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News Update for Fri., Nov. 15, 2013

Reed votes for coverage plans short of Obamacare rules...

Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the majority that voted Friday to allow health plans currently available on the individual market to continue in 2014.  Reed says this will give Americans the chance to continue to enroll in those plans without penalty under the President's health care law.  The Keep Your Health Plan Act passed the House with bipartisan support, 261-to-157.  Reed says -- "first and foremost, our focus is on helping Americans and taking care of those misled by the President's health care law."  He says families are worried and anxious about what their health care will look like next year.  The Corning Republican says one step in easing their concerns is to do what's fair.  He says the president addressed the nation Thursday saying he wanted to help those he led to believe could keep their health care plan... but, are now receiving cancellation notices.  He says the bill passed in the House "addresses that very problem the President said his aim was to correct."

Teresi "estatic" that Jamestown's bond rating is upgraded to "A" catagory...

The city's bond rating has been upgraded to the "A" catagory for the first time in about three decades... and, that will mean a savings for city taxpayers.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says city officials are "estatic" over the news that Standard and Poors has increases Jamestown's rating to A-minus.  Teresi says it's the second time in the past three years they've seen an upgrade.  He says there will be an immediate $100,000 -- or more -- in savings from refinancing $6-million in borrowing for recent parking ramp improvements.

Two state-owned ski centers open this weekend...

New York's two state-owned ski centers in the Adirondacks are opening early for weekend business.  Friday's opening is the earliest ever for Whiteface in Essex County.  Gore will open Saturday, its second-earliest opening day. Gore's earliest opening was Nov. 15, 1986.  Ski enthusiasts can get the latest snow reports at the new ``I Ski NY'' website,  Five trails, from the summit to the base of Little Whiteface will be open this weekend at Whiteface.  At Gore, The Sunway Lift will take skiers and riders to the Jamboree Trail.  The terrain park will also be open.  Whiteface and Gore will close at 4 p.m. Sunday and reopen next Friday.  In the Catskills... the state-opened Belleayre Ski Center is making snow in anticipation of a Nov. 29 opening.