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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Nov. 16, 2022

City firefighters respond to huge blaze reported at old Crawford Furniture building...
Jamestown firefighters are at the scene of smokey blaze that broke out late this morning in an old furniture factory building at the city line with Falconer.  Dispatchers say crews were called to the former Crawford Furniture building at 1061 Allen St. about 11:20 a.m., and, found a lot of fire and smoke billowing from the building.  City police are at the scene directing traffic... which is being diverted away from the building.  There have been no reports of injuries at this time.  More when it becomes available.


Lake Effect Snow Warning now in effect for Chautauqua County...
A couple of lake effect snow storms will take aim at Western New York... beginning tonight.  The National Weather Service has now issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning from 7 o'clock tonight through 7 p.m. Thursday for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  Meterologist David Thomas in Buffalo says the heaviest snows will fall in northern Chautauqua County... especially along the Chautauqua Ridge area... where there could be as much as 9-inches of snow.  After less than half-an-inch today, the weather service is forecasting 2-to-4 inches both tonight and through tomorrow.  Looking at the entire region... Thomas says what happens in Chautauqua County today and Thursday is just the beginning.  He says the larger band lake effect will bring multiple feet of snow to some areas... mainly along the Niagara Frontier.


Head of State DMV and Gov's Traffic Safety Committee gives Wintertime driving tips...
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are offering tips to help residents winterize their vehicles, and to prepare to drive in Wintery conditions.  Both agencies also reminded motorists that they can install snow tires on their vehicles.  State law allows the use of snow tires from Oct. 16 through April 30.  DMV Commissioner and Traffic Safety Committee Chairman Mark Schroeder says "Winter is right around the corner... so now is a good time for motorists to winterize their vehicles... and, anticipate changing weather conditions."  Schroeder says motorists can take some easy steps when conditions become adverse... including driving slowly... making sure the vehicle and the headlights are clear and not covered with ice or snow... and, having ample windshield washer fluid.  Schroeder also advises motorists to check their tire tread... fill their gas tank... and make sure your heater and defrosters are working properly.  For more tips and information... go on-line to dmv.ny.gov.


Sempolinski discusses importance of "Lame Duck" session of Congress...
The "lame duck" session of Congress is underway... and, it's expected to be a busy one with leadership of the House expected to return to Republican hands on Jan. 3 of 2023.  Word is that the current Democratic majority will try to push ahead with billions of dollars in new spending before the end of the year.  Local Congressman Joe Sempolinski says that's why it's important that the Southern Tier District have a "voice" in the process because outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi will try to ram through as many bills as possible before January.  That will likely be seen in the Continuing Resolution that's expected to come before lawmakers before mid-December.  Sempolinski voted against the last one because the GOP didn't have a seat at the table during the discussions... and, says more spending won't help inflation. 


Sempolinski says McCarthy is GOP nominee for House Speaker in 2023...
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California has enough support among Republicans to become the next Speaker of the House.  However... that's still pending a small number of Congressional races not yet decided.  Local Congressman Joe Sempolinski doesn't have a vote on the matter... since he'll be out on Jan. 3 when the 118th Congress is seated.  However... he's been watching what's been going on.  Even with McCarthy getting the nod among the Republicans, it doesn't mean he's automatically speaker.  There is a constitutional process to naming a speaker... and that is getting a majority of members of Congress to elect a person.  That means needing at least 218 votes... and with the GOP expected to have a narrow majority now... that may be more difficult than it appears.  


Williams wins another Upstate District to replace Katko in House...
Another New York Congressional seat will stay in Republican hands now that the race for retiring moderate House member John Katko has been determined.  The A-P says tech entrepreneur Brandon Williams has been elected in a race in the new, central New York district.  Williams defeated Democrat Francis Conole in the contest to decide who will represent the Syracuse-area district.  A Texas native and devout Christian, Williams is almost certain to be a more conservative voice in Washington than Katko.  However... he has said he would not vote in favor of a national ban.  Katko was a long-time friend and ally of former Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.


City man arrested for allegedly holding woman against her will...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedl holding a woman against her will during a domestic incident on the city's southside Monday afternoon.  City police were called to the undisclosed address about 4:30 p.m., and, their investigation found that 23 year-old Christian Jewel had held the woman for a period of time.  Officers arrested Jewell for second-degree unlawful imprisonment.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.