Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Sat., Feb. 15, 2020

City police vehicle involved in accident in downtown Jamestown...
A Jamestown Police officer suffered minor injuries when his patrol car crashed into another vehicle at a downtown intersection early Friday morning.  City police confirm the accident at Second and Main Streets occured about 6:30 a.m., and, the officer was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and was later released.  The intersection was closed for a short time while the accident scene was cleared.  There's no word yet on any tickets being issued.


Police in Dunkirk investigating alleged shooting incident...
Dunkirk Police are investigating an incident involving a gunshot victim that occurred Thursday evening.  Police indicate they were called to Brooks Memorial Hospital's emergency room around 7:30 p.m. for a victim with an apparent gunshot wound.  No further details are available at this time... including the location of the shooting.  Police say the investigation is ongoing, and that anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.


Cuomo and Trump hold talks about suspension of Trusted Traveler programs in NYS...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the White House Friday in hopes he can persuade President Donald Trump to reverse a decision to boot New Yorkers from programs that allow travelers to avoid long lines at U.S. at the border.  The Democratic governor and Republican president met Thursday afternoon to discuss their dispute over New York's new "Green Light" law, which lets unauthorized immigrants obtain state driver's licenses.  It also bars federal immigration agents from accessing state motor vehicle records.  Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says the leaders held a "productive meeting." 


Gillibrand votes in favor of War Powers legislation regarding Iran...
New York's Junior Senator voted in favor of a bi-partisan measure that limits President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran. The resolution says Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against the arab country.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says the resolution is now about Trump or even the presidency, but instead is an important reassertion of congressional power to declare war.  Gillibrand says it would reclaim the authority for Congress that it's given up during the time period after "9/11."  She says they voted on a number of amendments prior to the final vote on Sen. Tim Kaine's proposal.  In addition... Gillibrand says she will soon be offering a proposal that would limit the president's ability to get the country into "Forever Wars..." like Afghanistan.  Under the proposal... she says the president would have to name the country involved, and secondly, the authorization would only late two years.  At that point... the president would have to come back to Congress.  The House could take up the Senate resolution later this month.  Two-thirds votes in the House and GOP-run Senate would be needed to override an expected Trump veto.


Sundquist takes part in lobbying by NYCOM for increased state road and bridge maintenance funding...
Jamestown's new mayor took part in the New York State Conference of Mayor's annual Winter Legislative session in Albany... which included rallying for more funding to maintain state roadways in the city.  Democrat Eddie Sundquist attended the two-and-a-half day program earlier this week... and, says he was part of the effort to lobby members of the State Senate and Assembly to boost Arterial Maintenance funding.  He says the rate has not changed on reimbursements since 1987, but, he says the city's costs to do that have gone up, and they now lose money on the program.  Former Mayor Sam Teresi was part of a several year effort to get that funding increased.  Currently... Jamestown receives $220,000 a year from the state, and they're looking to at least double that amount.  Sundquist says he made some valuable contacts while at NYCOM... because he feels it's important to see how other cities are dealing with common issues they face.  Generally... Sundquist adds that the mayor's also discussed other implications of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2020-2021 budget proposal on their communities.  There was also continuing discussion over dealing with the state's new "cashless bail" reform law.


Former Assembly Minority Leader Kolb says he's not running for re-election...
A state Republican lawmaker who was charged with drunken driving and blamed his wife for a New Year's Eve crash says he will not run for re-election this year.  Brian Kolb previously served as the top Republican in the New York State Assembly, but stepped down from the leadership post after being charged with driving while intoxicated.  Kolb was behind the wheel when his state-issued 2018 GMC Acadia slid off a driveway and down an embankment near his home in western New York, according to authorities.