may be struggling financially or those who may need information on pet training. She adds that CCHS is there to take in animals, but if they are in a loving and caring home already, they are there to offer a helping hand to keep them with their owners.
An upstate New York woman says in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a state employee, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it.
The governor's office denies the allegations. Lisa Marie Cater says former Empire State Development Corporation Regional President William "Sam" Hoyt helped her get a job at the department of motor vehicles, and then used that as an excuse to harass and assault her, starting in 2015. She says he would call, text and email her inappropriately. She says he sent her a nude image and groped her. She says she tried to report the abuse.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's office said it launched investigations after the office received allegations in October 2016. Hoyt resigned Oct. 30. His lawyer told the New York Post that his client denied the allegations.