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Just over 100 people were on hand to talk mainly about housing and landlord-tenant issues during Jamestown Mayor-elect Eddie Sundquist's second community public input session.  

Sundquist and his Housing and Public Safety Transition Team hosted the two-hour long event at Washington Middle School on the city's southside.  He says not everyone agreed with everything that was said but, he feels there was progress.

Several landlords, and tenants spoke during the program and, each talked about the other having more "skin" in the game so there is more responsibility.  One landlord said it was "too easy" to move from one apartment situation to another, and leaving the previous dwelling in a shambles.  Incoming City Councilman, Jeff Russell, feels the city should get back to having more police officers going out on inspections with housing inspectors... especially on enforcement actions.  Sundquist's third public input meeting will be held tonight at Persell Middle School and, will deal with city finances, and fiscal condition.  Like the others, it will run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.


The co-chairmen of the Congressional Problem Solver's Caucus say they are "applauding" the bi-partisan deal that's been reached on the U-S, Mexico, Canada trade deal.  

Local Representative Tom Reed, a Repubican from Corning, and New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer say they are now looking forward to "its swift passage.  This is a big boost for jobs across the United States.  We commend the bipartisan efforts in Congress and the White House on this important agreement that will bring our trade relationship with Mexico and Canada into the modern era."  Both says they're proud that labor groups, American workers, businesses and U-S Farmers have been heard and their interests addressed.
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IN addition, New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher says they're "encouraged" by the agreement and, are calling for it's "swift passage" in Congress.  Fisher says, "the reassurance it will provide New York farmers, knowing that markets will remain open with two of our most vital trading partners, is welcome news to end what has a been a challenging year."  Just last week,  he says the Farm Bureau passed a resolution reinforcing the need to get this trade agreement to "the finish line" during it's annual meeting.


The head of economic development in Chautauqua County says he's disappointed to see Castelli America close it's plant in Ashville after the company was purchased by a French-based cooperative.  

However,Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise, says he's very optimistic that another company will be found to occupy that space on Fairbanks Road in the town of Harmony.

However, Geise says they have to wait at this point to see what Castelli's new owner -- Lactalis -- will do.  He says it's not even known yet if the Ashville facility is part of Lactalis's purchase of Castelli, which is based in Italy.  Right now, Geise say the county's Workforce Investment Board is working with at least 50 employees who have lost their jobs.  He says they have been in touch with Castelli to begin finding new work for those employees.  Geise says Lactalis is one of the world's largest dairy product cooperatives.  He says the county's Industrial Development Agency provided Castelli a $500,000 Al Tech Trust Fund loan, while Empire State Development provided a $5.5-million loan just over three-years ago to get the new cheese plant up and running.


A retail chain specializing in counter-culture-related clothing and accessories has announced it is closing it's store in the Chautuaqua Mall in Lakewood early next year.

Hot Topic, which has had a location in the Fairmount Avenue location for many years, says on Facebook that it's last day of business will be Saturday, January 25th.  They did thank friends and family for all of their business, and "standing with us all these years."


There may be some discolored water in the Lakewood-area through mid-day due to a water main break.

  The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities reports Water Division employees worked yesterday afternoon to repair the break, which occured on Baker Street between Winch and Shadyside Roads.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says water was turned off for repairs on Baker Street west of Shadyside to Big Tree Road; and on Winch between Hunt and Baker.  She says there may be discolored water south of Hunt Road toward Busti between Big Tree and Orchard Roads.

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