The dead man whose body was found just off Route 20 in the town of Portland last weekend has now been identified...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say their Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to a report of an unidentified man being found by a passing motorist just after 3 p.m. last Saturday.  Trooper say 47 year-old Brian Heyden of Brocton was apparently homeless, and lived in an encampment just west of the village.  Police say Heyden apparently travelled to Fredonia on a daily basis.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to call State Police at 665-3114.
 
 
That's the thrust of Borrello's first State of the County message, delivered during the County Legislature's monthly meeting.  Borrello visited 107 businesses in his first 100 days in office, and says over 700 jobs are open in the county...
 
Borrello says the numbers did not include Athenex or any new business that's coming to the county.  He presented a multi-faceted approach to getting those jobs filled and getting ready for the future, including better matching potential workers with the jobs available.  A number of business people and elected officials attended the State of the County address held at the Chautauqua Lake School Auditorium. 
 
 
The Chautauqua County legislature voted in favor of a local law on Wednesday to establish an animal abuse registry in the county...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says changes have been made to the language of the measure after it was tabled last month.  Borrello is hopeful that this will help stop people from abusing any animal. Borrello also says people need to know when an animal abuser is residing in their neighborhood, especially if you have a pet in your home.  He says the rate of recitivism with animal abusers tends to be "high."  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office will develop the registry and maintain it.  It will appear on the Sheriff's website and would include name, address and photo for each animal abuse offender. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is expressing his appreciation to French President Emmanuel Macron for addressing a joint session of Congress on a number of shared issues...  
 
Most of all, Reed says he especially appreciates France working with the U-S to make a "safer and more secure world."  The Corning Republican adds that "President Macron and France will be key allies in eradicating violent Islamic extremism and eliminating ISIS.  It is only fair to the American people that we seek partnerships, such as that with France, to address key economic and security issues across the globe."  Macron appealed to the U-S to rejoin the Paris Climate agreement "to make our planet great again." It's a play on Trump's campaign pledge in 2016 to "make America great again."
 
 
A man from Falconer was arrested during a domestic incident in the city of Jamestown last Tuesday night...  
 
City police were called to the Second Street side of City Hall for the report of an in-progress domestic dispute and found 24 year-old Joel Acevedo; an unidentified adult female victim; and a juvenile female victim.  Further investigation revealed Acevedo allegedly damaged the front windshield of the woman's car during a previous dispute at the Prendergast Library at 8:30.  Officers also report the suspect attempted to take the woman's phone while she was driving, after they picked up two juvenile girls at the Jamestown YMCA.  Police say those actions caused the woman to swerve between lanes and brake appruptly, nearly causing an accident.  The second juvenile victim walked from the scene before officer's arrival.  Acevedo was arrested on three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal tampering.  Jamestown Police were assisted by Ellicott Town Police.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has promoted himself as a national leader in the fight against climate change, but environmentalists say he needs to put his words into action... 
 
The governor has endorsed policies that could significantly reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions.  But critics say too often, those policies amount to grand announcements with no follow-up.  Peter Iwanowicz with the group Environmental Advocates of New York, points to last week's announcement that the state will increase its energy-efficiency efforts by 50-percent over the next eight years.
 
In his "Reforming the Energy Vision" strategy, Cuomo says the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40-percent by 2030, and 80-percent by 2050. Iwanowicz says the state isn't on track to meet those goals.  He believes too many of the state's goals and policies could easily be reversed by a change in the administration in Albany.  On Monday, 1,500 marched to the state Capitol to say "it's time to turn executive policies into legislative action."  Environmental groups have called for instituting a carbon tax on polluters to help fund clean-energy development.
 
 
Democrats have prevailed in two special elections for the New York state Senate -- but Republicans will retain control thanks to the support of a breakaway Democrat...
  
In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer declared victory over Republican Julie Killian in Tuesday's vote.  With more than 80-percent of precincts reporting, Mayer had a 16 percentage point lead.  In the other contest, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda easily dispatched Republican Patrick Delices in the Bronx.  The victories give Democrats a one-seat Senate majority.  However, the GOP will remain in charge through the end of the legislative session because Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn sides with them.
 
 
There will be three names on the ballot in the Jamestown school budget and school board vote on Tuesday, May 15...  
 
School District Clerk Jaunita Walter says three people picked up petitions to run for two seats on the city school board and three were returned by Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline.  Walter says incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka and challenger Breanne Fadale handed in petitions.  The two seats up for a vote are each for a full, three-year term. 

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