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Borrello says OMH Board votes to keep TLC/Lakeshore open for now...
The advisory board for the New York State Office of Mental Health hosted a meeting in Buffalo today and State Senator George Borrello says members voted to keep the mental health unit and emergency room open at TLC-Lakeshore.  Borrello says that's until a plan can be developed... and, adds it's an important step in keeping the Irving based hospital open.  The Irving-area Republican and others spoke to the need to keep both parts of the operation open.  Once everyone spoke... Borrello says the advisory board took their vote -- which was unanimous.  They also recommended to the director of Mental Health and the OMH Commissioner to keep Lakeshore open until a better plan can be developed.  Borrello says it will now be up the Office of Mental Health Commissioner to consider the recommendation from the advisory board. No word on when a decision is expected.

Scott to retire at end of next week as Prendergast Library Director...
The current director of the Prendergast Library in Jamestown is retiring at the end of the month... but, her replacement is more than ready to take over.  Tina Scott will step away on next Friday, Jan. 31, after nine-years of heading up the library operation.  Scott says it was not an easy decision... but, adds it's time to move on.  She says the library is still struggling financially, but, she says libraries are always going to have challenges moving forward.  Scott says she's pleased that her top assistant during her tenure as director... Annie Green... will replace her.  She says Green is "very knowledgeable" about how the Prendergast works... and, is already handling the library's "day-to-day" operations.  Green worked at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital prior to coming to the library... and, has a Masters Degree in Library Sciences... and, one in Social Work.  Scott made her comments for this weekend's Community Spotlight Program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

Olean man arrested following traffic stop in town of Poland for drug possession...
A Cattaraugus County man was arrested for drug and paraphernalia possession during a traffic stop in the Town of Poland on Wednesday.  State Police in Jamestown say they stopped a vehicle on Route 394 for a traffic violation... and, the passenger, 26 year-old Travis Centi, of Olean, was allegedly found with hypodermic needle loaded with heroin, a bag of methamphetamine, and a digital scale.  Troopers say Centi was issued appearance tickets for Poland Town Court next month... and, the driver was issued a traffic ticket. 

Jamestown man arrested for unlicensed operation, drug possession following traffic stop...
A city man faces charges for allegedly driving without a license, and with drugs in his possession early Thursday morning.  Jamestown police say they pulled over Eric Lundsten for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Falconer Street and Lindsey Avenue.  While investigating... officers say Lundsten was making movements allegedly trying to conceal something in the backseat.  Police conducted a search and found a small amount of crack cocaine and methamphetamine.  Lundsten was released to appear in Jamestown City Court at a later date. 

County Legislature approves new Fixed-based operator for Jamestown and Dunkirk Airports...
For the first time in many years... both Chautauqua County Airports in Jamestown and Dunkirk will have the same fixed-base operator at both locations.  The county legislature this week unanimously approved both FBO and hangar lease agreements with Cin-tric Aviation of New Jersey.  Ranking Democrat on the legislature's Audit and Control Committee, Chuck Nazzaro of Jamestown, says Cintric, had the best of four proposals... and, has a relationship with Boutique Air.  Nazzaro says they are also an FBO for an airport in Florida.  Boutique Air is currently working with the county to try and restore commercial air service to the Jamestown Airport.... which lost it's Essential Air Service program two years ago.  Nazzaro says Cin-tric was one of three companies that proposed fixed-base operator service at both the Jamestown and Dunkirk Airports.  Jamestown's previous agreement ended at the end of 2019... while Dunkirk's last agreement ended early last year.

Moderate Democrat in stae legislature now supports making recreational pot legal in NYS...
A New York lawmaker who last year expressed reservations over marijuana legalization is now backing a bill to make the drug legal. State Senator Pete Harckham has announced he is supporting a bill that legalizes and regulates the drug.  Support from Democrats in more moderate districts like Harckham's in the Hudson Valley could be key as legislators push to legalize the drug.  The Democrat said changes were made in the bill.  He said it now provides extra funds for impaired driving enforcement and a social media campaign on the health effects of marijuana.

New York joins other A-Gs in 3-D guns lawsuit...
Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3-D printers to be posted on the internet.  New York Attorney General Tish James is helping to lead the coalition.  James says posting the blueprints would allow anyone to go online and use the downloadable files to create unregistered and untraceable assault-style weapons that could be difficult to detect.  The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit.


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