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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 15, 2020

Local Congressman Tom Reed is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers who have introduced a new measure that provides a tax credit that incentivizes new "clean energy sources."  

Reed has been joined by his co-chairman of the Problem Solver's Caucus, New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer, in introducing the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act... which he says will "combat climate change."  While some Republicans have dismissed climate change as a "hoax..." the Corning Republican says he has not.

Reed says it's time to "unleash the greatest asset we have available to prevent this pending crisis – the power of American ingenuity and innovation."  He says using tax credits has "proven time and time again to solve world problems – and this situation will be no different...".

Gottheimer says "protecting the environment and improving energy efficiency are issues that everyone, Republicans and Democrats, can come together on.”  Reed adds that the incentive will "sunset" once that particular energy innovation becomes viable commercially.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.

A Gowanda teenager was arrested for allegedly taking a vehicle that did not belong to him from a home in Cherry Creek early Monday.  
Sheriff's officers responded to a home in the village about Midnight, and spoke to individuals with information regarding the vehicle.  Deputies say their investigation led to the arrest of 19 year-old Joseph Chadwick for Unathorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  The owner did recover the car... and, Chadwick was processed and released with an appearance ticket for Cherry Creek Court at a later date. 

The Village of Fredonia has a new trustee, with the village board filling a vacancy with a former trustee during Monday evening's meeting.  

EvaDawn Bashaw has returned after leaving the board in 2000.

Meanwhile, Mayor Doug Essek and Trustee Roger Britz opposed the way the appointment was handled.  Essek says he didn't expect an effort to fill the post inmmediately... but, Bashaw's appointment was approved by a 3-to-1 vote.


New York lawmakers could ban flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes amid growing concern over the tobacco industry's use of flavorings to attract young people and African-Americans.  

A spokesman said Monday that the Democratic Senate Majority plans to pass a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and prohibition on smokeless flavored tobacco products as soon as next week.  It's less clear how lawmakers will act on a Senate Democrat's bill to ban all flavored tobacco products -- including menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Political leaders in New York say they have reached an agreement to pass new limousine safety bills inspired by deadly crashes in 2015 and 2018. 

 Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the proposals target unsafe limos and lax regulations and will hold companies accountable.  The legislation also includes immobilization of defective limousines, GPS and customer service resource requirements... and drug and alcohol testing.

Vote, vote, vote! That's the message from the hosts of the Small Business Revolution Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington....

Brinkman who is Chief Brand Officer for the show's production company -- Deluxe -- talks about why Fredonia made the Top 5 for Season 5 of the on-line TV show.

Pennington, a renovation icon, says it takes everyone's help -- and votes -- to make it to the top.  The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce helped put on a live viewing of the Facebook Live announcement at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.  Chamber President Todd Tranum says it's exciting but, adds there's little time to celebrate because the final vote is underway. Today’s announcement was made on Facebook shortly before 7 AM and, it received a large cheer from the crowd that filled the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.  On-line voting at "" continues until January 21st.