Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 11, 2019

The Robert H Jackson Center in Jamestown will name Kristan Mc Mahon as its new President today.....  

Intermin President, Tom Schmidt, says Mc Mahon, is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been a practicing attorney for 20 years.

Schmidt says she rose to the top in an extensive search that took place through the winter.  He adds she is keenly aware of Jackson's work and legacy.  Kristan Mc Mahon is expected to begin her work in Jamestown later this month.

New York's senior U-S Senator is blasting Friendly's Restaurants for closing 14 Upstate stores -- including Jamestown's -- with no real notice to it's employees, saying they were "anything but Friendly."  

Democrat Chuck Schumer Wednesday accused Friendly's of potentially violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification -- or WARN Act when it suddenly shuttered the 14 New York, and 9 other stores in the Northeast.  Schumer says he has written Labor Secretary Alex Acosta about the matter.

However... Schumer adds that -- even if Friendly's actions didn't violate the law... then what's on the books now needs to be changed.  He says employers generally expect two-weeks notice when a worker is leaving.  However... in these cases... he says workers don't have similar protections.  He says it often leads people with mortgages and health care bills with no money to pay them.  The Friendly's on South Main Street in Jamestown closed without notice early Monday morning... leaving about 30 workers out of a job.

Officials with the Chautauqua County Board of Elections say they will be getting a share of nearly $25-million in funding in the state budget to cover the costs of electronic poll books and early voting....  

Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says he expects the county's share of funding to be about $150,000.

Green says early voting won't be in effect for the June primaries, but will be ready for the general election in November.  He says it will "definately" be ready then.  Green says the county's estimated share would take care of the Board of Elections' startup costs but, not year-to-year expenses.

The fight over whether or not to make President Donald Trump release the past six-years of his tax returns will likely wind up in court....  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, with yesterday's deadline set by a Congressional committee for Trump to turn over his tax returns for lawmaker's scrutiny.  However... Reed says the Ways and Means committee... of which he is a member... does have the right to review taxes for "tax administrative purposes."  However... he says there are political... and, privacy issues involved here.

However... in a letter from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig... Democrats feel this is a vital first step toward oversight of Trump’s income taxes and business network.  Some lawmakers say they believe they could be rife with conflicts of interest and potential tax law violations.  He adds there would also be privacy issues if the president's New York state tax returns are requested as well. 

H. Carl McCall, the chairman of the board of trustees of the State University of New York, has announced his retirement after nearly eight years in the appointed post....  

The 83-year-old McCall announced Wednesday that he'll "pursue other interests" after more than 50 years in public service.  McCall served as state comptroller from May 1993 through December 2002, a month after he lost the November election for governor to incumbent George Pataki.  A state senator representing a Manhattan district from 1975 through 1980, McCall also served as ambassador to the United Nations and commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
 Governor Andrew Cuomo called the fellow Democrat "a quintessential public servant" and "a trailblazer who paved a path for others to follow."

Crews spent much of the day Wednesday working on a major water main break in the city of Dunkirk that occurred early yesterday morning in the 100 block of Central Avenue......  

The city was alerted to the break around 4:30 AM and it appeared like a "small geyser" shooting into the air.  Once they were able to isolate the break... City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury says they will able to dig down and make repairs.  Central Avenue from Lake Shore Drive, Route 5 to 2nd Street reopened early yesterday afternoon.  Woodbury says the city lost about 100,000 gallons of water from the break. 


With Easter Weekend being later in April this year compared to the past few... organizers of the 72nd annual Easter Egg Hunt in Jamestown are hoping to have the event outdoors this year... 

That from City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley... who announced this year's event at Allen Park... where the hunt will again be held.  Ciesla-Hanley says this year's egg hunt will be held in the playground area beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 20th.

Ciesla-Hanley says they are able to put on the event again this year, thanks to generous sponsors... such as the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation... which is taking on a primary sponsorship this year.  She says the foundation is donating the two children's bicycles that'll be given away to the two Golden Egg prize winners.  Fifty-dollar Wal-Mart gift cards will be presented to the two children finding the Silver Eggs by the Hess family.  Children ages 12 and under are invited to attend the egg hunt.  For more information... call 483-7523.

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water Division is warning of discolored water expected in Celoron, West Ellicott and the Village of Lakewood today....  

BPU Spokewoman Becky Robbins says a warehouse on Jackson Avenue in Celoron will execute a fire system flow test this morning.  Robbins says water may be discolored for 12-to-24 hours after the test occurs.  Customers in Cottage Park and west could also be affected... and, should not do laundry until water appears clear.