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News Update for Tues. Nov. 19, 2013

Abdella says first day as Acting County Executive a "busy" one...

Chautauqua County's Acting Executive says his first full-day Monday was a "busy one."  But... County Attorney Stephen Abdella was actually put to work on Sunday night due to the wind storm that came in from the Midwest.  But... fortunately Abdella says the storms didn't hit the area as bad as places like Illinois.  Otherwise... he says he's doing what needs to be done to do both jobs.  Abdella says he'll be "bouncing back and forth" between his current office, and the County Executive's office to "get things done."  Abdella says his biggest focus is working with County Executive-Elect Vince Horrigan to make for a smooth transition of power.  He adds, though, that he's been through that with transitions in past years.  Abdella says there's nothing major that needs to be done before the end of the year... but, adds he's trying to keep a couple of projects moving foward... including the Public Facilities' Departments Falconer Shop upgrade.  A new maintenance facility is in the design phase right now.  Abdella says the other project is development of the Roberts Road project in Dunkirk.  Abdella will serve through the end of the year.

Accused heroin dealer in Jamestown arrested following drug raid...

An alleged drug dealer from Jamestown is jailed without bail... accused of selling heroin over the past several weeks from his home.  City police say investigators and uniformed police raided the lower apartment at 607 Pine Street last Friday... and, arrested 50 year-old Samuel Rossotto.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the arrest culminated a several week investigation into alleged sales of the narcotic drug from the residence.  Samuelson says Rossotto was basically a street-level dealer... but, adds he was distributing heroin in the area.  He says police found a quantity of heroin packaged for sale... along with other controlled substances inside the apartment.  He says it reflects the growing problem heroin has become in the city over the past three years as drug abusers look for cheaper kinds of painkillers.  Samuelson says Rossoto was arraigned on one Felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, one misdemeanor count of drug possession.  He's jailed pending a preliminary hearing later this week.