WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 27, 2019

In an effort to bring commercial air service back to the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown, county legislators Wednesday night passed a resolution that would provide county funds for local share funding of an Essential Air Service contract....  

County Executive George Borrello says it's part of a plan the county is working on with Boutique Air and will also involve the cooperation of the Jamestown business community.  County lawmakers passed the proposal 16-1, but several legislators indicated that this was the last time they would be supporting such a plan.


The Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown will be on the receiving end of three grants totaling nearly $660,000 to renovate and upgrade the facility....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed made the announcement earlier today, noting the funds are needed to ensure "access to reliable transportation.  He says the grants will enable the Jamestown Airport "to fund maintenance projects and ensure the efficiency of their operations.  It is important that we invest in our infrastructure and we are pleased these grants will allow our the Jamestown Airport make necessary improvements to keep the facility in working order.”  Airport Manager Ron Almeter says the funds will be used to complete three projects, maintenance of the primary runway, design of perimeter security and the design and construction of a primary wind cone.  The money will come from the Airport Capital Improvement Program, which is administered by the U-S Department of Transportation.

 

A lengthy investigation by the FBI and Fredonia Police has led to the arrest of a Fredonia man on a charge of promoting a sexual performance by a child...  

Fredonia Police say that David Tobio was taken into custody on the felony charge after a search warrant was issued for Tobio's residence out of U.S. District Court in Buffalo.  Police say that several items were seized and analyzed by the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in Buffalo.  Tobio was being held pending arraignment in Fredonia Village Court.

 

Chautauqua County Legislator David Wilfong won Tuesday's Republican Primary for Jamestown mayor handily over City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo....

 Wilfong defeated Liuzzo by more than 200 votes, 480-to-271.  Late yesterday morning, Wilfong expressed his appreciation to all the Republicans who came out, and supported him to carry the party's banner this November.

Liuzzo challenged Wilfong in the primary after the City GOP Committee backed Wilfong for the nomination.  The winner congratulated Liuzzo on running a strong campaign and, believes he will now carry the mantle for "real change" in the city.  Wilfong says there was no doubts about who was running in the Primary... and, he's hoping to bring the party together for November.  Late Wednesday morning, Democratic challenger Eddie Sundquist said -- quote -- "I look forward to ramping up our mayoral campaign.  This is an exciting time for the City of Jamestown and our campaign will bring new energy as we share our ideas, knock on doors, and prepare to debate Mr. Wilfong on the policy issues which most impact the people of our City."


Coming off his win in Tuesday's Republican Primary, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is now focused on bringing the GOP together as they prepare to campaign for the November election...  

Borrello says party unity is important as he prepares for Democratic challenger Austin Morgan of Freedom in Cattaraugus County.  Borrello picked up just over 60-percent of the vote in the race against Allegany County Legislature Chairman Curt Crandall.  The final vote count Tuesday was 7,453 for Borrello, while Crandall had 4,247.  


The price of gas in the Jamestown-area has fallen another penny this week to just under $2.90 cents a gallon for regular, unleaded. ... 

That from the AAA's East Central Gas Price Report, which says the price was just under $2.91 a gallon last week.  Across New York state, the average price is now $2.84, which is the 10th most expensive state average.  The national average is now down two-cents to $2.66, even though demand is at record highs.  Over the past week, AAA says demand reached 9.93-million barrels.  However, gas stocks will be down during the coming week due in part to unplanned maintenance at United Refining's Warren, Pennsylvania facility.