Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Thurs., July 22, 2021

County lifts Water Conservation Order for Mayville water customers...
The water conservation order for village of Mayville water customers has now been lifted.  The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, and the village today announced that the water conservation order... in effect since Wednesday June 2nd... is now over.  County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says water samples collected from a newly-installed treatment system on Well-#1 show that the system is effectively removing PFNA, the contaminant that forced the village to shut down the well in December 2020.  Schuyler says "village water customers can be assured that the new treatment system installed on old Well #1 is filtering out all the PFNA in the water."  She adds that a "battery of tests have been run on the treated water and they show it is completely safe to drink." 


Sundquist to learn more today about $225,000 state grant to help young, at-risk people find work...
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist will be learning more today about funding the city is slated to received to help curb gun violence across New York state.  The city is slated to receive about $225,000 from the state for a new workforce initiative for at-risk youth -- ages 18 to 24 -- to hopefully steer them away from gun violence.  Sundquist says they got word from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office Wednesday morning that the workforce development funding will help create 45 new jobs.  He says the funding will be used to help them find meaningful work and careers.  In the governor's release... Cuomo says Jamestown is one of 20 cities that are sharing in the $16-million being allocated as part of his new "gun violence disaster emergency" and comprehensive strategy to create a safer New York.  Cuomo says the intiative laid out earlier this month treats gun violence as a "public health crisis..." and includes short-term solutions... as well as long-term strategies to deal with the issue.


SUNY JCC Board approves new, 2021-22 Budget that includes no tuition increase...
The Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees has approved a $32-7 million operating budget for the 2021-22 school year that includes no increase in tuition.  SUNY JCC President Daniel DeMarte says the board adopted the plan at Tuesday afternoon's meeting... and, it keeps in-state tuition at $2,600 a year.  It will also remain $5,200 for out-of-state students.  DeMarte says the budget includes $3.2-million in COVID Relief money received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021... and represents a state aid rate of just under $3,000 per full-time equivalent student.  DeMarte says he appreciates his administrative team's effors to craft "a strong budget as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic."


Jamestown woman arrested for trespass, and threatening police...
A city woman has been charged with menacing after allegedly trespassing on Jamestown's southside... and, later threatening police with a broken glass pipe.  Officers were called to the scene just before 4 a.m. this past Monday for a report of a suspicious person... and, found that 32 year-old Holly Mooney was trespassing on the back porch of a home.  City police tried to get Mooney off the porch when she displayed the broken pipe... commonly used for smoking Methamphetamine... and threatened to stab them.  She was eventually taken into custody... but, then tried to get away from police, and was also charged with resisting arrest.


North County man arrested following DWI Crash in Portland...
A Dunkirk man faces several charges -- including Felony drunk driving -- after the car he was driving went off a town of Portland street and crashed.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene ln Lake Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday... and, learned the vehicle -- driven by 48 year-old Gerardo Andujar-Figueroa -- was northbound when the car left the roadway.  Deputies say Andujar-Figueroa was found to be drunk... and, he was arrested for Felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, refusal to take a breath test, move from lane unsafely, and fail to keep right.  Andujar-Figueroa was taken to the county jail... pending arraignment.


Borrello legislation designed to help small, independent pharmacies better compete for state contracts...
Doing business as a small, independent pharmacy in New York state has never been more difficult... but, a local state lawmaker is trying to make it less so.  57th District Senator George Borrello says the state legislature -- and Governor Andrew Cuomo -- have in recent years favored bigger pharmacies to fill prescriptions for various state agencies.  Borrello says it's really hurt Patient's Pharmacy in downtown Jamestown... and, he says in the process, we've seen Patient's and others like Lakewood Apothocary suffer because they can't compete with the larger, national companies.  Borrello says the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) awarded a contract to an Ohio-based company that would not work with local pharmacies -- like Patient's -- to continue providing services to local group homes.  He says he's proposed legislation to give preference to in-state suppliers, and that measure has been approved by the senate's Contracts and Procurement Committee.  The Sunset Bay Republican is hopeful that the full Senate will vote on the measure in the near future.


CLA warns boaters about floating debris in Chautauqua Lake...
Boaters on Chautauqua Lake are being urged to use caution because of a huge amount of debris that got into the lake during last week's storms and extreme flooding.  The Chautauqua Lake Association says their crews are out clearing hazardous debris from navigational lanes, and the shorelines following those storms.  The debris has included whole trees, tree branches, and other items.


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