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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 14, 2021

Funding from the latest COVID-19 Stimulus package is starting to flow for businesses and workers... and, the city of Jamestown is assisting where it can.  That from Development Director Crystal Surdyk... and, Mayor Eddie Sundquist... who fielded some questions at this week's City Council work session.  Surdyk says they have links on their page on the city's website, and Facebook page about who's eligible, and how to apply.

Sundquist says applications for the Payroll Protection Plan opened up this week for most banks... and, employers should address those questions to their banking institution.  He adds the state has also opened up a program to help restaurants. Sundquist says the city has also been in contact with various arts and cultural entities in the city about the new "Save our Stages" Act that's part of the nearly $900-billion stimulus package.  He says that program should be opening soon.

The State University of New York at Fredonia is mourning the loss of a junior men's hockey player who passed away Tuesday from injuries suffered in a skiing accident in Lake Placid.  22-year-old Tanner Kahlau of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania also played junior hockey with the New Jersey Rockets of the U.S. Premier Hockey League before enrolling at Fredonia State in 2018.  Fredonia State Athletics also reports he was majoring in Business Management with a minor in Exercise Science.

A north county man has been arrested on menacing and other charges following an alleged altercation in the village of Silver Creek this past Tuesday.  Sheriff's officers were called to an undisclosed location just after 8 PM... and, following an investigation... took 21 year-old Draven VanEvery of Silver Creek into custoday.  In addition to third-degree menacing... he's charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief... he was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.

The bi-partisan group of House and Senate members that helped breakthrough the gridlock on COVID-19 relief, called on President Trump to renounce any further violence at the U-S Capitol.  In response... the president issued a statement Wednesday afternoon in which he urged "NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind" leading up to or during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

However... majority House Democrats still pushed ahead on voting to impeach the president for an unprecidented second-time in his one and only term.  Reed says... expect for 10 House Republicans... that was a non-starter for the GOP.  The Corning Republican says even the bi-partisan Problem Solver's Caucus could not come to a consensus on how best to deal with President Trump in the wake of last week's mob attack on the Capitol building.  Reed says the 50 members of the caucus could not agree on either impeachment or censure.

Another upstate New York Republican Congressman was among those backing Mr. Trump's impeachment... saying the president incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.  The former federal prosecutor representing central New York said Trump "encouraged this insurrection" on social media ahead of January 6th... and, in his speech that day.  Katko was among hundreds of members of Congress locked down for hours while rioters invaded the Capitol Wednesday.

It's time for New York state to move ahead aggressively on providing it's own green energy for the future.  That from Governor Andrew Cuomo... who says that's one of the lessons that's come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and shut-down.  During the third-part of his State of the State message... Cuomo said -- otherwise -- we'll have to depend on others -- many of them overseas.

Cuomo highlighted that as one of four components necessary to get New York fully moving towards clean, renewable energy.  To do that... he outlined an ambitious $26-billion effort to complete more than 100 projects to produce the power, store and transmit it.  He says those projects are projected to eliminate carbon emissions by almost 16-million metric tons a year... and, create more than 17,000 good paying jobs.

There's been a 46th death of a person from COVID-19 related illness in Chautauqua County over the past day.  In addition to the one new death... County Executive P-J Wendel says there are 67 new cases... raising the total to 5,198.  Wendel adds that 695 cases are currently active... and, 42 of those are hospitalized.  He says 4,457 cases have now recovered.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department is reporting three new COVID-related deaths over the past day.  Officials say that brings the total to 64.  In a printed release from the Public Health Emergency Department... officials say 58 new COVID cases were reported on Tuesday.. bringing the total to 3,181.  There are currently 513 active cases, and 45 people are hospitalized.