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Lawmakers in Jamestown have overwhelmingly voted in favor of moving ahead on buying about one-and-a-half million dollars worth of new vehicles and equipment for the Public Works and Parks Departments....  

The purchases will be under the Smart City Capital Improvement Program brought forward two months ago.  City Councilman Tony Dolce says they were acting on a lot of information brought foward by the Teresi Administration.

Lawmakers approved two of the items purchase unanimously and, eight others 7-to-1 with At-large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo voting no.  Liuzzo again stated that he felt the new mayor and council who will take office next January should have the final say, because they will be paying back borrowing for those purchases.  He said he had no problem with using $30,000 for contingency to pay for a new tractor for DPW since the city will self-fund that purchase.  However, Liuzzo did vote to borrow the money for a $220,000 grader to replace one Councilman Brent Sheldon said is so old that parts "can't be found" anymore.  

A semi-retired city of Jamestown employee has been appointed to the Board of Public Utilities after a recent member left the area for a new job....  

Mayor Sam Teresi recently appointed interim City Clerk James Olson to the BPU to fill out the remaining two-years on the term of Tyler Case.  Teresi was pleased to see Olson's appointment was then confirmed by the City Council.

Olson replaced Todd Thomas earlier this year after Thomas accepted a new position following Teresi's decision not to run for re-election.  Tyler Case has left the area to take a Human Resources position with Penn State University's School of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Case had also been a member of the Jamestown Local Development Corporation, and was on the city's Salary Review Commission.

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly harassing a person during a domestic incident on the city's northside and, threatening to kill police officers while in custody Sunday afternoon.....  

City police say they responded to the Robo Enterprise on North Main Street just before 4:30 PM and, learned the suspect fled the scene on foot.  Officers say 34 year-old Darius Coleman reportedly attempted to ignite a stream of gas from the nozzle, using a Bic lighter, toward the unidentified victim, who was unharmed in the incident.  Coleman was located a short distance away and taken into custody.  But... he allegedly tried to flee.  Once back in the City Jail, police say Coleman spit in an officer's face and threatened them.  He's being held pending arraignment on charges including two-counts of second-degree harassment.

New Yorkers are flocking to greet a new arrival to the city -- Wegmans grocery store...

The popular regional chain officially opened its first New York City outpost Sunday, a 74,000 square foot store at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with more than 500 employees.  Despite the rain Sunday, crowds turned out to take a look at a selection the company says includes almost 50,000 items.  It's the 101st store for Wegmans, which was founded over a century ago in Rochester, New York, and is still family-owned.  Wegmans has more than 40 stores in other parts of New York state, including West Ellicott.  There are also store locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.  Another store is being planned for Westchester County.

A group of upstate New York district attorneys is expressing concerns over how to implement rule changes that aim to give defendants more information about their case....  

The prosecutors made the comments Monday in Albany during a hearing on the law's implementation.  The changes go into effect at the beginning of next year.  The prosecutors say they don't have the funds to implement the changes to the legal process known as discovery.  Prosecutors will be required to turn over discovery information within 15 days after an arraignment under the law, but there are exceptions.  For instance, the prosecution can be given another 30 days if there's a large amount of information.  Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly says the reforms as drafted are not practical.

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