For the first-time in nearly a quarter-of-a century, there is a new sheriff in Chautauqua County...  

Lakewood's Jim Quattrone was sworn-in to the position during a Noon-hour ceremony at the County Courthouse in Mayville yesterday.  There was an overflow crowd in attendance that included family, friends and allies during last Fall's campaign.  Quattrone says winning last November's election was through the help of a lot of people -- including his family.  He retired as a Sheriff's Department Lieutenant in 2017.

Quattrone was accompanied by his wife, Nancy and, their four adult children.  Nancy Quattrone also presented her husband with his sheriff's badge during the ceremony.  Several other people who supported Quattrone also spoke, including local Congressman Tom Reed, who came in from Corning to congratulat him, and wish him well.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, State Senator Cathy Young, and County Executive George Borrello also spoke.  Quattrone defeated long-time incumbant Sheriff Joe Gerace in last November's election.
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Right after he was sworn-in, Quattrone introduced and swore-in his new Undersheriff.  He is past Sheriff's Captain Darrel Braley. 

 
A Ripley man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a home he was ordered to stay away from and, starting a fight with a resident there....  

Sheriff's officers were called to a home in the town about 3 p.m. Christmas Day and, found that the suspect, 39 year-old Scott Walker, had left the scene before they arrived.  Deputies obtained a warrant from the Ripley Town Court but, Walker turned himself into officers at Westfield Police Headquarters last Saturday.  He was arraigned on several counts, including second-degree burglary and harassment, and endangering the welfare of a child.  Walker was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $10,000 cash bail pending further court action.


An Olean-area man is jailed on $5,000 bail for allegedly stabbing a family member during an altercation in the town of Allegany early New Year's morning....  
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the scene on Buffalo Road shortly before 2 a.m. on a report of a domestic incident.  Officers arrested 19 year-old Triston Heitzinger on one count each of first and second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and, resisting arrest.  Heitzinger was arraigned in Allegany Town Court, and sent to the Cattaraugus County lock-up.

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun 2019 and his third term with an inaugural address on Ellis Island, promising the most progressive agenda in state history...
 
The Democrat spoke Tuesday evening on the New York side of the island, which New York shares with New Jersey.  Ellis Island was the nation's busiest immigration station for decades, welcoming millions of immigrants from around the world. Cuomo calls it an "enduring symbol" of America's core values of hope and opportunity. Cuomo won re-election last fall. He has listed legalizing recreational marijuana, codifying abortion rights and fixing New York City's subways as three priorities for the new year.  The speech's location is likely to encourage speculation that Cuomo may run for president, though the 61-year-old has said he has ruled out the idea.


If more moderate voices can prevail, local Congressman Tom Reed feels there can be a deal struck to fully-fund the government and provide border security.... 

A partial government shutdown extends into its 12th day today and, the White House has invited congressional leaders to attend a West Wing briefing later today on the border issue.  During his stop in Mayville yesterday, Reed told us there is  "'deal to be struck..." but, adds there's a lot of "political theater" going on right now.

Reed himself is returning to the capitol this morning.  But, he won't be part of that White House meeting.  The top and second-ranking Democrats and Republicans in both chambers are invited to attend, according to a source to the A-P, who said the agenda and other attendees were unknown.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has granted clemency to 29 individuals -- many of whom faced the risk of deportation...  

The Democratic governor pardoned 22 people and commuted the sentences of seven others on Monday, the final day of the year.  Many of those receiving a pardon were facing the possibility of deportation because of their criminal record. Cuomo says New York must stand up for its immigrant families as Republican President Donald Trump works to keep immigrants from coming to the U.S.  Cuomo's office says all of those receiving pardons have demonstrated their rehabilitation and have gone without committing any additional crimes.  Officials say the seven individuals set to be released from prison have all turned their lives around by pursuing an education and working to help fellow inmates.

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